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Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life


Discovery Institute Press 2011

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Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life is a new biography of the co-discoverer of the theory of evolution by natural selection and one of the nineteenth century’s most intriguing scientists. Its provocative thesis is that Wallace, in developing his unique brand of evolution, presaged modern intelligent design theory. Wallace’s devotion to discovering the truths of nature brought him through a lifetime of research to see genuine design in the natural world. This was Wallace’s ultimate heresy, a heresy that exposed the metaphysical underpinnings of the emerging Darwinian paradigm.

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Key Features

  • Presents a new biography of the co-discoverer of the theory of evolution by natural selection
  • Explores the heresy that exposed the metaphysical underpinnings of the emerging Darwinian paradigm
  • Discusses Wallace’ presaged modern intelligent design theory


  • The First Twenty-Five Years
  • Four Years in the Amazon Valley
  • London Interlude
  • The Central and Controlling Incident of My Life
  • Darwin and the Ternate Letter
  • Unfinished Business in the Malay Archipelago
  • Return to London
  • Murdering Darwin’s Child
  • Intelligent Evolution
  • Final Days
  • Wallace’s Lost Legacy

Praise for the Print Edition

Flannery’s riveting tale of rediscovery provides convincing new evidence that Alfred Russel Wallace—the acknowledged co-discoverer of evolutionary theory—supported an argument from design for all forms of life which, in many ways, anticipated modern intelligent design thinking. This fascinating work of intelligent history recasts a new, more complete and lasting image of the once all too elusive Wallace.

—Philip K. Wilson, director, The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine

Michael Flannery has written a superb book that in its passion and subjective honesty offers a cogent and articulate defense of Alfred Wallace’s theory of intelligent design, with all its moral and ethical implications, as a counterpoint to the materialistic worldview that came to be known as Darwinism.

—John S. Haller, emeritus professor of history and medical humanities, Southern Illinois University

In this lucidly written book Michael Flannery shows that Alfred Russel Wallace, the co-discoverer of the theory of evolution by natural selection, thought the theory was incomplete—the guidance of a higher power was needed to explain nature. Wallace’s ideas show strongly that the godless view of evolution taken by so many modern evolutionists is not forced on them by the evidence; rather they assume it in spite of the evidence.

Michael Behe, professor of biochemistry, Lehigh University

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About Michael A. Flannery

Michael A. Flannery is a professor and associate director for Historical Collections at the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

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