What started as a debate among scientists has become a full-scale public battle. In this sequel to his award-winning Doubts about Darwin, Thomas Woodward traces the struggle that has emerged as the two sides wrestle with questions of the origin of life. Woodward answers these questions and more:
- Who are the key players on each side, and what contributions have they made?
- How has the debate developed, and where is it headed in the future?
- What conclusions can we draw about our origins based on the scientific evidence?
Woodward examines three major design theorists: Michael Behe, Jonathan Wells, and William Dembski, as well as their most notable critics including biologist Kenneth Miller, philosopher Niall Shanks, educator Eugenie Scott, and the ubiquitous Richard Dawkins. Woodward, once a staunch supporter of Darwinian evolution himself, finds that critics of intelligent design often offer flawed arguments. The book also discusses some of the advances in physics, the problems associated with the chemical evolution of life, and summarizes the work of related scholars such as physicists Paul Davies and Robert Jastrow, and the Chinese paleontologist Jun-Yuan Chen. If you want to get up to speed on the recent arguments and counter-arguments in the origins debate over the past 10 years, or if you just want a layman?s introduction to both the scientific evidence and personalities of the Intelligent Design movement, this is the book for you.
Author Information: Thomas Woodward (Ph.D., University of South Florida) is a professor at Trinity College of Florida, where he teaches the history of science, communication, and systematic theology. He is founder and director of the C. S. Lewis Society and lectures in universities on scientific, apologetic, and religious topics. The author of the award-winning Doubts about Darwin, Woodward is an avid astronomer and has been published in Christianity Today and other periodicals.
"Darwin Strikes Back tells the thrilling story of how the Darwinian establishment has summoned all its power to crush the frightening challenge of the Intelligent Design Movement, and how the rebels are not only surviving but gaining new strength as we respond to the onslaught. Highly recommended."
--Phillip E. Johnson, emeritus professor of law, University of California, Berkeley; author, Darwin on Trial
"Taking the reader behind the headlines, Thomas Woodward--the premier historian of the Intelligent Design Movement--analyzes crucial developments of the past decade."
--Michael J. Behe, department of biology, Lehigh University
"The controversy over Darwinism and Intelligent Design signals a major scientific and social revolution. Everyone who wants to understand it should read this timely and well-written book."
--Jonathan Wells, author, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design
"My friend Tom Woodward is one of the most effective and articulate chroniclers of Intelligent Design in America today. This excellent work will clear away some of the fog of confusion spread by Darwinists, and give you solid, useable information to defend Intelligent Design. A very valuable resource in one of the most consequential debates of our times."
--Chuck Colson, founder and chairman, Prison Fellowship
"Lucid, thorough, and brisk as the morning news, Darwin Strikes Back traces the launch of the Intelligent Design Movement and the response it has elicited. Woodward shows how ID challenges the interpretation of intelligent display without intelligent agency and calls for an alternative assessment of scientific data. While providing a valuable resource for the seasoned observer, this book should be especially appealing to students and newcomers to the debate wishing to be rapidly brought up to speed."
--Leo R. Zacharski, professor of medicine, Dartmouth Medical School
"In their attempt to return fire in the debate against Intelligent Design, the Darwinists are mostly shooting blanks. Tom Woodward does a masterful job of dissecting weak polemic and showing how the Darwinian establishment has resorted to proof by confident assertion, genetic fallacies, and ad homonym tactics rather than genuinely engaging the arguments and evidence that ID theorists have mustered. Woodward predicts correctly that such tactics will not ultimately prevail."
--Stephen C. Meyer, director, Center for Science and Culture Discovery Institute
"In Darwin Strikes Back Tom Woodward chronicles the recent acrimonious history of ID and its antagonists. Woodward is an insider who tells an engaging story that will clarify both the nature and the source of current sharp debate surrounding this issue."
--Kenneth Petzinger, professor of physics, College of William and Mary
"In Darwin Strikes Back, Woodward presents a clear, accurate, and intriguing account of Intelligent Design, its history, the arguments in its favor, the counterarguments by the Darwinists, and the responses by the ID theorists. This is an important book for anyone who wants a clear picture of the ID/evolution debate."
--Russell W. Carlson, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; executive technical director of the complex carbohydrate research center, University of Georgia
"This is an important book. It brings us up to date on the latest round of skirmishing in the ever-continuing debate over our origins, and helps set the stage for the next round. Better yet, it makes clear to those who may not have followed recent events that the real scientific debate began well but was cut short early, and for the most part still remains unresolved."
--David Keller, professor of chemistry, University of New Mexico
"Dr. Woodward has done a favor to both the sympathizer and detractors of the ID movement. Although Tom is clearly an ID proponent, he retains the ability to step back and allow the anti-ID critics to present their case. This is quickly followed by the rebuttals of the leading ID figures. He covers all the leading criticisms: 'ID is not science,' 'ID is religious,' 'Irreducible complexity has been reputed,' and even the more imaginative 'ID will be the end of science.' No one has a better grasp of the ID movement and its detractors than Tom Woodward."
-- Ralph Seelke, professor of biology and earth science, University of Wisconsin-Superior
"A brilliant and exhaustive sequel to Doubts about Darwin, critiquing the challenges to ID from 1996 to 2006 and documenting a pattern in these responses that is surprisingly long on rhetoric and short on science, by one of the leading proponents of Intelligent Design."
--Walter Bradley, distinguished professor of mechanical engineering, Baylor University
Table of Contents
Forward by William Dembski
1. The Explosion of Design: ?The Sky is Falling!?
2. The Real Issue: Nature?s Symphony of Macroevolution
3. Design after 1996: Advancing through Heavy Fire
4. Beyond the Yale Conference: The War over Design Heats Up
5. Bombs and Rockets Galore: Michael Behe and Cellular Complexity
6. Jonathan Wells and Icons of Evolution: The Battle over Textbook Misinformation
7. Fossils and the Battle over the Cambrian: The Iceberg and Its Shining Tip
8. The Stubborn Mystery: How Did Life Begin?
9. Assessing the Origin-of-Life Question: What Have We Learned?
10. CSI and the Explanatory Filter: Dembski?s Trial by Fire
11. Unexpected Allies: Cosmologists and Atheologians
12. Are We at the Tipping Point? These, Flashbacks, and Questions