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By Design Science and the Search for God

ISBN-10: 159403043X
ISBN-13: 9781594030437
Edition: N/A
Authors: Larry Witham
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Description: By the late 1950s, as far as science was concerned, God was either dead or irrelevant -- case closed. But in the past two decades, as prize-winning science writer Larry Witham shows in this brilliant book of people and ideas, the case has been  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Encounter Books
Publication date: 5/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

By the late 1950s, as far as science was concerned, God was either dead or irrelevant -- case closed. But in the past two decades, as prize-winning science writer Larry Witham shows in this brilliant book of people and ideas, the case has been reopened by an unlikely hand: science itself. Cutting-edge research in physics, biochemistry, genetics, information theory and neuroscience is now causing thinkers to wonder anew whether "intentional" mind, design or fine-tuning in nature's laws was required for the development of life, and to challenge Darwinian and materialist strongholds in the laboratory and public education. The story Witham tells involves two interrelated movements. One is the "science and religion dialogue," an intriguing conversation that stretches from the laboratories of Nobel Prize winners to the inner sancta of the Vatican. The other is the "intelligent design movement," a grouping of independent scientists and philosophers whose research suggests that material laws as they are understood today may be incapable of accounting for the subtleties of evolution or of human consciousness. In By Design we meet provocative figures who dare mention a creator in the same breath with scientific theorems -- astrophysicist George Ellis; origin-of-life researcher Harold Morowitz; mathematician William Dembski; and law professor Phillip Johnson, the leading anti-Darwinist of our era. Witham demonstrates that while the ultimate outcomes of the intelligent design movement and the dialogue between faith and reason are still uncertain, what was once a battleground between God and science has now become a meeting ground. Book jacket.

LARRY WITHAM is a veteran journalist and is the author of twelve books, including Where Darwin Meets the Bible: Creationists and Evolutionists in America and Marketplace of the Gods: How Economics Explains Religion.

Preface
Rethinking Science
Darwin Triumphant
Science in the Dock
Intimations of Design
The Cosmic Center
Looking for Light
The Dialogue
Life's Origin
The Movement
By Design
The Human Dimension
The War of Words
The Tree of Life
Mind and Brain
Leaps of Faith
Acknowledgments
Bibliographical Essay
Index

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