Book Review: Intelligent Design 101

Intelligent Design 101:  Leading Experts Explain The Key Issues, edited by H. Wayne House

As someone who is well-read concerning matters of intelligent design [1], from time to time I enjoy reading about the issues involving intelligent design.  As usual, I find these issues to be well-explained, as I must freely admit I am not an unbiased reader.  Yet what strikes me as being the most interesting is the way that the debate involving intelligent design, as is the case here, involves so many different domains of knowledge that I find it all the more intriguing, especially because a book like this one combines the expertise of people who are familiar in all of those domains.  Unlike with books by evolutionists, this book is written by people who are both competent and knowledgeable as well as honest and upfront about what they are speaking about.  I must admit that in a world full of misdirection and too-deliberate irony, it is refreshing to read books by people writing about honest perspectives and honest truths, a refreshment I must admit is all too rare in my reading at times.  Those who like me appreciate the evidence for design in the cosmos as well as in life will likely find this book refreshing and enjoyable as well.

The slightly more than 200 pages of this book are divided into seven essays and an appendix written by a variety of authors.  As might be expected with an omnibus collection like this one, there is a wide variety of approaches and topics present here, although all of them deal with the issue of intelligent design and/or evolution in some fashion.  The first essay comes from noted author Philip Johnson, who discusses his intent in Darwin On Trial to bring balance to the contentious debate over origin of life and its empirical data.  After this J.P. Moreland provides an essay on the relationship between intelligent design and the nature and definition of science. .  After this Casey Luskin gives a thoughtful essay on finding intelligent design in nature, a fairly easy task.  Michael Behe gives a discussion of his central idea of the cell as remaining Darwin’s Black Box and a source of irreducible complexity for Darwinistic explanations.  Jay Richards discusses the question of purpose in cosmology, after which Eddie Colanter gives a very thorough presentation of the philosophical implications of both Neo-Darwinism and Intelligent Design on issues of personhood and bioethics.  The last of the essays, by the book’s general editor, discusses the relationship between Darwinism and the law and looks at the legal and constitutional issues relating to the science wars.  The book is then closed by an appendix that replies to and debunks Francis Collins’ arguments about the common ancestry of apes and humans.

Ultimately, this is a fascinating book meant to appeal largely to an audience of people like me who are either supportive or amenable to the Intelligent Design perspective.  The essays demonstrate the continued bad philosophy and bad theology and bad science of various naturalistic approaches and demonstrate the often incestuous relationship between legal and cultural elites and atheists who recognize that admitting the obvious evidence for design is a step along the way to being forced to concede the moral high ground to ideological enemies.  In reading this book and many other related books on the subject, one understands that the fight over the origin of life as well as the strikingly eerie fitness of our universe for intelligent life is ultimately a vain rearguard action on the part of those who wish to be able to consider themselves to be their own ultimate authority.  One can see the twisting of the evidence, the refusal to address the peer-reviewed data, and the use of bad logic and dishonest rhetoric, all hallmarks of the evolutionary perspective, as ways that people refuse to accept the truth regardless of how many times they are slapped in the face with it.

[1] See, for example:

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