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Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design

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Forrest and Gross expose the scientific failure, the religious essence, and the political ambitions of "intelligent design" creationism. They examine the movement's "Wedge Strategy," which has advanced and is succeeding through public relations rather than through scientific research. Analyzing the content and character of "intelligent design theory," they highlight its th ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2003)
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Todd Martin
Apr 01, 2013 Todd Martin rated it really liked it
In case you haven’t been paying attention, we are on the cusp of a major scientific breakthrough! The pillar of modern biological thought is on the verge of being overturned by a revolutionary new theory devised by brilliant and diligent scientists who are amassing mountains of irrefutable evidence even as we speak. This bright and shining new scientific horizon goes by the name of “intelligent design” (ID for short) and it will relegate Neo-Darwinism … nay, it will relegate the entire philosoph ...more
Oct 03, 2013 Alex rated it did not like it
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I was not happy with "Creationism's Trojan Horse". It was 140 pages of a passionate rant against Intelligent Design without much reason. Luckily the book is over 400 pages so it may be worth reading if you can slog through the first part.

The style of writing is disjointed. The co-author Barbara Forrest is a philosophy professor and mid-way through the book one can tell when she takes over because the writing style becomes smooth and reasoned.... as a philosophy professor would be expected to wr
May 27, 2008 Joel rated it it was amazing
Comprehensive and devastating. Probably not too exciting if you are not a philosophy of science nerd or interested in anti-evolution politics.
Background Info: In 2002, a few members of the school board in Dover, Pennsylvania indicated that they wanted Biblical creationism taught alongside evolution in the public high school biology classes. Since teaching creationism in public schools was rule unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Edwards v. Aguillard, the board members consulted Thomas More Law Center (a conservative Christian law center), who encouraged them to incorporate intelligent design (promoted by the Discovery Institute) ...more
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The Definitive Account On the Aims and History of Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Supporters

The barbarians are at the gates, threatening to destroy all that is noble and just in Western Civilization, especially America's preeminence in science and technology. In his new book "Only A Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul", Brown University cell biologist Kenneth R. Miller contends that we are embarked upon a titanic struggle for America's soul; a desperate intellectual strugg
Jun 27, 2007 Stephen rated it really liked it
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"Creationism's Trojan Horse" argues passionately that "Intelligent Design Creationism" ("ID") is old wine in new skins. ID updates the old Paleyan parable of the watch and the watchmaker (if you found a pocket watch laying on the ground, you'd ask about the watchmaker, and that our minds likewise turn to god when we see the complexity of human beings) with modern science. Only it's not actually science; it is cargo-cult science, with just enough respectability to pass muster among a scientifical ...more
May 17, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it
This book is basically the documentary of the victory over intelligent design (ID) by public education. It was used, in fact, by a judge for further understanding what it is that ID is trying to do in the guise of science education. It is thorough-going, amazingly referenced, and completely solid. Unfortunately, anyone who adheres to ID will dismiss the credibilty and plausibility of this book. Nevertheless, it stands as a valid statement against what I consider to be a dangerous movement in thi ...more
Feb 21, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it
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Solid and instructive read. A bit dry and recursive at times, but this book was not written to entertain or make an art statement. It is unsparing in its arguments against the creationist movement that has tried, in several iterations over almost 100 years, to subvert the scientific model used in our schools and education system. I would recommend this to anyone unfamiliar with the history of the creationist movement and the resultant legal battles. To those already well-versed, reading this wil ...more
Jerry Mrizek
It's tedious. It's repetitive. It's dry. All that being said though, it's a very well researched and very important book. If you care about legitimate and accurate science education, this book is a must. This is the book the so called intelligent design advocates don't want you to read.
Joe Du Toit
If it's already obvious to you that "intelligent design" is simply creationism impersonating science, then you don't need this book. If you think ID is or may be science, this book will - in meticulous detail - set you straight.
Aug 10, 2008 Charles rated it really liked it
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Although tough reading in sections, and a bit pedantic at times, this book does an excellent job of exposing the political agenda, and the "lack" of scientific support, for the Intelligent Design movement. Anyone who thinks the Intelligent Design people are reasonably troubled by the scientific evidence concerning evolution should read this book. They are flat out involved in a cultural war and have no concern for our children's education or for the truth of science.
Jan 17, 2014 Geoffrey rated it really liked it
This is a thick book but I recommend it. Although it was written before the Dover Kitzmiller trial (That was what I wanted to read about) it shows the extent of effort of anti-evolution agents in the Discovery institute. The biggest thing I learned is that creationists are not all in league with each other.. the book says that the Discovery Institute geniuses look down upon the 'hillbillies' of Anwers in Genesis with their museum. That was good to hear.
Kelly Wright
Jun 04, 2010 Kelly Wright rated it it was amazing
An absolute must read for anyone who interested in the history of the intelligent design movement. Incredibly well-documented.
The Discovery institute and the far right politicos have a dangerous agenda.
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