The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent Design
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The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent Design

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Winner of a Christianity Today 2005 Book Award!A 2005 Gold Medallion finalist.Is it science? Is it religion? What exactly is the Design Revolution?Today scientists, mathematicians and philosophers
Paperback, 324 pages
Published January 13th 2004 by IVP Books
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Randy
It is puzzling to me that today in the information age, confusion abounds about the nature of intelligent design. It is not a conceptually difficult idea that is claimed, and yet misrepresentations abound. Dembski's book, therefore, is invaluable at setting the record straight. It consists of 44 short chapters, each of which is only 6-8 pages long and deals with a specific question that he has encountered about intelligent design. Taken as a whole, the intelligent design position is sharply clar...more
Ray
This book really is a stunning accomplishment. Dembski is a real master at organizing a tremendous amount of material and getting straight to the point. The result can be slow going for the non-specialist like myself, but very rewarding.
Despite all the desperate attempts to silence ID, they are not going away. Chapter 41 (Peer Review) alone is worth the cover price -- it shows the lengths to which the neo-Darwinian establishment will go to belittle and marginalize any creative attempts to questi...more
Daniel
Okay, I actually thought this was a good book and very thought provoking. Now to let everyone know I looked at all the negative critiques of this book. Before I read the book. Several of these published here were also, posted on Amazon as critiques of the book. The caveat with these people criticizing the book is: they say that they read the book, but in reality it's very obvious they haven't, They criticize his last book, No Free Lunch, and they attack the character of William A. Dembski. This...more
Branyon May
One of the most important aspects of this book is its defining and describing what the concept of Intelligent Design is and is not. The scope and theoretical construct of design is fundamental to so many areas of science, and the evidence, inference and example of intelligent design follows the same pathways of reason.
Jonathan B
Essential reading for those interested in ID. It gives answers to every objection you'll see floating around the internet about ID theory.
Dora
A good book for those who want to know the basics of intelligent design.
Erroll Treslan
The following is my Irreligiosity column from the October 1, 2011 edition of the Owen Sound Sun Times which was inspired by reading this book:

By now most people are generally familiar with what has come to be known as the theory of intelligent design (“ID”). ID has become a favored concept among creationists and anyone having a religious persuasion that finds it hard to accept that life as we know it arose from inorganic matter. But what exactly is ID? In the words of one of its most famous prop...more
John
A Primer on a Pseudoscience Masquerading as Science

Advocates of Intelligent Design claim that their hypothesis has no relationship at all with religion - especially of the fundamentalist Protestant Christian variety - so it is most curious that the foreword to this relatively terse tome is written by none other than fellow Brunonian - and former Nixon administration official and imprisoned Watergate affair conspirator, now born-again Christian - Charles Colson. I'm sorry, but having Colson write...more
Jeffrey Backlin
A collection of problems and objects to the design hypothesis, as distinguished from creation science.
Patrick
Some interesting and reasonable arguments, coupled with some occasional mediocre and even somewhat foolish ones.

On the plus side, I have the hardcover and I have never experienced a book that feels so physically comfortable in my hands. Holding it makes me want to read it.

A lot of chapters, but the short length makes sitting down and reading one a comfortable and quick task.

Certainly won't be enough to sway many people over to ID that will have the time and energy to think everything this boo...more
Michael
Aug 04, 2009 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Michael by: Dr. William Dembski
This book is designed as a question-answerer for the most common questions/criticisms of Intelligent Design. Not really a sit-down-and-read all-at-once book... by nature of the format there is necessarily some overlap in the answers.

Dembski proves himself a scholar not just in mathematics, but holds his own in philosophy, language, and science. His insights into the problems at hand are keen. He has a knack for exposing the faulty logic hiding behind facades of scholarship.

Technical at time, bu...more
Greg
Very good read. It finally answers the question of whether ID is Creationism. And, as I understand ID through this book, it is not. However, it doesn't appear to have passed scientific muster, either. There's a lot of math-babble to the point where the words tend to meld together (Specified Complexity mixed with Random Chance etc...). But if you want a medium-level introduction to ID with a little bit of religio-political posturing, then this is the book for you.
Richard
I got the audiobook for free, so that's what I 'read'. a lot of it was hard for me to follow on audio, so if I had read the actual book I may have gotten more out of it and given it a higher rating.
Brian
Follow-up to No Free Lunch, Dembski continues to lead the Intelligent Design movement. This book focuses on current debate issues (43 rebuttals) and less on actual theory. A good read.
Brittany
Shoddy science. Potentially interesting ideas in some cases, foolish in others.
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A mathematician and philosopher, Dr. William Dembski has taught at Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Dallas. He has done postdoctoral work in mathematics at MIT, in physics at the University of Chicago, and in computer science at Princeton University. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he earned a B.A. in psychology, an M.S. in stat...more
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“The very comprehensibility of the world points to an intelligence behind the world. Indeed, science would be impossible if our intelligence were not adapted to the intelligibility of the world. The match between our intelligence and the intelligibility of the world is no accident. Nor can it properly be attributed to natural selection, which places a premium on survival and reproduction and has no stake in truth or conscious thought. Indeed, meat-puppet robots are just fine as the output of a Darwinian evolutionary process.” 17 likes
“The fundamental claim of intelligent design is straightforward and easily intelligible: namely, there are natural systems that cannot be adequately explained in terms of undirected natural forces and that exhibit features which in any other circumstance we would attribute to intelligence.” 7 likes
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