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Only a Theory by Kenneth R. Miller
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Sep 10, 2008

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A well written and researched examination of Intelligent Design (ID), its propositions, proponents and ultimate aims. The book shines light on ID for what it is, an anti-intellectual attack by the religious right on not just Darwinism, but the underlying foundations of science itself.

As a biologist and author of a high school text book on the topic Ken Miller has the credentials to back up his claims. He's also had direct interaction with the ID peddlers having played a key role in the Kitzmiller v. Dover court case.

My only criticism stems from Chapter 6, in which the author attempts to reconcile his Christian beliefs with his scientific materialism. It’s clear what he’s attempting to accomplish with this chapter – he’d like to reassure those who see science as a threat to their beliefs, that the two subjects are mutually compatible. If only this were true. It’s impossible to reconcile the critical thinking he brings to bear on ID with his religious outlook. The chapter fairly screams “cognitive dissonance”.

With that said, the book is well worth reading, particularly by those who hold differing viewpoints regarding natural selection than the author (about 50% of the US population … ugh) or those wondering why scientists and teachers are so concerned about “teaching the controversy”.
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