Reviews

|

Darwin's Nemesis: Phillip Johnson and the Intelligent Design Movement
Our Rating
not rated  
Book Title
Darwin's Nemesis: Phillip Johnson and the Intelligent Design Movement
Author
Publisher
IVP Academic
Release Date
February 22, 2006
Pages
357
Price
$14.00
Buy Darwin's Nemesis: Phillip Johnson and the Intelligent Design Movement from Amazon

Every few months, a wise head predicts the end of Intelligent Design—in time for the next uproar. Darwin's Nemesis, a collection of essays in honor of Phillip Johnson—the Berkeley law professor whose Darwin on Trial started the controversy in 1991—helps readers understand why id cannot simply go away. Long before Johnson, many scientists objected to Darwinism, but lacked a framework for their objections in an academic environment committed to reductive materialism. Johnson's legal approach provided that framework.

Steve Meyer's analysis of the Cambrian explosion, reprinted here, should have interested only the few paleontologists who really care about extinct organisms from half a billion years ago. His paper instead became headline news, because it challenged Darwinism.

Mathematician William Dembski, Johnson's successor as informal leader of the id community, offers reflections on how a small, beleaguered band of scientists succeeded in bringing their issues to the front page. One reason he suggests is that id is not a top-down community and thus is less vulnerable to politically correct scientific orthodoxy. As this volume demonstrates, we can expect more such uproars in the coming years.



Related Elsewhere:

Darwin's Nemesis is available from ChristianBook.com and other book retailers.

Christianity Today coverage of science, evolution, and Intelligent Design includes:

Science in Wonderland | Getting some perspective (250 million years' worth) on the evolution controversy. By John Wilson (Apr. 25, 2006)
The Other ID Opponents | Traditional creationists see Intelligent Design as an attack on the Bible. (Apr. 25, 2006)
Doubts About Fish Story | Anti-Darwinists downplay 'missing link.' (May 11, 2006)
God by the Numbers ...
Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Browse All Book Reviews By:
Read These Next
Also in this Issue
What's Next: International Justice Subscriber Access Only
Long Road: What evangelical leaders say are the priorities and challenges for the next 50 years.
Recommended
Augustine's Origin of SpeciesSubscriber Access Only
How the great theologian might weigh in on the Darwin debate.
TrendingKay Warren: 'We Were in Marital Hell'
Kay Warren: 'We Were in Marital Hell'
Through God's work in our lives, we've beaten the odds that divorce would be the outcome of our ill-advised union.
Editor's PickFinding My ‘True Self’ As a Same-Sex Attracted Woman
Finding My ‘True Self’ As a Same-Sex Attracted Woman
In my young-adult struggle with sexual identity, both legalistic condemnation and progressive license left me floundering.
Christianity Today
IDing ID's Designer
hide thisOctober October

In the Magazine

October 2006

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.