Downers Grove (IL): InterVarsity Press, 2006. 257 pages.
“The central argument of the book is simple,” writes reviewer John M. Lynch: “certain aspects of nature reveal a purpose that reveals the ‘Genius of Nature’ ... there literally is a Genius (namely, God) behind nature, and we can demonstrate this by the example of the existence of Shakespeare’s works, Euclid’s geometry, the periodic table and its elements, fine-tuning in the cosmos, and biological complexity. The degree to which one is convinced ... will be dictated by one’s exposure to both philosophical argumentation and contemporary science. I remain unconvinced.”
Never mind the title! This historical oddity is an extended essay offering "scientific" and religious reasons that the earth must be flat!
Fairfield, WA: Ye Galleon Press, 1992. 62 pages.
New York: Bantam, 2009. 352 pages.
In the course of his thriller, the popular novelist seems to be “focused on inciting his readers to question the validity of evolution,” reviewer Stephanie LaMassa complains, by “portraying scientists as dogmatic and closed-minded and debunking evolution using specious arguments commonly used by antievolutionists.” Considering three examples—involving the fossil record, the time available for evolution, and the evolution of the eye—she concludes, “In his attempts to discredit evolution, he only reveals his (seemingly willing) ignorance on this topic and becomes an ‘evangelist’ for misinformation. His time would have been better spent to learn what the scientific consensus on this issue is and how such tired arguments have been often refuted in the scientific literature.”
Kitchener, Canada: Joshua Press, 2009. 174 pages.
Far from being a scholarly treatment, reviewer Marc-André Lachance warns, Charles Darwin’s Religious Views is “a deception, a carrier wave for a disparaging message; not entirely surprising, as Herbert is candid enough to confess his allegiance to biblical inerrancy and the resultant frame of mind.” Redefining terms, pigeonholing views, and ignoring context, Herbert treats evolution as a religion with natural selection its divinity. Lachance concludes, “those curious to see yet another muddled religionist’s attempt to conflate science and religion in a vain hope of discrediting one of our greatest thinkers will be well served by Herbert’s recycled musings.”
Grand Rapids (MI): Baker Books, 2011. 235 pages.
The central idea of Rana’s book, according to reviewer Juli Peretó, is that “the human contribution to all the experiments of prebiotic chemistry and the emergent field of synthetic biology shows that nothing could have happened on the early earth under the control of natural forces alone.” Summarizing his reaction, Peretó lamented that “at first sight satisfactory scientific descriptions are followed by strained and implausible arguments for the religiously significant conclusions. ... [T]he arguments will appear compelling only if you are willing to desert the scientific domain."
Essays on argument for intelligent design by Phillip E. Johnson, Nancy Pearcey, Michael J. Behe, William A Dembski, Stephen C. Meyer, John Mark Reynolds, Patrick Henry Reardon, Jay Wesley Richards, and others originally published in the journal Touchstone. With new introduction by William Dembski and essay by Bruce L. Gordon.
Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2001. 224 pages.
New York: Pantheon, 2009. 320 pages.
Reviewer Jeffrey Shallit writes, “The thesis of Why Us? is simple: science has no answers to the questions that really matter—questions like: How did humans come to be bipedal and have large brains? How, precisely, does the human brain work? How does an immaterial mind affect the material body? What is awareness and free will? Science provides no explanations, and furthermore, Le Fanu argues, it is unlikely that it ever will.” Shallit gives a number of examples of incorrect, unsupported, and controversial assertions of Le Fanu’s, adding, “the most unattractive part of Why Us? is the book’s antiintellectualism.”
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