Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design
A creationist-turned-scientist demonstrates the facts of evolution and exposes Intelligent Design's real agenda
Science is on the defensive. Half of Americans reject the theory of evolution and "Intelligent Design" campaigns are gaining ground. Classroom by classroom, creationism is overthrowing biology.
In Why Darwin Matters, bestselling author Michael Shermer explains how the newest brand of creationism appeals to our predisposition to look for a designer behind life's complexity. Shermer decodes the scientific evidence to show that evolution is not "just a theory" and illustrates how it achieves the design of life through the bottom-up process of natural selection. Shermer, once an evangelical Christian and a creationist, argues that Intelligent Design proponents are invoking a combination of bad science, political antipathy, and flawed theology. He refutes their pseudoscientific arguments and then demonstrates why conservatives and people of faith can and should embrace evolution. He then appraises the evolutionary questions that truly need to be settled, building a powerful argument for science itself.
Cutting the politics away from the facts, Why Darwin Matters is an incisive examination of what is at stake in the debate over evolution.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing
A short, easy-to-read book from the editor of Skeptic Magazine. Shermer discusses the difference between the science of evolution and the idea of intelligent design, and explains why the one is taught ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - melydia - LibraryThing
I came away from this book with rather tepid feelings. It didn't feel like it flowed very well from point to point, and each point made felt glossed over, with a couple of bare sentences with a ... Read full review
1 The Facts of Evolution
2 Why People Do Not Accept Evolution
3 In Search of the Designer
4 Debating Intelligent Design
5 Science under Attack
6 The Real Agenda
7 Why Science Cannot Contradict Religion
8 Why Christians and Conservatives Should Accept Evolution
9 The Real Unsolved Problems in Evolution