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An ID book for young people?


Well, it’s nice someone is thinking about that. A 400-page doorstop may be intellectually flawless but it isn’t going to reach the people who will never read it:

Translating ID for various audiences has been a priority for the ID community. Some ID books are quite thick and erudite. It’s not just a matter of making them available to people who speak other languages but also to readers of different backgrounds and levels of sophistication, whose native language is English. Reaching young people is a particular challenge. It’s a tougher one today than 25 years ago when the Center for Science & Culture was getting ready to launch. In those 25 years, the Internet took over and shortened all of our attention spans. That’s one problem.

David Klinghoffer, “ID Made Sassy: A New Book for Young People” at Evolution News and Science Today

But it’s not just the internet. Young people don’t have the time today anyway, what with two or three jobs. And many people can’t read equations. And if they’re not already doing something with their hands around the house or warehouse, they can’t listen to podcasts.

So congratulations to Douglas Ell for taking up the challenge of explaining intelligent design to the young. His new book, Proofs of God: A Conversation between Doubt and Reason, is the first ID book ever to which I would apply the label “sassy.” His concept is a dialogue between Doubt and Reason, who sass each other merrily.

David Klinghoffer, “ID Made Sassy: A New Book for Young People” at Evolution News and Science Today

Anyway, here’s the book: Proofs of God: A Conversation between Doubt and Reason

Some of us would have tried to separate the basic question of design in nature from proofs of the existence of God but people pick their own path:

As an atheist I say this ‘culturally’!
I posted this in case the atheist wants to politely discuss why he is an atheist. jerry
ID vs Darwin simply isn't something ordinary people NEED to think about. The argument isn't worth any attention. People who deal with biology from any angle will naturally SEE design. That's the moment when learning is possible. How do you insure that the alternate explanation is available at those moments? It requires a more targeted approach, maybe using online advertising technology. Google's big data knows what a viewer is looking at and thinking about. polistra

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