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Ten (or so) Pro-Intelligent Design Books You Should Read

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On the Design Disquisitions YouTube channel, I’ve posted a new video where I recommend several books of interest, specifically pro-ID literature. Most of the suggestions may be familiar to you, but hopefully there are a few that you’ve not read before. I also give a brief summary of the content of each book. I don’t claim that the books mentioned are necessarily the best, but I think anyone who wants to join the discussion needs to be familiar with some of these.

Let me know what you would add to the list!

Ten (or so) Pro-Intelligent Design Books You Should Read

8 Replies to “Ten (or so) Pro-Intelligent Design Books You Should Read

  1. 1

    Excellent list of books. Very helpful commentary. Thank you!

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    asauber says:

    Additions I have read:

    Stephen Meyer’s “Darwin’s Doubt” – a comprehensive takedown if there ever was one.
    Michael Denton’s “Evolution: Still A Theory In Crisis” – Not as easy a read, but a lot of specific body plan material to chew on.
    Philip Johnson’s “Darwin on Trial” – Read it a long long time ago, when I first began pursuing an interest in reading ID-related books, and much of the details I do not recall now, but at the time it was a beacon of clear thinking amidst the pious mudslide of Evolution propaganda.


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    Sandy says:

    Biotic message by Remine
    Not by chance/ Evolution revolution by Spetner
    Genetic entropy by Sanford

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    ET says:

    My list from Feb. 2008:

    The following is my “top ten” list of recommended literture pertaining to Intelligent Design.

    These are the books that anyone interested in ID must read- and that goes for anyone who wants to refute ID (you can’t refute what you don’t understand).

    1) Nature, Design and Science: The Status of Design in Natural Science by Del Ratzsch

    2) The Design Matrix: A Consilience of Clues by Mike Gene

    These first two books are not just recommended, they are required to get an understanding of what is being debated and how it should be approached. IOW they help set the table for the context of the debate.

    The rest of the books finish setting the table and provide scientific data, observations and evidence that supports the design inference.

    3) Signs of Intelligence: Understanding Intelligent Design edited by Wm. Dembski & James Kushiner (15 authors weigh in on the side of Intelligent Design)

    4) The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design by Jonathon Wells (replaced Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Behe, because Behe makes the same points in books 3 & 5)

    5) Darwinism, Design and Public Education edited by John Angus Campbell and Stephen C. Meyer (several topics covered with entries from both sides)

    6) The Edge of Evolution by Michael Behe

    7) The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery by Guillermo Gonzalez & Jay Richards

    8) Not By Chance by Lee Spetner (on the list because it deals with “The Blind Watchmaker” by Richard Dawkins)

    9) No Free Lunch by Wm. Dembski (low on the list because it is very technical- may substitute The Design Revolution by Wm. Dembski if you would rather pass on the very technical NFL)

    10) The Design of Life by Dembski & Wells (replaced “Darwin on Trial”)

    “Signs of Intelligence” includes Behe’s “black box” arguments

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    johnnyb says:

    My (largely self-serving) list:

    Naturalism and Its Alternatives in Scientific Methodologies – how to do science and academics without methodological naturalism
    Engineering and the Ultimate – contains several foundational ID papers
    From Darwin to Eden – a fun and engaging book on the philosophy of science
    Reason in the Balance – why ID is importance is beyond just biology, according to Philip Johnson
    The Implicit Genome – never mentions ID itself, but this is precisely the way I would expect an ID-based biology and genomics to look
    Zero to One – this is Peter Thiel applying ID to business, using that specific terminology in the same way we do.

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    KRock says:

    Embarrassingly, I have only read (and own) one of the 10 books mentioned in your video, “Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design. Fantastic book though. I guess it’s time to expand my personal library.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Joshua G says:

    Great suggestions everyone. There’s plenty out there for sure. My next video should be up in couple of days so be on the lookout for that. I’ll be looking at ID critical books.


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    ET says:

    An ignorant evoTARD sez that reading the “signature in the cell” is embarrassing. That’s because it exposes evoTARDs as gullible rubes.

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