Helsinki-based post-doctoral researcher Rope Kojonen’s new English-language book, The Compatibility of Evolution and Design (Palgrave), approaches evolution from a design perspective:
From the Publisher:
This book challenges the widespread assumption of the incompatibility of evolution and the biological design argument. Kojonen analyzes the traditional arguments for incompatibility, and argues for salvaging the idea of design in a way that is fully compatible with evolutionary biology. Relating current views to their intellectual history, Kojonen steers a course that avoids common pitfalls such as the problems of the God of the gaps, the problem of natural evil, and the traditional Humean and Darwinian critiques. The resulting deconstruction of the opposition between evolution and design has the potential to transform this important debate.
One endorsement is from Alister McGrath:
‘A remarkably helpful and important intervention in the long-standing debates about arguments from design, natural theology, and the impact of evolutionary theory on Christian theology and apologetics.’
—Alister E. McGrath, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, University of Oxford, UK
As an academic book, it’s a deep dive into the book budget ($US119.99). But Kojonen tells us that “the electronic version is 55% off with the code CYBER21SPA, valid until Nov. 30, 2021, which brings the cost down to 38 Euros (US$43.00).
His second new, Finnish-language, book is Luominen ja evoluutio: miten usko ja tiede kohtaavat, published by Finland’s prestigious science publisher, Gaudeamus (University of Helsinki). It’s an overview of a variety of positions in the debate, which criticizes scientism and defends such concepts as the Kalam cosmological argument, the fine-tuning design argument and the moral argument.
Kojonen is also the author of The Intelligent Design Debate and the Temptation of Scientism (2016).
Most sympathizers with ID would be happy for a book that simply doesn’t misrepresent the situation — and end by dumping on the nature of reality (“Anyway, what if, in another universe, it’s all different?”)