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For your fall reading . . .


Here are two books you’ll want to put in your Amazon.com cart and read this fall. I’ve blurbed each of them. For Wells’s book I wrote: “Darwinists will be furious over this book, gnashing their teeth and vilifying its author — because biologist Jonathan Wells masterfully exposes their bizarre delusions and replaces them with what they hate most: logical arguments and evidence for intelligent design.” For Wiker and Witt’s book I wrote: “With the science of intelligent design now well in hand, the question arises about its wider cultural implications: in a world where materialism fails and where intelligent design is evident, how should we think about ourselves in the grand scheme of things? A MEANINGFUL WORLD masterfully answers this question, ramping up the cultural revolution begun by Phillip Johnson in the 1990s.”

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design, published by Regnery as part of their popular series of “Politically Incorrect Guides,” is written by molecular biologist Jonathan Wells, a senior fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. In clear, non-technical language, Wells explains who is fighting whom, the root of the conflict, and the evidence for and against Darwinism and Intelligent Design. He also explains what is ultimately at stake for liberals and conservatives, Christians and non-Christians, educators, policymakers, and scientists.  Dr. Wells is probably best known for his unveiling of some of the most common and most unsupported so-called proofs of Darwinian evolution in his groundbreaking 2001 book Icons of Evolution: Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution is Wrong.  This brand new book will be in bookstores on August 21, just in time for one last read before Labor Day.

A Meaningful World: How the Arts  and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature is a groundbreaking new book by Dr. Benjamin Wiker and Dr. Jonathan Witt shows that nature offers all of the challenges and surprises and all of the mystery and elegance we associate with design and with artistic genius. Their arguments begin in Shakespeare and range through the fine-tuning of the laws of physics, the Periodic Table of Elements, the artistry of ordinary substances like carbon and water, the intricacy of biological organisms, and the drama of scientific exploration itself.  Through these intriguing examples, Wiker and Witt have created what noted author and scholar Phillip Johnson calls “a wise and witty romp through the fallacies of reductionism.”  With its sparkling prose, A Meaningful World fashions a robust argument from evidence in nature, one that rests neither on religious presuppositions nor on a simplistic view of nature as the best of all possible worlds.  In contrast to contemporary claims that the world is ultimately meaningless, Wiker and Witt reveal a cosmos charged with both meaning and  purpose. 

*Still trying to find Walter ReMine’s book “The Biotic Message”* Comment by Mats — July 27, 2006 @ 1:51 pm http://www.arn.org/arnproducts/videos/v059sk.htm http://www1.minn.net/~science/ russ
OT: Are comments to the "Political Incorrectness Alert:.." thread broken? Am I broken? Charlie
*Still trying to find Walter ReMine's book "The Biotic Message"* Mats
Materialism? Its still alive? idadvisors
These look like fun reads. Looking forward to Witt's book especially. I have heard that this book is a must-read: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0742534049/sr=8-1/qid=1154015752/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-6430216-5386239?ie=UTF8 I'm told it puts the final nail in the coffin of Materialism. Scott
Can’t wait to read these. I noticed at amazon.com that the cover of the Wells book reads, “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwin and Intelligent Design,” not “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design.” I hope this is just a goof at amazon.com and not the actual cover of the book. For many years I was a magazine publisher, editor and proofreader, and I’d be happy to volunteer my services as a proofreader for anyone in the ID movement who is coming out with a new book. GilDodgen
I like the fact these authors are grouped together for Fall 2006 ID reading: "Wells, Witt, and Wiker" has a nice ring to it. Sal scordova

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