editor: William A. Dembski
foreword: Henry F. Schaefer III
publisher: InterVarsity Press
publication date: September 1998
number of pages: 475
list price: $24.99
Essayists: Introduction, Dembski; Part 1, "Unseating Naturalism," Walter Bradley, Jonathan Wells; Part 2, "Design Theory," Nancy Pearcey, Dembski, Steve Meyer, Paul Nelson; Part 3, "Biological Design," Mike Behe, Siegfried Scherer, Sigrid Hartwig-Scherer, Jeff Schloss; Part 4, "Philosophy and Design," J.P. Moreland, Del Ratzsch, John Mark Reynolds, Bill Craig; Part 5, "Design in the Universe," Hugh Ross, Robert Kaita, David Berlinski, Robert Newman; Concluding essays, Phil Johnson and Bruce Chapman.
In November 1996, Christian Leadership Ministries sponsored Mere Creation, a conference on origins which gathered 180 scientists and scholars from the growing intelligent design, or ID, community. Now the nineteen papers from this conference, with revisions and two additional essays, are available in this new volume. Abstracts of the essays and information on the authors are available at www.origins.org/mc/menus/conf.html.
The publication of Mere Creation signals a broadening, multi-disciplinary movement of scholars who challenge naturalistic evolution on scientific and philosophical grounds. Scientifically, specialists in the relevant fields show that the evidence points to intelligence which fine-tuned the universe and designed complex organisms. Philosophically, the authors insist that cosmological and biological origins must be separated from the naturalism which excludes design or a designer by definition.
Each essay contains an extensive bibliography and, unlike many edited volumes, Mere Creation has a thorough index. Most of the essays are accessible to college-level readers, but some are highly technical. In summary, this book makes a substantial contribution to the origins debate by gathering 19 leading scholars from relevant fields to propose how intelligent design can be made into a full-fledged scientific research program.
For over a century, the scientific establishment has ignored
challenges to the theory of evolution. But in the last decade such
complacency about its scientific and philosophical foundations has
been shaken. As cracks in the Darwinian edifice have begun to appear,
many are asking whether a defensible alternative exists.
In response to this growing crisis, a movement has emerged among scholars exploring the possibility of intelligent design as an explanatory theory in scientific descriptions of the universe. As Michael Behe has proposed in his landmark Darwin's Black Box, at the cellular level there appears to be a high level of irreducible complexity that suggests design.
In this book Behe is joined by eighteen other expert academics trained in mathematics, mechanical engineering, philosophy, physical anthropology, physics, astrophysics, biology, ecology and evolutionary biology to investigate the prospects for this emerging school of thought. Challenging the reigning ideology of materialistic naturalism on both scientific and philosophical grounds, these scholars press the case for a radical rethinking of established evolutionary assumptions.
"This book shows the robustness of the emerging design paradigm,
and demonstrates that it is a workable research program across a
broad range of disciplines. A great introduction to this exciting new
*****Chuck Colson, Prison Fellowship Ministries
"This collection not only brings one up to date on a vital issue, but it is so stimulating that it should lead to more ground-breaking investigations."
*****Diogenes Allen, Stuart Professor of Philosophy, Princeton Theological Seminary
"Mere Creation goes way beyond the limitations of classical 'natural theology' ... and it effectively cuts off at the knees the misguided notion of 'creative evolution'. ... This book, which requires rigorous thinking on every page, is essential reading for the contemporary Christian discussion with science. Skip this volume at your own risk."
*****Fr. Patrick Reardon, Touchstone Magazine
"This book resonates with the excitement of reopening urgent questions that have long been suppressed by the dead hand of philosophical dogmas disguised as scientific truth. It should be welcomed as an invitation to a more honest exploration of the world of which we are part."
*****Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, editor-in-chief, First Things
"This extremely important and insightful book should be studied by every thoughtful person who is interested in an honest inquiry into the origin and existence of life."
*****Dean L. Overman, author of A Case Against Accident and Self-Organization