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Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism from Antiquity to the Present Paperback – November 1, 2008
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Up to the challenge, the authors of Critique show us how intelligent design is not the open-minded skepticism that proponents claim it to be, but is instead a wedge strategy intended to displace secularism with theology (indeed, to bring about a cultural theocracy). Particularly chilling is the book's discussion of the Discovery Institute, the main think tank behind the intelligent design movement. Spelling out the religious commitments of the Institute's founders, and exposing the pseudo-science of its philosophical arguments, Critique of Intelligent Design makes it crystal clear that intelligent design is not a scientific theory at all but instead is a return to the creationism and natural theology of earlier days, if only in more sophisticated guise.Read more ›
The authors begin by comparing and contrasting the current debate over intelligent design with the Scopes Trial of 1925, finding both events to be spurred by reactionary religious fundamentalists who sought to push back against recent gains made by science on the public consciousness. Interestingly, the authors trace the apostasy of materialism back to Epicurus, who is credited with making the first significant contribution to founding a materialist philosophy in ancient Greece; Epicurus' groundbreaking work subsequently provided inspiration to a long line of progressive thinkers including Marx, Darwin and Freud who are each discussed at length. By deconstructing the discourse between the materialists and the fundamentalists over the centuries, we come to understand that the heart of the matter is a desire to control human consciousness: on the one hand, in service to a religion that typically affirms the status quo; and on the other hand, of a materialism that tends to embrace human agency, ingenuity and freedom.Read more ›
At first glance it may seem that we have entered a new era of cultural confrontation in the political realm. To truly understand where these arguments are coming from, however, we must move beyond the focus on personal religious beliefs and recognize the historical context in which the debate between creationism and materialism arose. Critique of Intelligent Design provides this essential analysis needed for informed discussion and potential social action.
The authors' collaborative work demonstrates an impressive breadth and depth of analysis. Their examination moves from the philosophical roots of materialism to its application among Enlightenment thinkers. They conclude with contemporary developments in the natural and social sciences that refute the arguments used to buttress intelligent design. Throughout the book, the authors demonstrate how intelligent design is simply old wine in a new bottle. Although the labels may change, the contents will still leave a disenfranchised public drunk in deception that some outside force controls our destiny and that of the natural world upon which we depend.Read more ›
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Although there have been prior authoritative critiques of Intelligent Design (ID) from the scientific perspective, this is the first from a sociological perspective. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by David A. Rintoul
Intelligent Design is one of the most heatedly debated things in today's world of education. "Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism From Antiquity to the... Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by Midwest Book Review
We normally think of Marxism as a theory whose political vision by a strong sense of purpose in history. Well, you would never know this from reading Foster and chums. Read morePublished on January 30, 2009 by John Brewer
The history of Marxism begins with the critique of ideology. However, for reasons historians of the left must make clear the Marxists of the Second Internationale became converts... Read morePublished on January 25, 2009 by John C. Landon
We have all heard that the victor writes history. This unfortunately is also true of the history of science. Read morePublished on November 2, 2008 by James Burke
Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism from Antiquity to Present by John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark and Richard York, is a long-needed history of the... Read morePublished on October 26, 2008 by H. Holleman