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New Creationist Book On the Way

National Center for Science Education Reports
Title: 
New Creationist Book On the Way
Author(s): 
Eugenie C. Scott
Issue: 
2
Year: 
1989
Date: 
March–April
Page(s): 
21
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The Texas-based Foundation for Thought and Ethics (FTE) has been looking for two years or so (to our knowledge) for a publisher for a supplemental textbook for public school science classes. FTE’s goal is "to help restore freedom of choice to young people in the classroom, especially as it relates to matters of religion and conscience." Creationist-watchers will recognize this as a term of art for getting sectarian religious views into the classroom. Their supplementary book, originally entitled Biology and Origins, looks like it is going to finally get published.

Denton Becomes a (Teleological) Evolutionist

Year: 
1998
Title: 
Nature's Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe
Issue: 
2
Date: 
March–April
Author(s): 
Michael J. Denton

This review currently available in pdf format. Download link below.

Page(s): 
10–14
Reviewer: 
Philip T. Spieth
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Review: "Evolution — A Theory in Crisis"

Year: 
1987
Review Date: 
June 1
Reviewer: 
Philip T. Spieth
Title: 
Evolution: A Theory in Crisis

Evolutionary biology is in robust health. The current flurry of debates is an early sign of a new burst of growth. Some observers, apparently deceived by the hyperbole that has accompanied these debates, have mistaken growth pains for terminal illness. Michael Denton is one such observer. Evolution: A Theory in Crisis is an anti-evolution treatise. Its theme, exemplified by the title and stated explicitly in the preface, is that there is a crisis in evolutionary biology of fatal
Author(s): 
Michael Denton
Bethesda, Md.: Adler & Adler, 1986. 369 pages.
About the Author(s): 
Philip T. Spieth
Associate Professor of Genetics
University of California, Berkeley
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Review: Developing a Christian Worldview of Science and Evolution

Year: 
2004
Title: 
Developing a Christian Worldview of Science and Evolution
Issue: 
3–4
It is not until after the end of this book that we learn what it is really about:
Only the Christian worldview provides a rationally sustainable way to understand the universe. Only the Christian worldview fits the real world and can be lived out consistently in every area of life (p 197).
This book is about salvation — how to assure one's own, and, perhaps more important, how to assure that of one's children. However, it is clear very quickly that this is emphatically not a book about science or evolution.
Author(s): 
Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey
Date: 
May-August
Wheaton (IL): Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. 196 pages.
Page(s): 
32–34

References

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Ball P. 2000 Jun 22. A handle on handedness. Nature Science Update. Available on-line at http://www.nature.com/nsu/000622/000622-10.html. Last accessed June 30, 2002.

Ball P. 2001 Dec 20. Shooting stars sugar coated. Nature Science Update. Available on-line at http://www.nature.com/nsu/001220/011220-11.html. Last accessed June 30, 2002.

Berstein MP, Sandford SA, Allamandola LJ. 1999 Jul. Life's far-flung raw materials. Scientific American 281 (1): 42–9.

Cronin JR, Pizzarello S. 1997 Feb 14. Enantiomeric excesses in meteoritic amino acids. Science 275: 951–5.

[FBI] Federal Bureau of Investigation 2002. Crime Trends 2001 — Preliminary Figures. Available on-line at http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel02/01bprelimcius.htm. Last accessed July 1, 2002.

[Gallup] The Gallup Organization. 2002. Poll analyses. Available on-line at http://www.gallup.com/poll/releases. Last accessed June 30, 2002.

Horgan J. 1997 May. The sinister cosmos. Scientific American 276 (5): 18–21.

Kauffman SA. 1993. The Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lehn J-M. 2002 Mar 29. Toward self-organization and complex matter. Science 295: 2400–3.

Orgel L. 2001 Nov 7. Self-organizing biochemical cycles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 97: 12503–7.

Reviewer: 
Andrew J Petto, University of Wisconsin
About the Author(s): 
Andrew J Petto
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
PO Box 413
Milwaukee WI 53201-0413
ajpetto@uwm.edu
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"Intelligent Design" in the Bitterroot Valley

Title: 
"Intelligent Design" in the Bitterroot Valley
Author(s): 
Skip Evans and Glenn Branch, NCSE
Issue: 
2
Darby, Montana, located in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana near the Idaho border, is a modest town of about 1000 people, where "everybody knows everybody" is not just a cliché. But Darby recently became a flashpoint in the perennial creationism/evolution controversy, when a local minister attempted to have the school board add "intelligent design" to the biology curriculum of the town's public schools. The ensuing acrimonious debate received national attention, including pieces in The New York Times and on National Public Radio.
Year: 
2004
Date: 
March–April
Page(s): 
4–12
About the Author(s): 
Glenn Branch
NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
branch@ncseweb.org
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President Bush Addresses "Intelligent Design"

Title: 
President Bush Addresses "Intelligent Design"
Author(s): 
Glenn Branch
Issue: 
3–4
During a press conference with a group of Texas reporters on August 1, 2005, President George W Bush responded to a question about teaching "intelligent design" in the public schools.
Year: 
2005
Date: 
May–June
Page(s): 
13–14
About the Author(s): 
Glenn Branch
NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
branch@ncseweb.org
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Review: The Privileged Planet

Year: 
2005
Title: 
The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery
Issue: 
1–2

The Same Old Shell Game

The Privileged Planet is based upon the odd notion that the more unsuitable our universe is for producing intelligent life, the more likely it is that our universe was "designed" to produce intelligent life by a "designer" of indeterminate nature; put another way, supposedly the less likely it is that there could be a planet in our universe that supports intelligent life, then the more likely it is that the universe was "designed" to produce a particular intelligent life form — us — that can and will investigate the nature of the universe.
Author(s): 
Guillermo Gonzales and Jay W Richards
Date: 
January–April
Page(s): 
47–49
Washington (DC): Regnery Publishing, 2004. 444 pages
Reviewer: 
William Jefferys
University of Texas at Austin

References

Ikeda M, Jefferys WH. 1997. The anthropic principle does not support supernaturalism. Available on-line at ; last accessed January 4, 2005.
Pennock RT. 1999. Tower of Babel: The Evidence against the New Creationism. Cambridge (MA): MIT Press.
Perakh M. 2004. Paul Davies: Emergentist vs reductionist. Available on-line at ; last accessed January 4, 2005.
Seife C. 2004 Jul 23. Physics enters the twilight zone. Science 305 (5683): 464–6.
Sober E. 2003. The design argument. In: Manson NA, editor. God and Design: The Teleological Argument and Modern Science. New York: Routledge. p 27–54. Also available on-line at ; last accessed January 4, 2005.

About the Author(s): 
William H Jefferys
Department of Astronomy
University of Texas at Austin
Austin TX 78712-1020
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Review of Michael Behe's Darwin's Black Box

Year: 
1996
Quarter: 
1996
Page(s): 
36–40
Reviewer: 
Kenneth R. Miller
This version might differ slightly from the print publication.
Title: 
Darwin's Black Box
Perhaps the single most stunning thing about Darwin's Black Box, Michael Behe's "Biochemical Challenge to Evolution," is the amount of territory that its author concedes to Darwinism.
Author(s): 
Michael J Behe
About the Author(s): 
Kenneth R. Miller
Professor of Biology
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912

Review: Intelligent Design vs Evolution

Year: 
2006
Title: 
Intelligent Design vs Evolution
Issue: 
6
Author(s): 
Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron
Date: 
November–December
The latest entry in the "Intelligent Design" is Creationism file, the board game Intelligent Design vs Evolution, is a Ken Ham-endorsed, William Dembski-approved cornucopia of bad science and fundamentalist propaganda (see http://www.uncommondescent.com/evolution/id-the-board-game/). The game is the creation of Ray Comfort and television's Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains), who beam beatifically out from five of the box's six sides.
Living Waters Publications, 2006.
http://www.wayofthemaster.com
includes The Science of Evolution DVD
Page(s): 
28–30

Reference



Wolf J, Mellett SJ. 1985. The role of "Nebraska Man" in the creation–evolution debate. Creation/Evolution 16: 31–43.

Reviewer: 
Carrie Sager
About the Author(s): 
Carrie Sager
NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
sager@ncseweb.org

Carrie Sager is NCSE's Project Assistant. As the youngest person on NCSE staff, it was decided that she would find a board game most relevant, although she suggested that Grand Theft Auto: Dover would be more fitting for her generation.
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Review: Darwin's Nemesis

Year: 
2006
Title: 
Darwin's Nemesis
Issue: 
6
Author(s): 
William A Dembski, editor
Date: 
November–December
In April 2004, the leading lights of the "intelligent design" creationism (IDC) movement met at Biola University (formerly the Bible Institute of Los Angeles) to confer on their "godfather", law professor Phillip Johnson, the Phillip E Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth. Thus began a two-day conference entitled "Intelligent Design and the Future of Science." The talks presented there formed the basis for the present volume.

Downers Grove (IL): InterVarsity Press, 2006. 357 pages
Page(s): 
30–33
Reviewer: 
Lawrence S Lerner
About the Author(s): 
Lawrence S Lerner
College of Natural Science & Mathematics
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach CA 90840
lslerner@csulb.edu

Lawrence S Lerner is Professor Emeritus in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State University, Long Beach, and a nationally recognized expert on state science standards. He received NCSE's Friend of Darwin award in 2003.
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