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The Social Conquest of Earth

by Edward O Wilson

New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2012. 330 pages.

Rejecting kin selection as a viable explanation for altruistic behavior, The Social Conquest of Earth “examines an alternative model for the evolution of eusociality and presents it in terms of two very different sets of animals—the social insects (ants, bees, wasps, and termites) and humans ...


by Dean Koontz

New York: Bantam, 2009. 352 pages.

In the course of his thriller, the popular novelist seems to be “focused on inciting his readers to question the validity of evolution,” reviewer Stephanie LaMassa complains, by “portraying scientists as dogmatic and closed-minded and debunking evolution using specious arguments commonly used by antievolutionists.” Considering three examples—involving the fossil record, the time available for evolution, and the evolution of the eye—she concludes, “In his attempts to discredit evo

Why Us? How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves

by James Le Fanu
New York: Pantheon, 2009. 320 pages.

Reviewer Jeffrey Shallit writes, “The thesis of Why Us? is simple: science has no answers to the questions that really matter—questions like: How did humans come to be bipedal and have large brains? How, precisely, does the human brain work? How does an immaterial mind affect the material body? What is awareness and free will?

Creating Life in the Lab

by Fazale Rana
Grand Rapids (MI): Baker Books, 2011. 235 pages.

The central idea of Rana’s book, according to reviewer Juli Peretó, is that “the human contribution to all the experiments of prebiotic chemistry and the emergent field of synthetic biology shows that nothing could have happened on the early earth under the control of natural forces alone.” Summarizing his reaction, Peretó lamented that “at first sight satisfactory scientific descriptions are followed by strained and implausible arguments for the religiously significant conclusions.

A Meaningful World

by Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt
Downers Grove (IL): InterVarsity Press, 2006. 257 pages.

“The central argument of the book is simple,” writes reviewer John M. Lynch: “certain aspects of nature reveal a purpose that reveals the ‘Genius of Nature’ ... there literally is a Genius (namely, God) behind nature, and we can demonstrate this by the example of the existence of Shakespeare’s works, Euclid’s geometry, the periodic table and its elements, fine-tuning in the cosmos, and biological complexity. The degree to which one is convinced ...

Charles Darwin’s Religious Views

by David Herbert
Kitchener, Canada: Joshua Press, 2009. 174 pages.

Far from being a scholarly treatment, reviewer Marc-André Lachance warns, Charles Darwin’s Religious Views is “a deception, a carrier wave for a disparaging message; not entirely surprising, as Herbert is candid enough to confess his allegiance to biblical inerrancy and the resultant frame of mind.” Redefining terms, pigeonholing views, and ignoring context, Herbert treats evolution as a religion with natural selection its divinity.

A Reparation, Universal Gravitation a Universal Fake

by C. S. Deford
Fairfield, WA: Ye Galleon Press, 1992. 62 pages.

Never mind the title! This historical oddity is an extended essay offering "scientific" and religious reasons that the earth must be flat!

Signs of Intelligence: Understanding Intelligent Design

edited by William A. Dembski and James M. Kushner
Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2001. 224 pages.

Essays on argument for intelligent design by Phillip E. Johnson, Nancy Pearcey, Michael J. Behe, William A Dembski, Stephen C. Meyer, John Mark Reynolds, Patrick Henry Reardon, Jay Wesley Richards, and others originally published in the journal Touchstone. With new introduction by William Dembski and essay by Bruce L. Gordon.

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