Creationism Critiqued

Unintelligent Design

by Mark Perakh
Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2003. 459 pages.

In Unintelligent Design, Mark Perakh offers incisive critiques of the work of intelligent design advocates William Dembski, Michael Behe, and Phillip Johnson (whom he describes as a "militant dilettante"), as well as animadversions on "primitive" (or literalist) creationists and thoughts about scientific method.

Why Intelligent Design Fails

edited by Matt Young and Taner Edis
New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2004. 238 pages.

In Why Intelligent Design Fails, a team of scientists — Taner Edis, Matt Young, Gert Korthof, David Ussery, Ian Musgrave, Alan Gishlick, Niall Shanks, Istvan Karsai, Gary Hurd, Jeffrey Shallit, Wesley Elsberry, Mark Perakh, and Victor Stenger — call on their expertise in physics, biology, computer science, and archaeology to examine "intelligent design". NCSE President Kevin Padian describes Why Intelligent Design Fails as "[a] terrific book that explores, fairly and openly, whether proponents of ID have any scientifically valid gadgets in their toolbox at all.

God, the Devil, and Darwin

by Niall Shanks
New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. 273 pages.

In God, the Devil, and Darwin, Niall Shanks provides a philosophically acute and politically engaged critique of "intelligent design" which Richard Dawkins describes, in his foreword, as "a shrewd broadside in what will, I fear, be a lengthy campaign." After reviewing and debunking the leading scientific and philosophical claims of "intelligent design," Shanks wryly concludes, "Intelligent design advocates have not merely failed to offer extraordinary evidence but indeed have failed to offer even humdrum evidence to support their case," and describes "intelligent design" as "old m

The Counter-Creationism Handbook

by Mark Isaak
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007. 330 pages.

Now in paperback, Mark Isaak's The Counter-Creationism Handbook is the ideal reference for anyone seeking to defend the teaching of evolution in the public schools. Kevin Padian writes, "Mark Isaak's book is thorough, up-to-date, readable, well argued, and clear. It provides citations for every argument or claim that is made about the usually inaccurate claims of anti-evolutionists. Indispensable and fair, it should be welcomed by all interested in these questions."

Scientists Confront Creationism: Intelligent Design and Beyond

edited by Andrew J. Petto and Laurie R. Godfrey
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2007. 463 pages.

A spectacular new anthology featuring essays about creationism — and its latest incarnation, "intelligent design" — by Ronald L. Numbers, NCSE's Eugenie C. Scott, John R. Cole, Victor J. Stenger, Antonio Lazcano, Kevin Padian and Kenneth D. Angielczyk, Robert Dorit, Wesley R. Elsberry, C. Loring Brace, Robert T. Pennock, Norman A. Johnson, J. Michael Plavcan, Alice Beck Kehoe, and the editors, Andrew J. Petto and NCSE Supporter Laurie R. Godfrey; Cole, Padian, and Petto are all members of NCSE's board of directors.

Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design

by Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. 432 pages.

The definitive exposé of the "intelligent design" movement's so-called Wedge strategy, Creationism's Trojan Horse — in Steven Pinker's words — "documents the disturbing movement to sneak religious dogma back into science education, driven by the vague fear that Americans can't handle the truth. Educators, scientists, and politicians would do well to understand this movement and its tactics, and this book is a superb and timely analysis." The paperback edition contains a new chapter on Kitzmiller v.

Living with Darwin

by Philip Kitcher
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. 192 pages.

As NCSE deputy director Glenn Branch wrote in BioScience, "Kitcher discusses the evidence for, and the creationist resistance to, deep time, common ancestry, and natural selection, in vivid and fluent prose, and always with accuracy and insight. Recognizing the historical respectability and the current bankruptcy of intelligent design, he describes it as 'dead science' — although, in light of its shambling tenacity, 'zombie science' is perhaps a preferable label.

Doubting Darwin? Creationist Designs on Evolution

by Sahotra Sarkar
Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2007. 232 pages.

Sahotra Sarkar, Professor of Integrative Biology and of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, offers a powerfully argued arraignment of the scientific bankruptcy of "intelligent design" creationism. William Wimsatt writes, "Sarkar's scientific expositions and dissections of Dembski's specious arguments and Behe's lack of imagination are clear, surgical, and authoritative.

Finding Darwin's God

by Kenneth R. Miller
New York: Harper Perennial, 1999. 338 pages.

Subtitled "A scientist's search for common ground between God and evolution," Finding Darwin's God is a perennial favorite. Francisco J. Ayala writes, "Finding Darwin's God is an artfully constructed argument against both those who deny evolution and those using science to justify a materialist worldview. Yet it is a book for all readers. I know of no other that would surpass it in being mindful of different views, while still forceful.

Only a Theory

by Kenneth R. Miller
New York: Viking Books, 2008. 244 pages.

From the publisher: "In Only a Theory, Kenneth Miller dissects the claims of the ID movement in the same incisive style that marked his testimony as an expert witness in Pennsylvania's landmark 2005 Dover evolution trial. ... Only a Theory's critique of ID goes far beyond the scientific claims of the movement. To Miller, America's 'soul' — its place as the world's leading scientific nation — is at risk because of this struggle. ... Miller refuses to play the role of pessimist.