Darwin and Design

by Michael Ruse
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004. 384 pages.

Writing in BioScience, NCSE's Eugenie C. Scott and Glenn Branch comment, "For a truly synoptic view of the intellectual backdrop, Michael Ruse's Darwin and Design (2003) — the final volume in a trilogy containing Monad to Man (1996) and Mystery of Mysteries (1999) — is just the ticket. Ruse explains in exhilarating detail how the attempts to explain the apparent design of the biological world have shaped the history of biology from Plato and Aristotle to the present day. In his final chapter, 'Turning Back the Clock,' he cleanly dissects the arguments for ID ... then suggests that the future of a rapprochement between Christianity and evolution is ... with the development of a 'theology of nature'."