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 medieval theological wine in new biochemical and cosmological bottles." Shanks is Professor of Philosophy at Wichita State University.