Marketing Intelligent Design

by Frank S. Ravitch
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 360 pages.

Reviewer Tim Beazley describes Marketing Intelligent Design as arguing that “the ‘intelligent design’ movement (IDM) is not really a serious attempt to advance a scientific alternative to evolutionary science, but rather a slick marketing plan designed to evade the judicial interpretations of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause that prohibit religious proselytizing in public elementary, middle, and high school science classes.” He concludes, “Overall the book is excellent,” and very helpful for anyone interested in the constitutional issues surrounding “intelligent design,” at the same time expressing a few reservations about the usefulness of the citations and Ravitch’s tolerance for the dishonesty of intelligent design creationists.