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403 pages
Jun 2004
ISI Books

Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing

by William Dembski

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Review:

This group of anti-Darwinist essays collected by editor William A. Dembski, includes writings by such noteworthy authors as Robert C. Koons, Phillip E. Johnson, Marcel-Paul Schutzenberger, Nancy R. Pearcey, Edward Sisson, J. Budziszewski, Frank J. Tipler, Michael J. Behe, Michael John Denton, James Barham, Cornelius G. Hunter, Roland F. Hirsch, Christopher Michael Langan, and David Berlinski. Uncommon Dissent is a valiant, highly-intellectual, completely reasonable endeavor to dethrone Darwinism as the default ideology of our society.

Many of the contributing essayists present different problems with Darwinism, from the point that Darwinism never actually managed to disprove Creationism or a design theory, as presented by Robert C. Koons, to the point that Darwinism has shaped the way biology has been studied since it became the “default” theory of the scientific world, as explained by Roland F. Hirsch. Uncommon Dissent portrays what can become an emotional topic in a logical, academic way. Each of the scholars, writers, professors, and scientists who contributed to this book is highly educated in his or her own specific field, and the book includes a short section of biographical information about them.

n assembling these scholarly essays into his book, William A. Dembski's key purpose is to “expose and unseat the myths that have gathered around Darwinism.” And, for those who read for an open mind, Dembski has done just that. – Meg Tepfer, Christian Book Previews.com

Book Jacket:

Recent years have seen the rise to prominence of ever more sophisticated philosophical and scientific critiques of the ideas marketed under the name of Darwinism. In Uncommon Dissent, mathematician and philosopher William A. Dembski brings together essays by leading intellectuals who find one or more aspects of Darwinism unpersuasive. As Dembski explains, Darwinism has gathered around itself an aura of invincibility that is inhospitable to rational discussion—to say the least: "Darwinism, its proponents assure us, has been overwhelmingly vindicated. Any resistance to it is futile and indicates bad faith or worse." Indeed, those who question the Darwinian synthesis are supposed, in the famous formulation of Richard Dawkins, to be ignorant, stupid, insane, or wicked.

The hostility of dogmatic Darwinians like Dawkins has not, however, prevented the advent of a growing cadre of scholarly critics of metaphysical Darwinism. The measured, thought-provoking essays in Uncommon Dissent make it increasingly obvious that these critics are not the brainwashed fundamentalist buffoons that Darwinism’s defenders suggest they are, but rather serious, skeptical, open-minded inquirers whose challenges pose serious questions about the viability of Darwinist ideology. The intellectual power of their contributions to Uncommon Dissent is bracing.