Darwin on Trial

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InterVarsity Press, Oct 5, 2010 - Religion - 247 pages
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Is evolution fact or fancy? Is natural selection an unsupported hypothesis or a confirmed mechanism of evolutionary change? These were the courageous questions that professor of law Phillip Johnson originally took up in 1991. His relentless pursuit to follow the evidence wherever it leads remains as relevant today as then. The facts and the logic of the arguments that purport to establish a theory of evolution based on Darwinian principles, says Johnson, continue to draw their strength from faith--faith in philosophical naturalism. In this edition Johnson responds to critics of the first edition and maintains that scientists have put the cart before the horse, regarding as scientific fact what really should be regarded as a yet unproved hypothesis. Also included is a new, extended introduction by noted biologist Michael Behe, who chronicles the ongoing relevance of Johnson's cogent analysis.

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Phillip Johnson is annoying. At least Henry Morris and Duane Gish argue in favor of something. Phillip Johnson pretty much argues for nothing. Read full review

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Very interesting and thoughtful critique of Darwinism. Up until this point, I always thought only Christian Fundamentalists did not "believe" in the Darwin's Theory of Evolution. Some thoughtful ... Read full review


Foreword to the 20th Anniversary Edition by Michael J Behe
Preface to the Second Edition 1993
The Legal Setting
Natural Selection
Mutations Great and Small
The Fossil Problem
The Fact of Evolution
The Vertebrate Sequence
Prebiological Evolution
The Rules of Science
Darwinist Religion
Darwinist Education
Science and Pseudoscience
The Book and Its Critics
Research Notes

The Molecular Evidence

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Phillip E. Johnson taught law for more than thirty years at the University of California--Berkeley where he is professor emeritus. He is recognized as a leading spokesman for the intelligent design movement, and is the author of many books, including Darwin on Trial, Reason in the Balance and Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds.

Behe earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently professor of biological sciences at Lehigh University. Behe's research focuses on the structure and function of chromatin and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. In his book Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution (Free Press), Behe argues that the irreducible complexity of cellular biochemical systems shows that they were designed by an intelligent agent. Darwin's Black Box has been reviewed in Science, Nature, New Scientist, National Review, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. It was selected as Christianity Today's 1996 Book of the Year. Behe is a member of the Biophysical Society and the American Society for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. He is also a fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture.

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