Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design
Shermer, Michael. 2007. Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design. Holt Rinehart and Winston. Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 224 pages
Rear Cover Summary
In Why Darwin Matters, Michael Shermer, the bestselling author of Why People Believe Weird Things and the publisher of Skeptic magazine, decodes the facts of evolution and shows how natural selection achieves the elegant design of life. Shermer, once an evangelical Christian and a creationist, argues that Intelligent Design proponents invoke a combination of bad science, political antipathy, and flawed theology in their brand of creationism. He refutes their pseudoscientific arguments and then demonstrates why conservatives and people of faith can and should embrace evolution. Why Darwin Matters is an incisive examination of what is at stake in the debate over evolution.
Chapter of contents
Prologue: Why evolution matters
1. The facts of evolution
2. Why people do not accept evolution
3. In search of the designer
4. Debating intelligent design
5. Science under attack
6. The real agenda
7. Why science cannot contradict religion
8. Why christians and conservatives should accept evolution
9. The real unsolved problems in evolution
Epilogue: Why science matters
Review by Mark Edon;
Does exactly what it says on the tin. A whistle stop tour of the main points regarding the intelligent design/creationism movement.
We get explanations of the common misconceptions/lies about evolution. A discussion of the motives behind peoples denial of a major branch of modern science and a cogent case for why creationism is bad religion anyway.
Quick and easy to read. A great introduction for the topic or a quick summary of the overall situation for those wanting a rational and evidence based approached to it.