I give this a five not because of the quality of the essays, but as a recommendation to read the book. Some of the essays are excellently crafted; others horribly so. But this book gives a very good overview of the quality of the arguments out there, by the proclaimed best in the respective fields.
Darwinism Defeated is basically a critique of Johnson's Defeating Darwinism. In this Lamoureux does a superb job, with many cogent, coherent arguments that frankly demolish Johnson's position. Lamoureux begins with some rather intriguing and provocative ideas of advocating a difference between cosmological intervention and personal intervention- thus that God intervenes miraculously in personal lives of intelligent beings, but that it diminishes his character to state that He must do so in the creation of the universe as He is evidently incapable of setting up a working system. I must admit this idea is very persuasive to me.
Lamoureux's treatment of Johnson is particularly glaring when he points out Johnson's complete lack of understanding of basic biology and the meaning of evolution, as well as Johnson's personal attacks on his opponents. One can tell Lamoureux spent a fair bit of time to politely and kindly review Johnson's thoughts and works.
The reason Darwinism Defeated is a critique rather than an actual dialogue on the subject is wholly at the feet of Johnson. His responses to Lamoureux are extremely terse and very off point, with the typical requisite quote mining. He explicitly states that he has no interest in addressing most of Lamoureux's points, and that he doesn't want to write that much- either because he feels it's beneath him or because he doesn't have much to say. Thus it is solely because of Johnson's lack of care for the interchange that Lamoureux clearly wins the day. It's a pity, as it would have been interesting to read an honest interchange of the best and the brightest on this contentious subject.
The rest of the book follows after the two, as those of Intelligent Design and the Evolution camps make their case and critiques of Johnson and Lamoureux. All participants do so from the perspective of affirming the centrality of Jesus Christ. Most of the IDers present old arguments long ago refuted or rehashed misunderstandings of Information Theory. The ironic exception is Wells essay which actually gets at some of the guts of the controversy. But it is ironic because his essay is only three pages long, with therefore undeveloped arguments.
In contrast, most of the essays from an evolutionary perspective present arguments that fully address their opponents and fully conteract them. Till and Wilkinson have some rather strong cases for the inherent Deism present in Intelligent Design, as this hypothesis ultimately argues that God is fully present only at unique times, and not seamlessly immanent in all of creation- it is a form of punctuated naturalism. Rather it is important to affirm God is present at all moments of creation- something missing from Intelligent Design, Literal Creationism, and atheistic Evolution.
Of particular interest, and in a completely separate category, is Denton's essay. Michael Denton started off a lot of the Intelligent Design movement with his book, Evolution: A Theory In Crisis, a work rightfully widely panned by scientists. There Denton seems to make a strong case against evolution and for proto-Intelligent Design. However, in this essay he has completely changed track. Either his views have radically changed over the years, or he simply radically miscommunicated them previously. (He seems to indicate some support for the latter idea in this essay.) For here he unequivocally affirms that God is present in creation, but that it happened entirely through naturalistic means- that all life evolved without the necessity of intervention by God. However, as in his landmark book, he states that he feels there are major problems with the Gradualistic theory of evolution (what he here calls Darwinism). What is new is he argues that it happens not through miraculous intervention, but rather that there are sudden changes between classes and orders through homeobox genes. While I think this will expose him to the same critiques of Stephen J. Gould's Puctuated Equilibriuim- namely that he is conflating time and not giving full allowance for what can happen in a short time span of 100,000 years- it certainly places Denton in a new light, and indeed, on the opposite side of the camp as where he has usually been claimed- in the bosom of the Literal Creationists.
I recommend this book because it will show you what is being said out there, on both sides. Darwinism Defeated is rather indicative of the controversy as a whole- the Theistic Evolutionists state their arguments with evidence, and respond to those of the Intelligent Designers and Literal Creationists. The latter groups skirt the arguments of evolution, lack sufficient experience and understanding of the issues, and avoid actually engaging their opponents.