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5.0 out of 5 stars A much-needed critique of Phillip Johnson, 10 July 1999
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This review is from: Tower of Babel: The Evidence Against the New Creationism (Bradford Book) (Bradford Books) (Hardcover)
Robert Pennock, who before this book was unknown to me, is now one of my personal favorite philosophers. There are other publishings exposing the problems with creationism, so at first glance this book might appear to be a mere reiteration of what has already been stated by other authors. Make no mistake, though - this book proves to be worth its weight in gold (which is about 2.3 pounds).
Previously, we have been treated to overall reviews of generic creationist claims. That's all fine and dandy, but a comprehensive assessment of specific claims to new authors (i.e. Johnson, Behe) is what the public has needed for some time now. Pennock's book points out the holes in the 'new creationism,' but mainly this is an expose of Phillip Johnson, and a welcome one at that. Johnson, leader of the "Intelligent Design Theory" (which is nothing more than creationism that does not explicitly refer to God), has caused quite a fracas with his psuedo-profound rhetoric about the nature of science. Before now, creationists tried to battle the "origins debate" out on science's home turf, only to lose desperatly at every turn. Johnson's new strategy is to denounce the whole methodology of scientific inquiry, and bullying readers by referring to science as "dogma" and other such substanceless potshots.
Pennock's book deals a devastaing blow to Johnson. His portrayal of creationism is helpful indeed, and the book ends not with the ruins of creationism in its wake, but with suggestions for helping creationists understand that this whole debate does not undermine the fundamental morals or values that Chistianity holds so dear. This is, after all, the prime motivation of creationists, for they fear that "dogmatic naturalism" and "scientific assumptions" destroy morality. This fear is radically misguided, and Pennock shows just how (and how to fix it) better than anyone is recent memory.
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