By Design: science search for God...

The book introduces and summarizes two contemporary movements "science and religion dialogue" and "intelligent design". After reading By Design we understand how what was once a battleground between God and science can now become a meeting ground.

B Y D E S I G N S c i e n c e a n d t h e S e a r c h f o r G o d L a r r y Wi t h am 7 physics and biology that, according to the Shermer/ Sulloway sur-vey, are still quite persuasive as reasons for belief. According to public opinion surveys in the United States, belief in God or a universal spirit is the rule, not the exception, so this book is not offered as an antidote to religious doubt. And the American people’s strong tendency toward metaphysical belief arises from a vast array of motives and experiences; persuasion by the evidence of science can be one reason for belief, but perhaps a relatively minor one. Yet this is a scientific age, and believers willing to acknowl-edge the power of science will want to reconcile their convictions with the latest findings. For atheistic materialists, the “ scientific naturalism” promulgated by Thomas Huxley still holds sway— a stance that either denies God’s existence or relegates the question itself to irrelevancy. At the opposite pole are the biblical creation-ists: hoping to harmonize nature and science with a literal reading of Genesis, they are willing, in cases of conflict, for revelation to trump factual discoveries. In the following pages, the champions of the materialist school will appear frequently; after all, they voice the orthodoxy of establishment science. The Bible creationists make only cameo appearances as part of the historical background. My interest is situated in the middle ground between the atheists and the fundamentalists: this is where the dialogue emerging from the science- and- religion and the intelligent design movements truly takes place. Among the occupants of this territory are the “ Spinozans,” named after the formidable Dutch Jewish philosopher Baruch Spi-noza, the hero of Einstein, who himself acknowledged a “ cosmic religious feeling.” For these thinkers, God is mysteriously one with the laws of nature. This pantheistic view of deity has been labeled  C  h a p t e r Home  | T O C

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Front MatterFront CoverTitle PageCopyright PageCONTENTSPREFACERETHINKING SCIENCE1. DARWIN TRIUMPHANT2. SCIENCE IN THE DOCKINTIMATIONS OF DESIGN3. THE COSMIC CENTER4. LOOKING FOR LIGHT5. THE DIALOGUE6. LIFE'S ORIGIN7. THE MOVEMENT8. BY DESIGNTHE HUMAN DIMENSION9. THE WAR OF WORDS10. THE TREE OF LIFE11. MIND AND BRAIN12. LEAPS OF FAITHACKNOWLEDGMENTSBIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY
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