Annotated Bibliography for the Intelligent Design - Evolution Debate - 2002

  • Nov 30, 2001
  • Series: Volume 5 - 2002

Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D., Denver Seminary, 2002

Internet sites:
  1. Access Research Network: Materials by Phillip Johnson and many others on the cutting edge of the intelligent design movement.
  2. The Discovery Institute: Information from William Dembski and other leading intelligent design thinkers.
Books by Christians:
  1. Michael Behe, Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. New York: The Free Press, 1996. A biochemist argues for "irreducible complexity" in living organisms that cannot be explained by Darwinian mechanisms.
  2. William Dembski, editor, Mere Creation: Science, Faith, and Intelligent Design. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1998. Collection of papers by leading thinkers such as William Dembski, William Lane Craig, J.P. Moreland and many others.
  3. William Dembski, James Kushiner, eds. Signs of Intelligence: Understanding Intelligent Design. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2001. Essays by important thinkers in the movement. Good starting point.
  4. William Dembski, Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science and Theology. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999. Possibly the key book on the theory of intelligent design as applied to modern science. A simplified version of the much more technical work by Dembski, The Design Inference. Cambridge University Press, 1998.
  5. Cornelius Hunter, Darwin's God: Evolution and the Problem of Evil. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2001. Persuasively argues that much of the fuel for Darwinism comes from false metaphysical views of what creation should be like given the existence of a good and all-powerful God. This view, however, denies the reality of the fall (Genesis 3; Romans 3). Since the world is not perfect, Darwinists falsely conclude it is not created or designed at all. Important insights often missing from both sides of the debate.
  6. Phillip Johnson, Darwin on Trial, revised edition. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993. The pivotal book for the intelligent design movement. Written by a law professor.
  7. Phillip Johnson, Reason in the Balance. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995. Explains the impact of naturalism in science and other aspects of American culture.
  8. Phillip Johnson, Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. Introductory material on the cultural and philosophical dynamics of the debate on origins.
  9. Phillip Johnson, The Wedge of Truth: Splitting the Foundations of Naturalism. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000. Explains the basic strategy of the Intelligent Design movement to dethrone naturalism in the sciences.
  10. J.P. Moreland, Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of Christianity. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1987. An apologetic for Christianity, which contains an excellent chapter on the philosophy of science and the rationality of creation over naturalistic evolution.
  11. J.P. Moreland, Christianity and the Nature of Science. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1989. An in-depth analysis of the philosophy of science in relation to the Christian world view. Excellent material on a creationist view as rational and scientific.
  12. J.P. Moreland, editor, The Creation Hypothesis. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1994. Collection of important essays on intelligent design.
  13. Jonathan Wells, Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2000. Power expose of phony evidence for Darwinism. Does not present a positive case for intelligent design.
Books by Non-Christians:
  1. Michael Denton, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis. Bethesda Maryland: Adler and Adler, 1986. A key book challenging the scientific credentials of Darwinism.
  2. Norman MacBeth, Darwin Retried. New York: Dell Publishing Company, 1971. Written by a lawyer who takes apart Darwinism logically and evidentially.
  3. Norman MacBeth, Darwinism: A Time for Funerals: An Interview with Norman Macbeth. San Francisco: Robert Briggs Associates, 1982. Taken from a magazine interview.
  4. Richard Milton, Shattering the Myths of Darwinism. Rochester, VT: Park Street Press. 1997. Compelling case against Darwinism offered by a scientific writer.
  5. Lee Spetner, Not By Chance: Shattering the Modern Theory of Evolution. Brooklyn, NY: The Judaica Press, 1997. A Jewish, scientific challenge.
  6. Gordon Rattray Taylor, The Great Evolution Mystery. New York: Harper and Row, 1983. Raises significant challenges to Darwinism.
Magazines featuring the intelligent design movement:
  1. Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Volume 1, Number 4, Winter 1998. Features articles by Michael Behe, William Dembski, and others defending intelligent design and several articles critiquing the movement. Send $5 to Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Michigan State University Press, 1405 S. Harrison Road, 25 Manly Miles Building, East Lansing, MI 48823-5202. Phone: 517-355-9543.
  2. Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. July/August 1999. Articles by William Dembski, Michael Behe, and others. Contact: Touchstone, Publishing management Associates, 129 Phelps Avenue, Suite 312, Rockford, IL 61108. Phone: 815-398-8569. This material was republished as the book, Signs of Intelligence.
  3. Origins and Design: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Dedicated to Intelligent Design Issues. Access Research Network. P.O. Box 38069, Colorado Springs, CO 80937-8069.