by ID Arts Blogger
In this groundbreaking book, Wiker and Witt show that nature offers all of the challenges and surprises, all of the mystery and elegance, we associate with design and, further, with artistic genius. They begin in Shakespeare and range through the fine-tuning of the laws of physics, the Periodic Table of Elements, the artistry of ordinary substances like carbon and water, the intricacy of biological organisms, and the drama of scientific exploration itself. In contrast to contemporary claims that the world is ultimately meaningless, Wiker and Witt reveal a cosmos charged with both meaning and purpose.
The book expands the intelligent design argument from the evidence of design to evidence for ingenious design. The authors argue that nature is a work of genius, like a Shakespearian play is a work of genius–both are rich, deep, and complex, full of meaning at every level.
Reductionism tears down human genius as unreal, as reducible to mere chemistry or biology. Wiker and Witt argue that our experience of genius is real. The genius of Shakespeare or Euclid or the chemist Lavoisier is something that should be explained–not explained away. And the same applies to the evidence of genius we find in nature.
This timely book reveals a universe of variety, artistry and meaning by taking an integrated look at both the arts and sciences-an amazing liberal-arts education in one volume. This is required reading for those interested in ARN’s ID Arts Initiative.
A Meaningful World is available from ARN.