The ID Arts Initiative provides us a great forum to announce the publication of the first ARN fictional book: The Cave Painting: A Parable of Science by Roddy Bullock. Our ID Literature focus will include many literary works that engage ID on some level including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi, and children’s books.
Four hundred fifty pages of serious fun, The Cave Painting is an allegorical novel exploring the Design versus Naturalism debate in a fictional story format. The novel, together with comprehensive end notes which tie the allegorical arguments to real facts and arguments, highlights the key shortcomings of current Darwinian theories in explaining the origin of specified complex things, whether they be cave paintings, or, by analogy, human beings. This parable pits a bright young student against the academic establishment that tries to convince her and fellow students that a recently discovered local cave painting can be explained by purely naturalistic processes. She�s not buying it, and you are likely to stay up all night to find out how the parable ends.
The Darwin vs. Design debate is often a “left-brain” activity focused on the scientific data in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Roddy Bullock shows us we can use both sides of our brain in approaching this issue with a beautiful and engaging parable that may find a new audience that would shudder at the thought of wading through a book full of data. However, those who enjoy the scientific details of the debate will not be disappointed, as the second half of the book consists of footnotes to real-world examples to support the points being made in the parable. Both the artist and the scientist will find something of value in this book that gives us a fresh new way to look at the issues and will likely keep you up all night to find out how the parable ends.
–Dennis Wagner, Executive Director, Access Research Network
The Cave Painting: A Parable of Science is available from ARN