Seeking God in Science:
An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design
Softback, 177 pp., 2009
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This is a breakthrough book in the origins debate. Why? Because an atheist professor of philosophy at a secular university has written a book to defend intelligent design. As Monton would admit, it's a partial, as he does not find ID arguments overwhelmingly convincing, but he also does not find them trivial, and he believes they should be allowed on the table and in the classroom for discussion. He even went so far as to defend ID in a public debate in 2008, and his position as a true educator seeking truth has brought the wrath of Darwinists and fellow atheists down on his head. Welcome to the club Dr. Monton!
His work on a rigorous definition of intelligent design in chapter 1 is worth the price of the book alone. While most ID proponents use sound byte definitions to communicate the essence of ID to the public, Monton develops a rigorous definition that he feels will help in testing ID theory. We wouldn't expect any less of a philosophy of science professor and we think his definition will generate a more meaningful dialogue. But don't worry, you don't have to be a philosopher to understand this book. Monton has done a great job of making his arguments accessible to the general reader.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What Is Intelligent Design, and Why Might an Atheist Believe In It?
Chapter 2: Why It Is Legitimate to Treat Intelligent Design as Science
Chapter 3: Some Somewhat Plausible Intelligent Design Arguments
Chapter 4: Should Intelligent Design Be Taught in School?
Dr. Bradley Monton is philosophy professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He works in philosophy of science (especially physics), probabilistic epistemology, philosophy of time, and philosophy of religion. He received his undergraduate degree in physics and philosophy from Rice University in 1994, and his PhD in philosophy from Princeton University in 1999. He has published extensively on issues in foundations of physics and probability theory, and his work on how to predict future duration from present age has been discussed in The New York Times.
He is a featured author at Access Research Network for his interest in and work on Intelligent Design.
"Seeking God in Science is a refreshing and fair-minded exploration of intelligent design arguments. Unlike the many ideologically-driven detractors of intelligent design, Monton refuses to set up a straw man, poison the well, or dismiss it as unscientific. Bradley Monton writes as "a friendly atheist"--one who seriously and honestly considers claims that challenge atheism. As such, this book is a
Groothuis, Professor of Philosophy, Denver Seminary
"This is a brave and important book. Monton does not defend 'intelligent design' as true-- he thinks it is most likely false.Â Instead, he defends it as a hypothesis worth taking seriously.Â He argues convincingly that it can be formulated as a scientifically testable hypothesis, and that there is some important empirical evidence for it--not as much evidence as its supporters claim there is, but some evidence. Virtually all voices in this debate insist either that ID is not even worth taking seriously or else that it is manifestly the truth.Â It is refreshing to see a talented philosopher give the thesis its due and make a serious attempt to weigh the evidence for and against it, without the weight of the 'culture wars' hanging over every sentence."
--John T. Roberts, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina,
"It's about time that a competent analytic philosopher took a look at design-theoretic arguments in the sciences--and this because analytic philosophers have until now responded to serious challenges to prevailing orthodoxy by squirting out ink and indignation in equal measure. Bradley Monton's book should be read by philosophers, biologists and physicists willing to keep their minds open long enough to let out the stale air and let in a few arguments."Â
--David Berlinski, Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute, Center for Science and
"Bradley Monton has done the intellectual community an enormous service in writing this defense of intelligent design. As an atheist, he defends ID not because he thinks it is true. Rather, he shows how it raises important questions and how many critics, in their enthusiasm to kill the baby in the cradle, are short-circuiting a discussion that needs to happen. Monton understands that important questions are never resolved by ignoring or marginalizing them. By employing his considerable skills as an analytic philosopher, he brings clarity to this much controverted question of intelligent design."Â
--William A. Dembski, author of The End of Christianity