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  • Daniel Dennett's Dangerous Idea (8.31.96)
    Review of Darwin's Dangerous Idea, by Daniel Dennett, was published in The New Criterion, October, 1995.
  • The Extinction of Darwinism (9.11.96)
    Review from The Atlantic, February, 1992.
  • The Fear of God (4.7.99)
    Review of The Fifth Miracle: The Search for the Origin of Life, by Paul Davies (1999). A condensed version of this review essay
    was published in the Weekly Standard for March 22, 1999. This is the original manuscript version.
  • The Robot Rebellion of Richard Dawkins (7.5.00)
    Review of Richard Dawkins' Unweaving the Rainbow. Reprinted from Christian Research Journal, June 14, 2000.
Articles and Reviews from Books & Culture
  • Engaging the Third Culture Sept/Oct 1995
    A review of The Third Culture: Beyond the Scientific Revolution, by John Brockman. John Brockman is a literary agent who represents many of the most famous scientist/authors of today. The "third culture" of his title consists of scientists who write books for the general public; Brockman thinks they have replaced humanists as the most important intellectuals of modern culture.
  • The Law and Politics of Religious Freedom: A Revolution in the Making Nov/Dec. 1995
    A joint review of two books: Foreordained Failure: The Quest for a Constitutional Principle of Religious Freedom, By Steven D. Smith (Oxford University Press 1995); and Mere Creatures of the State? Education, Religion, and the Court, by William Bentley Ball (Crisis Books 1995). Steven D. Smith is a professor of constitutional law; William Bentley Ball is a practicing lawyer who has represented religious groups in famous Supreme Court cases.
  • The Belief that Works Best (published as "William James and the Sirens of Rationalism"). Jan/Feb 1996
    A review of Paul Jerome Croce, Science and Religion in the Era of William James: The Eclipse of Certainty, 1820-1880, (Vol.1: University of North Carolina Press, 1995). Croce is a professor of history; his book is about the beginnings of pragmatism in American philosophy in the wake of the Darwinian revolution.
  • Paul Feyerabend's Choice for Freedom (published as "Wundergadfly"). March/April 1996
    A review of Paul Feyerabend's autobiography, Killing Time. Paul Feyerabend was a philosopher of science and a famous critic of the scientific imperialism promoted by the authors interviewed in the John Brockman collection (see #1, above).
  • Starting a Conversation about Evolution (published as "Third Party Science"). May/June 1996.
    A review of The Battle of the Beginnings: Why Neither Side is Winning the Creation-Evolution Debate, by Del Ratzsch. Ratzsch is a professor of philosophy at Calvin College.
  • Left Behind Sept/Oct 1996.
    A review of The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America is Wracked by Culture Wars, by Todd Gitlin. Gitlin, a Berkeley sociologist who recently moved to New York University, was a founding member of what used to be called the "New Left."
  • Pomo Science Nov/Dec 1996.
    A review of "Science Wars", a special issue of Social Text (Vol. 14, Nos. 1-2, 1996); and The End of Science: Facing the Limits of Knowledge in the Twighlight of the Scientific Age by John Horgan. This review contrasts the rationalist and relativist approaches to science -- and to Biblical studies.
  • Harter's Precept (published as "The Emperor's New Theories") March/April 1997.
    Critical Thinking applied to some prominent fallacies in social science.
  • Genius and Plod May/June 1997.
    A joint review of Martin Gilbert's book about how he investigated all the fascinating details of Winston Churchill's life, and of Drusilla Scott's popular account of Michael Polanyi's thought.
  • The Law Written on the Heart (Published as "Coercion and Conscience) July/August 1997.
    A review of J. Budziszewski's book about natural law.
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