Intelligent Design Uncensored, An Easy-to-Understand Guide to the Controversy by William A. Dembski and Jonathan Witt describes what intelligent design really is. The purpose of the book is to define intelligent design and debunk any misconceptions using scientific research.
The authors show why the universe and everything in it seem to be designed by answering the question, are the things of nature the product of mindless forces alone, or did creative reason play a role? They build an argument for intelligent design using science and logic in a way that is easy to follow and understand. They give many examples and analogies that make sense, giving the reader a solid foundation in the concepts of intelligent design.
The science in this book includes many references to other writings such as Michael Behe’s Darwin’s Black Box and Dembski’s own Design Inference, among many others. Scientific topics include problems with Darwinism, the laws of probability, and shows research by many scientists.
The logical arguments build on fallacious analogies that work really well to demonstrate the point. For example, someone seeing Mount Rushmore and coming to the conclusion that it is a natural phenomenon. Other examples used include The Grand Canyon and the shape of Mona Lisa painted into grass. These examples show logical conclusions of something that looks designed.
The book includes current research by design theorists that shows original research that tests claims of materialism and intelligent design.
The information is not bogged down with incomprehensible jargon. Instead, it is very readable, understandable, and memorable. It is a very easy book to recommend, both as an introduction and as a solid resource for intelligent design. Five out of five stars!
I would like to thank InterVarsity Press for this free review copy. My opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.