Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism from Antiquity to the Present

Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism from Antiquity to the Present
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  • ISBN-13: 9781583671733
  • ISBN: 1583671730
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press


Foster, John Bellamy, Clark, Brett, York, Richard


A critique of religious dogma historically provides the basis for rational inquiry into the physical and social world. Critique of Intelligent Design is a key to understanding the forces of irrationalism that seek to undermine the natural and social sciences. This book illuminates the historical evolution of the materialist critique--that is, explaining the world in terms of itself--from antiquity to the present through engaging the work of Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Lucretius, Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and Stephen Jay Gould among others. Proponents of ?intelligent design?--creationism in its contemporary guise--have reignited an age-old war in which they claim to elevate their doctrine to empirical truth and thus incorporate it into science curricula. They attack the modern scientific view elevating both a pseudo -scientific and -cultural renewal in line with their theological orientation and what they perceive as a knowable moral order. Critique of Intelligent Design is a compelling account of the debate between materialism and religion as well as an overview of the contemporary fight concerning nature, science, history, morality, and knowledge. The authors demonstrate how historical materialism is a crucial social foundation from which to confront intelligent design. They provide a fascinating account of the development of science in opposition to the proponents of ?received wisdom.' Critique of Intelligent Design offers empowering tools to understand and defend critical and scientific reasoning.Foster, John Bellamy is the author of 'Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism from Antiquity to the Present', published 2008 under ISBN 9781583671733 and ISBN 1583671730.

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