Re: [asa] Reviews of Francisco Ayala's new book

From: PvM <pvm.pandas@gmail.com>
Date: Tue Jul 15 2008 - 01:14:26 EDT

Time to get the book with such an endorsement

On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 9:30 AM, Ted Davis <TDavis@messiah.edu> wrote:
> The latest issue of "Theology and Science" (May 2008) has several reviews of
> Francisco Ayala's new book, "Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion," by a
> wide range of reviewers (relative to point of view). I commend editors Ted
> Peters and Robert Russell for having such a range of opinions. Reviewers
> include ID advocates (Dembski, Behe), former ASA newsletter editor Walt
> Hearn, atheist (of the Dawkins type) Susan Blackmore, and others. I found
> the most helpful/thoughtful review to be that of Joshua Moritz, a grad
> student at CTNS.
>
> Overall, my sense from the reviews is that Ayala's book is very shallow
> theologically (for its facile bifurcation a la Stephen Gould and for his
> view that Darwin solved the theodicy problem), that it misrepresents ID on
> some key points, and that if Ayala has any religious faith himself it's
> pretty well hidden from view. That does not sound like a strong
> recommendation for his book, and it isn't.
>
> Ted
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