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11/30/13 at 10:10 PM 102 Comments

Intelligent Design for Christmas: Shopping List for Books & DVDs

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You should consult this Christmas shopping list for books and DVDs about the scientific theory of intelligent design. The list includes links to various places to purchase items that will spark great conversations with friends and relatives. Here are some of the items on that list about which I have blogged over the past year.

Books

Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design, by Stephen C. Meyer. Landing at #7 on the New York Times bestseller List, Darwin's Doubt had an explosive debut this summer. Expanding on the compelling case he presented in his last book, Signature in the Cell, Meyer argues that the theory of intelligent design is ultimately the best explanation for the origin of the Cambrian animals.

Discovering Intelligent Design, by Gary Kemper, Hallie Kemper, and Casey Luskin. This highly anticipated curriculum for homeschoolers and private school students was greeted with enthusiasm by parents and educators alike when it was released in May of this year. The multimedia curriculum -- complete with textbook, workbook with learning activities, and corresponding DVD -- explores various facets of intelligent design including the origin and development of the universe, the origin of biological complexity, the fossil record's dearth of unambiguous evidence for universal common descent, and the broader cultural debate over ID. The curriculum is recommended for middle school ages and up. The textbook by itself is a great introduction to ID for a general audience.

Science and Human Origins, by Ann Gauger, Douglas Axe, and Casey Luskin. This book challenges the claim that undirected natural selection is capable of building a human being. The authors confront the idea that humans and apes are related through common ancestry, and debunk recent claims that the human race could not have started from an original couple. This book is great for anyone interested in fossils and genetics as they relate to human history.

True U: Does God Exist?, featuring Stephen Meyer. Dr. Meyer uses design arguments to make a case for the existence of God. It's aimed at training high school students for the rigorous challenges to their faith that will come on the college campus, particularly in the biology classroom. Recommended for high school and college students, and for anyone who ever wanted to have Dr. Meyer as his or her professor.

The Magician's Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, edited by John G. West. Best-selling author C.S. Lewis was a prophetic critic of the growing influence of scientism in modern society and the misguided effort to apply science to areas outside its proper bounds. In this wide-ranging collection of essays, contemporary writers probe Lewis's warnings about the dehumanizing impact of scientism on ethics, politics, faith, reason, and science itself. Issues explored include Lewis's views on bioethics, eugenics, evolution, intelligent design, and what he called "scientocracy." A must-have for fans of C.S. Lewis and science.

A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Science Reveal the Genius of Nature, by Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt. [I have not blogged on this one, but it is an amazing book that analyzes "genius" in both the arts and the sciences]. In this book, Wiker and Witt reveal a cosmos charged with both meaning and purpose. Their journey begins with Shakespeare and ranges through Euclid's geometry, the fine-tuning of the laws of physics, the periodic table of the elements, the artistry of ordinary substances like carbon and water, the intricacy of biological organisms, and the irreducible drama of scientific exploration itself. In their exploration of the cosmos, Wiker and Witt find all the challenges and surprises, all of the mystery and elegance one expects from a work of genius. This book is for the artist and the artist at heart.

DVDs

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. This one has become a cult classic for a good reason. With dry-witted Ben Stein at the helm, Expelled documents the plight of scientists and scholars who dare to question the claims of Darwinian evolutionary theory. This movie is ideal for rebels and champions of academic freedom.

The Magician's Twin. A new documentary examining C.S. Lewis's views on science, evolution, and intelligent design. The DVD has just been released in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Lewis's death on November 22, 2013. The full documentary can be purchased online, or viewed in segments at CSLewisWeb.com.

Flight: The Genius of Birds, Metamorphosis: The Beauty & Design of Butterflies, and Darwin's Dilemma: The Mystery of the Cambrian Fossil Record. Illustra Media continues to put out top quality films on intelligent design. Their latest production, Flight, is a breathtaking look into the world of birds -- their development, their ability to fly, their migration patterns -- offering compelling evidence for design in animal biology. In the same vein, Metamorphosis examines butterflies, creatures that have fascinated scientists and artists alike with their profound mystery and beauty. Flight and Metamorphosis are great intelligent design primers for your less science-oriented friends, as anyone with a pulse can appreciate birds and butterflies. Darwin's Dilemma digs deep into fossil history to explore the mystery of the Cambrian explosion, the geologically sudden appearance of dozens of major complex animals without any trace of gradual transitional steps (in contrast to what Charles Darwin predicted). Where did the information come from to build all these life forms? This is a perfect introduction or companion to Stephen Meyer's book Darwin's Doubt. A handy discussion guide for Darwin's Dilemma can be found at the DVD's associated website.

Go here to access the links to all these resources, and more.

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