Addenda

3 Oct

Intelligent Design

Category: What We're Reading
By: Amy L. Graeser
Published: 10/03/03

Readings from the liner notes.

William A. Dembski's The Design Inference (Cambridge, 1998) is a highly technical study aimed at philosophers interested in epistemology, logic, probability, and complexity theory. The book asks how we can identify events that happened by reason of intelligent causes and distinguish them from events due to undirected natural causes. His more recent book, Intelligent Design: The Bridge between Science and Theology (InterVarsity Press, 1999) is a more popular and wide-ranging volume. Dembski also edited the anthology Mere Creation: Science, Faith and Intelligent Design (InterVarsity Press, 1998); contributors to this volume include Michael Behe, Steven C. Meyer, Walter L. Bradley, Paul A. Nelson, and Hugh Ross. The July/August 1999 issue of Touchstone contains a number of essays by the same contributors (call 815.398.8569 for copies). Another recent title of similar interest is Michael J. Denton, Nature's Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe (Free Press, 1998). Denton is the Senior Research Fellow in Human Molecular Genetics at the University of Otago in New Zealand. His 1984 book, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis (Adler & Adler), is recommended by Dembski. Denton says that the new book's purpose is "first, to present scientific evidence for believing that the cosmos is uniquely fit for life as it exists on earth and for organisms of design and biology very similar to our own species, Homo sapiens, and second, to argue that this 'unique fitness' of the laws of nature for life is entirely consistent with the older teleological religious concept of the cosmos as a specially designed whole, with life and mankind as its primary goal and purpose." [Posted October 2001, ALG]

William Dembski has further contributed to the debate on intelligent design with his book The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions about Intelligent Design (InterVarsity Press, 2004). Stephen M. Barr, a guest on Volume 62 of the Journal, writes this about the work: "The Design Revolution is about questions of fundamental importance: Can one formulate objective criteria for recognizing design? What do such criteria tell us about design in the biological realm? Sad to say, even to raise such questions is dangerous; but fortunately Dembski is not deterred. In this courageous book he takes aim at the intellectual complacency that too often smothers serious and unprejudiced discussion of these questions." [Posted March 2004, ALG]

3 Oct

Flannery O'Connor

Category: What We're Reading
By: Amy L. Graeser
Published: 10/03/03

MARS HILL AUDIO Conversation

Professors Susan Srigley and Ralph Wood discuss Flannery O'Connor's literature and her acceptance of limits on the MARS HILL AUDIO Conversation "Hillbilly Thomist: Flannery O'Connor and the Truth of Things." A description of the Conversation is available here. [Posted October 2005, ALG]

2 Oct

"Bright Sadness" and Arvo Pärt

Category: Sound Thinking
By: Amy L. Graeser
Published: 10/02/03

For a brief but thoughtful and descriptive introduction to Arvo Pärt, see professor Dale Nelson's review of his music in the March 2002 issue of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. The review, "The Bright Sadness of Arvo Pärt," begins with a list of Pärt's recordings and concludes with notes on the recordings. . . .

For a brief but thoughtful and descriptive introduction to Arvo Pärt, see professor Dale Nelson's review of his music in the March 2002 issue of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. The review, "The Bright Sadness of Arvo Pärt," begins with a list of Pärt's recordings and concludes with notes on the recordings. In the body of the text Nelson gives a short biography of the composer, compares his music to Bach's, and discusses the different terms listeners use to describe the qualities of the works. Many would say the music, which is "characterized by 'directness of feeling, transparency of form, austerity of mood, economy of gesture,'" has a "timelessness" about it, Nelson writes. But the other reality of which it is full is "bright sadness," which Nelson describes through a quote from Orthodox theologian Alexander Schmemann's Great Lent.

"The Bright Sadness of Arvo Pärt" is available on-line. [Posted October 2006, ALG]

2 Oct

Origin of Life

Category: What We're Reading
By: Amy L. Graeser
Published: 10/02/03

MARS HILL AUDIO Conversation

Writer Dean Overman discusses his book A Case Against Accident and Self-Organization in a MARS HILL AUDIO Conversation titled, "Not by Accident: The Improbability of Life Itself."

1 Oct

C. S. Lewis

Category: What We're Reading
By: Amy L. Graeser
Published: 10/01/03

MARS HILL AUDIO Anthology

Several MARS HILL AUDIO interviews about C. S. Lewis have been published together in an Anthology titled, The Christian Mind of C. S. Lewis. More information about the Anthology is available here. [Posted October 2005, ALG]

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