The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Intelligent Design …

 … seems to have sunk like a stone:

An objective overview of the biggest controversy in American education. Intelligent Design is one of the hottest issues facing parents and educators to day, but it can be hard to separate the facts from the heated rhetoric.

This expert and objective guide gets to the bottom of the questions: What is Intelligent Design? Should it replace or complement traditional science? What’s all the fuss about?

• Explains the terms, the controversy, and the involvement of the American courts

• Indispensable guide for concerned educators and parents

• Written by an expert in the field

About the Author

Christopher Carlisle, M. Div., is a professor and the Episcopal chaplain at the University of Massachusetts. He created the popular course BELIEF, which explores the interdisciplinary study of religion and science in the 21st century, and is the co-founder of The God and Science Project.

W. Thomas Smith, Jr., has written four books, as well as thousands of articles for a variety of publications, including USA Today, George, U.S. News & World Report, and BusinessWeek.

I'd suspected trouble for the book early on and said so because no one on my beat, pro or con ID, even seemed to know about it. So at the time I thought it would just be the usual "faithing our science" forgettable, and got an angry note from the principal author as a result.

I suspected I wasn't on the list for a review copy, and was right.

A friend later said it was good, but if so, who knew? To judge from the reviews, it fell into the hands of Darwin trolls, with no defenders.

Lesson learned: Book Authorship 101: Connect … only connect … always connect …

Denyse O'Leary is co-author of The Spiritual Brain.

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