Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design

Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design

A creationist-turned-scientist demonstrates the facts of evolution and exposes Intelligent Design's real agenda


Science is on the defensive. Half of Americans reject the theory of evolution and "Intelligent Design" campaigns are gaining ground. Classroom by classroom, creationism is overthrowing biology.


In Why Darwin Matters, bestselling author Michael Shermer explains how the newest brand of creationism appeals to our predisposition to look for a designer behind life's complexity. Shermer decodes the scientific evidence to show that evolution is not "just a theory" and illustrates how it achieves the design of life through the bottom-up process of natural selection. Shermer, once an evangelical Christian and a creationist, argues that Intelligent Design proponents are invoking a combination of bad science, political antipathy, and flawed theology. He refutes their pseudoscientific arguments and then demonstrates why conservatives and people of faith can and should embrace evolution. He then appraises the evolutionary questions that truly need to be settled, building a powerful argument for science itself.


Cutting the politics away from the facts, Why Darwin Matters is an incisive examination of what is at stake in the debate over evolution.

Title:Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780805081213
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  • Kevin Shepherd

    "Belief in god depends on religious faith. Acceptance of evolution depends on empirical evidence. This is the fundamental difference between religion and science. If you attempt to reconcile and combi...

  • Manny

    [Original review, Jan 2010]The bit I liked best in this book was his categorisation of the different shades of belief in the Intelligent Design/Creationism spectrum. I hadn't understood that there was...

  • Scott Lerch

    Excellent short and concise explanation of why creationism/ID is crap and dangerous to teach as even close to real science....

  • Manish Sinha

    This is probably one of the finest books to pick up, in case you were confused about Creationism or Intelligent Design controversy. It’s not as much of a controversy in the scientific world as we ar...

  • Robu-sensei

    Why Darwin Matters, by well-known skeptic author Michael Shermer, is an excellent introduction to the science, and lack thereof, behind the "controversy" between evolution and "Intelligent Design" (I...

  • Corinne Edwards

    I have come to the conclusion that the subtitle should actually be the title of this book. Sometimes I felt like I was in court and Intelligent Design was the defendant - Shermer's purpose was to lay ...

  • Book

    Why Darwin Matters: The Case against Intelligent Design by Michael Shermer Why Darwin Matters is a solid, very accessible, concise book that refutes Intelligent Design (ID). It also provides lucid arg...

  • John

    In "Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design" Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, reviews succinctly both the overwhelming evidence in support of contemporary evolutionary t...

  • Pankaj Singh

    A brilliant and detailed, albeit a bit short discussion of the evolution vs creationism/ID debate. Shermer is extremely respectful towards the creationists, but still firm enough when demonstrating ho...

  • Byron

    Excellent overview of the how evolution is among the most tested and observed hypothesis in natural science and how it dovetails (or not) with the various theories of creationism and intelligent desig...