Item description for The Cave Painting: A Parable of Science by M Bullock Roddy...
If you ever wished for a fun way to learn about intelligent design, here it is . . . Written for readers of all ages, the updated second edition of The Cave Painting is particularly suitable for high school and college students desiring to understand the truth about evolution and intelligent design. Non-fiction comprehensive end notes fully explain the allegorical content. With a Foreword by John H. Calvert, Managing Director of Intelligent Design Network, Inc., The Cave Painting is sure to become a valuable addition to your library. Ideal for: --Public school students who will not learn about alternatives to evolution in school --Home school students who wish to learn all the truth of origins --Parents and teachers desiring to be educated on the scientific, political, cultural, and ethical issues of evolution --Pastors and other clergy wishing to learn the issues, including the science behind their faith --Study groups --And more . . . all in a fun, engaging story! About The Cave Painting: Almost six hundred pages of serious fun, The Cave Painting is an allegorical novel exploring the intelligent design/evolution debate. With special emphasis on contemporary intelligent design theory the novel, together with comprehensive end notes, highlights the key shortcomings of current evolutionary theories in explaining the origin of specified complex things, whether they be cave paintings, or, by analogy, human beings. The fully documented end notes not only provide a thorough criticism of Darwinism but also detail the many scientific arguments for design. The book will appeal not only to those who simply seek to be entertained, but also to those who wish to deepen their understanding on how best to answer one of the greatest questions of all: Where do we come from?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 1" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher Access Research Network
ISBN 1931796270 ISBN13 9781931796279
Reviews - What do customers think about The Cave Painting: A Parable of Science?
Great story May 28, 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed this story - a parable explaining the concept of Intelligent Design for those not inclined to immerse themselves in the theory. I recognized all the common arguments against intelligent design which were skillfully woven into the parable and properly explained, for those who want more, at the end of the book.I used the parable to better illustrate the concept to my children and it really drove the point home in an easily understandable manner. It's a good story, easy to read and a worthwhile asset for your library. I'm going to get all my teenagers to read it since it's pretty difficult to run much theory past them.Even though they understand the basics of the argument, I need them to know more so that they can better explain it to their friends and even their indoctrinated teachers.This is an excellent way to get the job done -I thoroughly recommend this to all those interested in ID and especially for those that have family members or friends that are difficult to engage on the topic!
Outstanding Oct 30, 2007
This book does all things well. It entertains and explains at the same time. It is not only a masterful introduction to the subject, but a concise yet comprehensive summary of the matter as well. Buy more than one so you can share it with others - somebody you know needs this book. And the conversations that ensue will more than make up for the investment.
A Critically Important Book Oct 26, 2007
The Cave Painting is a critically important book that covers one of the most heated controversies in the western world today. In short, the contents of the book are summarized in the introduction: "We are the product of intelligent design or we are not the product of intelligent design. One of these claims must be true and truth is not changed by your theory or mine." For this reason it behooves us to carefully look into the facts. The author, an accomplished corporate attorney, in 526 pages carefully documents his case. Many Neo-Darwinists may not agree, but they need to at least carefully review the evidence which has convienced millions of Americans and many scientists that life, which as Richard Dawkins documents, appears to be designed, actually is designed. Page 229 to page 526 carefully documents the author's case with 691 footnotes. Is design an illusion, as argued by Richard Dawkins, or is design real, as most Americans have concluded. Bullock covers many of the arguments against Intelligent Design, showing why and how they fail. One example, which I can relate to because of my career research involvement, is the claim by Richard Dawkins that half of an eye is better than no eye (page 262). The enormous amount of research on sight has shown why this argument is fallacious. Half an eye is in no way equal to half as effective vision as a whole eye, but rather no vision. As Duke-Elder documented in his 24 volume classic work, the eye is clearly irreducibly complex. Work on disease conditions and knock out genes has repeatedly confirmed this. One still has vision in spite of certain conditions, such as near-sightedness or far-slightness or astigmatism, but these conditions result from slight eyeball variations and are not comparable to half an eye or even one-twentieth of an eye as Neo-Darwinists try to argue. Even very minor variations, such as in tear production levels, can render vision difficult or largely impossible. These examples in no way show how the eye could evolve from a cell. Some argue "don't evolutionists have a neat progression from an eyespot to a lensless eye to a human eye, proving the eye can evolve by slow gradual changes from non-differentiated cells?" Sounds logical. My response is "read the book."
Brilliant Parable! May 14, 2007
The Cave Painting presents, in an exciting prose, the crux of the "Intelligent Design" debate. By demonstrating the concept of "design inference" in an actual novel, Mr. Bullock clears the air for all future discussion.
Everything in the universe has the scientific right to be studied -- and it also has the right to have this question asked of it:
"Is it naturally occuring, or is it designed?"
In contemporary culture, this question is asked of many issues: forensics, archeology, SETI, and any venture where one must decide whether something is "deliberate" or "accidental". Mr. Bullock demands that this question also be allowed to be asked of biology, DNA, or life in general.
A great book, great appendices, and long over-due!
Excellent. Worth Reading. Jan 12, 2007
I found this book to present a unique perspective on evolution and intelligent design. Unlike most books that are heavily into theoretical arguments, the Cave Painting illustrates the debate with an allegory -- highlighting presuppositions and logical flaws. If you prefer more detailed and scientific reasoning, the second HALF of the book is a thorough set of endnotes including copious quotes and references to support the arguments presented in the text. Highly recommended.