List of works on intelligent design

List of works on intelligent design

This is a list of works addressing the subject or the themes of intelligent design.



Supportive non-fiction

Supportive non-fiction books

Supportive non-fiction anthologies

Supportive non-fiction papers and articles

Supportive non-fiction films

  • The Privileged Planet
  • Unlocking the Mystery of Life
  • Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
  • Drawin's Dilemma

Neutral non-fiction

Neutral non-fiction books

  • David L. Bender (1988). Science and Religion; Opposing Viewpoints. St. Paul, Minnesota: Greenhaven Press. ISBN 0899084060
  • Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini. (2011) What Darwin Got Wrong. Picador; Reprint edition ISBN 031268066X
  • Numbers, Ronald L. (2006). The Creationists: from scientific creationism to intelligent design. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0674023390. OCLC 69734583. 
  • Lebo, Lauri (May 13, 2008). The Devil in Dover: An Insider's Story of Dogma v. Darwin in Small-town America. New Press. p. 256 pages. ISBN 1595582088. 
  • Stanley Salthe (2003). Development and Evolution: Complexity and Change in Biology. The MIT Press. ISBN 0262513838
  • James A. Shapiro (2011). Evolution: A View from the 21st Century. ISBN 0132780933
  • Robert Shapiro (1986). Origins; A Skeptic's Guide to the Creation of Life on Earth. New York, N.Y.: Summit
  • David Stove (2006). Darwinian Fairytales: Selfish Genes, Errors of Heredity and Other Fables of Evolution. ISBN 1594031401
  • Norman Macbeth (1971). Darwin Retried. Boston: Harvard Common Press
  • Duane Thurman (1978). How To Think About Evolution. Downers Grove, Illinois: The InterVarsity Press. ISBN 0877847010
  • Hubert Yockey (2011). Information Theory, Evolution, and The Origin of Life. Cambridge University Press; Reissue edition. ISBN 0521169585
  • Amit Goswami (2008). Creative Evolution: A Physicist's Resolution Between Darwinism and Intelligent Design. Quest Books; 1st Quest Ed edition. ISBN 0835608581
  • Bernard Haisch (2010). The Purpose-Guided Universe: Believing In Einstein, Darwin, and God. New Page Books; 1 edition. ISBN 1601631227
  • Robert Lanza (2010). Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe. BenBella Books; 1 edition. ISBN 1935251740
  • Robert G. B. Reid (1985). Evolutionary Theory: The Unfinished Synthesis. Cornell Univ Pr. ISBN 0801418313
  • Ervin Laszlo (1987). Evolution: The Grand Synthesis. Shambhala. ISBN 0877733899
  • Paul Davies (2007). Cosmic Jackpot The Goldilocks Enigma: Why is the Universe Just Right for Life?. ISBN 9780618592265
  • James Le Fanu (2009). Why Us?: How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves. Pantheon. ISBN 037542198X
  • Richard Milton (2000). Shattering the Myths of Darwinism. Park Street Press. ISBN 0892818840
  • Francis Hitching (1983). The Neck of the Giraffe or Where Darwin Went Wrong. Signet. ISBN 0451622324
  • Gordon Rattray Taylor (1984). The Great Evolution Mystery. Publisher Abacus. ISBN 0349129177
  • Brian Goodwin (2001). How the Leopard Changed its Spots: The Evolution of Complexity. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691088098
  • Lee Spetner (1998). Not by Chance!: Shattering the Modern Theory of Evolution. Judaica Press. ISBN 1880582244
  • Albert Low (2008). The Origin of Human Nature: A Zen Buddhist Looks at Evolution. Sussex Academic Pr. ISBN 1845192605
  • Carl Johan Calleman (2009). The Purposeful Universe: How Quantum Theory and Mayan Cosmology Explain the Origin and Evolution of Life. Bear & Company. ISBN 1591431042
  • Michael Corey (2007). The God Hypothesis: Discovering Design in Our Just Right Goldilocks Universe. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN 0742558894
  • George Greenstein (1988). The Symbiotic Universe: Life and mind in the Cosmos. Morrow. ISBN 0688076041
  • James N. Gardner (2003). Biocosm: The New Scientific Theory of Evolution: Intelligent Life Is the Architect of the Universe. Inner Ocean Publishing. ISBN 1930722265
  • Mae-Wan Ho (1984). Beyond Neo-Darwinism: An Introduction to the New Evolutionary Paradigm. Academic Pr. ISBN 012350080X
  • Johnjoe McFadden (2002). Quantum Evolution: How Physics' Weirdest Theory Explains Life's Biggest Mystery. W. W. Norton and Company. ISBN 0393323102

Neutral non-fiction anthologies

  • Robert Pennock ed. Intelligent Design Creationism and its Critics: Philosophical, Theological, and Scientific Perspectives, MIT Press (2002). ISBN 0-262-66124-1
  1. Intelligent Design Creationism's "Wedge Strategy"
    1. The Wedge at Work: How Intelligent Design Creationism is Wedging Its Way into the Cultural and Academic Mainstream, by Barbara Forrest
  2. Johnson's Critique of Evolutionary Naturalism
    1. Evolution as Dogma: The Establishment of Naturalism, by Phillip E. Johnson
    2. Naturalism, Evidence and Creationism: The Case of Phillip Johnson, by Robert T. Pennock
    3. Response to Pennock by Phillip E. Johnson
    4. Reply: Johnson's Reason in the Balance, by Robert T. Pennock
  3. A Theological Conflict?: Evolution vs. the Bible
    1. When Faith and Reason Clash: Evolution and the Bible, by Alvin Plantinga
    2. When Faith and Reason Cooperate, by Howard J. Van Till
    3. Plantinga's Defense of Special Creation, by Ernan McMullin
    4. Evolution, Neutrality, and Antecedent Probability: A Reply to McMullin and Van Till, by Alvin Plantinga
  4. Intelligent Design's Scientific Claims
    1. Molecular Machines: Experimental Support for the Design Inference, by Michael J. Behe
    2. Born Again Creationism, by Philip Kitcher
    3. Biology Remystified: The Scientific Claims of the New Creationists, by Matthew J. Brauer & Daniel R. Brumbaugh
  5. Plantinga's Critique of Naturalism & Evolution
    1. Methodological Naturalism?, by Alvin Plantinga
    2. Methodological Naturalism Under Attack, by Michael Ruse
    3. Plantinga's Case Against Naturalistic Epistemology, by Evan Fales
    4. Plantinga's Probability Arguments Against Evolutionary Naturalism, by Branden Fitelson & Elliott Sober
  6. Intelligent Design Creationism vs. Theistic Evolutionism
    1. Creator or "Blind Watchmaker?", by Phillip E. Johnson
    2. Phillip Johnson on Trial: A Critique of His Critique of Darwin, by Nancey Murphy
    3. Welcoming the 'Disguised Friend' – Darwinism and Divinity, by Arthur Peacocke
    4. The Creation: Intelligently Designed or Optimally Equipped?, by Howard J. Van Till
    5. Is Theism Compatible with Evolution?, by Roy Clouser
  7. Intelligent Design and Information
    1. Is Genetic Information Irreducible?, by Phillip E. Johnson
    2. Reply to Phillip Johnson, by Richard Dawkins
    3. Reply to Johnson, by George C. Williams
    4. Intelligent Design as a Theory of Information, by William A. Dembski
    5. Information and the Argument from Design, by Peter Godfrey-Smith
    6. How Not to Detect Design, by Branden Fitelson, Christopher Stephens & Elliott Sober
    7. The 'Information Challenge', by Richard Dawkins
  8. Intelligent Design Theorists Turn the Tables
    1. Who's Got the Magic?, by William A. Dembski
    2. The Wizards of ID: Reply to Dembski, by Robert T. Pennock
    3. The Panda's Peculiar Thumb, by Stephen Jay Gould
    4. The Role of Theology in Current Evolutionary Reasoning, by Paul A. Nelson
    5. Appealing to Ignorance Behind the Cloak of Ambiguity, by Kelly C. Smith
    6. Nonoverlapping Magisteria, by Stephen Jay Gould
  9. Creationism and Education
    1. Why Creationism Should Not Be Taught in the Public Schools, by Robert T. Pennock
    2. Creation and Evolution: A Modest Proposal, by Alvin Plantinga
    3. Reply to Plantinga's 'Modest Proposal', by Robert T. Pennock

Neutral non-fiction papers and articles

Critical non-fiction

Critical non-fiction books

Critical non-fiction anthologies

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Critical non-fiction films


The concept of life having been designed or manipulated is a staple of science fiction. Aspects of Intelligent Design are explored in:

  • Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer. 2000. ISBN 0-312-86713-1 A science fiction novel in which an intelligent designer is manipulating reality solely for the benefit of human-kind and three other sentient species residing in our galaxy.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey; in the movie, human evolution is accelerated and guided by an unspecified force, assumed by many to be aliens. In the novel based on the film, human evolution is accelerated and guided by aliens.
  • In the Doctor Who episode Image of the Fendahl, evolution on Earth was guided by an alien, to allow it to feed on humans.
  • The novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus prominently features an intelligently (but imperfectly) designed creature, whose faults stem from the inherent flaws of its creator, Victor Frankenstein.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reveals that the Earth was built by the Magratheans who were commissioned by mice and designed by the computer Deep Thought to find the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.
  • In the movie Mission to Mars, highly evolved aliens accelerated and guided human evolution.
  • Rama Revealed by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee; in this final novel of a series, it is revealed that the (mostly offstage) Ramans create universes and test their inhabitants in an attempt to maximise the quantity of consciousness within them.
  • According to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Chase, Star Trek aliens all look similar because life was seeded on different planets by highly evolved aliens.
  • In the Well World series, by Jack L. Chalker, aliens known as Markovians evolved and grew to the point where their computers, by means of a universal mathematics, were able to create/produce/do anything they wanted. Bored with being virtual gods, they decided their race had been flawed in some manner. So they designed a new universe and Markovian volunteers chose to become all of the new races therein, including humans, to see if perhaps another race could attain the perfection they believed existed but which they themselves failed to achieve.
  • Roddy M. Bullock (2006). The Cave Painting: A Parable of Science. Access Research Network. ISBN 1-931796-27-0. 
  • Dean Koontz (2009). Breathless. New York: Bantam Publishing. ISBN 978-0553807158.  References the mathematical calculation of the improbability of life.


  1. ^ Mere Creation: Science, Faith & Intelligent Design
  2. ^ A War on Science: The theory of evolution is under attack from a controversial new idea called intelligent design. But is it science?, BBC Horizon Science& Nature: TV & Radio Followup.
  3. ^ Britons unconvinced on evolution, BBC News, 26 January 2006

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