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This lucid little book began as the William Belden Noble Lectures, which deal with Christian faith and contemporary issues. Gingerich, a retired astronomer and historian of science, is also a Christian who taught for many years at Harvard. He dares to venture far beyond his own specialty, taking on the contentious debate about creationism, intelligent design and evolution. He concludes that a scientist might plausibly believe in intelligent design—in a small “i” and small “d” sense—but not in Intelligent Design as a school of thought that is touted as an alternative to evolution.


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