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A Study Course in the Intelligent Design Controversy:
By Design or by Chance?
Denyse O'Leary

By Design or by Chance? Study Guide is a lively ten-lesson study course on the growing intelligent design controversy that introduces students to a wide range of scientific topics such as biology and cosmology in the context of history and current events. The course was developed by Access Research Network (ARN) and author Denyse O’Leary based on her recent book By Design or by Chance? (ARN #B088), which has been widely praised for its clarity, even-handedness, high interest level, and use of teaching elements. As both a journalist and a textbook editor, O’Leary offers a unique background that is well suited for a course of study in intelligent design. The Study Guide is available separately, or as part of four different study kits.

Thanks for sending me the By Design or by Chance? Study Course.  Eye-opening quotations, impressive resource lists,engaging's a homeschooler's dream!  No wonder my 14-year-old son Leo has been unable to put thebook down (even when threatened with "no dessert")! His review? "This book is very absorbing!"   

 Celeste Behe, Homeschool Teacher

UPDATE: This study course is now shipping with a Reading Comprehension Questions CD, which contains over 200 pages of questions and answers divided into 23 assignments that can be used for homework or open- or closed-book tests.

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NEW! The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul

Many Darwinists love to claim that the theory of Intelligent Design is un-scientific because it is un-testable. Science simply must be limited to materialistic explanations because these are the ones that show results in the laboratory. Unfortunately for the Darwinists, there is a modern branch of science that, when it comes to offering materialistic answers, is generally at a loss for words. This is the field of neuroscience. Rising to the challenge of answering these difficult questions is Dr. Mario Beauregard of the University of Montreal. Teaming up with freelance journalist Denyse O'Leary, the two of them take a solid look into the matters of the mind. After examining the best explanations available on the materialist side, they arrive at the conclusion that "materialist neuroscience does a very poor job of accounting for RSMEs (religious, spiritual, and mystical experiences)".

NEW! Darwin Day in America

Based on extensive research with primary sources and archival materials, John G. West’s captivating Darwin Day in America tells the story of how American public policy has been corrupted by scientistic ideology. Marshaling fascinating anecdotes and damning quotations, West’s narrative explores the far-reaching consequences for society when scientists and politicians deny the essential differences between human beings and the rest of nature. It also exposes the disastrous results that ensue when experts claiming to speak for science turn out to be wrong. West concludes with a powerful plea for the restoration of democratic accountability in an age of experts.

NEW! The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism

When Michael J. Behe's first book, Darwin's Black Box, was published in 1996, it was instrumental in launching the intelligent design movement. Critics howled, yet hundreds of thousands of readers -- and a growing number of scientists -- were intrigued by Behe's claim that Darwinism could not explain the complex machinery of the cell. Now, in his long-awaited follow-up, Behe presents far more than a challenge to Darwinism: He presents the evidence of the genetics revolution -- the first direct evidence of nature's mutational pathways -- to radically redefine the debate about Darwinism.

NEW! The Cave Painting: A Parable of Science

Four hundred fifty pages of serious fun, The Cave Painting is an allegorical novel exploring the Design versus Naturalism debate in a fictional story format. The novel, together with comprehensive end notes which tie the allegorical arguments to real facts and arguments, highlights the key shortcomings of current Darwinian theories in explaining the origin of specified complex things, whether they be cave paintings, or, by analogy, human beings. This parable pits a bright young student against the academic establishment that tries to convince her and fellow students that a recently discovered local cave painting can be explained by purely naturalistic processes. She�s not buying it, and you are likely to stay up all night to find out how the parable ends.

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NEW! Teaching Origins Objectively
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Is there a genuine scientific controversy over evolution? A new documentary movie about Kansas Science Hearings held two years ago answer that question with a resounding "Yes." The film also shows why the controversy needs to be addressed in public schools.A tremendous value with 23 expert witnesses captured on one product

NEW! Teaching Origins Objectively
2-Hour Documentary

Is there a genuine scientific controversy over evolution? A new documentary movie about Kansas Science Hearings held two years ago answer that question with a resounding "Yes." The film also shows why the controversy needs to be addressed in public schools. Available in both a 2- and 5-hour version. A tremendous value with 23 expert witnesses captured on one product

NEW! The Case for a Creator
Documentary with author Lee Strobel

This is the third in a series of top quality, block-buster documentaries on Intelligent Design by Illustra Media that started with Unlocking the Mystery of Life and The Privileged Planet. Based on Lee Strobel?s popular book by the same title, the documentary leads you through one man?s journey to grapple with the scientific evidence regarding one of life?s greatest questions: How did we get here?? Along the way he interviews many of the leading scientists and scholars for the intelligent design theory including Stephen C. Meyer, Michael Behe, Jay Richards, Jonathan Wells, Robin Collins, William Lane Craig, Guillermo Gonzalez, and Scott Minnich.? The major topic areas of the documentary cover the fossil evidence, cosmology, astronomy, physics, biological machines and biological information.? The bonus material includes additional interviews with the scientists, and special units on the origin of life and the machinery of life.

NEW! Intelligent Design Under Fire: Experts Cross-Examine the Top Proponents of Intelligent Design Theory

On Friday May 12, 2006, five leading proponents of the intelligent design theory gathered at a sold-out auditorium at Biola University in Southern California and invited tough critics to join them and ask their most challenging questions.? Joining ID proponents Mike Behe, Steve Meyer, Paul Nelson, Guillermo Gonzalez, and Jonathan Wells were a panel of critics including professors Bruce Weber (Biochemistry, Cal State Fullerton), Larry Herber (Geology, Cal Poly Pomona, ret.), Jim Hofmann (Liberal Studies, Cal State Fullerton), Craig Nelson (Liberal Studies Cal State Fullerton) and media contributors Charlotte Laws (columnist/author), and Keith Morrison (Dateline NBC).

NEW! The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction?
Lecture by W. Ward Gasque

Just how many of the "facts" in The Da Vinci Code are actually true? Have you been itching to know whether the Priori of Sion has really been a centuries-old closely guarded secret that only Dan Brown has been able to uncover? Or perhaps you are more interested in the accuracy of Dan Brown?s artistic knowledge. Did Leonardo really paint in a woman as the twelfth disciple? If not the art, then perhaps the theology behind the book caught your attention with the mentioning of the Gnostic gospels and Mary Magdalene as the head of the original church. Did Jesus marry and have a child, and are his physical descendants alive in the world today? Whatever your question may be about the ?facts? behind this ?fictional? work, this lecture will most likely address it.

NEW! The Incorrigible Dr. Berlinski

The producers of the critically acclaimed documentary "Icons of Evolution" recently sat down for an interview with Dr. Berlinski. The interview was a lucid and entertaining critique of Darwinian evolution.

ARN's Popular Study Kit ...

Darwinism: Science or Naturalistic Philosophy?
The Johnson/Provine Debate at Stanford University

Teaching and study kit containing a variety of useful resources for examining the questions surrounding the origins controversy.

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Response to the PBS Evolution Project On September 24, 2001, PBS launched an 8-hour documentary series promoting Darwinism. The program will rerun often on PBS, is being promoted heavily to the public schools and can be ordered directly from PBS. ( As with the Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series two decades ago, the PBS Evolution Project comes across more as evangelism for the Darwinian worldview, than as rigorous, undebatable science. This program offers a great opportunity to teach your students critical thinking skills, so in keeping with ARN's goals of open and honest academic debate, we have compiled this page of analyses, commentaries, and critiques of the series.

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Tue, 09 Oct 2007 23:12:12 GMT
Scientific American article features Spiritual Brain author's work
Many worlds theory supports intelligent design?
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Tue, 09 Oct 2007 23:12:13 GMT
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