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Intelligent Design and Intelligent Dieting: New Book by Jay Richards on the Wisdom of Fasting

Great news — our colleague Jay Richards is out with a brand new book, which is always good news in itself. But this one is a fascinating departure from his past work like The Privileged Planet.

In Eat, Fast, Feast, Dr. Richards combines research on diet and his own exploration of spiritual life, with a case that humans are intelligently designed not to “graze” in the modern fashion but, periodically, to fast, and then to feast. The book is published today by HarperOne. Jay discusses the subject with host Robert Crowther on a new episode of ID the Future. Download the podcast or listen to it here.

I listened to it myself with special interest because in my own Jewish tradition, today is a fast day. Just now I’m about an hour from completing the fast. As Richards points out, fasting in some sense is built into most every culture and faith. What Jay calls fasting on a “fractal” pattern is, he argues, the healthiest way to go about it. And why would all this be? At a moment’s notice, Darwinists can spin forth a just-so story about the habits of Paleolithic man. With a little imagination, no doubt you could tell such an after-the-fact story yourself. Much more helpful and enlightening is to consider the possibility that we are designed to eat this way, as Jay Richards does. You can order your copy now!

Photo credit: James Coleman via Unsplash.

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.



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