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Intelligent Design

Paperback|Aug 2002
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Voted a 2000 Book of the Year by Christianity Today! The Intelligent Design movement is three things: a scientific research program for investigating intelligent causes an intellectual movement that challenges naturalistic evolutionary theories a way of...

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Voted a 2000 Book of the Year by Christianity Today!

The Intelligent Design movement is three things: a scientific research program for investigating intelligent causes an intellectual movement that challenges naturalistic evolutionary theories a way of understanding divine action Although the fast-growing movement has gained considerable grassroots support, many scientists and theologians remain sceptical about its merits. Scientists worry that it's bad science (merely creationism in disguise) and theologians worry that it's bad theology (misunderstanding divine action). In this book William Dembski addresses these concerns and brilliantly argues that intelligent design provides a crucial link between science and theology.

Various chapters creatively and powerfully address intelligent discernment of divine action in nature, why the significance of miracles should be reconsidered, and the demise and unanswered questions of British natural theology. Effectively challenging the hegemony of naturalism and reinstating design within science, Dembski shows how intelligent design can be unpacked as a theory of information.

Intelligent Design is a pivotal, synthesizing work from a thinker whom Phillip Johnson calls "one of the most important of the design theorists who are sparking a scientific revolution by legitimating the concept of intelligent design in science."


  • Catalogue Code 181326
  • Product Code 083082314X
  • EAN 9780830823147
  • Pages 314
  • Department Academic
  • Category Science
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Aug 2002
  • Sales Rank 35854
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 22mm
  • Weight 0.472kg

William A Dembski

William Dembski (Ph.D., mathematics, University of Chicago; Ph.D., philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago) is Research Professor of Philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
He has previously taught at Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Dallas. He has done postdoctoral work in mathematics at MIT, in physics at the University of Chicago, and in computer science at Princeton University, and he has been a National Science Foundation doctoral and postdoctoral fellow. Dembski has written numerous scholarly articles and is the author of the critically acclaimed The Design Inference (Cambridge), Intelligent Design (InterVarsity Press) and No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence (Rowman and Littlefield).

  • Foreword By Michael Behe
  • Preface
  • <strong>part 1: Historical Beginnings</strong>
  • 1. Recognizing The Divine Finger
  • 1.1 Homer Simpson's Prayer
  • 1.2 Signs In Decision-making
  • 1.3 Ordinary Versus Extraordinary Signs
  • 1.4 Moses And Pharoah
  • 1.5 The Philistines And The Ark
  • 1.6 The Sign Of The Resurrection
  • 1.7 In Defense Of Premodernity
  • 2. The Critique Of Miracles
  • 2.1 Miracles As Evidence For Faith
  • 2.2 Spinoza's Rejection Of Miracles
  • 2.3 Schleiermacher's Assimilation Of Spinoza
  • 2.4 Unpacking Schleiermacher's Naturalistic Critique
  • 2.5 Critiquing The Naturalistic Critique
  • 2.6 The Significane Of The Naturalistic Critique
  • 3. The Demise Of British Natural Theology
  • 3.1 Pauli's Sneer
  • 3.2 From Contrivance To Natural Law
  • 3.3 From Natural Law To Agnosticism
  • 3.4 Darwin And His Theory
  • 3.5 Design And Miracles
  • 3.6 The Presupposition Of Positivism
  • <strong>part 2: A Theory Of Design</strong>
  • 4. Naturalism &amp; Its Cure
  • 4.1 Nature And Creation
  • 4.2 The Root Of Idolatry
  • 4.3 Naturalism Within Western Culture
  • 4.4 The Cure: Intelligent Design
  • 4.5 Not Theistic Evolution
  • 4.6 The Importance Of Definitions
  • 4.7 A New Generation Of Scholars
  • 5. Reinstating Design Within Science
  • 5.1 Design's Departure From Science
  • 5.2 Why Reinstate Design?
  • 5.3 The Complexity-specification Criterion
  • 5.4 Specification
  • 5.5 False Negatives And False Positives
  • 5.6 Why The Criterion Works
  • 5.7 Irreducible Complexity
  • 5.8 So What?
  • 6. Intelligent Design As A Theory Of Information
  • 6.1 Complex Specified Information
  • 6.2 Generating Information Via Law
  • 6.3 Generating Information Via Chance
  • 6.4 Generating Information Via Law And Chance
  • 6.5 The Law Of Conservation Of Information
  • 6.6 Applying The Theory To Evolutionary Biology
  • 6.7 Reconceptualizing Evolutionary Biology
  • <strong>part 3: Bridging Science &amp; Theology</strong>
  • 7. Science &amp; Theology In Mutual Support
  • 7.1 Two Windows On Reality
  • 7.2 Epistemic Support
  • 7.3 Rational Compulsion
  • 7.4 Explanatory Power
  • 7.5 The Big Bang And Divine Creation
  • 7.6 Christ As The Completion Of Science
  • 8. The Act Of Creation
  • 8.1 Creation As A Divine Gift
  • 8.2 Naturalism's Challenge To Creation
  • 8.3 Computational Reductionism
  • 8.4 Our Empirical Selves Versus Our Actual Selves
  • 8.5 The Resurgence Of Design
  • 8.6 The Creation Of The World
  • 8.7 The Intelligibility Of The World
  • 8.8 Creativity, Divine And Human
  • Appendix: Objections To Design
  • A.1 The God Of The Gaps
  • A.2 Intentionality Versus Design
  • A.3 Scientific Creationism
  • A.4 But Is It Science?
  • A.5 Dysteleology
  • A.6 Just An Anthropic Coincidence
  • A.7 Applying The Math To Biology
  • A.8 David Hume's Objections
  • A.9 Mundane Versus Trancendant Designers
  • Notes
  • Index

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