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Does Dawkins’ forum evidence “Intelligent Design”?

Consultant Rick Ferguson quipped that the hacking of Dawkins’ website “is proof there’s no “Intelligent Design” on Dawkins’ forum”: Dawkins’ website forum hacked to send spam: God! What a nuisance By John Leyden A website forum run by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins was compromised on Monday. Cybercrooks hacked into the forum to send members an Read More…

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The New Atheists and the Age Old Problem of Evil

By now, most readers here are familiar with Richard Dawkins’s view of God as expressed in The God Delusion where Dawkins writes that God is “the most unpleasant character in all fiction … a misogynist, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” The last time a literary character was described in Read More…

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UPDATE: The End of Christianity

Yesterday I met with the literary publicist hired by Broadman & Holman to promote The End of Christianity when it is released November 1st (for the Amazon.com listing, go here). This book will do much to create further conceptual room for ID. It is also being positioned to go face-to-face with the neo-atheist literature. The Read More…

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Russian Roulette and Pascal’s Wager

According to Allen McNeil the Gallup poll results for American scientists are: Young-Earth Creationist = 5% Guided Evolution = 40% “Naturalistic” Evolution = 55% For members of the National Academy of Sciences*, the results are: Young-Earth Creationist = 3% Guided Evolution = 14% “Naturalistic” Evolution = 83% *data from the Cornell Evolution Project, http://www.cornellevolutionproject.org So Read More…

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God and Science Redux: Lawrence Krauss

A friend alerted me to this piece by Lawrence Krauss from the Wall Street Journal. Krauss writes: “J.B.S. Haldane, an evolutionary biologist and a founder of population genetics, understood that science is by necessity an atheistic discipline. As Haldane so aptly described it, one cannot proceed with the process of scientific discovery if one assumes Read More…

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Christian Darwinists attempt to douse doubt in Turkey

From the Faraday Institute, we learn of an effort to combat intelligent design in Turkey: A significant event during the past month has been the Darwin Anniversary Conference organized by The Faraday Institute and held in Istanbul. As one of our Turkish speakers remarked: “It was the first time for evolutionary discussions in Turkey that Read More…

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A.N. Wilson — Skewered, but Now Re-Converted? Can One Love God and Darwin?

Recall this post by Bill Dembski, August 31, 2006 where Bill pointed out how A.N. Wilson railed against the ID proponents in Kansas and labeled them Morons. A.N. Wilson Skewered — it couldn’t happen to a nicer credulous moron! A. N. Wilson, the epitomy of English snootiness, recently fell for an elaborate prank that he Read More…

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‘Did Darwin Kill God?’ BBC TV Programme

 On 31 March, I gave one of the keynote addresses at the annual meeting of the British Sociological Association’s Religion Study Group in Durham. This meant that I could not watch the first airing of ‘Did Darwin Kill God?’ on BBC2.  I recommend that you watch this show over the next couple of days, while Read More…

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Theos Survey: A Case of Unintelligent Design?

Andrew Sibley has drawn attention to the recent Theos survey of the UK public’s beliefs in evolution, creationism and intelligent design. Wearing my sociologist’s hat, one overriding conclusion comes through in this survey: It was very poorly designed. Theos should get its money back from the social researchers they hired. Theos wants to give the Read More…

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“Darwin’s Original Sin” audio lecture now up

I have posted on my website an audio recording of the talk I gave this past Tuesday at the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, kicking off their Darwin Year series. My talk was entitled ‘Darwin’s Original Sin: The Rejection of Theology’s Claims to Knowledge‘. If you scroll down to the bottom of this page Read More…

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ID and the Science of God: Part V

In this instalment, I begin to address both Andrew Sibley’s and Timaeus’ (see post 33) questions concerning my interest in reviving a full-blooded (i.e. early modern) sense of theodicy, especially as part of the ID agenda. I will need another post to complete this task because more assumptions about theodicy in its original robust form Read More…

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ID and the Science of God: Part III

  I have been reflecting on the critical responses to my posts, which I appreciate. They mostly centre on the very need for ID to include theodicy as part of its intellectual orientation.   The intuitive basis for theodicy is pretty harmless: The presence of design implies a designing intelligence. Moreover, in order to make sense Read More…