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[Update] ID at the Academy

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Around the US, and around the world, intelligent design is in the college classroom. 100+ universities and colleges listed as including intelligent design in their class plans. Universities are investigating intelligent design analytically and synthetically. Biology, physics, philosophy of science, philosophy, politics, and religion classes are evaluating the research and publications of ID theorists and scientists. Below is our confirmed list of classes, some of which are reoffered, some not. Classes listed here are not necessarily strictly about intelligent design, but they do have discussion, assignments, and/or a unit on intelligent design.

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30 Replies to “[Update] ID at the Academy

  1. 1
    scordova says:

    Everyone is welcome to post corrections, additions, or amendments here. Joey Campana will be monitoring feedback here as well.

    Salvador

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    SChen24 says:

    A quick note:
    Dr. William A. Dembski is teaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (which was listed correctly) and is no longer at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (which is listed incorrectly). Dr. Kurt Wise is not at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (which is not listed) and I do not believe that he is at Bryan College any more (which, if true, would then be listed incorrectly).

    Thanks for updating this list. It’s going to become a valuable tool.

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    SChen24 says:

    Another note: Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania (full name is Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania) is a public institution. California State University at Chico is also a public unversity. Both of these schools are part of their states’ respective state system of higher education.

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    Robo says:

    So where is the list URL?

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    late_model says:

    Please look at Barry Plotiz syllabus at the University of Georgia. I wonder if EVILUTION is just a typo?

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    Strangelove says:

    I clicked on one of the courses containing ID at my alma mater, Louisiana State University, and struggled to find ANY aspect of ID in the syllabus or in the class expectations.

    http://www.biology.lsu.edu/hey.....index.html

    I’m not impressed.

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    scordova says:

    Strangelove,

    I posted this to partly to solicit feedback and corrections, not to hear snide remarks about you not being impressed. Stay off this thread unless you can adopt a more respectful tone.   Joey is working hard on the list on a volunteer basis.

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    scordova says:

    Joey Campana,

    If you’re reading this, it might be helpful to list the year and semester when something was taught. It may be a while before we get regular course offerings, but I think this is a promising trend.

    Sal

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    Srdjan says:

    scordova, just for your information, every Adventist University or College, worldwide, has classes linked to ID. But I think, it would be a tedious task to list them all.

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    scordova says:

    How many adventist colleges are there? Seriously, I don’t know.

    Still, the religious and private institutions need to allow ID (do I hear the name BAYLOR?). I’ve been very disappointed by Darwinism dominating biology on what should be ID’s home turf.

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    DLH says:

    Srdjan: Any URL’s that would be good to link to such groups of institutions?

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    Chris Hyland says:

    Is this a list of courses that reference ID in a positive light? If not I might have more you can add.

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    scordova says:

    Chris,

    It does not have to be teaching ID in a positive light. So feel free to post.

    This is mostly informational so we all can know what’s really happening at around the world.

    Thanks.

    Salvador

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    Joey Campana says:

    A quick note:
    Dr. William A. Dembski is teaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (which was listed correctly) and is no longer at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (which is listed incorrectly). Dr. Kurt Wise is not at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (which is not listed) and I do not believe that he is at Bryan College any more (which, if true, would then be listed incorrectly).

    Thanks for updating this list. It’s going to become a valuable tool.

    Comment by SChen24 — September 12, 2006 @ 2:24 pm

    Another note: Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania (full name is Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania) is a public institution. California State University at Chico is also a public unversity. Both of these schools are part of their states’ respective state system of higher education.

    Comment by SChen24 — September 12, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

    Hello Sam, thank you for the information. We have been cataloguing all courses, regardless of semester or year. I will make a more explicit historical note at the top of the page, as well as enter the current information you have provided. Also, after checking Shippensbury about/history page, I see that you are correct, I have moved them to the appropriate section. With your help, it will continue to be a valuable tool. Thanks again.

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    Joey Campana says:

    So where is the list URL?

    Comment by Robo — September 12, 2006 @ 3:34 pm

    Hello Robo, the link can be accessed by a click on the word ‘more’ at the bottom of the blog post article at the top of the thread. Or, click here to view the list.

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    Joey Campana says:

    Robo,

    Sorry about the link I provided, apparently there has been some changes to the way comments appear on WordPress since last I visited UD. Let’s try again:

    http://www.researchintelligent.....he_academy

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    Joey Campana says:

    Please look at Barry Plotiz syllabus at the University of Georgia. I wonder if EVILUTION is just a typo?

    Comment by late_model — September 12, 2006 @ 3:34 pm

    Hello late_model, GOOD QUESTION. 😉

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    Joey Campana says:

    I clicked on one of the courses containing ID at my alma mater, Louisiana State University, and struggled to find ANY aspect of ID in the syllabus or in the class expectations.

    http://www.biology.lsu.edu/hey.....index.html

    I’m not impressed.

    Comment by Strangelove — September 12, 2006 @ 3:37 pm

    Hello Strangelove, under the third section titled “Expectations Lists and Readings,” you will see a listing for “Life’s Grand Design by Kenneth R. Miller (a discussion of “intelligent design”).”

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    Joey Campana says:

    scordova, just for your information, every Adventist University or College, worldwide, has classes linked to ID. But I think, it would be a tedious task to list them all.

    Comment by Srdjan — September 12, 2006 @ 4:44 pm

    Hello Srdjan, thanks for the suggestion, you have my attention. Do you have something to substantiate the claim that “every Adventist University or College, worldwide, has classes linked to ID”? A link would be ideal…

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    Joey Campana says:

    Still, the religious and private institutions need to allow ID…

    Comment by scordova — September 12, 2006 @ 4:51 pm

    Much agreed. Given something the Pope said earlier today, it’s an open question whether he might agree with you also:

    http://www.oecumene.radiovatic.....sp?c=94805

    (do a text search for the term ‘evolution’)

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    Strangelove says:

    “Hello Strangelove, under the third section titled ‘Expectations Lists and Readings,’ you will see a listing for ‘Life’s Grand Design by Kenneth R. Miller (a discussion of “intelligent design”).'”

    Well, flush my commode and call me Shirley. I must’ve missed it. Although, I’m sure that you can put this in the “negative view of ID” camp.

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    johnnyb says:

    SChen24 —

    Kurt Wise is indeed at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The following page lists him as “Professor of Science and Theology”.

    http://www.sbts.edu/Academics/.....ology.aspx

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    johnnyb says:

    Joey —

    I’m pretty sure that Adventists are generally YAC (young-age creationists, not necessarily young-earth creationists), but I don’t know how they would speak of Intelligent Design.

    Here is a short, related link that you may be interested in. I don’t know of any “official” word, but the SDA is heavily involved in YAC, through their universities (see SWAU’s dino dig) and through the GRI (especially with Origins).

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    Karl Pfluger says:

    SChen24,

    Not only is Kurt Wise now at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, as johnnyb points out, but he has succeeded Bill Dembski as director of the Center for Science and Theology.

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    Srdjan says:

    Joey, link is provided in comment 14. Most institutions have their link on that list. For Universities and Colleges in USA check under North American Division. To illustrate, herewith the link to Biology Department mission statement of Andrews University, that is Adventist premier educational institution http://www.andrews.edu/cas/bio.....ssion.html
    Hope that helps. I see that scordova already has Loma Linda University listed.

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    Joey Campana says:

    johnnyb –
    Thank you for the links, I will investigate.

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    Joey Campana says:

    Srdjan –

    Thanks for the links. I am not seeing where the university (or a governing authority) says that they are covering intelligent design in their classes. To qualify for listing on our “ID at the academy” page, there must be very explicit language, like: “Read and discuss ‘The Design Inference’ by William Dembski” or “Ken Miller will be coming and giving a guest lecture on Michael Behe’s proposals” or “Write a paper explaining the strengths and weaknesses of ‘intelligent design'” or “Conduct a small group discussion of design in biology.”

    I do not doubt what you are saying. It makes sense, but ID is barely even implicit in the pages you link to, if at all. We need to be able to substantiate an entry with explicit information. Do you see what kind of information we’re looking for here? ….

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    Srdjan says:

    Joey, I think I understand what you are looking for. Will this qualify? http://www.andrews.edu/SEM/SOD.....urse_id=12

    There are many courses like this one that matches scordova’s test. I suppose best is to contact relevant departments of these Universities, however that will take lots of effort and time

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    Joey Campana says:

    Srdjan –

    That is precisely what we are looking for! I will add your link to the academy page, and will continue to look into the SDA–ID connection. If you find anything else please contact me through ResearchID.org.

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