Machine-Making Minds Made by Mind-Making Machines

I happened across another iteration of the design argument in its modern-day form, the essence of which can be boiled down to the following: All machines we know of are made by minds; DNA is like a machine; Therefore DNA was intelligently designed. The person who made the argument said they thought this worked with [Read More...]

Creationism and Religious Freedom

Today my class on “Religion and Freedom of Expression” met for the first time. It is a class with a non-traditional format – we meet a few Saturday mornings for a few hours, plus also four evenings when students attend lectures in our public lecture series and have dinner and a Q&A time with the [Read More...]

Pick Your Design Argument

I recently mentioned the contrast between two very different sorts of “design argument.” Now another Patheos blog, The Secular Outpost, has gone even further, suggesting that the addition of additional design arguments undercuts others. The point of that post in a nutshell is this: If one argues for evidence of design in biology, brought about [Read More...]

Darwin’s Doubt and Ray Comfort’s Certainty

There have been a lot of devastating reviews of Stephen Meyer’s book Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design. One recent one is by Larry Moran, and it sums up one of the problems with the book in a picture: The circle indicates the small moment in the history [Read More...]

Design All The Way Down?

I have sometime found myself in a debate with someone whose views I do not actually find objectionable, because they used the term “Intelligent Design” but meant something very different by it. The view that the cosmos is “intelligently designed,” that the universe is “fine tuned” for the sort of life that we are to [Read More...]

Undesigned?

VinnyJH asked in a recent comment a question that I too have often asked: I’ve often wondered how someone who believes that God designed everything goes about distinguishing the characteristics of a thing that is designed from those of a thing that isn’t. If there are no undesigned things, how do you determine that any [Read More...]

Argumentum a Recensiones Amazon

I have encountered what may be a relatively new fallacy, but is a logical fallacy nevertheless. A commenter attempted to argue that the Intelligent Design book Darwin’s Doubt is weighty because it has more 5-star reviews on Amazon.com than 1-star reviews. That is pretty surprising, to be sure, even given the inevitable turnout of the [Read More...]

Can Young-Earth Creationists and Proponents of Intelligent Design be Christians?

Michael Ruse famously asked the opposite, whether a Darwinian can be a Christian. But the opposite question is the real pressing issue. Here is what I wrote in a comment on Michael Kruger’s blog: I don’t think that any view which misrepresents evidence the way young-earth creationism and Intelligent Design do is compatible with the [Read More...]

Evolution is Not the Problem

It frustrates me that any religious believer thinks that evolution is somehow at odds with the goodness of God in a way that a theism which rejects evolution is not. If one thinks about the birth defects, illnesses, and other things highlighted in this video which Hemant Mehta and PZ Myers both recently shared… …it [Read More...]

How to Tell Pseudoscience and Pseudoscholarship from the Real Thing

Geology professor Callan Bentley received an e-mail from the Discovery Institute asking for permission to use a photo of his. He refused, explaining why. He has shared the back and forth between himself and them on his blog (HT P. Z. Myers and Hemant Mehta). The entire thing is worth reading, but I’ll quote the ending [Read More...]

George Lucas on Intelligent Design

  Through the poster above, which was shared on Facebook, I had my attention drawn to some comments George Lucas made about Intelligent Design, evolution, God, and the Bible. Click through to read the interview in which he made the comments, if you are interested. He is obviously neither a scientist nor a theologian, but [Read More...]


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