Responding to Intelligent Design

There have been a lot of scientific responses to Intelligent Design. But it is important to articulate theological objections as well. The quote above is based on a comment I made here on this blog. The point is a simple one: Either God can create a universe that can organize itself, in which case the [Read More…]

The Jesus Way or the YEC Way?

I took some words I wrote last year in a comment on another blog and turned them into an image. [Read more…]

Contracted-Out Creation?

I made the image above based on a comment Kenneth Gilmore made on Facebook. In the background is a sketch of the recurrent laryngeal nerve in the giraffe. The fact that it takes such an indirect route is strong evidence that giraffes evolved from beings with shorter necks, with the laryngeal nerve lengthening along the [Read More…]

Creationist Quote Mining

This demotivational poster about young-earth creationist and Intelligent Design proponent quote-mining was inspired (or perhaps I should say demotivated?) by recent discussions here on the blog. [Read more…]

Different Design Arguments

The major difference between the kinds of design arguments one encounters in cosmology and biology is this: The design argument in physics involves accepting what the majority of scientists in that field conclude, while the design argument in biology involves rejecting what the majority of scientists in that field conclude. And conversely, the objections to [Read More…]

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…]