From tomorrow’s New York Times: Intelligent Design Debate Ensnares the Journal “Synthese”

That is the title of an article that will be published in tomorrow's New York Times (14 March 2011). Authored by Mark Oppenheimer, here's how it begins: According to one cynical view, academic disputes are so vicious only because the stakes are so low. Yet as the editors of Synthese, a leading philosophy journal, can tell you, what they publish matters: in debates over Christianity, the teaching of evolution, and American politics. This story began in March 2009, when a special issue of Synthese … [Read more...]

C. S. Lewis Would Not Have Been an Intelligent Design Advocate

(HT: Dangerous Idea)That's the conclusion drawn by Asbury University philosopher Michael L. Peterson. You can read Professor Peterson's essay here. I think Peterson is correct, for many of the same reasons I offer in my analysis of ID. (See my blog post here) … [Read more...]

St. Thomas Aquinas and the Inadequacy of Intelligent Design

My friends Edward Feser and Jay Wesley Richards, both fellow Catholics, are engaged in an online dispute about whether contemporary Intelligent Design theory (ID) runs counter to classical Thomistic understandings of nature and final causality. On this matter, I am with Ed. For I believe that ID, as defended by Michael Behe and William A. Dembski, is a view that in the long run serves to undermine rather than advance the cause of Christian theism. Of course, I see why some of my fellow … [Read more...]

Intelligent Design, Thomas Aquinas, and the Ubiquity of Final Causes: Why I Reject ID

Last year, on May 22, 2010, the BioLogos Foundation published a paper of mine on its website, “Intelligent Design, Thomas Aquinas, and the Ubiquity of Final Causes.” It is excerpted and adapted from my article, “How to Be An Anti-Intelligent Design Advocate,” University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy 4.1 (2010): 35-65.This BioLogos paper should be read in conjunction with the four blog posts I published in 2010 on "Science & the Sacred," the BioLogos Blog:Intelligent Desi … [Read more...]


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