The main question ID asks is this: Could an uncaused cosmos featuring
mutation and natural selection explain the evermore-complicated universe we
continue to discover through advanced microscopes and telescopes and other
methods? Related questions include... Does ID theory stand on its own two
scientific feet? Or, as well-known ID
researcher and spokesman Bill Dembski puts it, "Can it be made into a
fruitful scientific research program without the need to invoke
questionable or highly disputed theological and metaphysical
Detractors like H. Allen Orr, writing in the Boston Review,
seek to explain away concepts
like "irreducible complexity." (This well-known ID concept postulates that
since a biological machine--like the cell's rotary-motor-like flagellum
above--will not work with even one of its parts missing, then Darwinian
mechanisms could not possibly be responsible for its existence.) However,
satisfactory alternative explanations for such phenomenon are not
forthcoming from critics, according to the concept's originator, biochemist
and researcher Michael J. Behe (Lehigh U).
Hence, we ask: Should Intelligent Design theory and its research programs
be dismissed as "creationism dressed up in a cheap tuxedo," as one
scientist contends? Or is ID's gradual acceptance into the mainstream of
scientific discussion warranted? First, one must understand exactly what ID
theory is--and is not. As explained in detail in the Intelligent Design
FAQ, below, "...This new approach is more modest than [earlier creationist
approaches to biological and cosmic origins]. Rather than trying to infer God's existence or character from
the natural world, it simply claims 'that intelligent causes are necessary
to explain the complex, information-rich structures of biology and that
these causes are empirically detectable.'"
The door to theism and, for many biblical Creation, is left open. Or, more
accurately, it is no longer slammed shut. We explore some basic
explanations and issues surrounding Intelligent Design in our special
—Byron Barlowe, Editor/Webmaster, Leadership University
Our "Tailor-made" Universe: New Scientific Study Begs the Philosophical
Question, "Who's the tailor?"
Cosmology is at a surprising crossroads. The evidence for design in the
physical universe is so strong that cosmologists today openly discuss
philosophical questions, as Nancy Pearcey shows in this September 2, 2000
Science and Design
Explores the question, 'Why shouldn't we want to admit design into
In Pursuit of Intelligent Causes: Some Historical Background
Charles B. Thaxton, Ph.D.
In antiquity intelligent causes were considered essential for understanding
nature. Three centuries after the publication of Newton's Principia,
however, nature seems to have been swept clean of intelligent influence,
except for that of human beings.
DNA and Other Designs
Stephen C. Meyer
Meyer recounts the history of the Darwinist attempt to explain life as a
spontaneous product of natural selection and promotes the more satisfying
rival theory known as intelligent design.
Post-Agnostic Science: How Physics is Reviving the Argument from Design
Robert C. Koons
If physics and cosmology have led us to a revival of the argument from
design, legitimating references to the activity of an intelligent creator
of nature, this fact has implications for the practice of other sciences
and disciplines. According to Koons, research on the origin of life may be
overdue for some fundamental rethinking. In recent years, science has been
wedded to a philosophy of materialism. The time has come for a trial
separation, at the very least.
"Pre-biotic Soup"?: The Case for Faith
As part of a series highlighting Lee Strobel's new book The Case for Faith,
Colson comments on discoveries by NASA and others which show a universe
incredibly and uniquely suited for life. Dr. Walter Bradley's work (see
below) is cited.
Edward T. Oakes and His Critics: An Exchange
Father Oakes, who embraces macro-evolution, reviewed Philip E. Johnson's
new book The Wedge in the journal First Things, touching off quite a few
letters to the editor. Among them are well-known spokespeople for the
Intelligent Design movement, including Michael Behe, Nancy Pearcey and
The Designed 'Just So' Universe
Walter L. Bradley, Ph.D.
This article provides a clear indication of what is meant by design and
then summarizes the factual basis from cosmology that our universe is
indeed uniquely designed as a habitat for life in general and humans in
The 2001 Principle
Mordechai Steinman and Gershon Robinson
In the annals of motion picture history, the film "2001: A Space Odyssey"
holds a special place. Though outwardly science fiction, the film speaks
about life, the universe, and reality in general, and the message seems to
be one of enormous consequence. But that message may not be what you think.
ARN (Access Research Network)
Reasons to Believe
Discovery Institute's Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture
Boston Review: http://bostonreview.mit.edu/BR21.6/orr.html
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