William A. Dembski: Dealing with the Backlash against Intelligent Design

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William A. Dembski - Dealing with the Backlash against Intelligent Design


Phillip Johnson graduated first in his law school class at the University of Chicago and clerked for Chief Justice Earl Warren. Jonathan Wells got double 800's on his SAT's and was awarded a full, merit-based undergraduate scholarship at Princeton in the 1960's. Guillermo Gonzalez, though a young assistant professor has over sixty articles in refereed astronomy and astrophysical journals. Not to mention the two PhD's William Dembski has earned, in mathematics, University of Chicago and philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago. (Darwin’s Nemesis p. 85)

As an example of broadening one's way of looking at science and interpreting it, is an accusation from critics of intelligent design on how ID theorists look at some of their work.

Accordingly, they fault design theorists for going to the biological literature to pull out quotes and ideas that support intelligent design. The critics are outraged because they see the design theorists as shamelessly exploiting the hard scientific work of others and interpreting it in ways that the scientists who originally did the work would reject. We have nothing to be ashamed of here. As Nobel laureate William Lawrence Bragg remarked, "The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them." Intelligent design is doing just that-discovering new ways of thinking about and interpreting the well-established facts of science that pertain to biological complexity and diversity (Darwin’s Nemesis p. 96)

William A. Dembski has a Ph.D. in philosophy, a Ph.D. in mathematics and a M.S. in Statistics from the University of Chicago. He also has a M. Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Phillip Johnson received his B.A. from Harvard and his J.D. from the University of Chicago. Johnson is the author of Darwin on Trial and more recently Reason in the Balance. Darwin on Trial contends theories of evolution are based on philosophical naturalism. Reason in the Balance explores the post-modern philosophy and its impact on society. Since the writing of his books, Johnson has spoken and debated extensively with experts on these issues.