What is Intelligent Design? It’s in the news a lot, but exactly what does the phrase mean?
The basic claim of Intelligent Design theory is that one can look at empirical evidence and conclude that some things are caused by intelligence instead of by chance or undirected natural causes. Intelligent Design is the science that studies manifestations of intelligence and researches how to detect intelligent causes.
Check out the Intelligent Design resource sites described below to learn more about how Intelligent Design theory is challenging evolutionism.
This is the 4th article in a series covering these six categories of
1. Creation Science
2. Creation Science For Kids
3. Creation Museums
4. Intelligent Design
6. Christianity, Culture, & Vocation
Each resource is accompanied by a brief description of what it provides. Listing of a resource simply means the resource has significant value. It does not mean that I endorse everything in it.
4. Intelligent Design Resources
Note: Intelligent Design advocates argue solely for the existence of a Master Designer. They do not necessarily believe in the God of the Bible. They may or may not hold to the main tenets of Biblical Creationism recorded in Genesis, which are creation of the universe by God in 6 regular days about 6,000 years ago and a worldwide flood about 4500 years ago. Arguing for a Designer can be Step 1. Identifying the Designer as the God of the Bible is Step 2, but it’s outside the realm of Intelligent Design.
What Is Intelligent Design?
Can Evolution be intellectually defeated? Can its pervasive worldview be overthrown? Intelligent Design now challenges Evolution’s dominance. This article explains Intelligent Design and reports on a debate with a biology professor at Wayne State University on the topic, “Should Intelligent Design be taught in science classes?”
Darwin On Trial
This is the website of Phillip E. Johnson, former law professor at UC Berkeley and one of the fathers of the Intelligent Design movement. Johnson is the author of the book Darwin on Trial, probably the best critique of Darwinism ever published.
Stephen C. Meyer – Exploring and Explaining the Origins of Biological Information
Dr. Meyer presents a more fundamental argument for intelligent design than one based on a single feature like the bacterial flagellum. Alongside matter and energy, there is a third fundamental entity needed by all living systems: information — and that is generated only by an intelligent agent. Meyer authored Signature in the Cell where he showed that the digital code embedded in DNA points powerfully to a designing intelligence.
This is Englishman Peter S. Williams’ blog about Intelligent Design, natural theology, philosophy, and Christian apologetics. It includes a list of Peer-Reviewed Scientific Papers Supporting Intelligent Design along with links to excellent resources.
Uncommon Descent holds that materialistic ideology has subverted the study of biological and cosmological origins so that the actual content of these sciences has become corrupted. The problem is not merely that science is being used illegitimately to promote a materialistic worldview, but that this worldview is actively undermining scientific inquiry, leading to incorrect and unsupported conclusions about biological and cosmological origins. Intelligent Design theory (ID) offers a promising scientific alternative to materialistic theories of biological and cosmological evolution.
Excellent material explaining the scientific theory of Intelligent Design.
Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture
This program supports research that challenges various aspects of neo-Darwinian theory and that develops the scientific theory known as intelligent design. It supports research exploring the impact of scientific materialism on culture and encourages schools to improve science education by teaching students more fully about the theory of evolution, including the theory’s scientific weaknesses as well is its strengths.
Soli Deo Gloria.
This is the fourth of a series of six blog posts on Recommended Resources.
Read the prequels:
1. Recommended Resources – Creation Science
2. Recommended Resources – Creation Science for Kids
3. Recommended Resources – Creation Museums
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5. Recommended Resources – Apologetics
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Wednesday August 20, 2014 A.D.
For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods, in whose hand are the depths of the earth. The peaks of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for it was He who made it; and His hands formed the dry land. Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. (Psalm 95:3-6)