Intelligent Design The Bridge Between Science and Theology

ISBN-10: 083082314X

ISBN-13: 9780830823147

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Description: Voted a 2000 Book of the Year by Christianity Today!The Intelligent Design movement is three things:- a scientific research program for investigating intelligent causes- an intellectual movement that challenges naturalistic evolutionary theories- a way of understanding divine actionAlthough the fast-growing movement has gained considerable grassroots support, many scientists and theologians remain skeptical about its merits. Scientists worry that it's bad science (merely creationism in disguise) and theologians worry that it's bad theology (misunderstanding divine action). In this book William Dembski addresses these concerns and brilliantly argues that intelligent design provides a crucial link between science and theology.Various chapters creatively and powerfully address intelligent discernment of divine action in nature, why the significane of miracles should be reconsidered, and the demise and unanswered questions of British natural theology. Effectively challenging the hegemony of naturalism and reinstating design within science, Dembski shows how intelligent design can be unpacked as a theory of information.Intelligent Design is a pivotal, synthesizing work from a thinker whom Phillip Johnson calls "one of the most important of the design theorists who are sparking a scientific revolution by legitimating the concept of intelligent design in science."

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Book details

List price: $22.00
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 8/12/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Historical Backdrop
Recognizing the Divine Finger
Homer Simpson's Prayer
Signs in Decision-Making
Ordinary Versus Extraordinary Signs
Moses and Pharaoh
The Philistines and the Ark
The Sign of the Resurrection
In Defense of Premodernity
The Critique of Miracles
Miracles as Evidence for Faith
Spinoza's Rejection of Miracles
Schleiermacher's Assimilation of Spinoza
Unpacking Schleiermacher's Naturalistic Critique
Critiquing the Naturalistic Critique
The Significance of the Naturalistic Critique
The Demise of British Natural Theology
Pauli's Sneer
From Contrivance to Natural Law
From Natural Law to Agnosticism
Darwin and His Theory
Design and Miracles
The Presupposition of Positivism
A Theory of Design
Naturalism and Its Cure
Nature and Creation
The Root of Idolatry
Naturalism Within Western Culture
The Cure: Intelligent Design
Not Theistic Evolution
The Importance of Definitions
A New Generation of Scholars
Reinstating Design Within Science
Design's Departure from Science
Why Reinstate Design?
The Complexity-Specification Criterion
Specification
False Negatives and False Positives
Why the Criterion Works
Irreducible Complexity
So What?
Intelligent Design as a Theory of Information
Complex Specified Information
Generating Information via Law
Generating Information via Chance
Generating Information via Law and Chance
The Law of Conservation of Information
Applying the Theory to Evolutionary Biology
Reconceptualizing Evolutionary Biology
Bridging Science and Theology
Science and Theology in Mutual Support
Two Windows on Reality
Epistemic Support
Rational Compulsion
Explanatory Power
The Big Bang and Divine Creation
Christ as the Completion of Science
The Act of Creation
Creation as a Divine Gift
Naturalism's Challenge to Creation
Computational Reductionism
Our Empirical Selves Versus Our Actual Selves
The Resurgence of Design
The Creation of the World
The Intelligibility of the World
Creativity, Divine and Human
Objections to Design
The God of the Gaps
Intentionality Versus Design
Scientific Creationism
But Is It Science?
Dysteleology
Just an Anthropic Coincidence
Applying the Math to Biology
David Hume's Objections
Mundane Versus Transcendent Designers
Notes
Index
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