In Defence of Intelligent Design

William A. Dembski

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199543656
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 In Defence of Intelligent Design

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Intelligent design is the field of study that investigates signs of intelligence. It identifies those features of objects that reliably signal the action of an intelligent cause. Proponents of intelligent design, known as design theorists, purport to study such signs formally, rigorously, and scientifically. In particular, they claim that a type of information, known as specified complexity, is a key sign of intelligence. To sum up, many special sciences already employ specified complexity as a sign of intelligence – notably forensic science, cryptography, random number generation, archaeology, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Design theorists take these methods and apply them to naturally occurring systems. In any event, it is very much a live possibility that design in cosmology and biology is scientifically detectable, thus placing intelligent design squarely within the realm of science.

Keywords: ID; intelligence; creationism; specified complexity; design theorists; cosmology; biology

Article.  7182 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religion and Science

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