Thursday, April 17, 2008

Design: Making a Comeback

Post details: Introduction: The Science of God - a Jewish physicist considers the design of the universe and life is the title of Denyse O'Leary's blog entry at The ID Report.

Quoting from the blog entry:

Nineteenth century materialism created an intellectual market for theories that attempt to explain how the universe and life hoisted themselves into existence without design. "Many universes" and Darwinian evolution are the two most popular today. These theories are given vastly more weight than the evidence allows. And yet their enthusiastic, often fanatical backers wonder why the public remains skeptical.

Recently, I had a chance to read The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom (New York, Free Press, 1997) by physicist Gerald Schroeder - a Jewish take on design in the universe.

Formerly at MIT, Schroeder - who now lives in Israel - was one of the people who helped convince highly respected atheist Antony Flew that, There IS a God, on account of design.

The current bias against teleology is an outgrowth of nineteenth century philosophical whims whose seeds took root in the West and gave rise to the present philosophical climate. But winds of change are in the air and some quiet rumblings from the last few years of the twentieth century are gaining traction despite the considerable weight of established institutions against design. Denton and Shroeder were among the early pioneers. Many less well known individuals are swelling the ranks. The driving force is the inherent weakness of existing dogma. Theoretical extrapolations far exceed what data supports. It is more than an origin of life issue although that is a big part of the picture.

Ben Stein's movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed debuts tomorrow in the USA.



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