Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Dembski Quotes

Who says ID does not make predictions?

"I predict that in the next five years intelligent design will be sufficiently developed to deserve funding from the National Science Foundation."

1998 Mere Creation: Science, Faith and Intelligent Design p. 29

Just not very successful ones... 5 years from 1998 would have been 2003...

[A]ny view of the sciences that leaves Christ out of the picture must be seen as fundamentally deficient.

Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science & Theology, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Ill., pg. 206

I've just gotten kind of blase about submitting things to journals where you often wait two years to get things into print. And I find I can actually get the turnaround faster by writing a book and getting the ideas expressed there. My books sell well. I get a royalty. And the material gets read more.

December 21, 2001, Chronicle of Higher Education

The world is a mirror representing the divine life... Intelligent design readily embraces the sacramental nature of physical reality. Indeed, intelligent design is just the Logos theology of John’s Gospel restated in the idiom of information theory.

July/August, 1999 Touchstone Magazine

Intelligent design is three things: a scientific research program that investigates the effects of intelligent causes; an intellectual movement that challenges Darwinism and its naturalistic legacy; and a way of understanding divine action. (p. 13)

Intelligent Design: The Bridge between science and theology, Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press

Two animating principles drive intelligent design. The more popular by far takes intelligent design as a tool for liberation from ideologies that suffocate the human spirit, such as reductionism and materialism. The other animating principle, less popular but intellectually more compelling, takes intelligent design as the key to opening up fresh insights into nature. The first of these animating principles is purely instrumental -- it treats intelligent design as a tool for attaining some other end (like defeating materialism). Presumably if other tools could more effectively accomplish that end, intelligent design would be abandoned. The second of these animating principles, by contrast, is intrinsic -- it treats intelligent design as an essential good, an end in itself worthy to be pursued because of the insights it provides into nature. [p. 1] That said, we need to be very clear when we are doing the nuts-and-bolts scientific and conceptual work on ID and when we are engaged in cultural and political activity. What’s more, these aspects of ID need to keep pace. We have done amazingly well in creating a cultural movement, but we must not exaggerate ID’s successes on the scientific front. [p. 4] Because of ID’s outstanding success at gaining a cultural hearing, the scientific research part of ID is now lagging behind. [p. 4]

Dembski, William A. (2002) "Becoming a Disciplined Science: Prospects, Pitfalls, and Reality Check for ID." Keynote Address, RAPID Conference (Research and Progress in Intelligent Design). Biola University, La Mirada, California, 25 October 2002. RAPID Conference, Biola University

and his final parting words

Theology is where my ultimate passion is and I think that is where I can uniquely contribute ... I am looking forward to engaging students and theological students have always been my favorite to deal with because for theology students, it’s not just a job, but a passion, especially at a place like Southern, because they want to change the world

Robinson, Jeff. "Dembski to head seminary's new science & theology center." BP News. Sep 16, 2004.

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