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Intelligent design : the bridge between science & theology

Author: William A Dembski
Publisher: Downers Grove, Ill. : IVP academic : InterVarsity Press. C 1999
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In this book William A. Dembski brilliantly argues that intelligent design provides a crucial link between science and theology. This is a pivotal work from a thinker whom Phillip Johnson calls "one  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William A Dembski
ISBN: 083082314X 9780830823147
OCLC Number: 1056950999
Description: 1 v. (312 pages) : figures ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword by Michael Behe Preface Part 1: Historical Beginnings 1. Recognizing the Divine Finger1.1 Homer Simpson's Prayer1.2 Signs in Decision-Making1.3 Ordinary Versus Extraordinary Signs1.4 Moses and Pharoah1.5 The Philistines and the Ark1.6 The Sign of the Resurrection1.7 In Defense of Premodernity2. The Critique of Miracles2.1 Miracles as Evidence for Faith2.2 Spinoza's Rejection of Miracles2.3 Schleiermacher's Assimilation of Spinoza2.4 Unpacking Schleiermacher's Naturalistic Critique2.5 Critiquing the Naturalistic Critique2.6 The Significane of the Naturalistic Critique3. The Demise of British Natural Theology3.1 Pauli's Sneer3.2 From Contrivance to Natural Law3.3 From Natural Law to Agnosticism3.4 Darwin and His Theory3.5 Design and Miracles3.6 The Presupposition of Positivism Part 2: A Theory of Design 4. Naturalism Its Cure4.1 Nature and Creation4.2 The Root of Idolatry4.3 Naturalism Within Western Culture4.4 The Cure: Intelligent Design4.5 Not Theistic Evolution4.6 The Importance of Definitions4.7 A New Generation of Scholars5. Reinstating Design Within Science5.1 Design's Departure from Science5.2 Why Reinstate Design?5.3 The Complexity-Specification Criterion5.4 Specification5.5 False Negatives and False Positives5.6 Why the Criterion Works5.7 Irreducible Complexity5.8 So What?6. Intelligent Design as a Theory of Information6.1 Complex Specified Information6.2 Generating Information via Law6.3 Generating Information via Chance6.4 Generating Information via Law and Chance6.5 The Law of Conservation of Information6.6 Applying the Theory to Evolutionary Biology6.7 Reconceptualizing Evolutionary Biology Part 3: Bridging Science Theology 7. Science Theology in Mutual Support7.1 Two Windows on Reality7.2 Epistemic Support7.3 Rational Compulsion7.4 Explanatory Power7.5 The Big Bang and Divine Creation7.6 Christ as the Completion of Science8. The Act of Creation8.1 Creation as a Divine Gift8.2 Naturalism's Challenge to Creation8.3 Computational Reductionism8.4 Our Empirical Selves Versus Our Actual Selves8.5 The Resurgence of Design8.6 The Creation of the World8.7 The Intelligibility of the World8.8 Creativity, Divine and Human Appendix: Objections to DesignA.1 The God of the GapsA.2 Intentionality Versus DesignA.3 Scientific CreationismA.4 But Is It Science?A.5 DysteleologyA.6 Just an Anthropic CoincidenceA.7 Applying the Math to BiologyA.8 David Hume's ObjectionsA.9 Mundane Versus Trancendant Designers Notes Index
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