The man who has become both figurehead and lightning rod for the intelligent design movement in America recently agreed to direct a science-and-religion center at one of the nation’s most conservative Protestant seminaries.
William Dembski, a philosopher of science, was hired in September to head Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s new Center for Science and Theology. Dembski’s appointment will begin when the center opens June 1 at the Louisville, Ky., school.
Should be interesting. Dembski ruffled a few feathers at Baylor and, I imagine, will do the same here.
For those of you who don’t know what Dembski and co propose as “Intelligent Design” have a look here: (Intelligent Design Topic : Introduction and History Topic : Intelligence Design. One of the most common places to see ID is in the Focus on the Family video Unlocking the Mystery of Life.
Personally, I don’t think ID in it’s best case scenario goes beyond asserting theism (or even deism in some cases) – a form of general revelation. In fact, it can become another system tainted by “God of the gaps” thinking.
When Dembski was in NZ a year or two back I asked him what could sit under ID – was it exclusively a 6-day creation type position? Basically he said anything theistic can sit under it – theistic evolutionism, progressive creationist as well as the creation science (6-day) crowd.