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Darwin: A Not-So-Happy 200th Birthday

Teaching of evolution still in danger; US economy in peril?

Will February 12th be a happy 200th birthday for Charles Darwin? Maybe not, says Glenn Branch, Deputy Director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) in an article that just appeared on the U.S. News & World Report web site.

Review: The Design Inference

Year: 
1999
Title: 
The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance through Small Probabilities
Issue: 
2

In an article appearing in the October 1998 First Things, William A Dembski announced the existence of rigorous and reliable means for detecting the action of an intelligent agent. Its description and justification, said Dembski, would be found in the pages of his new book, The Design Inference (TDI). Dembski made a special point of applying a criterion he called complexity-specification to biological phenomena, with the claim that biologists must now admit design into their science.

Author(s): 
William A. Dembski
Date: 
March–April
Page(s): 
32–35
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. 260 pages.
Reviewer: 
Wesley R Elsberry

References

Dembski WA. Science and design. First Things 1998 Oct; 86:21-2. http://www.firstthings.com/ftissues/ft9810/dembski.html. Accessed April 8, 1999.

Dembski WA. The Design Inference. Center for Renewal of Science & Culture Fellows Publications, http://www.discovery.org/fellows/design.html. Accessed May 31, 1999.

Further Reading

Dembski WA. The Explanatory Filter: A three-part filter for understanding how to separate and identify cause from intelligent design. http://www.origins.org/real/ri9602/dembski.html Accessed March 8,1999.

Dembski WA. Intelligent design as a theory of information. Conference on Naturalism, Theism, and the Scientific Enterprise (Austin, Texas). http://www.dla.utexas.edu/depts/philosophy/faculty/koons/ntse/papers/Dembski.html Accessed March 8, 1999.

[Find an expanded version of this review on the web at http://inia.cls.org/~welsberr/zgists/wre/papers/dembski7.html. Thanks to Bob Schadewald and others who gave helpful commentary on drafts of this review.]

About the Author(s): 

Wesley R Elsberry
Texas A&M University
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
210 Nagle Hall
College Station TX 77843

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Review: The Wedge of Truth

Year: 
2000
Issue: 
6
Title: 
The Wedge of Truth: Splitting the Foundations of Naturalism
Paul Tillich, the great German and American theologian, warned theologians never to embrace or reject any scientific idea for purely theological reasons. Such a strategy is theologically injudicious not only because scientific ideas are always subject to revision but also because new ideas from science can be an important stimulus to theological development.

Date: 
November–December
Author(s): 
Phillip E Johnson
Downers Grove (IL): InterVarsity Press, 2000. 192 pages.
Page(s): 
11–13
Reviewer: 
John F Haught
About the Author(s): 
James F Haught, PhD
Department of Theology
Georgetown University
37th & O Street NW
Washington DC 20057-1135
Media Type: 
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Review: Darwin's God

Year: 
2002
Title: 
Darwin's God: Evolution and the Problem of Evil
Issue: 
1–2

Author(s): 
Cornelius G. Hunter
Date: 
January–April
Grand Rapids (MI): Brazos Press, 2001. 192 pages.
Page(s): 
49–51

References

Reviewer: 
Donald Nield
About the Author(s): 

Donald A Nield
Associate Professor
Department of Engineering Science
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland New Zealand
d.nield@auckland.ac.nz
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Michael Behe and "Intelligent Design" on National Public Radio

Title: 
Michael Behe and "Intelligent Design" on National Public Radio
Author(s): 
Steven Schafersman
Issue: 
1–2

Year: 
2002
Date: 
January–April
Page(s): 
35–37
About the Author(s): 

Steven D Schafersman
Department of Science and Mathematics
The University of Texas
of the Permian Basin
4901 East University Blvd.
Odessa TX 79762
schafersman@utpb.edu
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Anti-evolutionists Form, Fund Think Tank

Title: 
Anti-evolutionists Form, Fund Think Tank
Author(s): 
Eugenie C. Scott
Issue: 
1

A press release dated August 10, 1996, announced that two private foundations have granted the Seattle-based Discovery Institute nearly a million dollars to establish the Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture. The Center will sponsor conferences, disseminate research and support postdoctoral students.

Year: 
1997
Date: 
January–February
Page(s): 
25–26
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Proving ID = Creationism

Proving ID = Creationism

NCSE staff worked behind the scenes, using NCSE archives and subpoenaed documents, to find the missing links tying "intelligent design" to its creationist roots.

10 Answers to Jonathan Wells's "10 Questions"

Intelligent design creationist Jonathan Wells has written the insidious "Ten questions to ask your biology teacher about evolution." These questions try to encourage students to doubt and distrust evolutionary theory.

Here are 10 brief answers to those questions. Please feel free to copy and distribute this document to teachers, students, parents, and others.

In the sections below, Wells's questions appear in italics.

Critique: Exploring "Explore Evolution"

In 2007, a new “intelligent design” book entitled Explore Evolution (“EE”) appeared on the market.

Explore Evolution is explicitly marketed to public school teachers. For example, at a 2008 Biola University symposium for science teachers a pitch was made for adopting Explore Evolution. The quote below comes from the symposium's website:

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