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The Return of the God Hypothesis

Historian of science Frederic Burnham has stated that the God hypothesis is now a more respectable hypothesis than at any time in the last one hundred years. This essay explores recent evidence from cosmology, physics, and biology, which provides epistemological support, though not proof, for belief in God as conceived by a theistic worldview. It develops a notion of epistemological support based upon explanatory power, rather than just deductive entailment. It also evaluates the explanatory power of theism and its main metaphysical competitors with respect to several classes of scientific evidence. The conclusion follows that theism explains a wide ensemble of metaphysically-significant evidences more adequately and comprehensively than other major worldviews or metaphysical systems. Thus, unlike much recent scholarship that characterizes science as either conflicting with theistic belief or entirely neutral with respect to it, this essay concludes that scientific evidence actually supports such belief. Read More ›

Educators Briefing Packet

This briefing packet was developed in order to provide you with clear and accurate information about the scientific theory of intelligent design: what it is, how it originated, and how it differs from neo-Darwinism. As staff members of Discovery Institute and its Center for Science & Culture, we developed this packet to help teachers understand the issue. However, it’s vital …

Should We Teach Scientific Criticisms of Neo-Darwinism? Many Authorities Say YES!

1. Various States and School Districts have successfully implemented such a policy: Minnesota: “Explain how scientific and technological innovations—as well as new evidence—can challenge portions of, or entire accepted theories and models including …[the] theory of evolution…”1 South Carolina: “Summarize ways that scientists use data from a variety of sources toinvestigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory.”2 Texas: Science standards require that …

Fire-Maker

From computers to airplanes to life-giving medicines, the technological marvels of our world were made possible by the human use of fire. But the use of fire itself was made possible by an array of features built into the human body and the planet. In Fire-Maker, biologist Michael Denton explores the special features of nature that equipped humans to to harness …