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Dennis Venema’s Original PSCF Review of Signature in the Cell

Stephen C. Meyer’s recent tome Signature in the Cell (hereafter, Signature) represents the “state of the art” for the intelligent design (ID) movement with respect to the origin of biological information. With Signature, Meyer claims to have established ID as the best scientific explanation for information in DNA, and thus, to have established the presence of a designing intelligence at the origin of life. …

God and Evolution

This book seeks to analyze “theistic evolution,” to critique various attempts to reconcile Darwinism with traditional theistic religion, and to respond to criticisms of intelligent design. Contributors include William Dembski, Logan Gage, David Klinghoffer, Stephen Meyer, Denyse O’Leary, Jay Richards, Jonathan Wells, John West, and Jonathan Witt. Edited by Jay W. Richards.

Truth or Dare with Dr. Ken Miller

Brown University biologist Dr. Kenneth Miller is the kind of person you naturally want to believe. He has a charismatic personality and a fast- paced, upbeat, and energetic lecture style. On top of all that, he umpires softball, rides horses, and is undoubtedly an all-around nice guy. Ifyou’re in college, Dr. Miller makes you wish you’d taken him for introductory biology rather …

Blown Away

When I learned that Dr. Stephen Meyer had written a new book on the evidence of design displayed in living cells, I expected to be impressed by it. I wasn’t prepared to have my mind blown — which is what happened.

A Scientific History – and Philosophical Defense – of the Theory of Intelligent Design

In December of 2004, the renowned British philosopher Antony Flew made worldwide news when he repudiated a lifelong commitment to atheism, citing, among other factors, evi- dence of intelligent design in the DNA molecule. In that same month, the American Civil Lib- erties Union filed suit to prevent a Dover, Pennsylvania school district from informing its stu- dents that they could learn about the theory of intelligent design from a supplementary science textbook in their school library. The following February, The Wall Street Journal (Klinghoffer 2005) reported that an evolutionary biologist at the Smithsonian Institution with two doctor- ates had been punished for publishing a peer-reviewed scientific article making a case for in- telligent design. Read More ›

A Brief History of Discovery Institute

Discovery Institute was founded in 1990 by Bruce Chapman and George Gilder. Chapman had a long background in public life, having served as America’s Ambassador to the United Nations Organizations (UNO) in Vienna, director of the United States Census Bureau, and Washington State’s Secretary of State. Gilder was the best-selling author of Wealth and Poverty and The Spirit of Enterprise, two path-breaking books …

Rebuttal to Irons

We wrote a serious critique of the Kitzmiller ruling. Rather than deal with the substance of our arguments, Peter Irons responds primarily with red herrings, personal attacks, and erroneous statements.1 With merely 1,000 words to rebut, we highlight merely some of the problems.2

Intelligent Design Will Survive Kitzmiller v. Dover

The year 2005 was the year the theory of intelligent design (ID) made the headlines. It was featured on the cover of Time magazine,1 its study was seemingly endorsed by the President of the United States,2 and it became one of the most talked-about issues in the public square. However, its increasing public recognition also attracted the attention of defenders of Darwinian orthodoxy, …

A Comparison of Judge Jones’ Opinion in Kitzmiller v. Dover with Plaintiffs’ Proposed “Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law”

In December of 2005, critics of the theory of intelligent design (ID) hailed federal judge John E. Jones’ ruling in Kitzmiller v. Dover, which declared unconstitutional the reading of a statement about intelligent design in public school science classrooms in Dover, Pennsylvania. Since the decision was issued, Jones’ 139-page judicial opinion has been lavished with praise as a “masterful decision” based …

Do Car Engines Run on Lugnuts?

Abstract In Kitzmiller v. Dover, Judge John E. Jones ruled harshly against the scientific validity of intelligent design. Judge Jones ruled that the irreducible complexity of the bacterial flagellum, as argued by intelligent design proponents during the trial, was refuted by the testimony of the plaintiffs’ expert biology witness, Dr. Kenneth Miller. Dr. Miller misconstrued design theorist Michael Behe’s definition of …