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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Atheists Against Darwinism

Allow me to draw attention to this paper recently published on the EPS website:


Intelligent design theory claims that 1) empirical evidence warrants 2) a scientific design inference using 3) reliable design detection criteria. Philosophia Christi published my paper "The Design Inference from Specified Complexity Defended by Scholars Outside the Intelligent Design Movement: A Critical Review" (Philosophia Christi, Vol 9, Number 2), which defended the third of these claims by reviewing the work atheists and theistic evolutionists. This paper defends the second of these claims, likewise by reviewing work by agnostics and atheists.

Hence this paper rounds off a two-part defence of the philosophical elements of Intelligent Design Theory (claims 2 & 3), and does so in two phases. Phase one focuses upon the growing acceptance of Phillip E. Johnsons' analysis of the role played by methodological naturalism in buttressing Darwinism, while phase two focuses upon Thomas Nagel's positive interaction with Michael J. Behe's argument in The Edge of Evolution (Free Press, 2008). I argue that Nagel's reticence about embracing ID is philosophically inconsistent.

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