What is Wrong with Intelligent Design?
Dawes, Gregory W.
While a great deal of abuse has been directed at intelligent design theory (ID), its starting point is a fact about biological organisms that cries out for explanation, namely “specified complexity” (SC). Advocates of ID deploy three kind of argument from specified complexity to the existence of a designer: an eliminative argument, an inductive argument, and an inference to the best explanation. Only the first of these merits the abuse directed at it; the other two arguments are worthy of respect. If they fail, it is only because we have a better explanation of SC, namely Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Keywords: intelligent design theory; evolution; creationism; Darwinism; Christianity; theology; philosophy
Research Type: Journal Article