Intelligent Design -- Detection of God-action

Argument from Design: Life simply too complex to have developed via materialistic evolutionary processes

Specified Complexity = signature of an intelligence is "contingent and therefore not necessary; if it is complex and therefore not easily repeatable by chance; and if it is specified in the sense of exhibiting an independently given pattern" (Dembski)

William Dembski (b. 1960)

Science meant to find materialistic causes.

Science cannot prove God exists or does not exist.

Personal: Science is part of the human endeavor to understand ourselves, our universe, and our relationship to/with the transcendent reality.



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Assumptions of Science Theory + attributes Methodological Materialism
Evolution via natural selection Imago Dei ID beliefs: God-action detection
Irreducible Complexity Specified Complexity