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C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 1

C.S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design

This in-depth series by Michael L. Peterson surveys author and apologist C.S. Lewis, reflecting on his arguments for the existence of God as well as his views on Intelligent Design and evolution. Peterson first explains the classical lines of rationale and then discusses Lewis’ Transcendent Intelligence argument. He clearly distinguishes Lewis’ view, however, from other design arguments. As he concludes, he relates Lewis’ thoughts on the firmly grounded theory of evolution, presenting his grand Trinitarian worldview which included this scientific view of the universe.
C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 1

C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 1

C.S. Lewis stands within the long Christian tradition of natural theology: the enterprise of giving reasons for the existence of an Ultimate Being or God, reasons that are based on some feature of the world rather than on special revelation.
April 25, 2011 
Michael L. Peterson 
Design 
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C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 2

C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 2

IDers formulate statistical arguments to show how mathematically improbable it is that random genetic variations plus natural selection, even over great spans of time, could result in the highly complex structures they identify. These arguments involve lots of zeroes after a decimal point.
April 28, 2011 
Michael L. Peterson 
Design 
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C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 3

C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 3

Lewis’s critical point, in current parlance, is that we must distinguish the appropriate methodological naturalism of science from philosophical naturalism— something ID fails to do.
May 02, 2011 
Michael L. Peterson 
Design 
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C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 4

C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 4

Lewis knows that such important facts must be included in the complete rational evaluation of any case for an Ultimate Being or Transcendent Intelligence.
May 05, 2011 
Michael L. Peterson 
Design 
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C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 5

C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 5

Since Lewis rejects ID in the narrower sense, what does he think about Evolution? Lewis accepted both cosmic and biological evolution as highly confirmed scientific theories.
May 10, 2011 
Michael L. Peterson 
Design 
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C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 6

C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 6

Lewis was extremely critical of Evolutionary Naturalism as a total package because Naturalism involves the denial of God, moral relativism, and human devaluation.
May 12, 2011 
Michael L. Peterson 
Design 
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C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 7

C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 7

So, what does Lewis say God is up to in this evolutionary universe? In answering this question, Lewis is at his best.
May 16, 2011 
Michael L. Peterson 
Design 
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