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Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Introduction

Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”

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Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Introduction

Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Introduction

Stephen Meyer and the Discovery Institute seek to make the case for the designer in a purely scientific context, without specifying who the designer is. At BioLogos, we take the approach that science is not equipped to provide a full Christian apologetic.
August 25, 2014 
Deborah Haarsma 
Design, Evolution - Evidence 
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Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Ralph Stearley

Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Ralph Stearley

While it is true that Goodwin and others believe that their discoveries pose a major challenge to neo-Darwinian orthodoxy, this does not cause them to abandon their belief that the history of life can be explained as the outcome of biological processes!
August 26, 2014 
 
Featuring Ralph Stearley
Fossils, ID Movement 
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The Extended Synthesis (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Robert Bishop, Part 1)

The Extended Synthesis (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Robert Bishop, Part 1)

Many evolutionary and developmental biologists are pursuing an extended synthesis involving population genetics, developmental biology, epigenetics and other recent developments. Yet Stephen Meyer presents their published research as offering an alternative to or replacement for neo-Darwinian evolution.
September 01, 2014 
Robert C. Bishop 
Creation & Origins, Design, Divine Action & Purpose, Education, Genetics, History of Life, Science & Worldviews 
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Two Rhetorical Strategies (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Robert Bishop, Part 2)

Two Rhetorical Strategies (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Robert Bishop, Part 2)

Meyer’s question-shift strategy is to slide from diversification of existing body plans to the origin of the first body plan. Yet, the question of how the first body plan arose isn’t what the biology and paleontology literature discussing the Cambrian is addressing.
September 02, 2014 
Robert C. Bishop 
Creation & Origins, Design, Divine Action & Purpose, Education, Genetics, History of Life, Science & Worldviews 
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Meyer’s Inference to Intelligent Design as the Best Explanation (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Robert Bishop, Part 3)

Meyer’s Inference to Intelligent Design as the Best Explanation (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Robert Bishop, Part 3)

Meyer’s inference that intelligent agency is the best explanation for the Cambrian explosion depends crucially on taking natural science and human inquiry to be the same. But this is to ignore important differences between these two forms of inquiry and their subjects of study.
September 08, 2014 
Robert C. Bishop 
Creation & Origins, Design, Divine Action & Purpose, Education, Genetics, History of Life, Science & Worldviews 
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Final Assessments (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Robert Bishop, Part 4)

Final Assessments (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Robert Bishop, Part 4)

The picture of evolutionary theory and developmental biology presented by Meyer doesn’t help us understand what scientists working in those areas actually do and what their debates actually are about. Nor does his framing help us understand whether evolutionary and developmental biology needs explicit reference to an observable intelligent cause.
September 09, 2014 
Robert C. Bishop 
Creation & Origins, Design, Divine Action & Purpose, Education, Genetics, History of Life, Science & Worldviews 
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Thoughts on ”Darwin’s Doubt” (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Darrel Falk, Part 1)

Thoughts on ”Darwin’s Doubt” (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Darrel Falk, Part 1)

Darwin’s Doubt is a well-researched and fairly accurate picture of contemporary biology. It is the best case yet presented by the Intelligent Design movement, even though its conclusions are ultimately unconvincing.
September 09, 2014 
Darrel Falk 
Cambrian Explosion, Evolution - How It Works, ID Movement 
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Further Thoughts on “Darwin’s Doubt” after Reading Bishop’s Review (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Darrel Falk, Part 2)

Further Thoughts on “Darwin’s Doubt” after Reading Bishop’s Review (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Darrel Falk, Part 2)

Although we agree that Meyer’s ultimate conclusion is incorrect, Robert Bishop and I see Darwin’s Doubt through different lenses, evaluating its merit differently.
September 11, 2014 
Darrel Falk 
Cambrian Explosion, Evolution - How It Works, ID Movement 
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Big Picture or Big Gaps? Why Natural Theology is better than Intelligent Design

Big Picture or Big Gaps? Why Natural Theology is better than Intelligent Design

Do we see God because of design, or do we see design because of God?
September 15, 2014 
Alister McGrath 
Atheism & Scientism, Divine Action & Purpose, ID Movement 
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