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Dialogos' Who's who in the evolution creationism debate
Transcript of Dialogos' Who's who in the evolution creationism debate
This small presentation is an attempt to give some background knowledge of the most important persons in the evolution creationism debate. By placing people in a chart such as this, we run the risk of over simplifying and misrepresenting persons and their positions. We hope to compensate for this, by providing suitable external links and videos, so that it is free to anyone to investigate and object to our proposition.
Kenneth R. Miller
Kent Hovind (Dr. Dino)
Encyclopedia of Science and Religionhttp://www.enotes.com/science-religion-encyclopedia
BioLogos "Leading Figures" http://www.biologos.org/resources/leading-figures
Christians in Science journal: http://www.cis.org.uk/assets/files/articles/SSR_Sept_2008_Poole.pdf
William Lane Craig
Kirk Cameron/Ray Comfort
By clicking the questionmark next to the persons name, you can access additional info and media
Suggested reading: The New Answers Book: Over 25 Questions on Creation/Evolution and the Bible (Answers Book Series)
Dialogos interview: http://www.dialogos.fo/?p=570
Official website: http://www.answersingenesis.org/
Kenneth R. Miller
Recommended reading: Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution
Official website: http://bms.brown.edu/faculty/m/kmiller/
Dialogos interview: http://www.dialogos.fo/?p=766
William A. Dembski
Suggested reading: Intelligent Design: The Bridge between Science and Theology
Official website: http://www.designinference.com/index.htm
Stephen Jay Gould
P. Z. Myers
Official website: http://www.drdino.com/
Suggested reading: Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design
Official website: http://www.colorado.edu/philosophy/fac_monton.shtml
Suggested reading: The Deniable Darwin and Other Essays
Official website: http://www.davidberlinski.org/
Recommended reading: Science and Creation: The Search for Understanding
Official website: http://www.polkinghorne.net/
Recommended reading: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
Official website: http://richarddawkins.net/
P. Z. Myers
Recommended reading: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/
Recommended reading: Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes and The Meaning of Life
Dialogos interview: http://www.dialogos.fo/?p=463
Official website: http://users.ox.ac.uk/~mcgrath/
Recommended reading: The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
Official website: http://www.nih.gov/about/director/index.htm
Suggested reading: Darwin's Black Box
Official website: http://www.lehigh.edu/~inbios/faculty/behe.html
Atheists have often been the earnest and most vocal defenders of the scientific basis of evolution. However there are a few examples where this defence has been made on the basis of a more ideological and philosophical agenda of agnosticism and atheism. T.H.Huxley or "Darwins bulldog" is such an example.
This branch of the debate is usually known as 'theistic evolution'. The argument is based on the assumption that scientific knowledge and spiritual revelation are two different approaches to the same reality, and can therefore both be true. This has sometimes been expressed as: "Science aims to answer the how questions, while theology/philosophy aims to answer the why questions"
This position is possibly the most rare of all in this debate. There are however persons who are openly sceptical of evolution, although they do not subscribe to a theistic worldview. There are examples of such views also involved with the intelligent design movement, although usually on a more philosophical plane.
The two main branches of this argument are:
Creationism is a term usually used only for a postion that puts emphasis on a literal interpretation of the creation story of Genesis. It's fair to say that its theological/Biblical premise holds a higher credibility than its scientific arguments.
Intelligent Design (ID) is an argument with emphasis on the lack of evidence for certain evolutionary factors. Also ID aims to scientifically give credit to the idea of a designer, without having a strict connection to any specific faith tradition.
Recommended reading: Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose?
Official website: http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/faraday/Biography.php?ID=9