William A. Dembski quotes

  • The very comprehensibility of the world points to an intelligence behind the world. Indeed, science would be impossible if our intelligence were not adapted to the intelligibility of the world. The match between our intelligence and the intelligibility of the world is no accident. Nor can it properly be attributed to natural selection, which places a premium on survival and reproduction and has no stake in truth or conscious thought. Indeed, meat-puppet robots are just fine as the output of a Darwinian evolutionary process.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Serendipity #Survival #Would Be

  • Government has a legitimate sphere of operation. The problem arises when that sphere continually expands, encompassing areas where government lacks legitimacy.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Government #Spheres #Problem

  • Scientists rightly resist invoking the supernatural in scientific explanations for fear of committing a god-of-the-gaps fallacy (the fallacy of using God as a stop-gap for ignorance). Yet without some restriction on the use of chance, scientists are in danger of committing a logically equivalent fallacy-one we may call the “chance-of-the-gaps fallacy.” Chance, like God, can become a stop-gap for ignorance.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Ignorance #Serendipity #Use

  • The mechanical philosophy was ever blind to this fact. Intelligent design, on the other hand, readily embraces the sacramental nature of physical reality. Indeed, intelligent design is just the Logos theology of John's Gospel restated in the idiom of information theory.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Philosophy #Intelligent #Reality

  • Give us detailed, testable, mechanistic accounts for the origin of life, the origin of the genetic code, the origin of ubiquitous bio macromolecules and assemblages like the ribosome, and the origin of molecular machines like the bacterial flagellum, and intelligent design will die a quick and painless death.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Intelligent #Giving #Design

  • The positive evidence for Darwinism is confined to small-scale evolutionary changes like insects developing insecticide resistance....Evidence like that for insecticide resistance confirms the Darwinian selection mechanism for small-scale changes, but hardly warrants the grand extrapolation that Darwinists want. It is a huge leap going from insects developing insecticide resistance via the Darwinian mechanism of natural selection and random variation to the very emergence of insects in the first place by that same mechanism.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Variation #Want #Resistance

  • As far as design theorists are concerned, theistic evolution is American evangelicalism's ill-conceived accommodation to Darwinism .
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Design #Evolution #Accommodations

  • Virtually every discipline and endeavor is presently under a naturalistic pall.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Discipline #Endeavor

  • There is an immediate payoff to intelligent design: it destroys the atheistic legacy of Darwinian evolution. Intelligent design makes it impossible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Atheist #Intelligent #Design

  • The wrong people will do everything in their power to guarantee that the wrong political climate will continue. It seems, then, that the wrong people ensure the wrong political climate and the wrong political climate ensures the wrong people. How then to break free of this vicious circle?
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Circles #People #Political

  • The problem of good as it faces the atheist is this: Nature, which is the nuts-and-bolts reality for the atheist, has no values and thus can offer no grounding for good and evil. Values on the atheist view are subjective and contingent.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Atheist #Reality #Views

  • Precisely because intelligent design does not turn the study of biological origins into a Bible-science controversy, intelligent design is a position around which Christians of all stripes can unite.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Christian #Intelligent #Design

  • Natural selection certainly operates. It explains how bacteria will gain antibiotic resistance; it will explain how insects get insecticide resistance, but it doesn't explain how you get bacteria or insects in the first place.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Antibiotics #Bacteria #Gains

  • Intelligent design is a modest position theologically and philosophically. It attributes the complexity and diversity of life to intelligence, but does not identify that intelligence with the God of any religious faith or philosophical system.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Religious #Philosophical #Intelligent

  • I'm not saying that atheists can't act morally or have moral knowledge. But when I ascribe virtue to an atheist, it's as a theist who sees the atheist as conforming to objective moral values. The atheist, by contrast, has no such basis for morality. And yet all moral judgments require a basis for morality, some standard of right and wrong.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Atheist #Morality #Judgment

  • Design theorists are no friends of theistic evolution.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Design #No Friends #Evolution

  • The question rather is how we should do science and theology in light of the impending collapse of Enlightenment rationalism and scientific naturalism. These ideologies are on the way out. They are on the way out.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Light #Way #Should

  • This is really an opportunity to mobilize a new generation of scholars and pastors not just to equip the saints but also to engage the culture and reclaim it for Christ. That's really what is driving me.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Opportunity #Saint #Generations

  • I think the opportunity to deal with students and getting them properly oriented on science and theology and the relation between those is going to be important because science has been such an instrument used by the materialists to undermine the Christian faith and religious belief generally.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Christian #Religious #Opportunity

  • The world is a mirror representing the divine life...
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Mirrors #World #Divine

  • How a designer gets from thought to thing is, at least in broad strokes, straightforward: (1) A designer conceives a purpose. (2) To accomplish that purpose, the designer forms a plan. (3) To execute the plan, the designer specifies building materials and assembly instructions. (4) Finally, the designer or some surrogate applies the assembly instructions to the building materials. What emerges is a designed object, and the designer is successful to the degree that the object fulfills the designer's purpose
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Successful #Degrees #Purpose

  • The scientific picture of the world championed since the Enlightenment is not just wrong but massively wrong. Indeed entire fields of inquiry, especially in the human sciences, will need to be rethought from the ground up in terms of intelligent design.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Intelligent #Design #Enlightenment

  • What I propose, then, is a strategy for interrogating the Darwinists to, as it were, squeeze the truth out of them.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Strategy #Propose

  • If we take seriously the word-flesh Christology of Chalcedon (i.e., the doctrine that Christ is fully human and fully divine) and view Christ as the telos toward which God is drawing the whole of creation, then any view of the sciences that leaves Christ out of the picture must be seen as fundamentally deficient.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Views #Drawing #Flesh

  • Any view of the sciences that leaves Christ out of the picture must be seen as fundamentally deficient.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Views #Scary #Christ

  • My thesis is that all disciplines find their completion in Christ and cannot be properly understood apart from Christ.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Discipline #Christ #Thesis

  • Thus, in a crucial way, the Kansas hearings repeat the pattern set by the Scopes Trial, which has been repeated many times since, namely, evolutionists escaped critical scrutiny by not having to undergo cross-examination. In this case, they accomplished the feat by boycotting the hearings. I therefore await the day when the hearings are not voluntary but involve subpoenas that compel evolutionists to be deposed and interrogated at length on their views.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Views #Kansas #Trials

  • Because we don't see the evil destroyed now and thus experience the suffering that evil inevitably inflicts, we are tempted to doubt God's existence and goodness.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Evil #Doubt #Suffering

  • The problem with merely writing so that you can be understood is that the wrong people, in advancing their agendas, are only too ready to misunderstand you. Writing so that you cannot be misunderstood anticipates and preempts those who would willfully distort what you are trying to say.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Writing #People #Misunderstood

  • Intelligent design is just the Logos theology of John's Gospel restated in the idiom of information theory.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Intelligent #Design #Information

  • Intelligent Design opens the whole possibility of us being created in the image of a benevolent God.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Intelligent #Design #Possibility

  • The young earth-solution to reconciling the order of creation with natural history makes good exegetical and theological sense. Indeed, the overwhelming consensus of theologians up through the Reformation held to this view. I myself would adopt it in a heartbeat except that nature seems to present such strong evidence against it.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Strong #Views #Order

  • Naturalism is the view that the physical world is a self-contained system that works by blind, unbroken natural laws. Naturalism doesn't come right out and say there's nothing beyond nature. Rather, it says that nothing beyond nature could have any conceivable relevance to what happens in nature. Naturalism's answer to theism is not atheism but benign neglect. People are welcome to believe in God, though not a God who makes a difference in the natural order.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Believe #Self #Views

  • Constrained optimization is the art of compromise between conflicting objectives. This is what design is all about. To find fault with biological design - as Stephen Jay Gould regularly does - because it misses some idealized optimum is therefore gratuitous. Not knowing the objectives of the designer, Gould is in no position to say whether the designer has proposed a faulty compromise among those objectives.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Art #Knowing #Design

  • Christ is indispensable to any scientific theory, even if its practitioners do not have a clue about him.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Religion #Atheism #Clue

  • I believe God created the world for a purpose. The Designer of intelligent design is, ultimately, the Christian God.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Christian #Believe #Intelligent

  • Thus, in its relation to Christianity, intelligent design should be viewed as a ground-clearing operation that gets rid of the intellectual rubbish that for generations has kept Christianity from receiving serious consideration.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Intelligent #Design #Intellectual

  • As long as the wrong people hold power, how can the right political climate even arise?
    -- William A. Dembski

    #People #Long #Political

  • If you have no authority to legislate my freedoms, then I'm truly free, at least from you.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Authority

  • Because government has tremendous power, it attracts people who are eager to game the system, obtaining by force of law what they could never achieve through consensus.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Government #Law #Games

  • As a biblical inerrantist, I believe that what the Bible teaches is true and bow to the text, including its teaching about the Flood and its universality.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Teaching #Believe #Biblical

  • Wrong people are wrong not because of their faults but because of their presumed virtues.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #People #Faults #Virtue

  • Wrong people are wrong because they use their freedom to deny it to others.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #People #Use #Deny

  • Without a unified political climate of opinion, there is little or no political profit in doing the right thing.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Political #Littles #Climate

  • The atheist is cheating whenever he makes a moral judgment, acting as though it has an objective reference, when his philosophy in fact precludes it.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Cheating #Atheist #Philosophy

  • Intelligent design, unlike creationism, is a science in its own right and can stand on its own feet.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Intelligent #Feet #Design

  • In God becoming human in Jesus Christ, God has established solidarity with the human condition.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Jesus #Becoming #Christ

  • The fundamental claim of intelligent design is straightforward and easily intelligible: namely, there are natural systems that cannot be adequately explained in terms of undirected natural forces and that exhibit features which in any other circumstance we would attribute to intelligence.
    -- William A. Dembski

    #Intelligent #Design #Fundamentals