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But ID is not based on religion, no, not at all, fer shure

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Leading intelligent design advocate speaks at BCF

Tuesday, 03 November 2009 08:55

Students were on the edge of their seats recently as leading Intelligent Design advocate William Dembski spoke in the R. G. Lee Chapel at the Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

Known for his comprehensive research and excellent debating skills, Dembski serves as the director of the Center of Cultural Engagement and a research professor of pilosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.

After a time of musical praise and worship, Dembski took the stage and began a clear, concise analysis of the necessity for Intelligent Design studies. He highlighted the similarities and differences between Intelligent Design and Creation Theory and explained why there was a need for both and how science and religion go hand in hand. Dembski’s investigative research and insightful lecture was met with appreciative applause as he concluded with prayer.

Throughout the day, faculty and students were able to explore Dembski’s research findings as he shared in several classes and during a faculty forum. Several professors combined their classes giving the largest number of students the opportunity to listen and examine the ideas uncovered by Dembski. The topics that Dembski discussed were grounded in Biblical faith and doctrine ranging from Darwinism to Information Theory.

Now I’m going to hazard a guess that the book in his hands, as he stands at that pulpit in front of a religious symbol, is not the Origin of Species, and that “Biblical faith and doctrine” is not something he derived from Shannon. And notice that he now has stated unequivocally that he is a creationist.

But he’s as much a philosopher as I am a car mechanic.

H/T to Keith.


  1. Louis Louis

    Nice of Bill to remind us of his credentials. Just in time for our birthdays too. I seem to remember (perhaps erroneously) that the 11th of Nov is also your birthday. If so, many happy returns. If not, then I’m afraid I’m going to have to call you a paedophilic communist sexist pig despite this a) being your living room and b) having zero basis in fact. Thus I shall cover any error in my remembrance of your birthday in egregious abuse. Which is not in any way transparent to the same degree that Bill’s prior protestations about his not being a creationist were transparent.

    Phew, glad I got that sorted. πŸ˜‰

    • John Wilkins John Wilkins

      It is true that it is my birthday, and that I am a paedophilic communist sexist pig. Actually I’m a 12′ tall demon with the fangs and horns, but I employ a paedophilic communist sexist pig to play me for image’ sake.

      • I wont wish you happy birthday as in the Renaissance, and I am The Renaissance Mathematicus, people celebrated saint’s days and not birthdays!

      • Ben Breuer Ben Breuer

        Happy Birthday! Enjoy yourself wherever you may be. (Haven’t kept up on your travels.)

      • Louis Louis

        Yeah, you wouldn’t want to be portrayed badly.

  2. MartinDH MartinDH

    But he’s as much a philosopher as I am a car mechanic.

    Oh come on now! I’m sure you’re a much better car mechanic than he is a philosopher.

  3. 386sx 386sx

    He looks like a puppet from Spitting Image, or perhaps from Crank Yankers, or maybe a Muppet, even.

    • But, he looks so….stern! No smiling sweater this time, this is the new Wild Bill Dembski. You know, the one that’s given up even pretending that ID isn’t about religion. (Mind you, Billy always did have trouble staying on-message about that bit).

  4. Now, I wonder just what it is that needs both ID and “Creation Theory”?

    Happy Birthday!

    • jeb jeb

      The debate John lynch is starting for one.

      The Darwin was a Nazi and the image of Darwin as the new Grand Theft Auto and patron Saint of serial killers allowed I.D. to distance itself from creationisim. Rather usefull in parts of the world like the U.K. where fundamentalisim is a fringe belief but anxiety and media hype on such issues is strong and has legs.

      Dembski seems to have shot it in the foot.
      Perhaps it’s a birthday gift?

      happy birthday John

  5. fusilier fusilier

    “Ich kenn nicht anders.”

    … to paraphrase Martin Luther.

    James 2:24

  6. fusilier fusilier

    whoopise – forgot to say happy birthday

    James 2:24

  7. John Monfries John Monfries

    A belated happy birthday, I’m wearing a red poppy to celebrate.

  8. Ian H Spedding FCD Ian H Spedding FCD

    Belated Happy Birthday and many more WWEs – Wilkins World Expeditions.

    But he’s as much a philosopher as I am a car mechanic.

    Not even the oily rag, mate.

  9. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, another year older and closer to death πŸ™‚

    I didn’t know you shared a birthday with SmallestOne! We celebrated by going to the Scottish Restaurant, what did you do? What is the prime factorization of your age?

  10. Caption: “Walk This Way”

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