''Intelligent design is three things: a scientific research program that investigates the effects of intelligent causes; an intellectual movement that challenges Darwinism and its naturalistic legacy; and a way of understanding divine action. Intelligent design therefore intersects science and theology'' (from the preface). Phillip Johnson's 1993 Darwin on Trial
criticized Darwinian theory as massively flawed and philosophically rather than scientifically driven; Michael Behe's 1996 Darwin's Black Box
put forward the ''irreducible complexity'' of molecular biology as another major deficiency in conventional evolutionary theory; now William Dembski contributes his own methodology of intelligent design as an inference that must be extended from sciences where it is commonly used -- information theory, cryptography, forensics -- to molecular biology and cosmology. He has become one of the major theorists in a coalescing movement of scientists and philosophers who refuse to be swept under the rug of the scientific community for questioning received wisdom, who believe that divine action can no longer be contained in a hermetically sealed theological container, since it seems to be the most reasonable hermeneutical key to the physical reality we inhabit.
An Eighth Day View:
Voted a 2000 Book of the Year by Christianity Today The Intelligent Design movement is three things: a scientific research program for investigating intelligent causes an intellectual movement that challenges naturalistic evolutionary theories a way of understanding divine action Although the fast-growing movement has gained considerable grassroots support, many scientists and theologians remain skeptical about its merits. Scientists worry that it's bad science (merely creationism in disguise) and theologians worry that it's bad theology (misunderstanding divine action). In this book William Dembski addresses these concerns and brilliantly argues that intelligent design provides a crucial link between science and theology. Various chapters creatively and powerfully address intelligent discernment of divine action in nature, why the significane of miracles should be reconsidered, and the demise and unanswered questions of British natural theology. Effectively challenging the hegemony of naturalism and reinstating design within science, Dembski shows how intelligent design can be unpacked as a theory of information. Intelligent Design is a pivotal, synthesizing work from a thinker whom Phillip Johnson calls "one of the most important of the design theorists who are sparking a scientific revolution by legitimating the concept of intelligent design in science."