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Dembski, William A. 1960-

Works: 76 works in 198 publications in 3 languages and 8,688 library holdings
Genres: Conference proceedings  Miscellanea  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  History 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: QA279, 215
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Most widely held works by William A Dembski
The design inference eliminating chance through small probabilities by William A Dembski( )
26 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 1,447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
How can we identify events due to intelligent causes and distinguish them from events due to undirected natural causes? If we lack a causal theory how can we determine whether an intelligent cause acted? This book presents a reliable method for detecting intelligent causes: the design inference. The design inference uncovers intelligent causes by isolating the key trademark of intelligent causes: specified events of small probability. Design inferences can be found in a range of scientific pursuits from forensic science to research into the origins of life to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. This challenging and provocative book will be read with particular interest by philosophers of science and religion, other philosophers concerned with epistemology and logic, probability and complexity theorists, and statisticians
Intelligent design : the bridge between science & theology by William A Dembski( Book )
8 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and Finnish and held by 900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explains the theory of intelligent design and explains how it can link science and theology by avoiding the traps of creationism and Darwinism
Debating design : from Darwin to DNA by William A Dembski( Book )
25 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
William Dembski, Michael Ruse, and other prominent philosophers provide here a comprehensive balanced overview of the debate concerning biological origins--a controversial dialectic since Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859. Invariably, the source of controversy has been "design." Is the appearance of design in organisms (as exhibited in their functional complexity) the result of purely natural forces acting without prevision or teleology? Or, does the appearance of design signify genuine prevision and teleology, and, if so, is that design empirically detectable and thus open to scientific inquiry? Four main positions have emerged in response to these questions: Darwinism, self-organization, theistic evolution, and intelligent design. The contributors to this volume define their respective positions in an accessible style, inviting readers to draw their own conclusions. Two introductory essays furnish a historical overview of the debate
The design revolution : answering the toughest questions about intelligent design by William A Dembski( Book )
7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Uncommon dissent : intellectuals who find Darwinism unconvincing by William Dembski( Book )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Recent years have seen the rise to prominence of ever more sophisticated philosophical and scientific critiques of the ideas marketed under the name of Darwinism. In Uncommon Dissent , mathematician and philosopher William A. Dembski brings together essays by leading intellectuals who find one or more aspects of Darwinism unpersuasive. As Dembski explains, Darwinism has gathered around itself an aura of invincibility that is inhospitable to rational discussion—to say the least: “Darwinism, its proponents assure us, has been overwhelmingly vindicated. Any resistance to it is futile and indicates bad faith or worse.” Indeed, those who question the Darwinian synthesis are supposed, in the famous formulation of Richard Dawkins, to be ignorant, stupid, insane, or wicked. The hostility of dogmatic Darwinians like Dawkins has not, however, prevented the advent of a growing cadre of scholarly critics of metaphysical Darwinism. The measured, thought-provoking essays in Uncommon Dissent make it increasingly obvious that these critics are not the brainwashed fundamentalist buffoons that Darwinism’s defenders suggest they are, but rather serious, skeptical, open-minded inquirers whose challenges pose serious questions about the viability of Darwinist ideology. The intellectual power of their contributions to Uncommon Dissent is bracing
Signs of intelligence : understanding intelligent design ( Book )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of fourteen essays which provide an overview of the argument for intelligent design, with diagrams, explanations, and relevant quotations
Mere creation : science, faith & intelligent design ( Book )
4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this book Behe is joined by eighteen other expert academics trained in mathematics, mechanical engineering, philosophy, physical anthropology, physics, astrophysics, biology, ecology and evolutionary biology to investigate the prospects for this emerging school of thought. Challenging the reigning ideology of materialistic naturalism on both scientific and philosophical grounds, these scholars press the case for a radical rethinking of established evolutionary assumptions
No free lunch : why specified complexity cannot be purchased without intelligence by William A Dembski( Book )
6 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Darwin's nemesis : Phillip Johnson and the intelligent design movement ( Book )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
With the publication of Darwin on Trial in 1991, Cal Berkeley legal scholar Phillip Johnson became the leading figure in the intelligent design movement. Exposing and calling into question the philosophical foundations of Darwinism, Johnson led the charge against this largely unquestioned philosophy of materialistic reductionism and its purported basis in scientific research. This book reviews and celebrates the life and thought of Phillip Johnson and the movement for which he has served as chief architect. Editor William A. Dembski presents eighteen essays by those who have known and worked with Johnson for more than a decade. They provide personal and in-depth insight into the man, his convictions and his leadership of the intellectual movement that called into question the hegemony of Darwinian theory
The nature of nature : examining the role of naturalism in science ( )
7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Intelligent design uncensored : an easy-to-understand guide to the controversy by William A Dembski( Book )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Intelligent design is surrounded by a storm of debate. Here to clear things up is Bill Dembski, one of the founders of intelligent design, who joins with Jonathan Witt to plainly lay out just what intelligent design is and is not. They answer objections with straight talk that is down to earth. --from publisher description
Science and evidence for design in the universe : papers presented at a conference sponsored by the Wethersfield Institute, New York City, September 25, 1999 by Michael J Behe( Book )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of essays in which a mathematician, a biochemist, and a philosopher of science explore the possibility of developing a reliable method for detecting intelligent life, and examine evidence for design in life and the universe
The end of Christianity : finding a good God in an evil world by William A Dembski( Book )
3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Theodicy attempts to resolve how a good God and evil world can coexist. The neo-atheist view in this debate has dominated recent bestseller lists through books like The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins), God Is Not Great (Christopher Hitchens), and The End of Faith (Samuel Harris). And their popularity illuminates a changing mental environment wherein people are asking harder questions about divine goodness. Surprisingly, these books please intelligent design champion William Dembski, because "They would be unnecessary if Christianity were not again a live issue." Entering the conversation, Dembski's provocative The End of Christianity embraces the challenge to formulate a theodicy that is both faithful to Christian orthodoxy and credible to the new mental environment. He writes to make peace with three claims: (1) God by wisdom created the world out of nothing. (2) God exercises particular providence in the world. (3) All evil in the world ultimately traces backs to human sin. In the process, Dembski brings the reader to a fresh understanding of what "the end (result) of Christianity" really means: the radical realignment of our thinking so that we see God's goodness in creation despite the distorting effects of sin in our hearts and evil in the world. - Publisher
Unapologetic apologetics : meeting the challenges of theological studies ( Book )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The authors meet head-on some of the most vexing issues in theological studies - the pervasiveness of contextualism, the question of error in Scripture, feminist challenges to our concept of God, the nature and coherence of the incarnation, the presumption of universalism, and the incursions of science into theology." "Throughout these presentations the authors expose the permeating influence of naturalism in theological studies as well as other philosophical tenets that are neither critiqued nor defended but merely assumed in much mainline theology. As a result, they expertly administer their prescription for false ideas - not quarantine but inoculation."--Jacket
Jesus fact or fiction ; The Jesus film project by Josh McDowell( Visual )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Prominent theologians, scientists, historians and philosophers discuss the historical evidence for the existence of Jesus, and other fundamental tenets of Christianity
Evidence for God : 50 arguments for faith from the Bible, history, philosophy, and science ( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Apologists provide compelling arguments that address the most pressing questions of the day about God, science, Jesus, the Bible, and more. --from publisher description
Being as communion a metaphysics of information by William A Dembski( )
3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Being as Communion philosopher and mathematician William Dembski provides a non-technical overview of his work on information. Dembski attempts to make good on the promise of John Wheeler, Paul Davies, and others that information is poised to replace matter as the primary stuff of reality. With profound implications for theology and metaphysics, Being as Communion develops a relational ontology that is at once congenial to science and open to teleology in nature. All those interested in the intersections of theology, philosophy and science should read this book
The design of life : discovering signs of intelligence in biological systems by William A Dembski( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
As an ardent proponent of Darwinian evolution, Richard Dawkins imagines that all design in biology is merely an illusion. By contrast, this book shows that biologists use the assumption of design with success precisely because design in biology is not an illusion but real. In this book, William Dembski and Jonathan Wells present a compelling scientific case for the intelligent design of biological systems. --from publisher description
Tough-minded Christianity : honoring the legacy of John Warwick Montgomery ( Book )
3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Popular academic authors and scholars from John Ankerberg and J.I. Packer to Ravi Zacharias pay written tribute to the immensely influential work of living apologetics legend John Warwick Montgomery
Understanding intelligent design by William A Dembski( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Dembski, Bill.
Dembski, William Albert.
Dembski, William Albert 1960-
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