The Intelligent Design (ID) movement is challenging the Darwinian theory of evolution. The movement is based on analysing the scientific principles of design in living organisms such as the cell and the amazing design of the planet and universe. In addition, it analyses the flaws in the theory of evolution.
The Discovery Institute acts as a co-ordinator of the research on Intelligent Design and provides a large number of articles and Updates on the subject.
Biochemist Michael Behe maintains there is 'irreducible complexity' of design in a single cell that could not have evolved by small random mutations. The Intelligent Design movement avoids the theological questions of who the 'designer' might be, thus engaging people from a range of philosophical perspectives, whether Biblical creationists of varying kinds as well as people without a particular religious viewpoint.
We believe that the Biblical creationist position is what Jesus taught and believed and is consistent with Scripture - however, the ID movement can help by challenging people to look at and understand the complex design in our universe, and to ask 'Who made it?'
Denton, Behe & Dembski
The first book to question the principles of evolution in a major way was Michael Denton's book Evolution: A theory in crisis in 1985. This was followed by Michael Behe's book Darwin's Black Box which introduced the principle of the 'irreducible complexity' in the cell. Mathematician William Dembski has recently added more data to the scientific evidence.
Professor Tom Woodward, who toured Australia in 2007, did his PhD studies on the 'rhetoric of science' and is considered the 'historian' of the Intelligent Design movement. He has an excellent grasp of the major players and developments in the ID movement.
Nearly 200 people attended Professor Tom Woodward's lecture in Glen Waverley on 6 August, 2007 that was hosted by Salt Shakers. The audience was captivated by Tom's knowledge, his clarity and by the sheer complexity of God's creation.
He gave 37 other presentations (lectures, church services and 10 Christian schools) over a three week period - I think he and his wife were looking forward to a rest by the end of their tour!
Darwin said "If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down."
The Intelligent Design movement is contributing a great deal to the debate about origins and leading many to conclude that there is now evidence to show that Darwin's own challenge has indeed been met.
BOOKS AND LINKS
His previous book is Doubts about Darwin.
Professor Tom Woodward's website - <www.apologetics.org >
Animation of activity in a cell
Websites on Intelligent Design:
The Discovery Institute