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Creationism's Trojan HorseThe Wedge of Intelligent Design$
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Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195157420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157420.001.0001

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A Conspiracy Hunter and a Newton

A Conspiracy Hunter and a Newton

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Creationism's Trojan Horse

Barbara Forrest

Paul R. Gross

Oxford University Press

This chapter details the involvement of Jonathan Wells and William Dembski in the intelligent design movement. Wells, a member of Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, devotes himself to attacking evolution as a religious duty, and Dembski is the movement’s chief apologist and mathematical thinker. The chapter debunks Wells’s claims in a Unification Church sermon and in his book Icons of Evolution, where he attacks major lines of scientific support for evolution, especially common ancestry. It also documents Dembski’s lack of scientific expertise and exposes his rhetorical tactics and claims about “specified complexity.” The chapter’s critique draws from analyses of Dembski’s work by physicist Mark Perakh, biologist Wesley Elsberry, biologist Gert Korthof, and other critics who have analyzed Dembski’s claims in his written work, including his books The Design Inference and No Free Lunch.

Keywords:   Jonathan Wells, Unification Church, Icons of Evolution, William Dembski, specified complexity, The Design Inference, No Free Lunch, Mark Perakh, Wesley Elsberry, Gert Korthof

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