The Legacy of Darwin and Intelligent Design
|October 31, 2009||Posted by Groothuis under Intelligent Design|
I attended and participated in this conference in Castle Rock, CO, last night and today. It was superb–a world-class conference in every way, and most gratifying.
Steve Meyer present the essence of his information argument the first night, covering a huge range of material in an approachable, but challenging way. He thus outlined the major argument of his magisterial work, Signature in the Cell. On Saturday morning, Michael Behe winsomely explained the nature of ID and illustrated it with material from Darwin’s Back Box and (to a lesser degree) The Edge of Evolution. In the question-answer time, an ID critic challenged ID primarily on the basis of the Dover decision and Behe launched into a fifteen-minute rebuttal, complete with PowerPoint slides. I led a round of applause for that performance. Then Steve Meyer interviewed the inimitable David Berlinski on Berlinski’s life and his take on Darwinism. (I was able to give Dr. Berlinski a copy of my book, On Pascal.) John West gave a stellar presentation on the social and political implications of Darwinism. The conference ended with a panel discussion moderated by Craig Smith (Director of Shepherd Project) that included myself, Mike Behe, Steve Meyer, and John West. We discussed how to take the ID message to “the next generation.”
Despite the attacks on the web page and the attempts to jam their phone lines, the conference was very well attended. The Douglas County Events Center was perhaps 70% filled, not counting the bleachers. There were perhaps 1000 people. I was heartened to see many Denver Seminary students. Many books and DVDs were available and seemed to be selling well. The speakers were also available to sign their books and chat with the conferees.
I encourage you all to visit Shepherd Project web page (when it is de-hacked) and pick up these DVDs or audio files. All the presenters did an excellent job. I was honored to play a small part in this and to get to hang out with these folks for two meals and some other informal time. It was a near-heaven experience for me.
Douglas Groothuis, Professor of Philosophy, Denver Seminary