How to Be an Anti-Intelligent Design Advocate

University of St. Thomas Journal of Law & Public Policy 4.1 (2009-2010): 35-65

31 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2013  

Francis J. Beckwith

Baylor University

Date Written: July 4, 2010

Abstract

In this article critical of the Intelligent Design Movement (IDM), the author answers the question: What must one believe to be an anti-Intelligent Design (ID) advocate? In order to accomplish this, he consults several scholars (including ID critics) as well as Judge John E. Jones III's opinion in Kitzmiller v. Dover, the well-known federal district court case that struck down a pro-ID school board policy. To set the stage, he explores two issues: (i) Distinguishing Creationism, Design, and ID, and (II) Thomism and ID. Relying on the philosophical insights of St. Thomas Aquinas, the author then explains why one ought to reject ID as an alternative to philosophical naturalism (the target to ID advocates) and how naturalists like Richard Dawkins go wrong as well.

Keywords: law, public policy, religion, Thomas Aquinas, intelligent design

Suggested Citation

Beckwith, Francis J., How to Be an Anti-Intelligent Design Advocate (July 4, 2010). University of St. Thomas Journal of Law & Public Policy 4.1 (2009-2010): 35-65. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1634481

Francis Joseph Beckwith (Contact Author)

Baylor University ( email )

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