Dembski Moves From Waco to Louisville
In the last few years, William Dembski has surged ahead of people like Phillip Johnson and Michael Behe for the title of most visible ID proponent. Now there is news that his sometimes stormy relationship with his current employer, Baylor University, is about to end. According to this brief article from the Southern Baptist Press (thanks to Stranger Fruit for the link), William Dembski is set to become the Carl F. H. Henry professor of Theology and Science at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He will also direct the Seminary's new Center for Science and Theology.
The article is a pretty standard puff piece, but it does contain an interesting quote from Dembski:
Dembski said he desires to help students understand how science should be understood in terms of Christian theology. Theology, he said, underpins all of his views of science and intelligent design.
“I started out as a straight research mathematician but got into these questions of philosophy and theology because I was so exercised in my spirit about the unbelief I saw in the academy [and] why it seemed so reasonable to disbelieve the Christian faith,” Dembski said. “That is what really motivated me to work on Christian worldviews and apologetics and it is in the background of my work on intelligent design as well.”
Keep that in mind the next time you hear ID proponents protest that theirs is a purely scientific critique of evolution.
Personally, I see Dembski's move as a positive development. Whatever else it is, Baylor is a reputable university with many fine scholars on its faculty. Dembski's credibility went way up because of his association with them. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, by contrast, exists solely to promote its particular religious viewpoint. It is a far less prestigious platform for Dembski to operate from.