On this episode of Hank Unplugged, Hank is bringing to you a legend of the Intelligent Design community, Dr. Bill Dembski. You will be hard-pressed to find a more academically accomplished individual than Dembski, as he is the author/editor of more than twenty books and has a PhD in mathematics, a PhD in philosophy, and a Masters in divinity. Dembski has faced career-threatening criticism from fundamentalists on both sides and joins Hank to discuss the dangers of fundamentalism and more.
Topics discussed include: how the dangers of fundamentalism led Dembski to change careers (3:00); The Design Inference and Intelligent Design (7:45); fundamentalism, majoring on the minors and what many consider to be Acid Tests for orthodox Christianity (14:00); the importance of reading the Bible as it is intended to be read (25:20); problems that arise from reading modern cosmology into biblical text (30:00); stakeholder interest and incentives influencing the academic community and cultural narratives (36:30); the problem of motivated blindness (42:00); The File Drawer Effect (44:00); key institutions and universities rejecting Intelligent Design and embracing theistic evolution (46:25); the marketing dimension to science and culture (51:45); the difficult situation of deciding where to send our kids to school (56:55); developing educational curriculum and technologies (1:02:00); persecution Dembski has faced for taking stands for truth (1:05:00); the controversy surrounding vaccines and how Dembski raising a child with severe autism has shaped his perspective (1:07:40); how our Christian heritage helps us to handle suffering (1:16:40); the danger of hypocrisy in the Christian community (1:18:40); the possibility that Dembski will come out of retirement and work in the Intelligent Design community again someday (1:20:40).
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