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Is Intelligent Design the same thing as creationism? The people who back Intelligent Design have spilled an awful lot of ink saying they’re different. Even self-proclaimed creationists have tried to claim a difference. Somehow, both of these camps think that any confusion between the two is evidence of the lazy arrogance of evolutionists. In fact, the evidence points towards Intellgent Design being just a bit of clever repackaging to get creationist nonsense into the classroom. (See this useful article.)

A little clarity has emerged over at the new Sarkar Lab Weblog. They’ve created a “Creationist Faculty,” described as a “list of faculty who have spoken in favor of creationism in its traditional form or as intelligent design.” They add, “Please feel free to nominate members to this Hall of Shame.”

Today they announced an addition–William Dembski, the loudest Intelligent Design advocate out there. Nominated by? Dembski.

Question asked and answered.

Update, 9/1/04: See also this article by Chris Mooney on the political similarities of the creationist and ID movements.


  1. #1 tyas
    August 30, 2004

    Carl, my friend wrote an interesting paper about creationism and intelligent design. perhaps if you give me your e-mail address and he gives me the permission, i can mail it to you.

  2. #2 Peter
    August 31, 2004

    Hm. I have no sympathy for the opponents of evolution (if God existed, would he even care very much what we thought about the origin of species?) but I do wonder whether the creation of a ‘Hall of Shame’ might be something of an own goal. I expect Dembski just means: if you’re outing heretics, then sod the fine distinctions, count me in with the oppressed. Giving him the chance to position himself thus may not have been tactically wise.

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