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Forth Worth welcomes Dembski

On June 1st 2005, Bill Dembski started as director of the Center for Science and Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. On April 9th 2006, it was announced that he was leaving the position to “work closer to his home in Waco, Texas, where he has maintained a residence while commuting to Louisville to teach.” But never fear, Dembski will become research professor of philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, where there are no pesky mathematicians, scientists or (by the looks of it) philosophers to get in the way. Anyone want to bet how long Dembski keeps the job?

Comments

  1. #1 apalazzo
    April 9, 2006

    What department? It must be School of Church Music.

  2. #2 Bruce Thompson
    April 9, 2006

    A research professor? Not a tenure track position, doesn’t bode well at the outset.

  3. #3 J-Dog
    April 9, 2006

    This is good news, and a well-deserved kick in the butt for Buffalo Bill. My fear however, is that since Dembski is nothing but a lying, dissembling snake-oil saleman, that he will try to emulate his fellow cultist Christians like Falwell and start his OWN “university”.

    He has at least one sycophant that would make the jump, his suck-mate DaveScott, and of course, all DaveScott’s sycophants.

    Yes, it is an ugly picture and I apologize for binging it to people’s attention but, I just don’t want anyone to think it’s all over with this scum. Always be ready to “Give HIm The Wedgie” that he deserves!

  4. #4 Gerry L
    April 9, 2006

    I always get mixed up about the correct pronunciation of Waco (TX). Is it WAY-co or is it WHACK-o? Now I’m really going to be confused.

  5. #5 Duane
    April 9, 2006

    What do you do if you are “research professor” of intelligent design creationism?

  6. #6 Scott Simmons
    April 9, 2006

    At http://www.swbts.edu/theology/faculty.cfm , one can find two professors listed with that discipline: an Associate Professor of Philosophy of Religion (Douglas Blount), and an Assistant Professor of Philosophy (Greg Welty), in the School of Theology. So there’s no department of philosophy, but a couple of professors teaching philosophy within the theology department … about what one would expect at a school like this.

    I’m sure they’re thrilled to get Dembski as a colleague. And doubly thrilled that he won’t be teaching. :-)

  7. #7 slpage
    April 10, 2006

    I don’t have Dembski’s resume memorized, but it seems to me that the guy can’t seem to keep a job more than a year or so. Could it be that he is such an egomaniacal prig that his colleagues just have to get rid of him?

  8. #8 blogista
    April 10, 2006

    Yeah, but once he builds that “design-o-mometer” he’ll be RICH! No one will be laughing then!

    What a piteous wreck that guy is.

  9. #9 Sean Storrs
    April 11, 2006

    Duane asked: “What do you do if you are ‘research professor’ of intelligent design creationism?”

    Theoretically, you could receive funds raised by Southwestern’s Office of Institutional Advancement while setting science back.

  10. #10 Sean Storrs
    April 12, 2006

    In “one of those cosmic coincidence thingies” I found out today that, at the University of Pittsburgh of all places, they have a building called The Cathedral of Learning. http://www.umc.pitt.edu/tour/tour-080.html Pity Southwestern doesn’t have one for Dembski. You can go here to operate the “cathedral cam.” http://www.umc.pitt.edu/tour/cl_cam.html

  11. #11 Julie Stahlhut
    April 14, 2006

    My fear however, is that since Dembski … will try to emulate his fellow cultist Christians like Falwell and start his OWN “university”. He has at least one sycophant that would make the jump, his suck-mate DaveScott….

    I’m trying to imagine DaveScot as professor of anything. Maybe someone could endow a chair for him so that he could become the “Rush Limbaugh Professor of Rhetoric ” or “Bill O’Reilly Professor of Communications” or “Ham-Hovind Professor of Theology and Paleontology”.

  12. #12 Sean Storrs
    May 24, 2006

    While doing some research for a web site, I came across a couple of interesting articles from the May 26, 2006 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. One reports on a recent ID “secret conference” and mentions Dembski. The other, interestingly enough, takes a look at a new line of neurobiological inquiry that is investigating the effect of religion on the brain and the possibility of conscienceness existing outside the bounds of one’s physical body.