Debating Design by Patrick Henry Reardon

Debating Design

The Concordia Conference on Intelligent Design

by Patrick Henry Reardon

From June 22 to 24 of this past year, Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin, hosted a conference entitled “Design and Its Critics,” jointly sponsored by the Cranach Institute and Touchstone. The purpose of this conference was to bring together some of the leading names on both sides of the current controversy regarding the application of intelligent design theory to the various branches of science. As my own active participation in the conference was limited to a modest 30-minute presentation of the role of logical positivism in modern science, I was blessed with the leisure to compare and reflect on the more substantial papers presented by a series of philosophers, biochemists, physicists, mathematicians, and other scholars.

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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor emeritus of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Out of Step with God: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Numbers (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2019).

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