Quotes by: William A. Dembski

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William A. Dembski
Born (1960-07-18) July 18, 1960 (age 56)
Chicago, Illinois
Education University of Illinois at Chicago (B.A., M.S., PhD),
University of Chicago (S.M., PhD),
Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.)
Known for Intelligent design, specified complexity
Notable work The Design Inference
Spouse(s) Jana L. Dembski
Parent(s) William J. Dembski and Ursula Dembski
Website BillDembski.com

Government has a legitimate sphere of operation. The problem arises when that sphere continually expands, encompassing areas where government lacks legitimacy.
William A. Dembski
As long as the wrong people hold power, how can the right political climate even arise?
William A. Dembski
Even with the right political climate, would the wrong people refrain from doing the wrong thing?
William A. Dembski
If you have no authority to legislate my freedoms, then I'm truly free, at least from you.
William A. Dembski
Precisely because intelligent design does not turn the study of biological origins into a Bible-science controversy, intelligent design is a position around which Christians of all stripes can unite.
William A. Dembski
Because we don't see the evil destroyed now and thus experience the suffering that evil inevitably inflicts, we are tempted to doubt God's existence and goodness.
William A. Dembski
The problem with merely writing so that you can be understood is that the wrong people, in advancing their agendas, are only too ready to misunderstand you. Writing so that you cannot be misunderstood anticipates and preempts those who would willfully distort what you are trying to say.
William A. Dembski
Because government has tremendous power, it attracts people who are eager to game the system, obtaining by force of law what they could never achieve through consensus.
William A. Dembski
As a biblical inerrantist, I believe that what the Bible teaches is true and bow to the text, including its teaching about the Flood and its universality.
William A. Dembski
Wrong people are wrong not because of their faults but because of their presumed virtues.
William A. Dembski
In God becoming human in Jesus Christ, God has established solidarity with the human condition.
William A. Dembski
The atheist is cheating whenever he makes a moral judgment, acting as though it has an objective reference, when his philosophy in fact precludes it.
William A. Dembski
The wrong people will do everything in their power to guarantee that the wrong political climate will continue. It seems, then, that the wrong people ensure the wrong political climate and the wrong political climate ensures the wrong people. How then to break free of this vicious circle?
William A. Dembski
Wrong people are wrong because they use their freedom to deny it to others.
William A. Dembski
Intelligent design is a modest position theologically and philosophically. It attributes the complexity and diversity of life to intelligence, but does not identify that intelligence with the God of any religious faith or philosophical system.
William A. Dembski
The problem of good as it faces the atheist is this: Nature, which is the nuts-and-bolts reality for the atheist, has no values and thus can offer no grounding for good and evil. Values on the atheist view are subjective and contingent.
William A. Dembski
Without a unified political climate of opinion, there is little or no political profit in doing the right thing.
William A. Dembski
Natural selection certainly operates. It explains how bacteria will gain antibiotic resistance; it will explain how insects get insecticide resistance, but it doesn't explain how you get bacteria or insects in the first place.
William A. Dembski
Intelligent design, unlike creationism, is a science in its own right and can stand on its own feet.
William A. Dembski
Give us detailed, testable, mechanistic accounts for the origin of life, the origin of the genetic code, the origin of ubiquitous bio macromolecules and assemblages like the ribosome, and the origin of molecular machines like the bacterial flagellum, and intelligent design will die a quick and painless death.
William A. Dembski
I'm not saying that atheists can't act morally or have moral knowledge. But when I ascribe virtue to an atheist, it's as a theist who sees the atheist as conforming to objective moral values. The atheist, by contrast, has no such basis for morality. And yet all moral judgments require a basis for morality, some standard of right and wrong.
William A. Dembski
There is an immediate payoff to intelligent design: it destroys the atheistic legacy of Darwinian evolution. Intelligent design makes it impossible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.
William A. Dembski
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