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Should Catholics Be Intelligent Designers? 4/14/2015
Catholics "believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth" as the Apostles' Creed puts it. He is clearly an intelligent designer if there ever was one. But should Catholics accept the arguments advanced by the school of thought known as Intelligent Design? Are they good science? Good arguments? Do they fit with the way Catholics have traditionally thought about nature and how it reveals God to us? If no on that third point, do they contradict Catholic teaching?

Dr. Michael Behe, a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University and the author of the best-selling Darwin's Black Box and The Edge of Evolution, is one of the foremost Catholic thinkers in the Intelligent Design movement. He thinks Intelligent Design has advanced good arguments backed up by good science that comport with and support Catholic teaching about how the world provides rational evidence for God's role as an intelligent designer in the origin of species. He will argue that Intelligent Design theorists have often been misunderstood-and make the case for the solidity of ID arguments and their agreement with Catholic doctrine and thought.

Dr. Kenneth W. Kemp, a philosopher of science at the University of St. Thomas and author of numerous articles about evolution, philosophy, and theology, thinks the arguments of the Intelligent Design school for the direct role of an intelligent designer in the origin of species are not scientific arguments, are not good arguments of any sort, and don't fit with the way that Catholics have traditionally (or should now) think about nature. He will make his case for these three point and argue that, though Catholics should believe the universe as a whole is a product of Intelligent Design, they should leave ID (as an account of the origin of species) alone.
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4:00pm Social Hour, Appetizers and Cigars in Tent
7:00pm Dinner
7:30pm Debate
9:30 Wrap Up
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Event Speakers

Michael J. Behe


Ken Kemp


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