Intelligent Design & the University

Belief in intelligent design is something about which the theist can be very forthright in university situations—when presented intelligently. The point must be made that all the Abrahamic faiths—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—hold to it, believing that intelligent design of the cosmos (ha olam) is contained in the definition of God itself and every intuition of his existence. This does not imply a particular theory of cosmogenesis or biological development, only that God, an Intelligence not beyond, but independent of, experimental science, fashioned nature in accordance with his being.

The question before the university is whether it in fact requires unbelief of its scientists, and to that end will silence or exclude people who believe in God according to traditional Christianity, Judaism, and Islam from practicing and teaching science in ways that do not conflict with their faith. There are many who believe scientific methodology is essentially atheistic, while theistic scientists regard their studies as inquiry into the nature of a created world, and do not think that atheism or agnosticism, much less setting aside of the teachings and intuitions that govern universal moral law, is necessary for the questioning at which all scientific inquiry begins and by its knowledge is sustained and advanced.

Ultimately the question at hand is a simply logical one with a yes or no answer: whether a university (in accordance with the cosmic meaning of its own title!) requires its scientists to be atheists, and will therefore exclude Christians, Muslims, and Jews of traditional conviction from its faculty. If so, purges of theists such as were carried out under the Nazis and Communists are both logical and inevitable, for how can we have people who are by definition unscientific—science requiring atheism—pretending to do "science"? The great irony is that these programs will be surely carried out by people who style themselves liberal.

—S. M. Hutchens

S. M. Hutchens is a senior editor.

more on education from the online archives

26.5—Sept/Oct 2013

More than Schooling

The Perils of Pragmatism in Christian Attitudes Toward the Liberal Arts by Robin Phillips

28.5—Sept/Oct 2015

Who's Your Teacher?

on Our Sacred Duty to Teach the Devil to Death by Marcus Johnson

31.1—January/February 2018

Ivy League Advice Worth Repeating

by Robert P. George

calling all readers

Please Donate

"There are magazines worth reading but few worth saving . . . Touchstone is just such a magazine."
—Alice von Hildebrand

"Here we do not concede one square millimeter of territory to falsehood, folly, contemporary sentimentality, or fashion. We speak the truth, and let God be our judge. . . . Touchstone is the one committedly Christian conservative journal."
—Anthony Esolen, Touchstone senior editor

Support Touchstone

• Not a subscriber or wish to renew your subscription? Subscribe to Touchstone today for full online access. Over 30 years of publishing!

personal subscriptions

Online Subscription

Get a one-year full-access subscription to the Touchstone online archives including pdf downloads for only $19.95. That's only $1.66 per month!

RENEW your online subscription

Purchase Print &
Online Subscription

Get six issues (one year) of Touchstone PLUS full online access including pdf downloads for only $39.95. That's only $3.34 per month!

RENEW your print/online

gift subscriptions

GIVE Print &
Online Subscription

Give six issues (one year) of Touchstone PLUS full online access including pdf downloads for the reduced rate of $29.95. That's only $2.50 per month!

RENEW your gift subscription

Transactions will be processed on a secure server.

bulk subscriptions

Order Touchstone subscriptions in bulk and save $10 per sub! Each subscription includes 6 issues of Touchstone plus full online access to touchstonemag.com—including archives, videos, and pdf downloads of recent issues for only $29.95 each! Great for churches or study groups.

kindle subscription

OR get a subscription to Touchstone to read on your Kindle for only $1.99 per month! (This option is KINDLE ONLY and does not include either print or online.)

Your subscription goes a long way to ensure that Touchstone is able to continue its mission of publishing quality Christian articles and commentary.

more from the online archives

21.1—January/February 2008

One Flesh of Purest Gold

John Chrysostom’s Discovery of the Blessings & Mysteries of Marriage by Mike Aquilina

32.1—January/February 2019

Surprised by Delight

Divine Love & the Love of Man & Woman Surpass Mere Consent by Anthony Esolen

31.1—January/February 2018

Beggars Before Christ

on Taking the Measure of the Deserving & the Undeserving Poor by Martin Bordelon