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New Centre for Intelligent Design opens in UK

Intelligent design is gaining steam in Britain. According to a press release from The Centre for Intelligent Design:

In recent years, the development of Intelligent Design theory has been associated with the USA, but now a Centre for Intelligent Design has opened in the UK.

Intelligent Design (ID) theory argues that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by intelligent causation. As the scientific case for ID has become increasingly visible around the world, it deserves a voice in Britain.

The Centre brings ID back to its roots, which are deeply embedded in the history of science in the UK and in Europe. Some of the best known pioneers of modern science did their work in Britain and Europe in the conviction that they were exploring a universe that really was designed.

The Centre's Director, educationalist Dr Alastair Noble, says:

"Recent surveys of public opinion by the BBC and Theos, the public policy think tank, have indicated a high level of interest in and sympathy for the ID position on origins. The UK needs a centre committed to promoting this debate, both professionally and in the public square. That's what we intend to do."

The Centre is an independent organisation, set up by a network of volunteers across the UK. They have professional interests in education, science, medicine, business, and the law. It is funded by contributions from individuals who support its aims.

Its specific objectives are to:

  • promote the professional investigation and public debate of ID
  • challenge, on the scientific evidence, the neo-Darwinian claim that the development of life is purely the result of undirected forces
  • encourage consideration of the wider implications of ID.

The Centre's President is Prof Norman Nevin OBE, Emeritus Professor of Medical Genetics, Queens University, Belfast. He adds:

"A popular misconception about ID is that it is not science. However, as a scientist, I have become convinced that ID is based on the available scientific data. We should follow the evidence where it leads."

A lecture tour of the UK by a prominent scientist later this year will be announced shortly.

For more details about the Centre for Intelligent Design, see: www.c4id.org.uk