Classical Natural Theology: St. Thomas Acquinas as an ID Pioneer

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Speaker: Rob Koons

Recently, several Thomists (Ed Feser, Frank Beckwith) have argued that St. Thomas Aqinas's Aristotelian philosophy is fundamentally at odds with the intelligent design movement, because Thomism conceives of God's design of the world as immanent to nature, and not based on a series of discrete interventions in a mostly autonomous material world. This attack is based both on a misunderstanding of the nature of an Aristotelian philosophy of biology and on a misconception of the fundamental issue that is at stake in the ID/Darwinian debate. Darwinists propose that chance plays an indispensable role in the formation of all living kinds. Thomists must utterly reject the notion that biological form could arise from chance processes.