Conference Speakers

Biola's conference "Intelligent Design Under Fire: Experts Cross-Examine the Top Proponents of Intelligent Design Theory" features some of the greatest minds currently focused on the issues of science and religion.

Proponents of ID

Michael Behe

Mike Behe

Professor of Biochemistry, Lehigh University
Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute
Ph.D., in Biochemistry, University of Pennsylvania

Mike Behe has authored over 40 technical papers and one book, Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution, which argues that living systems at the molecular level are best explained as being the result of deliberate intelligent design. Darwin’s Black Box has been reviewed by the New York Times, Nature, Philosophy of Science, Christianity Today, and over one hundred other periodicals.

William Dembski

Steve Meyer

Director and Senior Fellow of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute, in Seattle.

Meyer earned his Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University for a dissertation on the history of origin of life biology and the methodology of the historical sciences. Previously he worked as a geophysicist with the Atlantic Richfield Company after earning his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Geology.

Dr. Meyer has recently co-written or edited two books: Darwinism, Design, and Public Education with Michigan State University Press and Science and Evidence of Design in the Universe (Ignatius 2000).

He has also authored numerous technical articles as well as editorials in magazines and newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Houston Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, First Things and National Review.

Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson

Ph.D., in Philosophy, University of Chicago

Paul Nelson has published articles in such journals as Biology & Philosophy, Zygon, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, and Touchstone, and chapters in the anthologies Mere Creation, Signs of Intelligence, and Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics. His forthcoming monograph, On Common Descent, critically evaluates the theory of common descent, and is being edited for the series Evolutionary Monographs. He is currently collaborating with Stephen Meyer and William Dembski on a book formulating a scientific theory of biological design.

Guillermo Gonzales

Guillermo Gonzalez

Assistant Research Professor of Astronomy, Iowa State University
Ph.D., in Astronomy, University of Washington

Dr. Gonzalez has extensive experience in observing and analyzing data from ground-based observatories, including work at McDonald Observatory, Apache Point Observatory and Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory. He has also published over sixty articles in refereed astronomy and astrophysical journals including Astronomy and Astrophysics, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Astrophysical Journal and Solar Physics. His current research interest in astrobiology focuses on the "Galactic Habitable Zone" and captured the October 2001 cover story of Scientific American.

Jonathan Wells

Jonathan Wells

Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute
Ph.D., in Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California at Berkeley
Ph.D., in Religious Studies, Yale University

Dr. Wells supervised a medical laboratory in Fairfield, California, and he has taught biology at California State University in Hayward. Dr. Wells has published articles in Development, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, BioSystems, The Scientist and The American Biology Teacher. He is also author of Charles Hodge's Critique of Darwinism (Edwin Mellen Press, 1988) and Icons of Evolution: Why much of what we teach about evolution is wrong (Regnery Publishing, 2000). Dr. Wells is currently working on a book criticizing the over-emphasis on genes in biology and medicine.

Critics of ID

Charlotte Laws

Charlotte Laws

Author, Columnist and Greater Valley Glen Councilmember in Southern California.
Founder & President, Directors of Anmial Welfare (DAWs)
Ph.D., in Social Ethics, University of Southern California

Charlotte is the author of "Meet the Stars" and "Armed for Ideological Warfare." She also authored a chapter of the 2006 book, "Igniting a Revolution, Voices In Defense of Mother Earth." Charlotte has written articles published in Newsweek, The L.A. Times, Special Report, The Simon, The Oakland Tribune, The Daily News, Publisher's Weekly, E The Environmental Magazine, Opinion Editorials, Buzzle Magazine, The Globe, et al. Her articles and columns explore a variety of topics from philosophy to politics, law, education, real estate, and social issues. Charlotte has been interviewed on the following television shows: Larry King Live, The Late Show, Good Day L.A., NBC News, Inside Edition, Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, etc.