2011: Christian and Latter-day Saint Thinkers and Leaders on Natural Theology, Final Causes, Teleological Arguments, Anthropic Principles, Arguments from Design, or Intelligent Design

Christian and Latter-day Saint Thinkers and Leaders on Natural Theology, Final Causes, Teleological Arguments, Anthropic Principles, Arguments from Design, or Intelligent Design

Stephen St.Clair         stclairst@ca.rr.com         compilation copyright 2011

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS / LIST OF SOURCES

2009
Design In The Bible & The Church Fathers
Discovery Institute Staff

2008 (Patristic Period)
William A. Dembski, Wayne J. Downs, & Fr. Justin B. A. Frederick, Editors
The Patristic Understanding Of Creation – An Anthology of Writings from the Church Fathers on Creation and Design
Source Book by Leader of Intelligent Design

1986 / Updated in 2009 (Comprehensive History of Movement)
John D. Barrow and Frank J. Tipler
The Anthropic Cosmological Principle
Chapter 2 from Oxford Paperbacks book which  contains a Brief Historical Summary

1150
Peter Lombard, French Bishop & Scholastic Theologian
On The Cognition Of The Creator Through The Creatures, In Which The Vestige Of The Trinity Appears
The Four Books of Sentences – Sententiarum Quatuor Libri

1275
St. Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274)
Proofs of God’s Existence
Summa Theologica

1436
Raymond Sebonde, Professeur De Philosophie, de Médecine, et de Théologie A Toulouse
Livre Des Créatures – De l’échelle De Nature Par Laquell I’homme Monte A La Cognoissance De Soi Et De Son Créateur
Traduit en Francais par Michel Montaigne

1436

Raymond Sebonde, Professeur De Philosophie, de Médecine, et de Théologie A Toulouse

Naturalis Sive Liber Creaturarum

Livre de Théologie Naturelle

1827  Publication in Michel de Montaigne, Essai’s, Volume 6

1436

Raymond Of Sebonde, Spanish Theologian and Professor at University of Toulouse

Theologia Naturalis sive Liber Creaturarum (Natural Theology or the Book of Creatures)

Book on Natural Theology described by Michael Montaigne

1915  article is in “Studies In The History Of Natural Theology”

By Clement C. J. Webb

1436

Raymond Sebonde

1994 book by Jaume De Puig, Les Sources de la Pensée Philosophique de Raimond Sebond (Ramon Sibiuda)

1436

Raymond de Sebonde

1974

J.M. De Bujanda

L’influence de Sebond en Espagne au XVIe siècle

Renaissance and Reformation  Magazine Volume X 1974 Number 2

1675

Yves de Paris

Theologie Naturelle Livre Premier – De L’existence De Dieu

Livre Oeuvres françoises

1675

Yves de Paris

Theologie Naturelle

1991 The Natural Theology Of Yves De Paris

Robert L. Fastiggi

Book Published by The American Academy of Religion

1688

Robert Boyle, Scientist and Theologian

An Inquiry Into The Final Causes Of Natural Things

Book

1691

John Ray

The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the Creation

Book

May 1692

Richard Bentley (Associate of Scientist Robert Boyle)

A Confutation Of Atheism From The Structure And Origin Of Human Bodies

1744

Pierre Louis Maupertius (1698 – 1759)

Assessment of the Proofs of God’s Existence that are Based on the Marvels of Nature (Not a friend of Natural Theologians; Rejects Teleology and discounts effectiveness of Argument from Design)

1754

Hermann Samuel Reimarus, professor at Hamburg

Teleogical Proof

Principal Truths of Natural Religion, Essay 5

1775

John Wesley

A Compendium of Natural Philosophy

A Survey of the Wisdom of God in the Creation: A Compendium of Natural Philosophy

1776

Thomas Paine

Common Sense

Revolutionary War Pamphlet

1778 (Original Publication Date)

Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon

Des Époques De La Nature (Epochs of Nature)

This version in Oeuvres Completes published in 1836

1779

David Hume

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (Problems with Proofs of Deity)

Book Published After Hume’s Death

1780

Redige par L'abbé Viet, Prior Of St Ouen, Auteur de “Des Premiers Temps Du Monde Prouvée Par L'accord De La Physique Avec La Genèse”

Réflexions Sur Les Époques De La Nature, Par De Buffon

1781

Immanuel Kant

Of the Ultimate Aim of the Natural Dialectic of Human Reason (Approval of Design Argument Only)

Critique Of Pure Reason

1785

Thomas Reid, D.D.

Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man (Response to David Hume)

1802

William Paley, D.D. Late Archdeacon Of Carlisle

Natural Theology; Or, Evidences Of The Existence And Attributes Of The Deity.

Collected From The Appearances Of Nature.

The Twelfth Edition

1810

François de Salignac de La Mothe Fénelon, French Cleric and Philosopher

De L’existence Et Des Attributs De Dieu

Book

1815

Jacques-Henri-Bernadin de Saint-Pierre, French Botanist

Harmonies De La Nature

Book on Botany and Natural Theology

1823

Thomas Jefferson (American Patriot, President, and Deist

Letter to John Adams

1829

Dugald Stewart (1753-1828)

The Evidences of Design exhibited in the Universe

Collected Works, Volume 6

1829

Alexander Crombie (1762 – 1840)

Natural Theology

Book

1830

Joseph Smith, Translator

Book of Mormon Alma 30:44

1832

Joseph Smith

Earliest Account of First Vision

January 1834

Joseph Smith

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, selected and arranged by Joseph Fielding Smith, p.56

What Is the Purpose of Existence?

March 1834

The Elders of the Church in Kirtland, To Their Brethren Abroad., Evening and Morning Star, vol. 2 (June 1833-September 1834), Vol. Ii. March, 1834. No. 18., p.143

1834-1835

Joseph Smith and / or Sidney Rigdon

Lectures on Faith

In Original Doctrine and Covenants

1835

Henry Lord Brougham

Discourse of Natural Theology

1836

Editor Rev. Thomas Chalmers, D.D., Professor Of Divinity In The University Of Edinburgh

The Bridgewater Treatises On the Power, Goodness, and Wisdom of God As Manifested in the Creation

1853

Brigham Young

We see the spangled vault of the starry heavens

Journal of Discourses vol.2 p.122

1857

Jules Simon, French Catholic Philosopher

Natural Religion

Book published by Richard Bentley

July 1869

Brigham Young

The infidel looks abroad and sees works of nature, in all their diversity, all giving most irrefutable evidence of Designer and Creator of infinite wisdom, skill and power, and yet says there is no Deity

Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, selected and arranged by John A. Widtsoe, p.154

May 1879

Brigham Young

I believe I shall be endorsed by the highest scientific authorities when I say that they acknowledge the existence of a master intelligence that organizes, sustains and controls the universe

Journal of Discourses, 26 vols., 20:, p.211

1860

Rev. James McComb, LL.D. and George Dickie, A.M., M.D.

Typical Forms and Special Ends in Creation

July 1869

Brigham Young

The infidel looks abroad and sees works of nature, in all their diversity, all giving most irrefutable evidence of Designer and Creator of infinite wisdom, skill and power, and yet says there is no Deity

Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, selected and arranged by John A. Widtsoe, p.154

1872

Duke of Argyll

The Reign of Law

Book

November 1873

Orson Pratt, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

The Creation

Discourse Delivered in the Sixteenth Ward Meeting Rooms

November 1876

Orson Pratt, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Creation and Organization

Conference Address

1876

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Autobiography

Religious Belief (Mentions Original Agreement with William Paley as a Student)

May 1879

Brigham Young

I believe I shall be endorsed by the highest scientific authorities when I say that they acknowledge the existence of a master intelligence that organizes, sustains and controls the universe

Journal of Discourses, 26 vols., 20:, p.211

May 1879

Elder C. W. Stayner

Fates of the Ancient Apostles-Worship of the True God-His Creations and Handiwork-Prophecy

Journal of Discourses, 26 vols., 20:, p.206 – 208

Delivered in the Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Sunday Afternoon May 25th, 1879.

1883

Louis Ezra Hicks, Professor Of Geologv At Denison University, Granville, Ohio

A Critique Of Design-Arguments – Historical Review And Free Examination Of The Methods Of Reasoning In Natural Theology

Book

1884

Paul Janet, French Philosopher

Final Causes

Book

January 1895

B. H. Roberts

What Is Man?

Tabernacle, Salt Lake City

Brian H. Stuy, ed., Collected Discourses, 5 vols., 4:

1897

B. H. Robert

The Heavens Declare The Glory Of God; And The Firmament Showeth His Handiwork.

Improvement Era Article; Brian H. Stuy, ed., Collected Discourses, 5 vols., 5:

1899

James E. Talmage, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

The Existence of God

Articles of Faith Book

1900

A. Wootton.

Revelation By Works and Word

Improvement Era Article

1903

Robert Flint, Corresponding Member Of The Institute Of France; Professor Of Divinity In The University Of Edinburgh

Theism Lecture IV – Nature Is But The Name For An Effect Whose Cause Is God

Book and Baird Lectures for 1876

1905

Conference Address

Elder Brigham H. Roberts

The Various Modes Through Which God Reveals Himself To The Children Of Men

Conference Report, April 1905, Afternoon Session., p.97

1907

Henri Bergson, French Philosopher

Creative Evolution – Chapter 1 – The Evolution Of Life – Mechanism And Teleology

Book Which won Nobel Prize For Literature

1909

B. H. Roberts, First Council of the Seventy

II.-Creation-the Works of God

Seventies Course in Theology (3rd Year)

1911

Elder Charles H. Hart, First Council of Seventy

The Argument From Creature To Creator, From Design To Designer

Conference Address, October 1911, Overflow Meeting., p.83-86

1913

Laurence Joseph Henderson, Assistant Professor Of Biological Chemistry, Harvard University

The Fitness of the Environment: An Inquiry Into The Biological Significance Of The Properties Of Matter

Book

1914

Robert C. Webb

“Science Falsely So Called”

Improvement Era  Article

1914

The Evolution Hypothesis: What It Is

Robert C. Webb

Improvement Era Article

1914

Fatal Objections to the Evolution Hypothesis

Robert C. Webb

Improvement Era Article

1914

Evolution Arguments Analyzed

Robert C. Webb

Improvement Era Article

1914

Robert C. Webb

The Evolution Hypothesis and the Geological Record

Improvement Era Article

1915

Robert C. Webb

Evolution Not Supported By Embryology

Improvement Era Article

1915

Robert C. Webb

Thoughts on the Origin of Life

Improvement Era Article

1916

Alfred Russel Wallace (Co-Disoverer with Charles Darwin of Evolution)

The World of Life:  a Manifestation of Creative Power, Directive Mind and Ultimate Purpose

Moffat, Yard & Company, 1916

1916

Elder Charles H. Hart, First Council of Seventy

Reasoning from Nature to Nature’s God

Conference Address, October 1916, Second Meeting Outdoors., p.126

September 1925

Joy in An Appreciation of God’s Handiwork

Improvement Era, September, 1925

1928

Elder Joseph Fielding Smith, Council of the Twelve

Authority As a Universal Principle

Improvement Era Article

January 1932

B. H. Roberts

Protest Against the Science-thought of “A Dying Universe” and No Immortality for Man:

The Mission of the Church of the New Dispensation

Salt Lake Tabernacle January 23, 1932. (Taken from Discourses of B. H. Roberts

October 1932

Elder Brigham H. Roberts, First Council of Seventy

Science, I Am Happy To Note, After Long Research Is Bringing Back The Conception Of The Existence Of Mind In The Universe

Conference Report, October 1932

1935

Dr. John A. Widtsoe, Council of the Twelve Apostles

THE External Universe Likewise Bears Witness To The Existence Of God

The Articles of Faith

Improvement Era 1935-1

March 1935

The Sober Student Of Nature Now Stands Humbly, Wishfully, Before The Mystery Of Existence; Every New Fact Is To Him The Shadow Of An Eternal, Intelligent Reality

Articles Of Faith Of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints

Improvement Era 1935-1

1941

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

Improvement Era Article

1941

Winifred Heath

The Story of the Telescope

Improvement Era Article

1943

John A. Widtsoe, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

To What Extent Should the Doctrine of Evolution be Accepted?

Evidences and Reconciliations (Book)

October 1944

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

Through Creation of Worlds The Power of God is Made Manifest

Conference Address

October 1952

Elder Richard L. Evans, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Everywhere Evidence of Unhurried Intelligent Continuous Creation

Choir Broadcast at General Conference

1954

Dr. Henry Eyring, Sr., Dean, Graduate School, University Of Utah

Communication.

Improvement Era 1954

1955

Pierre Teilhard De Chardin

The Phenomenon Of Man

Perennial Book – An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

October 1960

Elder Mark E. Petersen

The great minds of the world today now teach there is a God; He does live; They teach that he is a great mathematician

Conference Report, October 1960

April 1961

Elder Legrand Richards

By unwavering mathematical law, we can prove that our universe was designed and executed by a great engineering intelligence

Conference Report, April 1961

April 1961

Elder Bernard P. Brockbank

God created the universe with all of its profound greatness and blessings

Conference Address

October 1965

Elder Alma Sonne,

Testimony Of Nature Strong & Convincing Regarding Existence Of Overruling Providence

Conference Report, October 1965

October 1967

Elder Marion G. Romney

First Proof: Orderliness Of Universe

Conference Report, October 1967, Afternoon Meeting, p.134

October 1968

Elder Mark E. Petersen, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Can a man who thinks that life came about by chance on a globe that was made by accident have any overlying purpose to guide him?

Conference Report, October 1968

October 1968

Elder Howard W. Hunter, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Evidence for God

Conference Address

April 1970

Elder Howard W. Hunter, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

The Reality of God

Conference Address

December 1971

Elder Bernard P. Brockbank

God created the universe with all of its profound greatness and blessings

Conference Address

Ensign (CR), December 1971

1976

Frank B. Salisbury, Ph.D. LDS Scientist

Creation

Book (Introduction by Henry Eyring Sr., LDS Scientist)

May 1978

Elder Gordon B. Hinckley, Council of the Twelve

All of beauty in the earth bears the fingerprint of the Master Creator

Ensign Article

1979

Freeman Dysan

Disturbing the Universe

Book

1983

Paul Davies

God and the new physics

Book, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks

1983

Henry Eyring Sr.

Reflections of a Scientist

Book

November 1985

Don Lind, LDS Astronaut

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God,

Conference Address

November 1986

Elder Ted E. Brewerton

Now another evidence of God: speaking of the planets and orbs, the Lord says, Any man who hath seen any or the least of these hath seen God moving in his majesty and power

Conference Address

November 1987

Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Yet Thou Art There

Conference Address

1988

Freeman Dyson, Physicist and Philosopher of Science

Infinite in All Directions

Harper and Rowe Book and Gifford Lectures in 1985

May 1988

Elder M. Russell Ballard, Quorum of the Twelve

How Important It Is For Every Human Soul To See And Appreciate The Glory And Grandeur Of God In Everything About Us

Conference Address

1988

LaMar Garrard, BYU Religion Dept.

Korihor the Anti-Christ

Kent P. Jackson, ed., Studies in Scripture, Vol. 8: Alma 30 to Moroni (Alma 30)

February 1990

Richard Bushman, professor of history, Columbia University

How did the Prophet Joseph Smith respond to skepticism in his time? And what can we learn from him about how to respond to modern-day skeptics?

“I Have a Question,” Ensign Article (Discusses Joseph and William Paley)

January 1991

Jonathan Wells

Darwinism and the Argument to Design

Dialogue & Alliance 4, no. 4

1992

Paul Davies

The Mind Of God – The Scientific Basis For A Rational World

Simon & Schuster Paperbacks

1995

Paul Davies, Ph.D., Physicist, Arizona State University

Templeton Prize Address

1995

Henry B. Eyring, Jr., C.E.S.

Christ and the Creation

Henry B. Eyring, ed., On Becoming a Disciple Scholar (Book)

1996

The Explanatory Power of Design

DNA and the Origin of Information

Stephen C. Meyer, Historian And Philosopher Of Science

Article

I996

Atheism and Theism

J.J. C. Smart (Atheist) and J.J. Haldane (Theist)

Book

1996

Daniel Peterson, Ph.D.

Intelligent Design and Evolution

FARMS Review of Books

1998

Nature’s Destiny – How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe

Michael J. Denton

Book, The Free Press

1998

David Clark, Editor and Contributor

Of Heaven and Earth: Reconciling Scientific Thought with LDS Theology

Book

2000

David Conway, Christian Philosopher

The Rediscovery of Wisdom

Book, St. Martin’s Press

April 2000

Elder Russell M. Nelson Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

The Creation

Conference Address

January 2001

Edward L. Hart

A Conversation about Poetry (Beauties of Nature)

Casualene Meyer

BYU Studies v40, Number 1–2001

2004

G. Tanzella-Nitti Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome Faculty of Theology E-mail: tanzella@usc.urbe.it

The Two Books Prior To The Scientific Revolution

January 2004

William A. Dembski, Ph.D. Associate Research Professor in the Conceptual Foundations of Science,

Baylor University

Intelligent Design:  Yesterday’s Orthodoxy, Today’s Heresy

March 2004

Mark J. Nielsen

The Wonder of the Creation

Ensign Article

2004

Stephen C. Meyer

DNA and the Origin of Life: Information, Specification, and Explanation

Paper at Discovery Institute

2005

James Sennett and Douglas Groothuis, Editors

In Defense of Natural Theology – A Post-Humean Assessment

Book by IntraVarsity Press

2005

Dyson Freeman, Physicist

Almost As Though The Universe Knew We Were Coming

Templeton Prize Address

2005

John Polkinghorne, Physicist and Theologian

Beyond Darwin

Article

2005

Jeff Lindsey, LDS Blogger

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Intelligent Design: Not Just a Matter of Faith

November 2005

Elder Douglas L. Callister

Our God Is God

Brigham Young University–Idaho Devotional

2006

The Goldilocks Enigma – Why Is The Universe Just Right For Life?

Paul Davies

A Mariner Book, Houghton Mifflin Company

2006

Matt Evans

The planets which move in their regular form

Times and Seasons Blog

March 2006

Creation by Evolution?

Frank B. Salisbury

A review of “Evolution and Mormonism: A Quest for Understanding” by Trent D. Stephens, D. Jeffrey Meldrum, with Forrest B. Peterson

FARMS Review: Volume – 18, Issue – 1, Pages: 313-319, Provo, Utah: Maxwell Institute, 2006

March 2006

The Church and Evolution: A Brief History of Official Statements

Frank B. Salisbury

FARMS Review: Volume – 18, Issue – 1, Pages: 307-311

A review of “Mormonism and Evolution: The Authoritative LDS Statements” by William E. Evenson and Duane E. Jeffery

Provo, Utah: Maxwell Institute, 2006

June 2006

Frank B. Salisbury, Ph.D.

The Case for Divine Design: Cells, Complexity, and Creation

Book

March 2006 (From an April 1988 general conference address)

The Message:  The Handiwork of God

M. Russell Ballard, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

New Era Article

2006

John C. Polkinghorne, Physicist and Theologian

Natural Theology

Book – Science and Creation – The Search for Understanding

2007

Anthony Flew, Former Atheist and Now Deist

There is a God – How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind

Book

May 2007

Stephen C. Meyer, Ph.D. Historian and Philosopher of Science

Intelligent Design: The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories

July 2007

David Grandy

Ideology in the Guise of Science: A review of “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins

FARMS Review: Volume – 19, Issue – 2, Pages: 239—244; Maxwell Institute, 2007

2008

John Barrow, Simon Morris, Stephen Freeland, Charles Harper, Jr., Editors

Fitness of the Cosmos for Life: Biochemistry and Fine Tuning

Book, Cambridge University Press

2008

The Clockmaker Returns

James L. Farmer

FARMS Review: Volume – 20, Issue – 1, Pages: 139-145

A review of “The Case for Divine Design: Cells, Complexity, and Creation” by Frank B. Salisbury

Provo, Utah: Maxwell Institute

January 2008

Douglas L. Callister

Our God Truly Is God

Ensign, Jan 2008, 64–68

2008

By Orson Scott Card

Intelligent Conversation

Article in The Rhinoceros Times, Greensboro, NC

2009

Robin Collins, Christian Philosopher

Chapter 4 – The Teleological Argument: An Exploration of the Fine-Tuning of the Universe

Chapter in book “The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology” Edited by William Lane Craig and J. P. Moreland

2009

We can look up at the sky at night and have an idea of what Alma meant. There are millions of stars and planets all in perfect order. They did not get there by chance. We can see the work of God in the heavens and on the earth. The many beautiful plants, the many kinds of animals, the mountains, the rivers, the clouds that bring us rain and snow—all these testify to us that there is a God.

Gospel Principles Manual

April 2009

Justin Hart

Intelligent Design, Part I

Meridian Magazine

April 2009

God, Science, and Intelligent Design

By Daniel C. Peterson

Meridian Magazine

October 2009

Michael De Groote

Intelligent design and the new atheism: Evolution has limits (Address by Michael Behe at BYU)

Mormon Times

November 2009

Robert D. Hales, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Seeking to Know God, Our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ

Ensign Magazine

November 2009

Steve P

Origin, ID and the God of the Gaps

By Common Consent Blog

January 2010

The Teleological Argument and the Anthropic Principle

William Lane Craig, Biola University / Talbott School of Theology

February 2010

Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (Non-LDS Atheistic Philosophers of Science)

What Darwin Got Wrong

Book (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

April 2010

Creationism and Intelligent Design: Scientific and Theological Difficulties

David H. Bailey

April 2010

James Le Fanu, Historian of Science

Why Us? – How Science Discovered the Mystery of Ourselves

Book

June 2010

Edward Feser, Department of Philosophy Pasadena City College Pasadena, California

Teleology – A Shopper’s Guide

Philosophia Christi Vol. 12, No. 1 (2010)

 

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