Joined: Nov. 2005
No....Dembski isnt crazy....he is completely sane....
Holding an irrational theological belief is not "insane". In fact, most theological beliefs are irrational.
I am not insane if I claim that 1+1=3. I may be incorrect, and I may be wrong...but I am not crazy.
William Dembski holds a religious belief. His "crazy" ideas all stem logically from his religious belief. His religious belief is not insane....only the consequences of his belief are crazy.
William Dembski, as well as several other Fundamentalist Christians, is simply rationally progressing from an irrational religious belief. Most of these people are in fact very sane, if somewhat confusing. It took me several years, but I finally got a grasp of the entire situation. You cannot change someone's mind, it is impossible. You may give them a reason to change their mind...but in the end it is the person who changes their own mind. These people, as well as many similiar people, insulate themselves by merging their belief with their reasons for believing. This is why a Fundamentalist Christian will become so angry if you challenge the scientific evidence for their beliefs. Despite the fact that they could still be correct in their belief and still admit the "scientific" validity of the scientific evidence...they cannot do this. In their mind it is all one and the same. Normally when you get someone to change their mind...you convince them that the evidence supporting their belief is flawed. These people have actually incorporated the evidence into their belief. Why? So that both the evidence and the actual belief are insulated from argument.
Dont worry...Dembski is very sane...he just keeps his personal beliefs about God in the same jar as his science, philosophy, logic, and math. It makes for a simpler defense of his beliefs...but it is fairly confusing for those of us who seperate our beliefs from our knowledge to understand..
**Note-This is also why these people "know" Jesus. "Know" they are right. "Know" that the bible is true. Most people would admit that they only hold a high degree of belief...knowledge is an absolute word that is beyond the realm of beliefs. These people however "know" they are correct though because beliefs and knowledge are equal