Walter Bradley (engineer)

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Walter L. Bradley
Born (1943-12-27) December 27, 1943 (age 75)
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin
Scientific career
InstitutionsColorado School of Mines
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Texas A&M University
Baylor University

Walter L. Bradley is a retired[1] professor of engineering, lecturer, old Earth creationist[2][3][4] and an advocate of intelligent design. He is a professor at Baylor University and has researched the use of coconut husks as a replacement for synthetic fibers.[5] He taught mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University.[6]

Intelligent design[edit]

Bradley is the co-author, along with Roger Olsen and Charles Thaxton, of The Mystery of Life's Origin: Reassessing Current Theories.[7] This book, published in 1984, presents a creationist interpretation of abiogenesis, attributing it to "Special Creation by a creator beyond the cosmos", and says that Special Creation holds "that the source that produced life was intelligent". William Dembski has described Bradley as one of the originators of the intelligent design movement, and the book as seminal in the ID movement.[8]

Bradley was one of the pioneers of the concept of intelligent design, attempting to explain topics not yet understood by science as the activity of God.[9] Bradley's writings on the subject anticipated some of the concepts later articulated by William Dembski and Michael Behe, and he was a participant in early meetings regarding the wedge strategy, a religious public relations campaign with a goal of reshaping American culture to adopt evangelical Protestant values.[1]

As of 2007, Bradley was on the selection committee for the Trotter Prize, which rewards work on intelligent design.[10]


  1. ^ a b Gross PR; Forrest BC (2004). Creationism's Trojan Horse: the wedge of intelligent design. Oxford [Oxfordshire]: Oxford University Press. pp. 277. ISBN 978-0-19-515742-0.
  2. ^ Pennock RT (1999). Tower of Babel: the evidence against the new creationism. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-262-16180-0.
  3. ^ Alston, JP (2003). The Scientific Case Against Scientific Creationism. iUniverse. pp. 22. ISBN 978-0-595-29108-3.
  4. ^ Craig WL: Moreland JP (2003). Philosophical foundations for a Christian worldview. Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press. pp. 353. ISBN 978-0-8308-2694-0.
  5. ^ Soon, 'green' cars made of coconut husks January 7, 2009, ANI
  6. ^ Wang, M (2000-02-03). "UCLA guest lecture on existence of God stimulates debate". Daily Bruin. Retrieved 2010-08-02.[dead link]
  7. ^ Olsen, Roger L.; Thaxton, Charles B.; Bradley, Walter F. (1984). The mystery of life's origin: reassessing current theories. New York: Philosophical Library. ISBN 978-0-8022-2447-7.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Barbara Forrest (April 1, 2007). "Expert Witness Report" (PDF). United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Archived from the original (pdf) on October 28, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
  9. ^ Godfrey, Laurie R.; Andrew J. Petto (2007). Scientists confront intelligent design and creationism. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. pp. 327. ISBN 978-0-393-05090-5.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ Huntington, D (2007-04-25). "Christian 'Origins' Expert Promotes Evolution at Texas Universities". The Christian Post.