William A. Dembski
|Born||July 18, 1960|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Education||University of Illinois at Chicago (BA, MS, PhD)|
University of Chicago (SM, PhD)
Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv)
|Known for||Intelligent design, specified complexity|
|Notable work||The Design Inference|
|Spouse||Jana L. Dembski|
|Parent(s)||William J. Dembski and Ursula Dembski|
William Albert Dembski (born July 18, 1960) is an American mathematician, philosopher and theologian. He was a proponent of intelligent design (ID) pseudoscience, specifically the concept of specified complexity, and was a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture (CSC). On September 23, 2016, he officially retired from intelligent design, resigning all his "formal associations with the ID community, including [his] Discovery Institute fellowship of 20 years". A February 2021 interview in the CSC's blog Evolution News announced "his return to the intelligent design arena".
Dembski has written books about intelligent design, including The Design Inference (1998), Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science & Theology (1999), The Design Revolution (2004), The End of Christianity (2009), and Intelligent Design Uncensored (2010).
Intelligent design is the argument that an intelligent cause is responsible for the complexity of life and that one can detect that cause empirically. Dembski postulated that probability theory can be used to prove irreducible complexity (IC) and what he called "specified complexity." The scientific community sees intelligent design—and Dembski's concept of specified complexity—as a form of creationism attempting to portray itself as science.
Dembski was born in Chicago, Illinois, the only child of Catholic parents, his mother an art dealer and his father a college professor and lecturer. His father held a D.Sc. in biology from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and taught evolutionary biology; while growing up Dembski was neither particularly religious nor did he question the theory of evolution. He attended an all-male Catholic preparatory school in Chicago. Dembski finished high school a year early, excelling in math and finishing a calculus course in one summer. After high school he attended the University of Chicago. There, Dembski experienced educational and personal difficulties, struggling with the advanced courses and finding the unfamiliar social milieu of college challenging. Dembski dropped out of school and worked at his mother's art business while reading works on creationism and the Bible. Finding the creationist works interesting in their challenge of evolution but their literal interpretations lacking, Dembski returned to school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, studying statistics.
It was in 1988 at a conference on randomness that Dembski began to believe that there was purpose, order, and design in the universe by the intervention of God. Remaining in academia, Dembski ultimately completed an undergraduate degree in psychology (1981, University of Illinois at Chicago) and master's degrees in statistics, mathematics, and philosophy (1983, University of Illinois at Chicago; 1985, University of Chicago; 1993, University of Illinois at Chicago, respectively), two PhDs, one in mathematics and one in philosophy (1988, University of Chicago; 1996, University of Illinois at Chicago, respectively), and a Master of Divinity in theology at the Princeton Theological Seminary (1996).
At the Princeton Theological Seminary, Dembski met his future wife, Jana. Dissatisfied with what he called the "free-swinging academic style" of the school, Dembski also was involved in a group known as the Charles Hodge Society. Based on the works of the 19th century thinker Charles Hodge, the group was devoted to strengthening the faith of students faced with what members believed to be the "theological disarray" of the times, and to providing an example of how to oppose "false and destructive ideas." It published a journal (a recreation of the Princeton Theological Review (1903–1929)) and met with considerable opposition on the campus, facing two lawsuits, threats of violence, accusations of racism and sexism; being denied funding; and hearing that membership "jeopardized their academic advancement."
Early opposition to evolution
Dembski holds that his knowledge of statistics and his skepticism concerning evolutionary theory led him to believe that the extraordinary diversity of life was statistically unlikely to have been produced by natural selection. His first significant contribution to intelligent design was his 1991 paper, "Randomness by Design," published in the philosophy journal Noûs.
Former UC Berkeley law school professor Phillip E. Johnson's book Darwin on Trial (1991) attracted a group of scholars who shared his view that the exclusion of supernatural explanations by the scientific method was unfair and had led to the Edwards v. Aguillard ruling that teaching creation science in public schools was unconstitutional. Dembski was part of that group at a symposium at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, in March 1992, before they came to call themselves "The Wedge."
Dembski wrote a contribution to the 1994 book The Creation Hypothesis. Another chapter, contributed by the creationists Charles Thaxton and Walter L Bradley, discussed "design detection" and redefined "specified complexity" as a way of measuring information. These ideas led to Dembski's notion of specified complexity, which he developed in The Design Inference, a 1998 revision of his PhD dissertation in philosophy.
In 1987, the phrase "intelligent design" replaced "creation science" in drafts of a book, Of Pandas and People, that was intended for secondary school students. The phrase referred to the idea that life was created through unspecified processes by an intelligent but unidentified designer. The book asserted that there was a logical need for such a designer because of the appearance of design in biological organisms. This replacement was intended to evade the Edwards v. Aguillard ruling. The book was published in 1989 amidst campaigning by the publisher for the introduction of "intelligent design" into school science classes.
Biochemist Michael Behe, another member of "The Wedge," contributed the argument that he subsequently called "irreducible complexity" to a subsequent edition of Pandas in 1993. The book contained concepts which Dembski later elaborated in his treatment of "specified complexity."
After completing graduate school in 1996, Dembski was unable to secure a university position; from then until 1999 he received what he calls "a standard academic salary" of $40,000 a year as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. "I was one of the early beneficiaries of Discovery largess," says Dembski.
Until September 2016, Dembski served as a senior fellow at the CSC, where he played a central role in the center's extensive public and political campaigns advancing the concept of intelligent design and its teaching in public schools through its "Teach the Controversy" campaign as part of the institute's wedge strategy. He has since resigned his fellowship position with the Discovery Institute.
Michael Polanyi Center controversy
In 1999, Dembski was invited by Robert B. Sloan, President of Baylor University, to establish the Michael Polanyi Center at the university. Named after the Hungarian physical chemist and philosopher Michael Polanyi (1891–1976), Dembski described it as "the first intelligent design think tank at a research university." Dembski had known Sloan for about three years, having taught Sloan's daughter at a Christian study summer camp not far from Waco, Texas. Sloan was the first Baptist minister to serve as Baylor's president in over 30 years, had read some of Dembski's work and liked it; according to Dembski, Sloan "made it clear that he wanted to get me on the faculty in some way." The salaries were supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
The Polanyi Center was established without much publicity in October 1999, initially consisting of two people – Dembski and a like-minded colleague, Bruce L. Gordon, who were hired directly by Sloan without going through the usual channels of a search committee and departmental consultation. The vast majority of Baylor staff did not know of the center's existence until its website went online, and the center stood outside of the existing religion, science, and philosophy departments.
The center's mission, and the lack of consultation with the Baylor faculty, became the immediate subject of controversy. The faculty feared for the university's reputation – it has historically been well regarded for its contributions to mainstream science – and scientists outside the university questioned whether Baylor had "gone fundamentalist." Faculty members pointed out that the university's existing interdisciplinary Institute for Faith and Learning was already addressing questions about the relationship between science and religion, making the existence of the Polanyi Center somewhat redundant. In April 2000, Dembski hosted a conference on "naturalism in science" sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation and the hub of the intelligent design movement, the Discovery Institute, seeking to address the question "Is there anything beyond nature?" Most of the Baylor faculty boycotted the conference.
A few days later, the Baylor faculty senate voted by a margin of 27–2 to ask the administration to dissolve the center and merge it with the Institute for Faith and Learning. President Sloan refused, citing issues of censorship and academic integrity, but agreed to convene an outside committee to review the center. The committee recommended setting up a faculty advisory panel to oversee the science and religion components of the program, dropping the name "Michael Polanyi" and reconstituting the center as part of the Institute for Faith and Learning. These recommendations were accepted in full by the university administration.
In a subsequent press release, Dembski asserted that the committee had given an "unqualified affirmation of my own work on intelligent design," that its report "marks the triumph of intelligent design as a legitimate form of academic inquiry" and that "dogmatic opponents of design who demanded the Center be shut down have met their Waterloo. Baylor University is to be commended for remaining strong in the face of intolerant assaults on freedom of thought and expression."
Dembski's remarks were criticized by other members of the Baylor faculty, who protested that they were both an unjustified attack on his critics at Baylor and a false assertion that the university endorsed Dembski's controversial views on intelligent design. Charles Weaver, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor and one of the most vocal critics of the Polanyi Center, commented: "In academic arguments, we don't seek utter destruction and defeat of our opponents. We don't talk about Waterloos."
President Sloan asked Dembski to withdraw his press release, but Dembski refused, accusing the university of "intellectual McCarthyism" (borrowing a phrase that Sloan himself had used when they first tried to dissolve the center). He declared that the university's action had been taken "in the utmost of bad faith ... thereby providing the fig leaf of justification for my removal." Professor Michael Beaty, director of the Institute for Faith and Learning, said that Dembski's remarks violated the spirit of cooperation that the committee had advocated and stated that "Dr. Dembski's actions after the release of the report compromised his ability to serve as director." Dembski was removed as the center's director, although he remained an associate research professor until May 2005. He was not asked to teach any courses in that time and instead worked from home, writing books and speaking around the country. "In a sense, Baylor did me a favor," he said. "I had a five-year sabbatical."
From 1999 to 2005, he was on the faculty of Baylor University, where he was a focus of attention and controversy. During the academic year 2005–2006, he was briefly the Carl F. H. Henry Professor of Theology and Science at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as the first director of the school's new Center for Theology and Science (since replaced by prominent creationist Kurt Wise). The seminary teaches creationism but its professors vary on the details, with most adhering to the young Earth creationist viewpoint of a relatively recent creation which occurred literally as described in Genesis; Dembski does not hold to young Earth creationism (YEC). On his position at Southern, Dembski also remarked that "Theology is where my ultimate passion is and I think that is where I can uniquely contribute." He left Southern in May 2006. Starting in June 2006 he became a professor in philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) in Fort Worth, Texas. Since taking up a position within Southwestern's School of Theology in June 2006, Dembski has taught a number of courses within its Department of Philosophy of Religion. For some of his courses, he requires that his students promote intelligent design on "hostile" websites for course credit. The Southern Baptist Convention operates both seminaries.
In September 2007, the SWBTS hosted a conference, "Intelligent Design in Business Practice," presented by Dembski, Acton Institute theologian Jay Richards, and three business academics presently or formerly teaching at universities in the Southern United States.
On April 2, 2006, Dembski stated on his blog that he reported Eric Pianka to the Department of Homeland Security because he and fellow Discovery Institute Fellow Forrest Mims felt that Pianka's speech while accepting the Texas Academy of Science's Distinguished Texas Scientist Award in 2006 fomented bioterrorism. This resulted in the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewing Pianka in Austin. On April 5, Dembski wagered that Pianka's popularity would drop if the full text of his speech to the Texas Academy of Science were made public.
Baylor Evolutionary Informatics Lab controversy
Subsequently, in July and August 2007, Dembski played a central role in the formation of the Evolutionary Informatics Lab (EIL), cofounded with Baylor University Engineering Professor Robert J. Marks II. According to Baylor administration, the EIL website hosted at Baylor was deleted because it violated university policy forbidding professors from creating the impression that their personal views represent Baylor as an institution. Dembski says the website was removed because it dealt with intelligent design. Baylor said they would permit Marks to repost his website on their server, provided a 108-word disclaimer accompany any intelligent design-advancing research to make clear that the work does not represent the university's position. The site now resides on a third-party server and still contains the material advancing intelligent design. Dembski's participation was funded by a $30,000 grant from the Lifeworks Foundation, which is controlled by researcher Brendan Dixon of the Biologic Institute (which has close ties to the Discovery Institute).
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary flood controversy
While serving as a professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dembski wrote The End of Christianity, which argued that a Christian can reconcile an old Earth creationist view with a literal reading of Adam and Eve in the Bible by accepting the scientific consensus of a 4.5 billion year of Earth. He further argued that Noah's flood likely was a phenomenon limited to the Middle East. This caused controversy and Dembski's reading of the Bible was criticized by Tom Nettles, a young Earth creationist, in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, Southern Seminary's official theological journal. In 2010, the dean of Southwestern's School of Theology, David Allen, "released a White Paper through the seminary's Center for Theological Research defending Dembski as within the bounds of orthodoxy and critiquing Nettles for misunderstanding the book. The paper included Dembski's statement admitting error regarding Noah's flood." Southwestern Seminary president Paige Patterson, a young Earth creationist, "said that when Dembski's questionable statements came to light, he convened a meeting with Dembski and several high-ranking administrators at the seminary. At that meeting, Dembski was quick to admit that he was wrong about the flood. "'Had I had any inkling that Dr. Dembski was actually denying the absolute trustworthiness of the Bible, then that would have, of course, ended his relationship with the school,' he said."
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In December 2001, Dembski launched the International Society for Complexity, Information and Design (ISCID), of which he is Executive Director. Dembski is also the editor-in-chief of ISCID's journal, Progress in Complexity, Information, and Design (PCID), which appears to have ceased publication with its November 2005 issue. He has several more books in preparation as well as producing an Adobe Flash animation mocking Judge John E. Jones III, who presided in the landmark 2005 Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case. He is also a member of American Scientific Affiliation, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, and the American Mathematical Society, and is a senior fellow of the Wilberforce Forum.
Dembski frequently gives public talks, principally to religious, pro-ID groups, and creationists. Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross noted that Dembski has not been hesitant in associating with young Earth creationists, such as attending conferences with Carl Baugh. His lectures have been met with criticism: a presentation he made to the University of Oklahoma was funded by Trinity Baptist Church in Norman, Oklahoma, as a "gospel investment" but university faculty instructors criticised Dembski's presentation as half-hearted, lackluster, containing numerous errors and distortions, lacking positive evidence for intelligent design, and for evading questions.
Dembski, along with fellow Discovery Institute associates Michael Behe and David Berlinski, tutored Ann Coulter on science and evolution for her book Godless: The Church of Liberalism (2006). Approximately one-third of the book is devoted to polemical attacks on evolution, which Coulter, as Dembski often does, terms "Darwinism."
Dembski participated in the documentary film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, released in 2008. Dembski told the Southern Baptist Texan that those who need to see the movie are the "parents of children in high school or college, as well as those children themselves, who may think that the biological sciences are a dispassionate search for truth about life but many of whose practitioners see biology, especially evolutionary biology, as an ideological weapon to destroy faith in God." Dembski has appeared on several television shows, including a 2005 interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show with Edward Larson and Ellie Crystal where he said he accepted religion before science.
In 1998, Dembski published his first book, The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance through Small Probabilities, which became a Cambridge University Press bestselling philosophical monograph.
In 2002, Dembski published his book No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence. Dembski's work was strongly criticized within the scientific community, which argued that there were a number of major logical inconsistencies and evidential gaps in Dembski's hypothesis. David Wolpert, co-creator of the No free lunch theorem on which Dembski based his book, characterized his arguments as "fatally informal and imprecise," "written in jello," reminiscent of philosophical discussion "of art, music, and literature, as well as much of ethics" rather than of scientific debate.
One of the common objections to intelligent design being accepted as valid science is that ID proponents have published no scientific papers in the peer-reviewed scientific literature in support of their conjectures. The ruling in the 2005 Dover trial, Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, found that intelligent design had not been tested by the process of being published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal and was not supported by any peer-reviewed research, data or publications. Despite the Dover trial ruling, the Discovery Institute lists Dembski's 1998 book The Design Inference under the heading "Peer-Reviewed Scientific Books Supportive of Intelligent Design Published by Trade Presses or University Presses." The Discovery Institute describes Dembski as a mathematician and philosopher, who includes in his credentials a B.A. in psychology and postdoctoral work in mathematics, physics and computer science.
In an expert report, computer scientist and number theorist Jeffrey Shallit states that despite common claims in the popular and religious press, Dembski is not a scientist by any reasonable standard, has not published any experimental or empirical tests of his claims, submitted his claims to the scrutiny of his peers or been published in a scientific journal. In a footnote, Shallit states that he does not consider mathematics to be science. Shallit describes Dembski's published mathematical output as "extremely small" for a research mathematician and remarks that "it is very unlikely that his meagre output would merit tenure at any major university."
Since Shallit's statement, Dembski has (as of May 2010) published four peer-reviewed papers in information theory venues associated with the IEEE professional society. The papers deal with active information in the context of searches for solutions to problems. Quantified active information is introduced in "Conservation of Information in Search: Measuring the Cost of Success." A second paper, "Evolutionary Synthesis of Nand Logic: Dissecting a Digital Organism," claims to deconstruct the evolution simulation Avida by uncovering the sources of active information in the program. A third paper discusses the role of Jacob Bernoulli's principle of indifference in the analysis of evolution. The most recent paper, "Efficient Per Query Information Extraction from a Hamming Oracle," calculates the performance of various search algorithms which use the Hamming distance to search for a single string of a certain length in the set of all strings of this length.
Dembski states that his book The Design Inference has also been peer-reviewed: "This book was published by Cambridge University Press and peer-reviewed as part of a distinguished monograph series, Cambridge Studies in Probability, Induction, and Decision Theory." In his expert report, Shallit states, "I know that book manuscripts typically do not receive the same sort of scrutiny that research articles do. ...it is not uncommon for a 10-page paper to receive 5 pages or more of comments, whereas a book manuscript of two hundred pages often receives about the same number...." In addition, Mark Isaak claims that Dembski's book was reviewed by philosophers and not biologists.
The Inner Life of the Cell copyright controversy
In November 2007, a graduate student named S. A. Smith brought an apparent case of wholesale academic misuse of unlicensed content to public attention. She noticed that a video used by Dembski in his lecture was identical to The Inner Life of the Cell animation created by Harvard University and XVIVO Scientific Animation. The audio track giving a scientific explanation was stripped off and the video was used with an alternative narration. The matter was brought to the attention of Harvard and XVIVO. David Bolinsky, creator of the video, wrote that Dembski was warned about using the video without permission.
In response to the allegations, Dembski has claimed that he downloaded the video from the Internet, and added a voiceover narration that he deemed appropriate for his audience. According to Dembski, the downloaded version omitted the opening credits but contained the closing credits, which were shown to the audience. However, Smith later documented several instances where images from the Harvard/XVIVO animation were apparently removed from his book The Design of Life (2008) but the related footnotes and references were not. indicating that Dembski was already aware that permission had been denied for him to use the animation when he delivered his presentation at the University of Oklahoma.
On April 9, 2008, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, a movie Dembski appears in, was given a cease-and-desist by XVIVO accusing Premise Media, the Expelled producers, of plagiarism concerning the same video. A June 2008 Premise Media press release announced Premise Media and XVIVO, LLC, "reached an agreement" noting "XVIVO has agreed that the Premise Media documentary does not infringe on any of XVIVO's intellectual property rights."
Dembski's views on evolution have been a source of considerable controversy within both the mainstream scientific and creationist communities. Dembski does not accept universal common descent. His mainstream scientific critics have accused him of dishonesty in his representation of scientific facts and writing, and he has also been criticised by the traditional creationist community for not supporting the young Earth creationist position, though this community does defend some of his other arguments.
Science vs. naturalism
Dembski objects to the presence of the theory of evolution in a variety of disciplines, presenting intelligent design as an alternative to reductionist materialism that gives a sense of purpose that the unguided evolutionary process lacks and the ultimate significance of ID is its success in undermining materialism and naturalism. Dembski has also stated that ID has little chance as a serious scientific theory as long as methodological naturalism is the basis for science. Although intelligent design proponents (including Dembski) have made little apparent effort to publish peer-reviewed scientific research to support their hypotheses, in recent years they have made vigorous efforts to promote the teaching of intelligent design in schools. Dembski is a strong supporter of this drive as a means of making young people more receptive to intelligent design, and said he wants "to see intelligent design flourish as a scientific research program" among a "new generation of scholars" willing to consider the theory and textbooks that include it.
Dembski's theories do not attempt to explain the origin of the intelligent designer that created the universe, which he argues is unnecessary, since such an intelligent designer is likely outside the dimensions of space and time which are the subject of empirical science.
He has not had any of his pro-intelligent-design articles published in peer-reviewed mainstream scientific journals. While intelligent design proponents often allege that such failure to be published is due to a pro-evolution bias or conspiracy, Dembski himself has said he prefers to disseminate his ideas in non-peer-reviewed media: "I've just gotten kind of blasé about submitting things to journals where you often wait two years to get things into print. And I find I can actually get the turnaround faster by writing a book and getting the ideas expressed there. My books sell well. I get a royalty. And the material gets read more."
Specified complexity is an concept which Dembski has proposed and used in his works promoting intelligent design, an argument intended to give a formal definition of patterns that are both specified and complex. He claims it is a reliable marker of design by an intelligent agent, a central concept of intelligent design, as opposed to natural selection in modern evolutionary theory. The concept of specified complexity is widely regarded as mathematically unsound and has not been the basis for further independent work in information theory, complexity theory, or biology. Specified complexity is one of the two main arguments used by intelligent design proponents, the other being irreducible complexity.
Intelligent design and Christianity
Dembski's position on intelligent design's relationship with Christianity has been inconsistent. He has suggested that the "intelligent designer" is not necessarily synonymous with a god: "It could be space aliens. There are many possibilities," but has on several occasions been explicit in labelling the designer as the Christian god and linking ID with a religious revival through which Christianity can be restored to its formerly pre-eminent place in society, supplanting "materialist" science. In his book Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science & Theology he states "The conceptual soundings of the [intelligent design] theory can in the end only be located in Christ." On his website, DesignInference.com, Dembski said that intelligent design provides an intellectual basis to restore Christian philosophy over materialism.
Dembski has also spoken of his motivation for supporting intelligent design in a series of Sunday lectures in the Fellowship Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, the last of which took place on March 7, 2004. Answering a question, Dembski said it was to enable God to receive credit for creation.
Intelligent design movement
Dembski sees intelligent design as being a popular movement as well as a scientific hypothesis and claims that it is in the process of dislodging evolution from the public imagination. At the CSICOP's 4th World Skeptics Conference, held on June 20–23, 2002, in Burbank, California, he told the audience that "over the next twenty-five years ID will provide the greatest challenge to skepticism." He asserted that "ID is threatening to be mainstream," and that polls show 90 percent support for the hypothesis, indicating that it has "already becom[e] mainstream within the public themselves." "The usual skeptical retorts are not going to work against ID" and ID "turns the tables on skepticism." Evolution, in his view, "is the ultimate status quo" and "squelches dissent." Young people, who "love rebellion" see that and are attracted to ID as a result. "The public supports intelligent design. The public is tired of being bullied by an intellectual elite." He contends that skeptics resort to rhetoric and "artificially define ID out of science," admitting only materialistic explanations as legitimate. ID "paints the more appealing world picture," whereas skepticism works by being negative, which "doesn't set well with the public... To most people evolution doesn't provide a compelling view."
Dembski has also indicated an interest in the Bible code. In a favorable book review of Jeffrey Satinover's Cracking the Bible Code (1997), Dembski wrote that "The philosopher Bertrand Russell was once asked why he didn't believe in God. He replied, 'Not enough evidence.' Satinover's fascination with the Bible Code is that it may provide evidence for God's existence that would have convinced even a Bertrand Russell."
Dembski once took his family to a meeting conducted by Todd Bentley, a faith healer, in hopes of receiving a "miraculous healing" for his son, who is autistic. In an article for the Baptist Press he recalled disappointment with the nature of the meeting and with the prevention of his son and other attendees from joining those in wheelchairs who were selected to receive prayer. He then concluded, "Minimal time was given to healing, though plenty was devoted to assaulting our senses with blaring insipid music and even to Bentley promoting and selling his own products (books and CDs)." He wrote that he did not regret the trip and called it an "education," which showed "how easily religion can be abused, in this case to exploit our family."
Responses to critics
Dembski previews material on the Internet for open peer review. This helps identify errors and address objections prior to publication, allowing him to get "the last word in the exchange." Dembski's style in response to his critics (particularly of his mathematical papers) is polemical. For instance, in reply to a critique of the "law of conservation of information" posted on talkreason.org, Dembski states: "I'm not and never have been in the business of offering a strict mathematical proof for the inability of material mechanisms to generate specified complexity in the same way that no physicist is in the business of offering a strict mathematical proof for the conservation of energy."
- Dembski, William A. (1988). Chaos, Uniform Probability, and Weak Convergence (Thesis (PhD)). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, Department of Mathematics. LCCN 94629367. OCLC 31515673.
- —— (1998). The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance through Small Probabilities. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-62387-2. LCCN 98003020. OCLC 38551103.
- —— (1999). Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science & Theology. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-8308-1581-4. LCCN 99037141. OCLC 41628252.
- —— (2002). No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-0-7425-1297-9. LCCN 2001031791. OCLC 46858256. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- —— (2004). The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions about Intelligent Design. Foreword by Charles W. Colson. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-8308-3216-3. LCCN 2003020589. OCLC 53058980.
- —— (2009). The End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil World. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-8054-2743-1. LCCN 2010280674. OCLC 311762223.
- Dembski, William A.; Wells, Jonathan (2008). How to be an Intellectually Fulfilled Atheist (or not) (1st ed.). Wilmington, DE: ISI Books. ISBN 978-1-933-85984-2. LCCN 2008934995. OCLC 232128215.
- ——; —— (2008). Dembski, William A. (ed.). The Design of Life: Discovering Signs of Intelligence in Biological Systems. Dallas: Foundation for Thought and Ethics. ISBN 978-0-9800213-0-1. LCCN 2009281462. OCLC 183624199.
- ——; McDowell, Sean (2008). Understanding Intelligent Design: Everything You Need to Know in Plain Language. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7369-2442-9. LCCN 2008014216. OCLC 222249640.
- ——; Witt, Jonathan (2010). Intelligent Design Uncensored: An Easy-to-Understand Guide to the Controversy. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books. ISBN 978-0-8308-3742-7. LCCN 2010000917. OCLC 460060932.
As editor or contributor
- Dembski, William A., ed. (1998). Mere Creation: Science, Faith & Intelligent Design. Foreword by Henry F. Schaefer, III. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-8308-1515-9. LCCN 98020999. OCLC 38959771.
- Amos, Gary; Gardiner, Richard (1998). Dembski, William A. (ed.). Never Before in History: America's Inspired Birth. Pandas Publications. Foreword by Thomas G. West. Dallas, TX: Haughton Publishing Company. ISBN 978-0-914513-51-3. LCCN 98072936. OCLC 41105490.
- Cole, Deborah D.; Duran, Maureen Gallagher (1998). Dembski, William A. (ed.). Sex and Character. Pandas Publications. Foreword by Joe S. McIlhaney, Jr., MD. Dallas, TX: Haughton Publishing Company. ISBN 978-0-914513-50-6. LCCN 98072932. OCLC 41068752.
- Behe, Michael J.; Dembski, William A.; Meyer, Stephen C. (2000). Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe: Papers Presented at a Conference Sponsored by the Wethersfield Institute, New York City, September 25, 1999. Proceedings of the Wethersfield Institute. Vol. 9. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press. ISBN 978-0-89870-809-7. LCCN 00102374. OCLC 45720008.
- Dembski, William A.; Kushiner, James M., eds. (2001). Signs of Intelligence: Understanding Intelligent Design. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press. ISBN 978-1-58743-004-6. LCCN 00067612. OCLC 45499842.
- ——; Richards, Jay Wesley, eds. (2001). Unapologetic Apologetics: Meeting the Challenges of Theological Studies. Foreword by Phillip E. Johnson. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-8308-1563-0. LCCN 00047173. OCLC 45136696.
- Richards, Jay W., ed. (2002). Are We Spiritual Machines?: Ray Kurzweil vs. the Critics of Strong A.I. Contributions by George Gilder, Ray Kurzweil, John Searle, William Dembski, Michael Denton, and Thomas S. Ray (1st ed.). Seattle, WA: Discovery Institute Press. ISBN 978-0-9638654-3-4. LCCN 2002101330. OCLC 59273082.
- Wiker, Benjamin (2002). Moral Darwinism: How We Became Hedonists. Foreword by William A. Dembski. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-8308-2666-7. LCCN 2002004052. OCLC 49383607.
- Dembski, William A.; Ruse, Michael, eds. (2004). Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA. New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-82949-6. LCCN 2004047363. OCLC 54826160. "Papers from a conference, entitled Design and its Critics, held at Concordia University, Mequon, Wis., June 22–24, 2000."
- Dembski, William A., ed. (2004). Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing. Foreword by John Wilson. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books. ISBN 978-1-9322-3631-6. LCCN 2004102726. OCLC 55653649.
- Simmons, Geoffrey (2004). What Darwin Didn't Know: A Doctor Dissects the Theory of Evolution. Foreword by William Dembski. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7369-1313-3. LCCN 2003015099. OCLC 52621437.
- Dembski, William A., ed. (2006). Darwin's Nemesis: Phillip Johnson and the Intelligent Design Movement. Foreword by Rick Santorum. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic. ISBN 978-0-8308-2836-4. LCCN 2005033144. OCLC 62330745.
- Flannery, Michael A. (2008). Alfred Russel Wallace's Theory of Intelligent Evolution: How Wallace's World of Life Challenged Darwinism: With an Abridged Version of The World of Life. Edited, with an introduction by Michael A. Flannery; foreword by William A. Dembski. Riesel, TX: Erasmus Press. ISBN 978-0-9815204-1-4. LCCN 2009921870. OCLC 340792516.
- Dembski, William A.; Downs, Wayne J.; Frederick, Justin B. A., eds. (2008). The Patristic Understanding of Creation: An Anthology of Writings from the Church Fathers on Creation and Design. Riesel, TX: Erasmus Press. ISBN 978-0-981-52040-7. LCCN 2008930284. OCLC 233055054.
- ——; Schirrmacher, Thomas, eds. (2008). Tough-minded Christianity: Honoring the Legacy of John Warwick Montgomery. Foreword by Paige Patterson. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-8054-4783-5. LCCN 2009282507. OCLC 233935324.
- ——; Licona, Michael R., eds. (2010). Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. ISBN 978-0-8010-7260-4. LCCN 2010005990.
- Gordon, Bruce L.; Dembski, William A., eds. (2011). The Nature of Nature: Examining the Role of Naturalism in Science. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books. ISBN 978-1-935-19128-5. LCCN 2010031418. OCLC 326569291.
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- Dembski & Richards 2001, "Introduction: Reclaiming Theological Education," pp. 11–27 (PDF)
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- Forrest 2001
- "Review: Origins of Life". NCSE. December 15, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
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- Dembski, William (April 2, 2006). "Eric Pianka: The Department of Homeland Security needs to interview you". Uncommon Descent (Blog). Uncommon Descent, Inc. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Heinauer, Laura (April 5, 2006). "Professor's population speeches unnerve some". Austin American-Statesman. Austin, TX: Cox Enterprises. ISSN 1553-8451. Archived from the original on April 27, 2006. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Dembski, William (April 6, 2006). "[UPDATE:] $1000 reward and $1000 bet — Pianka again". Uncommon Descent (Blog). Uncommon Descent, Inc. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Luskin, Casey (February 7, 2012). "The Evolutionary Informatics Lab: Putting Intelligent Design Predictions to the Test". Evolution News & Views. Seattle, WA: Discovery Institute. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Dembski, William A. (May 6, 2010). "FIRST-PERSON: Vindication for I.D. at Baylor?". Baptist Press. Nashville, TN: Southern Baptist Convention. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Bergin, Mark (September 15, 2007). "Not so fast". World. 22 (33). ISSN 0888-157X. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
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- Bergin, Mark (August 25, 2007). "Crisis averted". World. 22 (31). ISSN 0888-157X. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Farrell, Elizabeth F. (September 4, 2007). "Baylor U. Removes a Web Page Associated With Intelligent Design From Its Site". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Washington, D.C.: The Chronicle of Higher Education Inc. ISSN 0009-5982. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- "The Evolutionary Informatics Lab - EvoInfo.org". Evolutionary Informatics Lab. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
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- Dembski 2009, p. 55: "The young earth-solution to reconciling the order of creation with natural history makes good exegetical and theological sense. Indeed, the overwhelming consensus of theologians up through the Reformation held to this view. I myself would adopt it in a heartbeat except that nature seems to present such strong evidence against it."
- Roach, David (October 20, 2010). "How Old? Age of Earth debated among SBC scholars". Florida Baptist Witness. Jacksonville, FL: Florida Baptist State Convention. ISSN 1092-7409. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
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- Allen 2010
- Branch, Glenn (November–December 2010). "The Latest 'Intelligent Design' Journal". Reports of the National Center for Science Education. 30 (6): 10–13. ISSN 2158-818X. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- "Judge Jones and the ACLU". Overwhelming Evidence. Pella, IA: William Dembski. Archived from the original (Small Web Format (SWF)) on January 10, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Forrest & Gross 2004, p. 293
- Dickson-LaPrade, Daniel (September–December 2007). "A Victory over 'Intelligent Design' in Oklahoma". Reports of the National Center for Science Education. 24 (5–6): 7–8. ISSN 2158-818X. Retrieved February 19, 2007.
- Coulter 2007, p. 319: "I couldn't have written about evolution without the generous tutoring of Michael Behe, David Berlinski, and William Dembski, all of whom are fabulous at translating complex ideas, unlike liberal arts types, who constantly force me to the dictionary to relearn the meaning of quotidian."
- Dembski, William (June 12, 2006). "Ann Coulter: The Wedge for the Masses". Uncommon Descent (Blog). Uncommon Descent, Inc. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Pierce, Jerry (January 28, 2008). "Baptist professors featured in new film" (PDF). Southern Baptist Texan. OCLC 46698671. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 9, 2022. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
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- Wolpert, David H. "William Dembski's Treatment of the No Free Lunch Theorems is Written in Jello". Talk Reason. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Forrest & Gross 2004, p. 118
- Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, p. 87
- "Intelligent Design and Peer Review". American Association for the Advancement of Science. Washington, D.C. Archived from the original on March 12, 2007. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- "Peer-Reviewed & Peer-Edited Scientific Publications Supporting the Theory of Intelligent Design (Annotated)". Center for Science and Culture. Seattle, WA: Discovery Institute. February 1, 2012. Archived from the original on August 4, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2012. The July 1, 2007, version of page is .
- West, John G. (December 4, 2005). "Intelligent Design Might Be Meeting Its Maker? Ignorance on Display in the New York Times". Evolution News & Views. Seattle, WA: Discovery Institute. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Shallit, Jeffrey (May 16, 2005). "Expert Report under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on October 9, 2022. Retrieved January 10, 2014. Shallit's expert report in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.
- Dembski & Marks 2009a
- Ewert, Dembski & Marks 2009
- Dembski & Marks 2009b
- Ewert, Montañez, Dembski & Marks 2010
- Dembski, William (October 10, 2003). "Peer Review – Response to Eugenie Scott and the NCSE". DesignInference.com. Pella, IA: William Dembski. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Isaak, Mark (ed.). "Index to Creationist Claims: Claim CI001.4". TalkOrigins Archive. Houston, TX: The TalkOrigins Foundation, Inc. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Bolinsky, David (April 10, 2008). "'Expelled' ripped off Harvard's 'Inner Life of the Cell' animation". RichardDawkins.net. Arlington, VA: Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Archived from the original on April 13, 2008. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Dembski, William A. (November 27, 2007). "News Release: Harvard's XVIVO Video". Uncommon Descent. Uncommon Descent, Inc. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Smith, Abbie (December 17, 2007). "Dembski, Copyright, and 'Design of Life'". EVR (Blog). Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Smith, Abbie (December 24, 2007). "Discovery Institute, Dembski, Copyright, and 'Design of Life'". EVR (Blog). Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Bolinsky, David (April 9, 2008). "Re: Copyright infringement in 'Expelled: No Intel ligence Allowed'" (PDF) (Letter to Logan Craft). Archived (PDF) from the original on October 9, 2022. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Erhardt, Megan; Hutchins, Mary Beth (July 24, 2008). "EXPELLED/XVIVO Agreement: No Infringement" (Press release). Dallas, TX: Premise Media. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Dembski, William A. "An Interview with Dr. William A. Dembski (Updated)" (Interview). Interviewed by Mario Lopez. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Inlay, Matt (February 16, 2005). "Bill Dembski and the case of the unsupported assertion". The Panda's Thumb (Blog). Houston, TX: The TalkOrigins Foundation, Inc. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Rosenhouse, Jason (November–December 2005). "Why Do Scientists Get So Angry When Dealing With ID Proponents?". Skeptical Inquirer. 29 (6). ISSN 0194-6730. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Sarfati, Jonathan (February 7, 2005). "ID theorist blunders on Bible (response to Dembski)". Creation.com. Creation Ministries International. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Truman, Royal (August 1999). "Divining design". Journal of Creation (Book review). 13 (2): 34–39. ISSN 1036-2916. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Truman, Royal (April 2000). "Designer science". Journal of Creation (Book review). 14 (1): 28–34. ISSN 1036-2916. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- "Baptist School Afraid of Creation". Answers in Genesis. Hebron, KY: Answers in Genesis of Kentucky, Inc. October 28, 2000. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Pike, Deidre (February 24, 2005). "Evolution Revolution". Las Vegas City Life. Las Vegas, NV: Stephens Media LLC. Retrieved August 9, 2010.
- Dembski 1995
- Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, pp. 63–139
- Forrest & Gross 2004, p. 301
- McMurtrie, Beth (December 21, 2001). "Darwinism Under Attack". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Washington, D.C.: The Chronicle of Higher Education Inc. ISSN 0009-5982. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Williams, Devon (December 14, 2007). "Friday Five: William A. Dembski". CitizenLink.com. Colorado Springs, CO: Focus on the Family Action, Inc. Archived from the original on December 17, 2007. Retrieved May 17, 2008.
- Baldwin, Rich (July 14, 2005). "Information Theory and Creationism: William Dembski". TalkOrigins Archive. Houston, TX: The TalkOrigins Foundation, Inc. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Perakh, Mark (March 18, 2005). "Dembski 'displaces Darwinism' mathematically – or does he?". Talk Reason. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Rosenhouse, Jason (Fall 2001). "How Anti-Evolutionists Abuse Mathematics" (PDF). The Mathematical Intelligencer. 23 (4): 3–8. doi:10.1007/bf03024593. OCLC 3526661. S2CID 189888286. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 9, 2022. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Hall, Carl T. (March 17, 2002). "Nature's diversity beyond evolution / Debate over 'intelligent design'". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Dembski 1999, p. 210
- Dembski, William (February 1, 2005). "Intelligent Design's Contribution to the Debate Over Evolution: A Reply to Henry Morris". DesignInference.com. Pella, IA: William Dembski. Archived from the original on February 17, 2005. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Perakh, Mark (March 21, 2004). "The design revolution?". Talk Reason. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Frazier, Kendrick; Radford, Ben (September–October 2002). "Fourth World Skeptics Conference in Burbank a Lively Foment of Ideas". Skeptical Inquirer. 26 (5). ISSN 0194-6730. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Dembski, William A. (August–September 1998). "The Bible by Numbers". First Things (Book review) (85): 61–64. ISSN 1047-5141. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Kofman, Jeffrey; Yiu, Karson; Brennan, Nicholas (July 9, 2008). "Thousands Flock to Revival in Search of Miracles". ABC News. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Dembski, William A. (July 11, 2008). "FIRST-PERSON: Faith & healing – Where's the evidence?". Baptist Press. Nashville, TN: Southern Baptist Convention. Retrieved May 17, 2008.
- Dembski, William A. (April 14, 2004). "Dealing with the Backlash". DesignInference.com. Pella, IA: William Dembski. Archived from the original on February 27, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Tellgren, Erik (July 6, 2002). "On Dembski's Law of Conservation of Information" (PDF). Talk Reason. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 9, 2022. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Dembski, William A. "If Only Darwinists Scrutinized Their Own Work as Closely: A Response to 'Erik'". DesignInference.com. Pella, IA: William Dembski. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Allen, David L. (February 2010). A Reply to Tom Nettles' Review of William A. Dembski's The End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil World (PDF) (White paper). Preamble by Paige Patterson. Fort Worth, TX: The Center for Theological Research; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. OCLC 525171820. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 9, 2022.
- Coulter, Ann H. (2007) [Originally published 2006; New York: Crown Forum]. Godless: The Church of Liberalism (1st pbk. ed.). New York: Three Rivers Press. ISBN 978-1-4000-5421-3. LCCN 2007280683. OCLC 148652646.
- Dembski, William A. (1991). "Randomness by Design" (PDF). Noûs. 25 (1): 75–106. doi:10.2307/2216094. ISSN 0029-4624. JSTOR 2216094. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 9, 2022. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- Dembski, William A. (1995). "What Every Theologian Should Know about Creation, Evolution and Design". The Princeton Theological Review. 2 (3): 15–21. ISSN 1945-4813. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Dembski, William A.; Marks II, Robert J. (September 2009). "Conservation of Information in Search: Measuring the Cost of Success" (PDF). IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics - Part A: Systems and Humans. 39 (5): 1051–1061. doi:10.1109/TSMCA.2009.2025027. ISSN 1083-4427. S2CID 14421612. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 9, 2022. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Dembski, William A.; Marks II, Robert J. (October 11–14, 2009). Bernoulli's Principle of Insufficient Reason and Conservation of Information in Computer Search (PDF). Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IEEE International Conference on. San Antonio, TX: IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. pp. 2647–2652. doi:10.1109/ICSMC.2009.5346119. ISBN 978-1-4244-2794-9. ISSN 1062-922X. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 9, 2022. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Elsberry, Wesley; Shallit, Jeffrey (April 16, 2009). "Information theory, evolutionary computation, and Dembski's "complex specified information"". Synthese. 178 (2): 237–270. CiteSeerX 10.1.1.318.2863. doi:10.1007/s11229-009-9542-8. ISSN 0039-7857. S2CID 1846063.
- Ewert, Winston; Dembski, William A.; Marks II, Robert J. (October 11–14, 2009). Evolutionary Synthesis of Nand Logic: Dissecting a Digital Organism (PDF). Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IEEE International Conference on. San Antonio, TX: IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. pp. 3047–3053. doi:10.1109/ICSMC.2009.5345941. ISBN 978-1-4244-2794-9. ISSN 1062-922X. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 9, 2022. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Ewert, Winston; Montañez, George; Dembski, William A.; Marks II, Robert J. (March 7–9, 2010). Efficient Per Query Information Extraction from a Hamming Oracle (PDF). 2010 42nd Southeastern Symposium on System Theory. Proceedings, Southeastern Symposium on System Theory. University of Texas at Tyler: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. pp. 290–297. doi:10.1109/SSST.2010.5442816. ISBN 978-1-4244-5690-1. ISSN 0094-2898. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 9, 2022. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- Forrest, Barbara (2001). "The Wedge at Work: How Intelligent Design Creationism Is Wedging Its Way into the Cultural and Academic Mainstream". In Pennock, Robert T (ed.). Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics: Philosophical, Theological, and Scientific Perspectives. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-66124-9. LCCN 2001031276. OCLC 46729201.
- Forrest, Barbara; Gross, Paul R. (2004). Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-515742-0. LCCN 2002192677. OCLC 50913078.
- Young, Matt; Edis, Taner, eds. (2004). Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 978-0-8135-3433-6. LCCN 2003020100. OCLC 59717533.
- DesignInference.com – Dembski's website (with articles)
- William A. Dembski biography from the Discovery Institute
- Uncommon Descent – Dembski cofounded this blog
- The Evolutionary Informatics Lab – Dembski cofounded this lab with Robert J. Marks II
Reviews/analysis of Dembski
- "The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance through Small Probabilities" – a book review by William Lane Craig
- "How Not to Detect Design--- A Review of William Dembski's The Design Inference" Archived February 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine (PDF) – a book review by Branden Fitelson, Christopher Stephens, and Elliott Sober in Philosophy of Science (1999) 66: 472–488
- "Intelligent Design and Mathematical Statistics: A Troubled Alliance" (PDF) by Peter Olofsson in Biology and Philosophy (2008) 23 (4): 545–553
- "Probability, Statistics, Evolution, and Intelligent Design" (PDF) by Peter Olofsson in Chance (2008) 21 (3): 42–45
- "William A. Dembski: No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence" at the Wayback Machine (archived December 29, 2003) – a book review by H. Allen Orr in Boston Review (Summer 2002) 27 (3–4)
- "A Free Lunch in a Mousetrap" by Mark Perakh
- "Dembski's mathematical achievements" by Jeffrey Shallit posted at The Panda's Thumb blog, May 12, 2004
- "No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot be Purchased Without Intelligence, William Dembski, Rowman and Littlefield, 2002" (PDF) – a book review by Jeffrey Shallit in BioSystems (June–July 2002) 66 (1–2): 93–99
- "An 'introduction', in-depth" – a book review by Lael Weinberger in Journal of Creation (April 2009) 23 (1): 25–29
- "The advantages of theft over toil: the design inference and arguing from ignorance" by John S. Wilkins and Wesley R. Elsberry. An unedited version of a paper published in Biology and Philosophy 16 (November 2001):711–724
- "The Design Inference from Specified Complexity Defended by Scholars Outside the Intelligent Design Movement" by Peter S. Williams at the Evangelical Philosophical Society
- William A. Dembski at the Mathematics Genealogy Project: Chaos, Uniform Probability, and Weak Convergence (1988), PhD dissertation, University of Chicago