I first encountered the work of William Dembski during the time I was engaged in efforts to counter the intelligent design movement. He struck me as a smart guy who was trying to have his feet in two boats. He sought to be accepted by the scientific community by spouting sophisticated intelligent design stuff, while at the same time not alienating the fundamentalist Christian base that has no patience for anything that counters biblical orthodoxy. It is, of course an impossible task to bridge the two worlds as can been from his tortured attempts at bridging the Genesis story with evolution, that culminated in his laughable effort to explain how Adam and Eve killed the dinosaurs.
The high water mark for his career was being named the head of a center at Baylor University that the religious president created just for him. But after furious protests by faculty because the normal faculty approval processes had been bypassed, he was fired and afterwards seemed to get job offers only from outright creationist institutions of the most biblically literal kind. From Jerry Coyne I learn that Dembski has now taken up a new position at the Southern Evangelical Seminary which is about as fundamental as you can get.
The seminary’s doctrinal statement says:
We believe in the special creation of the entire space-time universe and of every basic form of life in the six historic days of the Genesis creation record. We also believe in the historicity of the biblical record, including the special creation of Adam and Eve as the literal progenitors of all people, the literal fall and resultant divine curse on the creation, the worldwide flood, and the origin of nations and diverse languages at the tower of Babel.
Frankly, I don’t think Dembski believes any of that doctrine. I genuinely feel sorry for him because when you sign on to stuff like that, you have publicly abandoned any and all scientific pretensions. For how long can he suppress his scientific inclinations? Can he withstand the cognitive dissonance?