Director's Introduction

The Director of the Centre for Intelligent Design, Dr Alastair Noble, introduces the Intelligent Design debate in this 4 minute video clip.

Dr Alastair Noble's introduction to ID

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How the Scientific Consensus can hinder Science

How the Scientific Consensus can hinder Science

This article seeks to discuss "Scientific consensus" as it is understood today and how, in the past, scientific consensus has had to undergo seismic shifts. Read more

Intelligent Design is definitely NOT Creationism

Intelligent Design is definitely NOT Creationism

Dismissing Intelligent Design as 'Creationism' is the easy way of avoiding having to deal with the empirical evidence for design. Read more

Was there a cause of the universe?

Was there a cause of the universe?

Cosmologists tell us that we now know a fair amount of detail about the conditions of the universe from the first split second, 13.7 billion years ago. Read more

The Fine Tuned Universe

The Fine Tuned Universe

The words ‘fine tuning of the universe’ have been around for quite a while and are greeted with bafflement, scepticism and wonder; in about equal proportions. What on earth (or in the universe) does it mean? Theoretical physicist Paul Davies calls it the ‘Goldilocks Enigma’.1 Is it real... Read more

University finds brain's complexity beyond belief

University finds brain's complexity beyond belief

RESEARCHERS  have found that a single human brain has more molecular-scale switches than all the computers, routers and Internet connections on the entire planet! Read more

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Doubly designed?

Metamorphosis: the beauty and design of butterflies

Watch this 4' 22" video clip to explore the world of butterflies which, in the words of the commentary, are shown to be doubly designed!

Metamorphosis: The Beauty & Design of Butterflies

Academic Freedom

See the menu item ACADEMIC FREEDOM. To quote from the lead in to the page: ".... However, there is another key issue raised by ID.  It is the freedom of academics and science educators to explore and discuss the issues associated with ID.  The exploration of ID within science should not be dismissed as something it is not – a disguised religious position."

Press Release

The Centre for Intelligent Design on September 27th 2011 issued a press release and additional material relating to the call by Prof Richard Dawkins, Sir David Attenborough and others for a legal  ban on Creationism and Intelligent Design in Britain's schools. Click here for the Press Release page.

Meyer vs Fox on Premier Radio:

Is Intelligence allowed in Biological Science?

Don’t miss a most revealing debate on Premier Radio between Stephen Meyer, a leading proponent of Intelligent Design who directs the Centre for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, and Keith Fox, Professor of Biochemistry at Southampton University, who also chairs the UK Christians in Science network.

This programme was broadcast when Dr Meyer was in London recently for the Inaugural Lecture of the Centre for Intelligent Design, UK. That event focused on Dr Meyer’s recent book ‘Signature in the Cell’ – a Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year - which claims to show that the DNA code is the product of intelligent mind, not naturalistic processes. Prof Fox disagrees strongly with ID, arguing instead that, given time, scientists should be able to work out a naturalistic explanation. The core of this debate is not just how life could have originated, but whether intelligent mind as a cause is allowed as an explanation in science. Click here to find the broadcast.

London Spectator hails Denton's Evolution:Still a Theory in Crisis as a "Best Book" of 2016

"A truly great book.....Fascinatingly clear.....Destroys the Darwinian position," according to distinguished literary critic A. N. Wilson.

Prof Norman Nevin, OBE 

- An Obituary

Prof Norman Nevin, OBE

It is with great sadness that we record the death of our distinguished President, Prof Norman Nevin OBE, on June 28th 2014.  Prof Nevin was an unrivalled source of advice, direction and inspiration to all of us associated with the Centre for Intelligent Design.

Prof Nevin born in Belfast in 1935 and was raised in the Crumlin Road area of the city. He was educated at the Belfast Boys Model School and Grosvenor High School, and then studied medicine at the Queens University of Belfast (QUB) where he won the class prize in each of the subjects he studied.

After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine from Queens in 1957, Norman took a series of appointments in the Royal Victoria Hospital and QUB.  In 1965 he was appointed to a Medical Research Council Clinical Fellowship at the Clinical Genetics Research Unit at the Institute of Child Health in London and Great Ormond St Hospital.  Here he was to develop a lifelong interest and expertise in the field of genetics which was at that time a fledgling discipline. He was able to pursue that interest further at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

In 1967 Norman returned to Belfast with his family to set up the Medical Genetics Centre in Northern Ireland.  The following year he was appointed as Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Human Genetics.  He also became the head of the Northern Regional Genetics Service.

Prof Nevin was not only the leader in the field of genetics in Northern Ireland but, as some 300 peer-reviewed publications[1] and many specialist lectures on the subject can attest, he became a national and international expert in this field.  He is known, particularly, for his work in the use of folic acid to reduce the risks of spina bifida and for the identification of the gene which causes cystic fibrosis.

Prof Nevin’s expertise and scholarship in the field of genetics resulted in him serving on a number of national and international committees.  These included the UK Government’s Gene Therapy Advisory Committee which he chaired from 1996 to 2006.  In this role he briefed government ministers and Westminster Parliamentary Committees.  In recognition of his work in this field he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for Services to Gene Therapy Research.  More recently, on his retirement, Norman was appointed Professor Emeritus in medical genetics at QUB.

Norman also held office in a number of charitable and community organisations including the NI Muscular Dystrophy Group, the NI Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, The Ulster Cancer Foundation, Relate, the Salvation Army, the NI Institute for the Disabled, and the Boy’s Brigade of which he was President.  To all of these enterprises Norman brought clarity, energy and vision, as well as good governance.  Beneath a hard working exterior lay a great sense of humour

Norman was also a member, lay preacher and an elder at Crescent Church, Belfast and in recent years he supervised the extension of this church.  He saw no conflict between his Christian faith and his scientific interests.  He was prominent in arguing for design in nature from a scientific as well as from a philosophical perspective.  Some of his views are to be found in ‘Should Christians Embrace Evolution?’ (IVP 2009), a work to which he contributed as well as being its editor.  It was courageous of a man of his standing to become publicly associated with the Intelligent Design movement, especially as he attracted the inevitable and personal criticism which comes to those who beg to differ with the scientific consensus on origins.  We are deeply indebted to him for his work with C4ID.

It is hard to do justice in the scope of a short article to the life and work of Prof Norman Nevin.  He excelled in education, in medicine, in research and in teaching.  As a scientist, he played a leading role in his chosen field of genetics, both in the UK and internationally. He was a giant in every field in which he engaged, yet remained humble, attentive and respectful to those with whom he came in contact.  He was an accomplished writer, occasional broadcaster and committed church leader, but most of all a loving husband, father and grandfather.  He is survived by his wife and school-time sweetheart, Jean, and by their family and grandchildren.

We will miss him enormously.

This article was prepared by Dr Alastair Noble and is an adaptation of a tribute given by David Bingham at a Thanksgiving Service at Crescent Church, Belfast, on July 2nd.

[1] For example, www.PubMed.com lists 237 papers under Prof Nevin’s name.  A fuller list of papers by Prof Nevin is published elsewhere on this website in the Latest News section.


Prof Mike Behe UK Tour

Prof Mike Behe, Professor of Chemistry at Lehigh University, USA, toured the UK in November 2010.  He is author of Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. For one week he gave lectures and was a speaker at a day conference in Oxford. Click here for a report on the tour.

Premier Radio interview

Mike Behe is adamant that the latest science proves Intelligent Design to be true. He recently spoke to Premier Radio presenter Justin Brierley, who will be hosting the London leg of the Darwin or Design tour on Monday November 22nd, 2010. Justin began by asking Behe how it feels to be labelled a "maverick" by the majority of the scientific community.

Hear Prof Mike Behe

Press comment

GUARDIAN - UK Centre for Intelligent Design claims it will focus on science, not religion

NATURE - Blogs - New intelligent design centre launches in Britain - September 24, 2010

Dr Noble says. "I would stress that we’re not targeting schools."