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William A. Dembski

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From our vantage, materialism is not a neutral, value-free, minimalist position from which to pursue inquiry. Rather, it is itself an ideology with an agenda. What’s more, it requires an evolutionary creation story to keep it afloat. On scientific grounds, we regard that creation story to be false. What’s more, we regard the ideological agenda that has flowed from it to be destructive to rational discourse. Our concerns are therefore entirely parallel to the evolutionists’. Indeed, all the evolutionists’ worst fears about what the world would be like if we succeed have, in our view, already been realized through the success of materialism and evolution. Hence, as a strategy for unseating materialism and evolution, the term "Wedge" has come to denote an intellectual and cultural movement that many find congenial.
Dealing with the backlash against intelligent design, 14 April 2004, retrieved on 2011-10-23 , also published in Dembski, William A. (ed.) (2006). Darwin's nemesis: Phillip Johnson and the intelligent design movement. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press. LCC BT1220.D28 2006. ISBN 9780830828364. 

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