Course Description

Discovering Intelligent Design is a comprehensive curriculum that presents both the biological and cosmological evidence in support of the theory of intelligent design. It equips young people and adults to critically analyze the arguments in the debate over evolution and intelligent design, encouraging them to follow the evidence wherever it leads. Enrolling in this online course is free, but you will need to purchase the textbook and workbook to complete the course.

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Curriculum

  • 1

    Section 1: Defining Moment

  • 2

    Section 2: Cosmic Design

    • Introduction to Section 2

    • Chapter 3 Objectives & Outline: Think Big...No Bigger

    • QUIZ (Chapter 3): Think Big...No Bigger

    • Chapter 4 Objectives & Outline: Don’t Touch That Dial

    • QUIZ (Chapter 4): Don’t Touch That Dial

    • Chapter 5 Objectives & Outline: The Empire Strikes Back

    • QUIZ (Chapter 5): The Empire Strikes Back

    • Chapter 6 Objectives & Outline: Home Sweet Home

    • QUIZ (Chapter 6): Home, Sweet Home

  • 3

    Section 3: Complexity of Life

    • Introduction to Section 3

    • Chapter 7 Objectives & Outline: Think Small…No, Smaller

    • QUIZ (Chapter 7): Think Small…No, Smaller

    • Chapter 8 Objectives & Outline: Information, Please

    • QUIZ (Chapter 8): Information, Please

    • Chapter 9 Objectives & Outline: Opening the Black Box

    • QUIZ (Chapter 9): Opening the Black Box

    • Chapter 10 Objectives & Outline: Life is Complicated

    • QUIZ (Chapter 10): Life is Complicated

    • Chapter 11 Objectives & Outline: Body of Evidence

    • QUIZ (Chapter 11): Body of Evidence

    • Chapter 12 Objectives & Outline: Poorly Designed Arguments

    • QUIZ (Chapter 12): Poorly Designed Arguments

  • 4

    Section 4: Common Descent

    • Introduction to Section 4

    • Chapter 13 Objectives & Outline: Tree Huggers

    • QUIZ (Chapter 13): Tree Huggers

    • Chapter 14 Objectives & Outline: Fakes and Mistakes

    • QUIZ (Chapter 14): Fakes and Mistakes

    • Chapter 15 Objectives & Outline: Sudden, Gradual Change

    • QUIZ (Chapter 15): Sudden, Gradual Change

    • Chapter 16 Objectives & Outline: Skeletons In Their Closet

    • QUIZ (Chapter 16): Skeletons In Their Closet

    • Chapter 17 Objectives & Outline: Who’s Your Daddy?

    • QUIZ (Chapter 17): Who’s Your Daddy?

  • 5

    Section 5: Summarizing the Evidence

    • Introduction to Section 5

    • Chapter 18 Objectives & Outline: Taking Inventory

    • QUIZ (Chapter 18): Taking Inventory

  • 6

    Section 6: Academic Freedom

    • Introduction to Section 6

    • Chapter 19 Objectives & Outline: Materialism of the Gaps

    • QUIZ (Chapter 19): Materialism of the Gaps

    • Chapter 20 Objectives & Outline: Answering the Critics

    • QUIZ (Chapter 20): Answering the Critics

Instructor

Casey Luskin

Associate Director, Center for Science and Culture

Casey Luskin is Associate Director of the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute. He was trained as a scientist and an attorney, having earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Johannesburg, a law degree from the University of San Diego, and bachelor's and master's degrees in earth sciences from the University of California-San Diego. He has conducted scientific research at Scripps Institution for Oceanography, University of Johannesburg, and University of São Paulo, and has studied evolution extensively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Casey cofounded the Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness (IDEA) Center, helping high school and college students to learn about ID by forming IDEA Clubs. He has published in technical law and science journals, including Journal of Church and State; Montana Law Review; Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Geosystems; and South African Journal of Geology. Casey has lectured widely on ID before audiences on four continents, has published numerous articles ID, and has co-authored or contributed to ID books including Traipsing Into Evolution, Intelligent Design 1, Science and Human Origins, Theistic Evolution, The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith, and the Discovering Intelligent Design curriculum.