Siris: Dembski’s disciples are now turning their guns on the Thomists. Needless to say, he’s not impressed.

You don’t need to presuppose CSI, or any sort of design theory, to have final causes in the Thomistic sense; if the point of ID or CSI is to give you final causes in this sense, they are both completely otiose. It is this very suggestion that shows just how alien ID and Thomism are to each other. Yes, in some sense of the term Thomism is teleological, and in some sense of the term, so is ID; but the senses are not only different, they are mutually exclusive.

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  1. It's not really turning one's guns when they're insisting (rightly or wrongly) that ID is utterly compatible with thomism. That's like saying thomists are turning their guns on evolution by saying it's compatible with thomism.

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