Bruce L. Gordon

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Bruce L. Gordon is a Canadian philosopher of science (physics), metaphysician and philosopher of religion. He is a proponent of intelligent design and has been affiliated with the Discovery Institute since 1997.


Early life and education[edit]

Gordon was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1963.

Gordon earned two undergraduate degrees, one in piano performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music at the University of Toronto in 1982 and another in applied mathematics at the University of Calgary in 1986, he was awarded a master's degree in analytic philosophy from the University of Calgary in 1988. He moved to the United States for graduate study in 1988, and has been a permanent resident ever since. In 1990, Gordon received a master's degree in apologetics and systematic theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Finally, he was awarded a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in the history and philosophy of science (physics) in 1998.[1]


In 1997 he became an affiliate of the Discovery Institute.[1]

He was a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and a Fellow in the Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame in 1998-99.[1]

In 1999 he was appointed as a non-tenured associate research professor at Baylor University,[2] and was appointed as associate director of the short-lived Michael Polanyi Center there, which was directed by William Dembski;[3] the Center was a step forward in the Discovery Institute's wedge strategy in that it established a beachhead for intelligent design within a major US university.[4] The Baylor faculty rejected the Center in 2000, Dembski was removed as director, and Gordon was appointed interim director. By 2001 the center had been renamed The Baylor Science and Religion Project and placed under the institute.[5]:378[6] By 2002 it had been again renamed to the Baylor Center for Science, Philosophy and Religion, still with Gordon at its head.[7][8]

Gordon left Baylor in 2005 to join the Discovery Institute[1] and by 2008 was the director of its Center for Science and Culture.[9]

Gordon is a known proponent of intelligent design and Fellow of the International Society for Complexity, Information and Design (ISCID), he was the managing editor of the moribund Access Research Network journal Origin and Design, as of its last issue (20:1)[5]:176 and an associate editor of the likewise moribund ISCID journal.[5]:213

In April 2010 Gordon was named Associate Professor of Science and Mathematics at The King's College, New York.[10]

In 2012, he started working at Houston Baptist University.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Bruce L. Gordon". LinkedIn. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  2. ^ Smith, Christie (September 29, 1999). "Discussion group focuses on science's relationship to religion". The Lariat.
  3. ^ Professors debate legitimacy of Polanyi
  4. ^ Gross, Barbara (3 December 2008). "The Wedge at Work". NCSE.
  5. ^ a b c Forrest, Barbara; Gross, Paul R. (2007). Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195319736.
  6. ^ Gordon, Bruce (January 2001). "Intelligent Design Movement Struggles with Identity Crisis". Research News & Opportunities in Science and Theology. John Templeton Foundation: 9.
  7. ^ "Press release: Baylor To Be Site Of High-Profile Academic Conferences". Media Communications | Baylor University. 24 September 2002.
  8. ^ Forrest, Barbara; Branch, Glenn (2005). "Wedging Creationism into the Academy". Academe. 91 (1): 36–41. doi:10.2307/40252735. JSTOR 40252735.
  9. ^ Forrest, B. (21 June 2008). "Still creationism after all these years: understanding and counteracting intelligent design". Integrative and Comparative Biology. 48 (2): 189–201. doi:10.1093/icb/icn032. PMID 21669783. open access
  10. ^ "Press release: Dr. Bruce L. Gordon Named Associate Professor". The King's College. April 6, 2010. Archived from the original on May 28, 2010.

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