My Activism for Intelligent Design and a Theistic World View


While still officially being an evolutionist myself, I organized a public panel debate about Intelligent Design vs Darwinism on November 24, 2009 at the State Museum for Natural History in Stuttgart / Germany. It was titled "Design without a Designer?" and participants were representatives of Intelligent Design and Creationism (Dr. Douglas Axe, Dr. Reinhard Junker, Dr. Wolf Ekkehard Lönnig, and Markus Rammerstorfer) as well as Darwinian evolutionism (Prof. Martin Blum, Hansjörg Hemminger, Dr. Jürgen Kriwet, Dr. Michael Maisch, Dr. Mike Thiv). About 200 people were attending, but unfortunately any audio and video recording was explicitly prohibited by the museum's director Prof. Johanna Eder. Reports (in German) by participants of this event are linked above. There was also a bizarre rant by the German humanist organization Giordano Bruno Stiftung after the announcement of the debate, that was answered by Prof. Reinhold Leinfelder.

In October 2015 I made public my support for Intelligent Design and my conversion to theism with my new website and Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

Blurb for Michael Denton's new book "Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis" by Discovery Institute Press (January 6, 2016).


Article "Could This Be the Oldest Evidence Yet for Multicellular Eukaryotes?" on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News  from May 26, 2016.

Webinar "The Fossil Record: Implications for Neo-Darwinian Evolution" at Apologetics Academy, Saturday 16 July 2016: 


 

Since October 8, 2016 I am a Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture in Seattle, WA, USA.


 

 

 

 

Featuring in the ID documentary "Revolutionary" about Michael Behe and his seminal work (produced by Illustra Media, and released on DVD and Blu-ray on 8 October 2016, and meanwhile freely available on YouTube):


 

My conversion story in "Confessions of a Former Skeptic: Ex-Atheist Testimonies" at Apologetics Academy, Saturday 15 October 2016:


Two Presentations at the "Beyond Materialism" conference in Cambridge, 12 November 2016:

 

Plenary talk "Waiting Times for Coordinated Mutations vs. the Fossil Record: Testing the Neo-Darwinian Paradigm"

 

Breakout Talk "Fossil Discontinuities in the History of Life"


After months of heavy pressure and discrimination because of my changed world view (in favor of Intelligent Design rather than Darwinian evolution) I had to resign on December 15, 2016 from my position as curator for amber and fossil insects at the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart (Germany) that I had held for 17 years.

 

On this episode of ID the Future podcast, Michael Behe talks about how German paleo-entomologist Günter Bechly became interested in Intelligent Design.


Official announcement of my joining the Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture as new Senior Fellow:

Evolution News Febr. 10 2017

Announcement of my former employer Natural History Museum Stuttgart as "winner" of the Censor of the Year Award 2017:

Evolution News Febr. 12 2017


Notorious anti-ID activist Jerry Coyne is lamenting on his Why Evolution is True blog that "Damn! I did not win Censor of the Year again" (February 12, 2017), and rating against me with the usual mean-spirited falsehoods (e.g., that I deserved to loose my job because I did "promulgate discredited ideas as part of my job as a scientist at a public institution", which of course is factually incorrect and irresponsibly uninformed).

Article "Research on Ancient DNA Could Test Predictions of Non-Darwinian Speciation Models" on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News  from March 16, 2017.

 

 

 

 

Blurb for Jonathan Wells' new book "Zombie Science: More Icons of Evolution" by Discovery Institute Press (March 27, 2017).


 

 

 

 

 

 

Article by Jan van Meerten in the Dutch Christian popular-science magazine WEET (April 2017) about my conversion from Darwinism to ID and from atheism to theism.


Article "What can happen when a paleontologist actually reads ID theorists" posted at Uncommon Descent on April 23, 2017.

 

 

Since April 25, 2017 I became a Senior Scientist at Biologic Institute in Redmond, WA, USA.


Article "German Paleontologist ‘mistakenly’ reads book on Intelligent Design" on the Christian Blog The Truth of Judgement Day (May 20, 2017).

 

 

 

Finnish professor for bioprocess engineering Matti Leisola mentions my story in his German book "Evolution: Kritik unerwünscht! [Evolution: Critique not welcome!]" (June 6, 2017) about his personal experiences as a scientist, who is critical of evolution.

Article by Karsten Pultz about me in the Danish Christian newspaper Udfordringen (online June 30, 2017; print July 2, 2017).

 

 

 

On August 11th 2017 I was scheduled to give a talk about fossil discontinuities at the Discovery Society's Insiders Briefing in Calgary. Because of health issues I unfortunately could not travel, so that a recording of my talk was presented and I afterwards joined the audience by Skype video conferencing for a 30 minutes Q&A session.

Article "Günter Bechly: Converted by Evidence" by Jack Hoehn for Adventist Today in August 2017.


 

Video interview "Zweifel an Darwin [Doubting Darwin]" (33 min. in German) recorded on August 23, 2017 with Dr. Reinhard Junker and Timo Roller from the German Christian organization Studiengemeinschaft Wort und Wissen.


Article "Fossil Footprints from Crete Deepen Controversy on Human Origins" on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News  from September 6, 2017.

Bill Needle responds at Marmotism with "Bechly Belches!" showing his mastery of rude gutter language combined with a lack of clear thinking and any expertise.

Article "With Two New Fossils, Evolutionists Rewrite Narratives to Accommodate Conflicting Evidence" on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News  from September 13, 2017.

 

Article "Vom atheistischen Wissenschaftler zum gläubigen Evolutionskritiker" in the German Christian magazine pro Christliches Medienmagazin (September 27, 2017).

Article "Darwin’s Point: No Evidence for Common Ancestry of Humans with Monkeys" on Discovery Institute's Evolution News from September 27, 2017.

Master of gutter language Bill Needle again responds at Marmotism with "Gunter's Creationist Gaffes!", nicely exposing his poor reading comprehension as well as his incompetence in evolutionary biology and phylogenetics.

Article by the German Christian society Obrist-Impulse (October 5, 2017) "Vom atheistischen Wissenschaftler zum Evolutionskritiker" about the video interview, in which I tell my personal story from atheist and Neodarwinist  to Intelligent Design proponent and theist.

The English Wikipedia deletes the page about me on October 6, 2017, after a very polemic discussion. An archived version of my page is available at Deletionpedia.

 

Discovery Institute's site Evolution News reports "Wikipedia Erases Paleontologist Günter Bechly" on October 10, 2017, and also reports on October 11 about the highly dubious application of notability criteria in this case "How “Notable” Do You Really Have to Be to Merit a Wikipedia Entry?". This story made into national news reports like CISION PR Newswire (Oct. 25, 2017) and even international newspapers like Israel's Haaretz (Nov. 17, 2017) (PDF), and lead to protests by other scientists.

The anonymous coward behind The Sensuous Curmudgeon blog comments "BWAHAHAHAHAHA! It’s a cruel world!" in his posting "Discoveroid Günter Bechly Has Been ‘Erased’" from October 10, 2017.

To the honest credit of Panda's Thumb author Matt Young, he acknowledges in his article "Creationist's Wikipedia page removed" (Nov. 18, 2017) my scientific notability as well as my ID activities being the probable true reasons for Wikipedia deleting my page.

Article "Human Origins: Out of Africa, or Out of Germany?" on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from October 23, 2017.

Again the Sensuous Curmudgeon seems to be obsessed with my postings, and comments intelligently as usual "[*Begin Drool Mode*]  Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*]" in his blog posting "Günter Bechly: Evolution is Collapsing" from October 23, 2017. He also proves to be intellectually unable to properly use the Internet by incorrectly remarking that a page of my website is missing, only because the order of my site changed slightly with the last update. Apparently, this is way too confusing for his (self-identified) monkey brain. Likewise my treasured master of gutter language Bill Needle could not resist at Marmotism to author this piece of beautiful prose ("More Bechly Belching!") in response.

Article "What, Another “Rewrite” of the Human Origins Story? How About a Rethink, Instead?" on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from November 20, 2017 about a new study on the Dali cranium from the Pleistocene of China.

 

Interview with me by Rob Crowther on ID the Future podcast "Wikipedia Throws Günter Bechly Down the Orwellian Memory Hole" (Nov. 27, 2017).


 

 

 

 

Chapter 10 "The Fossil Record and Universal Common Ancestry" co-authored with Stephen C. Meyer in the new 1008 pages long monograph "Theistic Evolution" edited by J.P. Moreland et al., which was published Nov. 30, 2017 by Crossway. Here is a PDF with the contents and abstracts of all chapters.

Article "“It’s Official”: Textbook Wisdom on Human Origins Is Wrong!" on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from December 12, 2017, discussing a new study that provides the final blow against  the common Out of Africa narrative.

Bill Needle could not resist to respond the same day on his Marmotism blog with "Discovery Institute Hack vs Darwinist Bulldog!" (Dec. 12, 2017). I wonder if this guy is real or an under cover creationist, who tries to disgrace Darwinists by playing a boorish fanatic.

The German language version Revolutionär of the Intelligent Design documentary Revolutionary, which is also featuring my story, is available on DVD since December 22 2017.

 


 

 

 

 

Article "Ich wurde Christ, weil ich Wissenschaftler bin" in the December print issue of the German Christian magazine pro Christliches Medienmagazin (6/2017: 16-17).

Article by Karsten Pultz about my comments on the paleoanthropological discoveries in 2017 in  the Danish Christian newspaper Udfordringen (online Dec. 29, 2017; print Jan. 2018).

As part of our waiting time research project the following manuscript was submitted: Hössjer O, Bechly G, Gauger A (submitted Sept. 2017): Phase-type Distribution Approximations of the Waiting Time Until Coordinated Mutations Get Fixed in a Population. Chapter (65 pp.) in: Special Volume of SPAS 2017 International Conference on Stochastic Processes and Algebraic Structures - From Theory Towards Applications - dedicated to Professor Dmitrii S. Silvestrov’s 70th birthday. Springer. 

A manuscript with description of a new fossil dragonfly species named in honor of famous ID proponent has been submitted to Bio-Complexity on December 17, 2017.

An Article co-authored with Stephen C. Meyer about the fossil record and common ancestry is currently (Dec. 2017) in preparation for the journal Inference: International Review of Science.