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Peter S. Williams

English philosopher and apologist Peter S. Williams works with the UK based Damaris Trust (, a Christian charity dedicated to relating Christianity and contemporary culture. Williams is also Assistant Professor in Communication and Worldviews at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication in Norway.

Williams studied Philosophy at Cardiff University (BA), Sheffield University (MA) and the University of East Anglia (MPhil), where he completed his thesis on objective definitions of truth, knowledge, goodness and beauty in relation to the nature of God. Before joining Damaris, Williams spent three years as a student pastor for a church in Leicester.

Williams is author of: A Sceptic’s Guide to Atheism (Paternoster, 2009); I Wish I Could Believe in Meaning: A Response to Nihilism (Damaris, 2004); The Case for Angels (Paternoster, 2002) & The Case for God (Monarch, 1999). He is co-author of Back in Time: A Thinking Fan's Guide to Doctor Who (Damaris, 2005) & the Connect Bible Study on ‘Computer Animated Films’ ( connect/body_index.asp). He has contributed chapters to: The Matrix Revelations: A Thinking Fan’s Guide to the Matrix Trilogy (Damaris, 2003); Truth Wars: Talking About Tolerance (Damaris, 2005) & Sex and the Cynics: Talking About Love (Damairs, 2005).

Williams has had articles published by:;; CASE; Christianity & Renewal Magazine; Damaris Culture Watch (; the Evangelical Philosophical Society (
); Healing & Wholeness Magazine; Idea Magazine; International Society for Complexity, Information, and Design (; (Leadership University); Philosophia Christi (cf.; Philosophy Now; The Philosopher’s Magazine; Themelios, Third Way; and Quodlibet Online Journal of Christian Theology and Philosophy (


Peter S. Williams


Back In Time: A Thinking Fan’s Guide
to Doctor Who


The Case for Angels


I Wish I Could Believe in Meaning:
A Response to Nihilism

Matrix Revelations: A Thinking Fan's Guide to the Matrix Trilogy


Sex and the Cynics: Talking about Love
(Chapter on Arthur Schopenhauer)

The Case for God

A Faithful Guide to Philosophy: A Christian Introduction to the Love of Wisdom A Sceptic's Guide to Atheism: God is Not Dead


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Peer Reviewed Publications


  • The Abolition of Man
    A look at the current eugenics debate throught the lens of C.S. Lewis. File Date 7.26.06
  • A Change of Mind for Antony Flew
    File Date: 11.02.04
  • Atheism and Child Abuse
    Previously published by Damaris Culture Watch and critically examines Richard Dawkin's recent equation of Christianity with mental child abuse. File Date: 11.28.03
  • Christianity, Space & Aliens
    Examines the assumptions and implications of SETI. Previously published by Quodlibet. File Date: 11.21.03
  • Darwin's Rottweiler and the Public Understanding of Scientism
    This primer in critical thinking uses the work of Zoologist Richard Dawkins to illustrate a number of logical fallacies. Published by Philosophy Now. File Date: 11.21.03
  • The Definitional Critique of Intelligent Design Theory: Lessons from the Demise of Logical Positivism
    Applies lessons from the failure of logical positivism to the oft repeated "its not science" critique of ID. File Date: 2.13.06
  • Design and the Humean Touchstone
    Peter Williams argues that while some of David Hume’ s famous beliefs and arguments are deeply flawed, there are some things Hume argued that, while they seem to be correct, actually cast a positive light upon intelligent design theory and upon its relation to belief in God. File Date: 6.08.05
  • Designed or Desinoid: Dawkins, Science & the Purpose of Life
    This article seeks to show how a consistent application of Richard Dawkins' own criteria for design detection leads to the conclusion that life has a purpose. File Date: 12.09.04
  • Focus on Intelligent Design: Some Advice on Avoiding Journalistic Embarrassment
    Turns a review of an article about intelligent design in a BBC published science magazine into a plea to journalists for higher standards in their reporting of the ID controversy . File Date: 01.17.06
  • Intelligent Design, Aesthetics and Design Arguments
    An attempt to integrate the scientific theory of intelligent design, philosophical aesthetics and aesthetic arguments for God in a mutually supportive manner. Originally published by the ISCID. File Date: 11.21.03
  • Intelligent Design Theory – An Overview
    File Date: 11.02.04
  • If SETI is Science and UFOlogy Is Not, Which Is Intelligent Design Theory?
    Version 2, June 2005. File Date: 06.23.05
  • Lewis Wolpert's Presumption of Atheism and the 'Insufficent Evidence' Objection to Belief in God New!
    An article critiquing the 'not enough evidence' objection to theism as used by biologist Lewis Wolpert. File Date: 10.06.07
  • Nothing More than Blood or Bones?: Consciousness, Artificial Intelligence & God
    Taking inspiration from a recent prog-rock song, this article examines the current state of the mind/body problem, arguing that dualism is more plausible than physicalism and that dualism supports theism. File Date: 09.29.05
  • Playing Both Sides of the Pond: British and American Belief in Creation, Evolution and Intelligent Design
    Compares two recent polls of American and British adults' beliefs about origins - with some surprising results. File Date: 02.22.06
  • Raelians Successfully Clone Naturalism
    Examines the naturalistic Raelian UFO cult. Originally published on the Damaris Culture Watch website. File Date: 11.21.03
  • A Rough Guide to Creation & Evolution
    This paper, based on a talk given at Southampton's Central Baptist Church, argues for a methodological approach to the creation & evolution debate based on asking the right questions in the right order and focusing on central issues before peripheral issues. File Date 11.21.03
  • Theistic Evolution & Intelligent Design in Dialogue
    This response to a critique of ID by theistic evolutionist Denis Alexander takes the form of an informal dialogue. Previously published by File Date: 10.04.05
  • 'What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?' – Comparing Dawkins' Blind Faith to Flew's evidence
    A paper contrasting Richard Dawkins' answer to the question 'What do you believe even though you cannot prove it' with Antony Flew's recent adoption of the design argument. File Date 1.21.05
  • Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Richard Dawkins' Failed Rebuttal of Natural Theology
    This paper critiques Richard Dawkins' attempted rebuttal of natural theology in his book The God Delusion. File Date 11.13.06
  • Why Naturalists Should Mind about Physicalism, and Vice Versa
    Reviews a number of arguments for mind-body dualism in order to question the coherence of metaphysical naturalism. Previously published by Quodlibet. File Date: 11.21.03
  • Reviews
  • The Skeptic's Sceptic: Review of Carl Sagan's The Varieties of Scientific Experience:
    A Personal View of the Search for God

    Peter S. Williams reviews Carl Sagan's recently published Gifford Lectures. part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | part 4
  • A Critique of Intelligent Design Theory by Lawrence M. Krauss
    File Date: 5.30.06
  • The Big Bad Wolf, Theism and the Foundations of Intelligent Design: A Review of Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion
    Peter S. Williams demonstrates Dawkins' cogent support for the theoretical foundations of ID and the failure of his arguments against the design inference. File Date: 11.13.06
  • Contra Grayling: A Christian Reponse to Against All God's New!
    A review of philosopher A.C. Grayling's fallicy riddled and illiberal book Against All God's. File Date: 10.06.07
  • Philosophy of the Mind - A Contemporary Introduction
    (Routledge, 1998), John Heil's Philosophy of Mind - A Contemporary Introduction highlights the effect of wider worldview assumptions one's philosophy of mind. File Date: 4.01.04
  • Sorting the Chaff from the Wheat - A Review of Julian Baggini's Atheism: A Very Short Introduction
    (Oxford, 2003), Peter S. Williams finds some wheat among the chaff of Baggini's straw-man stuffed modern-day equivalent to Bertrand Russell's notorious Why I Am Not A Christian.
  • Harriet Swain (ed.), Big Questions in Science
    (London: Jonathan Cape, 2002); a compendium of popular science essays that shows a refreshing but inconsistent openness to God. Previously published by Damaris Culture Watch. File Date: 11.21.03
  • Mere Humanity: A critical review of Gregory Stock, Redesigning Humans - choosing our children's genes v's Francis Fukuyama, Our Posthuman Future - Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution
    (Profile Books, 2002) Examines the contemporary debate about genetic engineering through a comparative review of two recent non-Christian books on the subject, one pro and one anti genetic engineering. Previously published by Damaris Culture Watch.
  • On the Side of the Angels: Review of Richard Dawkins' A Devil's Chaplain
    Peter S. Williams responds to A Devil's Chaplain: selected essays by Richard Dawkins, Latha Menon (ed.), (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2003). Previously published by Damaris Culture Watch
  • Part One
  • Part Two
  • Part Three
  • Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time
    (ed.) Peter Guzzardi, (Pan Books, 2003). Previously published by Damaris Culture Watch. File Date: 11.21.03
  • A review of physicist Paul Davies' interview with BBC Radio 4's Bel Mooney
    published in Devout Sceptics: Conversations on Faith and Doubt with Bel Mooney (Hodder & Stoughton, 2003). Previously published by Damaris Culture Watch. File date: 11.21.03
  • Undermining Richard Norman on "Why Science Undermines Religion
    A review of Richard Norman's critique of natural theology from 'On Humanism', which examines both the soundness of Darwin's extrapolation from 'micro' to 'macro'-evolution and the validity of Norman's deployment of this extrapolation as an undercuting defeater for the teleological argument. File date: 08.17.04
  • The War on Science: How Horizon Got Intelligent Design Wrong
    Reviews a recent BBC science documentary about intelligent design theory. File Date: 02.24.06
  • Responses to Critics
  • A Response to Edward Turner’s Review of A Sceptic’s Guide to Atheism
    A Response to Edward Turner’s Review of A Sceptic’s Guide to Atheism. File Date: 3.22.09
  • A Response to Edward Turner’s Review of I Wish I Could Believe In Meaning: A Response to Nihilism
    A Response to Edward Turner’s Review of I Wish I Could Believe In Meaning: A Response to Nihilism. File Date 3.22.09
  • Dawkins Ad Hominem - Misrepresented Again?
    A response to atheist Steven Carr's continued accusation that Peter S. Williams misrepresents Richard Dawkins. File Date: 3.23.04
  • Intelligent Designs on Science
    A reply to Professor Denis Alexander's critique of ID. File Date 7.26.06
  • ‘Is Peter S. Williams a liar for God?’  One fallible human responds to another’s critique of ‘Darwin’s Rottweiler and the Public Understanding of Scientism’
    A response to a atheist Steven Carr's criticism of "Darwin’s Rottweiler and the Public Understanding of Scientism".
  • Reviewing the Reviewers - Pigliucci et al on "Darwin's Rottweiler & the public understanding of science"
    File Date: 7.12.04

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