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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Review of Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design

I read a review of Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, which book is by Stephen C. Meyer, a Fellow of the Discovery Institute, the driving force behind the Intelligent Design (ID) movement.

The reviewer, like me, claims to be a Christian, and, like me, has problems with the Intelligent Design movement, as many other Christians do. The problem that the review, Darrel Falk, emphasizes in his review is the claim by the ID movement that ID is scientific, and is not religious. The review points out a number of serious problems with Meyer's science. In fact, there is little or no experimental evidence that points toward an intelligent designer, which, of course, is not the same thing as saying that science has disproved that there is a God -- it can't, and it hasn't.

Thanks for reading this blog during this and the four previous years, even if you have only glanced at it once.

2 comments:

atlibertytosay said...

Martin,

May I point you to the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. This documentary points to very solid evidence that the ID movement is scientific and that most evolution study is not - in fact - most evolution theory rejects the scientific method - most notably observation.

I would also point you to The Privileged Planet - this documentary delves deep into scientific theory to prove Intelligent Design - yet never mentions the words and purposely avoids religious talks. The Privileged Planet was made by the guy that EXPELLED talks about getting fired from his job as a professor for exploring intelligent design.

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks.

I'm not sure what you mean by "scientific."

Michael Behe, author of Darwin's Black Box, probably the most important book written by a scientist who believes in Intelligent Design, admitted, under cross-examination, that there is no, or, at best, very little, experimental proof of intelligent design. See here: http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/dover/day11pm2.html

As to Expelled, and the scientist who is said to have been fired because he believed in ID, there is more than one opinion about that among Christian thinkers.

I think Hebrews 11:3 indicates that there cannot be scientific proof (or disproof) of God's existence and action. I believe it, though.

I would also point out that the leaders of the ID movement don't believe that the earth is only a few thousand years old. See the last of the "Significant posts . . . " in the right column of this blog.