Here’s another post for those of you who recognise, or who would like to know that there is great reason to question the insistance that we all evolved from nothing…
I promised to write some reviews and highlights of Stephen Meyer’s most recent work, and here I begin a series which will be ongoing as I make my way through the book. Meyer’s latest book has been published since March of this year, so apologies for being late: I have no excuse.
Again, I’m a young-earth believer myself-in contradistinction to Meyer.
The common insistence of evolutionists that the ID movement is “pseudo-science” or “unscientific” is just childish bluster to obfuscate the power it conveys to enlighten those who are willing to be enlightened. It seems that you can only call yourself a scientist if you follow the politically-correct view of origins: no deviation is allowed, or as Ben Stein worded it, “No Intelligence Allowed” (2). Just as there is an immovable “establishment” in politics, supported by the media, so is there in present-day science.
Regarding the above assertion of evolutionists, it’s interesting if not comical to note that some now believe that life originated from somewhere else in the galaxy, and then “designed” life to begin and thrive here on earth. Even Richard Dawkins, in total hypocrisy, has said as much. He suggested this after admitting, on camera, that scientists “don’t know” how life formed from non-life (2). Think about this: they “don’t know”, but they insist that you have faith in their ideas anyway.
GOD IN THE HYPOTHESIS
For those who can’t stretch to the insights of Biblical creationists (as I can) Meyer and ID in general delves deeply into the science of origins without reference to what evolutionists call “religion”. He does, however, promise at the outset of “Return”, to now reference what, or more relevantly “who” the Designer is, and that’s even more reason for me to imbibe his book. I must admit to cringing a little at the title, because it seems to suggest that God is just another idea to be considered-another possible cause. I also want to say that in fairness to young-earth creationists, they too are aware of the principles which Meyer covers in his book, and with direct and committed reference to Scripture and the God of the Bible (3).
While discussing “The Judeo-Christian Origins of Modern Science” Meyer first mentions the fact that evolutionists equate evolution with science, and that this “science” has all but disproven the existence of a Creator or of any kind of God. Meyer’s intention is to show that the opposite is true.
Thirty years ago, Meyer’s first inspiration in the direction of Intelligent Design research came at a secular conference of several big-name scientists. There, Meyer relates, some of the speakers made plain that “discoveries in their own fields had decidedly theistic implications”, or to put it another way, that there may indeed be a designer, or a God.
One such speaker noted by Meyer was a prominent and cutting-edge origin-of-life researcher, biophysicist Dean Kenyon. Kenyon announced that he had renounced his own evolutionary theory of life’s origin, and how he had come to doubt it. He said that simulations of possible origin-of-life scenarios showed that simple chemicals do not arrange themselves into complex information-bearing molecules, nor do they move in life-relevant directions.
Post-conference, Meyer met with one of Kenyon’s colleagues on the origin-of-life panel, a chemist named Charles Thaxton. Like Kenyon, Thaxton had decided the the information present in DNA pointed to the past activity of an “intelligent cause”. It was then that Meyer made up his mind to focus his own research on the origin of life at the University of Cambridge, as the thesis of his PhD, and what he discovered led some years later to his first best-selling book on the subject, “Signature in the Cell”.
1 RETURN OF THE GOD HYPOTHESIS: Three Scientific Discoveries that Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe, by Stephen C. Meyer, pub by Harper One.
2 “EXPELLED: NO INTELLIGENCE ALLOWED”, a movie produced by Ben Stein. These comments occur towards the end of the movie.