Monday, September 20, 2010

Signature in the Cell by Stephen C. Meyer

I recently finished reading Signature in the Cell by Stephen C. Meyer (611 pages!). Meyer is an advocate of Intelligent Design which includes the idea that science itself demonstrates that life is way too complex to have originated without a designer. The author is a geophysicist and biologist with a Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge.  His expertise is origin-of-life research.

Meyer begins with a discussion of the history of origin-of-life research and the discovery of DNA.  He goes on to discuss what he calls the “molecular labyrinth” and explains (in reasonably understandable language) the incredibly complex world of DNA, RNA, proteins, translation, transcription, etc., and how this relates to origin-of-life research.

Meyer explains and refutes virtually every scientific origin-of-life theory that has been proposed. He shows how Intelligent Design explains origin-of-life from a purely scientific perspective. Meyer also takes on those who attack Intelligent Design for not being a science. Not only does Meyer show that Intelligent Design is science, he shows that if attacks against Intelligent Design were applied consistently, they would exclude other sciences like geology and physics for example as well.

The book is absolutely outstanding. I’ve read several books on Intelligent Design and this stands head and shoulders above the rest. It is no wonder that the world-renowned atheist, Anthony Flew, changed his mind and came to the conclusion that atheism is scientifically impossible.

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