Stephen C. Meyer Philosopher of Science
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Now that it’s out in paperback, Stephen Meyer’s book is getting more attention and a wider audience. Today Professor Anthony J. Sadar has a thoughtful review of Signature in the Cell in the Washington Times, where he writes:

In “The Blind Watchmaker,” atheist Richard Dawkins proclaimed, “Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.” Now, with the paperback release of Stephen C. Meyer’s “Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design,” theists can rejoin with, “Meyer made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled theist.” Indeed, in his book, Mr. Meyer begins the chorus by stating that “as a Christian theist, I find this implication of intelligent design ‘intellectually satisfying.’ “

But, to suppose that “Signature in the Cell” is a book that argues for intelligent design (ID) from a religious or even metaphysical perspective is to suppose badly. For this book makes a strong case for ID as a rigorous scientific argument for the origin of life – at least as rigorous and scientific as any purely materialistic explanation such as neo-Darwinism.

Here’s someone who gets the methodological equivalence of Darwinian evolution and intelligent design, and no wonder, for Prof. Sadar sees good pedagogy in teaching both sides:

On a practical note, this fall at Geneva College, I will be teaching a course on “ID and Evolution,” using the most accessible information available that makes the case for both ID and evolution. For course “textbooks,” I have selected “Signature in the Cell” for the ID perspective and Richard Dawkins’ latest book, “The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution,” to defend the evolution position. I expect the course will achieve what most if not all college courses hope to achieve: an opportunity for students to gain perspective on an important topic and use critical thinking skills to judiciously evaluate contemporary ideas.

Kudos to Prof. Sadar for exposing his college students to the full debate and letting them “gain perspective” and “use critical thinking skills.” Prof. Sadar’s class should be interesting; his review certainly is, and you can read the whole thing here.

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Sombrero galaxy in deep space.

Philosopher of Science Stephen Meyer Answers the Tough Questions Darwinists Don’t Even Ask

John Zmirak: First of all, thank you for your trilogy of books laying out the reasons why Intelligent Design is a more rational, and hence more “scientific” hypothesis than others. I was especially impressed with your ability to shift gears from physics to biology, and then to epistemology, engaging top level practitioners of each. Your latest, The Return of the God Hypothesis, is vastly ambitious. I think it rivals Aquinas’ Summa Contra Gentiles in that respect: a comprehensive “answer to the pagans.” How would you sum it up in 50 words for potential readers? Stephen Meyer: Thank you John for your interest and for that extremely generous compliment. Return of the God Hypothesis argues — contrary to “new atheist” writers Read More ›

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Ricochet Podcast: Stephen Meyer Takes on Challenges to his Scientific Reasoning About the Origin and Design of the Universe

Enjoy 30 minutes of Dr. Stephen Meyer in fine form as he explains and defends the arguments of his new book Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries that Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe. Meyer is joined on Ricochet’s flagship podcast by host Peter Robinson and guest host James Lileks, who keep it lively with stimulating questions. Topics include: what separates the historical sciences from the everyday lab-coat sciences, whether science and religion need to be kept separate, how the various hypotheses for the origin of the universe compare, the difference between mere Shannon information and complex, specified information, and how intelligent design goes beyond the negative argument against neo-Darwinism to make a strong positive argument for the Read More ›

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Hand holding a up of a trilobite fossil in a rock, at the Burgess Shale in the Rocky Mountains with an emerald colored lake in the distance.
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Cambrian Explosion, Burgess Shale, and More

Animal forms come and go, but what links them as “acts of mind” (as Agassiz put it) is a “continuity of ideas,” not, says Meyer, the physical continuity that Darwin asserted. Read More ›
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Defining Theistic Evolution

In the book Theistic Evolution, we provide a comprehensive scientific, philosophical, and theological critique of the idea known as theistic evolution. But before we can do that, we will need to define what the proponents of this perspective mean by “theistic evolution” — or “evolutionary creationism,” as it is sometimes now called. Read More ›