Many topics are covered in this book that provide evidence for intelligent design so I’m going to break the review down in parts. One of the very first things I noticed about Meyer is the fact that he’s not an in your face writer, but rather he’s very polite, and smart while his commentary gives positives and negatives to the opposition namely the defenders of evolution.
Keep in mind, what Meyer is advocating in this book is not creationism. Although there are points of agreement between the two, but not enough to be the same thing. It’s like saying, the new agers believe in Christ and many other gods, this in fact doesn’t mean these theists are Christians or their doctrine is part of Christianity. It’s not a water down version either of Christianity, but very much different.
Now back to Meyer’s book. I like the way he writes about his life and his curiously in particular about the origin of life. In 1986, Meyers was very inspired by Charles Thaxton who happened to be his mentor at the time. After the conversations with Thaxton, Meyer began to formulate his own questions about the inference of intelligent design and could it pass rigorous scientific arguments. Thaxton believed the very reason why secular scientists rejected design was because they failed to see there are different types of scientific inquiry concerning the past.
Thaxton like Meyer believes in “intelligent agents” as the cause for design which might provide a better answer for causing an event to happen. Meyers then went on to “abductive reasoning” which was first describe by Charles Sanders Peirce. Now abductive reasoning refers to unseen facts, events or causes using clues from the present. Meyers then goes on with more data on historical science.
Meyers writes on page 193…
“So what about the origin of life? Could the chance hypothesis explain the origin of the specified information necessary to produce life in the first place?”
It’s an interesting question, today there is no observation in nature where we see it producing specified information by itself which is needed for life. Meyer then goes into speculating situations needed for life and how naturalism could or could not produce them. There has been much lab work over the past 50 years trying to reproduce life in context to their beliefs on how evolution would accomplish it.
Next, I’ll deal with the signature in the cell that tells us it was designed rather than accidently put together through natural processes.