THE neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids) have a new post at their blog proclaiming Another Positive Review: “Signature in the Cell is absolutely fascinating.”.
The Amazon listing for Meyer’s book is: Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design. From what we’ve heard, Meyer’s key argument is that DNA is so complicated that — jeepers! — it just had to be the work of [flourish of trumpets] the Intelligent Designer.
This book is only the latest in a series of triumphs for Meyer. As we noted here, he somehow wangled a speaking gig at the once-prestigious Heritage Foundation. Before that, as we reported here, Meyer was one of three creationist “experts” who were on the 6-member panel selected by Don McLeroy to testify before the Texas Board of Education regarding standards for science education. And before that, Meyer was a central figure in the notoriously shabby peer review controversy.
The new Discoveroid blog article doesn’t say very much. It consists of a little bit of text, followed by two paragraphs quoted from a favorable review. This is what they say, including their link to the review from which they quote. We won’t copy their quote, because you can easily check out the entire review for yourself:
Over at Ligonier Ministries there is a very thoughtful review of Signature in the Cell.
We hadn’t heard of any credible scientific sources that have commented favorably on Meyer’s book, so naturally we wondered about the source of this praise that was worthy of Discoveroid attention. We followed the link to find Ligonier Ministries. Their “About” page says:
Ligonier Ministries is an international Christian education organization established in 1971 to equip Christians to articulate what they believe and why they believe it. …
They also have a Statement of Faith, which says:
We believe that the Bible, in its entirety, is divine revelation, and we submit to the authority of Holy Scripture, acknowledging it to be inerrantly inspired by God and carrying the full weight of His authority.
We’ve seen that sort of thing at other creationist websites. For example, this is from the Answers in Genesis statement of faith:
The 66 books of the Bible are the written Word of God. The Bible is divinely inspired and inerrant throughout. Its assertions are factually true in all the original autographs. It is the supreme authority in everything it teaches. Its authority is not limited to spiritual, religious or redemptive themes but includes its assertions in such fields as history and science.
As we’ve made clear in the past, we have no quarrel with what people believe. Everyone should have the freedom to enjoy his own beliefs. Religion is a personal matter with which we have no desire to interfere. We, of course, enjoy the same freedom, and we won’t tolerate anyone’s attempt to abridge our rights.
Looking into the nature of the reviewer helps us understand that for them to comment favorably, Meyer’s book must be consistent with their creationist beliefs. That’s not surprising, but it does indicate — at least to us — that Meyer’s book may not be the work of science that he and the Discoveroids would have us believe. It also indicates that the Discoveroids are probably desperate for any favorable publicity about Meyer’s book.
Oh, we should mention that the Discoveroid blog doesn’t quote this part of the review:
From a Christian perspective, if Meyer’s formulation of the intelligent design argument is true, then what he is observing is an instance in which the primary cause (God), operating apart from any secondary cause (natural laws, etc.), left visible evidence in the material world — specifically in the genetic code found in DNA.
They really like Meyer and intelligent design. As they should.
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