Creationist Review of a Discoveroid Book

This is a good example of how the Discovery Institute promotes their “theory” of intelligent design. Not by doing credible research, and not by publishing in recognized science journals, but by … well, judge for yourself.

Klinghoffer wrote the latest at their creationist blog: Sean McDowell: As an Introduction to Intelligent Design, Heretic Is a Top Pick. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Sean McDowell at Biola University makes a great point about the new book by Leisola and Witt, Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design.

Here’s some background before we proceed further. We posted about that book before, in Discoveroids: Stonehenge Is Designed, Therefore …. It was written by Matti Leisola, a biochemist at Aalto University in Helsinki, and Jonathan Witt, a Discoveroid “fellow,” and published by — drum-roll, trumpets — the Discovery Institute Press.

For those who don’t know, Biola University is the California bible college founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute Of Los Angeles. We’ve previously posted about the interlocking relationships between the Discovery Institute and Biola. And as we reported earlier, for the celebration of their centennial year, Biola honored Philip E. Johnson: Godfather of Intelligent Design.

As for Sean McDowell, his website tells us that he “is an Associate Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University.

Now you know what we’re dealing with — a bible college professor’s review of a Discoveroid book. Klinghoffer says:

[T]he book fills a space that had been vacant on the otherwise rich and well stocked shelf of works on intelligent design. [Hee hee!] It’s a scientist’s own story, and it’s kind of surprising to reflect that no scientist up till now had fully shared his own experience in rethinking Darwinism and embracing design.

Actually, the vacant space on that “well stocked shelf” is not very surprising. Most “scientists” who support the Discoveroids’ “theory” were creationists long before they got degrees in science, so they never made much of a journey. Klinghoffer continues:

In a review of the book, Dr. McDowell perceptively emphasizes this narrative element.

[Klinghoffer quotes the review:] Heretic would be an excellent book to give to someone who is new to discussions over Darwin and design. Along with being interesting, the narrative approach is also much “softer” to read. Rather than directly trying to persuade readers, Leisola simply shares his personal conclusions regarding origins. And yet it is impossible for the thoughtful reader to miss the force of many of his arguments, even if he or she ultimately disagrees with Leisola’s conclusions.

Great book! It’s all personal beliefs and no data. Next, Klinghoffer tells us:

Two other points seemed especially noteworthy to him [McDowell]:

Leisola shared two experiences in the book that particularly stood out to me as memorable. First, in his conversations with dozens of colleagues throughout the world, he has found that very few are well-acquainted with the basics of evolutionary theory. “Most,” he says, “just accept it on faith.” This is my experience with many religious believers, but it is interesting to hear that it may be true (according to Leisola) for many scientists too.

Second, he notes that the scientific literature is replete with claims that Neo-Darwinism is an established fact. Yet many scientists have privately relayed their doubts to him. The professional cost for doubting Darwin is simply too high, according to Leisola, and so many scientists simply stay quiet — even if they don’t buy the Darwinian story.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Most scientists just accept evolution on faith, and those who have doubts are afraid to admit it, so they live in the closet. Klinghoffer agrees, and says:

Yes, this confirms my own perception that there’s a lot less to the Darwinian “consensus” than at first meets the eye.

Right — the Darwinist consensus is a fragile house of cards, ready to collapse at any moment. Let’s read on:

The book is now one of Sean McDowell’s top picks for the reader new to arguments for ID.

We’re impressed! A bible college professor considers the book to be one of his top picks. Here’s one more excerpt from Klinghoffer’s last paragraph — and it’s a bit peculiar. He says:

It’s “a good, introductory text to help understand the current debate,” and “an excellent place to start.” True, the book’s intent isn’t to roll out any groundbreaking ID arguments.

No groundbreaking ID arguments? That’s not surprising. We already know their arguments. But they keep writing books, so that’s gotta mean something. Doesn’t it?

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9 responses to “Creationist Review of a Discoveroid Book

  1. “… to help understand the current debate,…”
    What debate, the imaginary one creationists are always demanding?

  2. Yet another book about what is wrong with evolution.
    Apparently there is nothing positive to say.
    Take “The Eye” as an example. What sort of design principles do Intelligent Designers obey in designing eyes? Do the Designers take account of the materials to be used in manufacturing eyes, or the laws of optics? The designs of vertebrates follow different rules in making eyes than the designs of insects? Don’t bother with eyes in plants, according to some rule of design?
    How about the step from design to production?

  3. Leisola shared two experiences in the book that particularly stood out to me as memorable. First, in his conversations with dozens of colleagues throughout the world, he has found that very few are well-acquainted with the basics of evolutionary theory. “Most,” he says, “just accept it on faith.”

    And ID adherents don’t start out believing in divine creation and rejecting evolution. Yeah, right. Pull the other one.

    As for Leisola’s colleagues, I’m sure they take the germ theory of infectious disease for granted, too. Does he?

  4. docbill1351

    A few minutes Googling Leisola reveals all you need to know and the bottom line is that he’s a dyed-in-the-wool Christian creationist. Also, he’s a 70-year old professor of chemistry, emeritus; specialized in enzymes and rare sugars.

    No biology. No biological research. Zero, nada and zilch about evolution. Became a Christian after his girlfriend converted, as good a reason as any.

    And, of course, zero, nada and zilch about “intelligent design” creationism. True, nothing groundbreaking, but also nothing on broken ground.

    Typical Tooter, though, some old, obscure nutball creationist who doesn’t know shine from shinola.

  5. Michael Fugate

    As docbill1351 reports:
    “Dr Matti Leisola obtained his D.Sc. (Tech) in biotechnology from the Helsinki (Finland’s capital) University of Technology in 1979. His extensive career includes winning the Latsis Prize for a significant young researcher in 1987 in Switzerland, Director of Research (1988–1997) in an international Biotech company, and most recently Dean of the Faculty of Chemical and Materials Sciences at the new Finnish Aalto University, where he has held the rank of Professor Emeritus of Bioprocess Engineering since 2012. He has published over 140 papers, mainly on enzyme research, authored 20 articles in books or conference proceedings, and obtained seven patents.”

    The typical story of almost all scientists who are creationists:

    What crap.

  6. Michael Fugate

    Sean claims he is one of the top 100 apologists – as if that mean something. If he were, wouldn’t he realize that insisting that Adam and Eve were real people, that humans don’t share ancestry with all living organisms, that the universe is designed for life, etc. only makes it less likely for people to stay in religion? Not to mention the whole it’s either Jesus or Hell? Young people are just not buying into the conservative “family values” church.

  7. Thanks for the link, MichaelF.

    “I then wanted to understand how good a weapon Darwinism was against Christianity”
    As the famous Dutch football trainer (the global version, not handegg) once asked: am I that smart or is he that dumb? I was fourteen when I understood that science (including Evolution Theory) is not a weapon against christianity at all, because science can’t prove or disprove god.

    1. “there is no reasonable naturalistic explanation”
    God of the gaps.
    2. “The order—the information—is imposed upon the matter”
    It’s a bit hidden, but here it is: Paley’s False Watchmaker Analogy.
    3. And the title “Enzyme expert exposes evolution’s error” of course adds the crucial third element of creacrap.

    TomS and DocBill are right: nothing new, only old wine – and even the bags are worn out this time.

  8. @Michael Fugate
    Family values
    When and why did that come from?
    Just about every family in the Bible is disfunctional.

  9. Biola is where William Lane Craig hangs out, receives massive support from the Templeton Foundation (shame on them; not everything they do this quite as bad as this), and has an endowed lecture series in honour of Phillip E Johnson