The Discovery Institute has found a book by a non-Discoveroid that has them all excited, and they just posted Melissa Cain Travis Introduces the “Maker Thesis”. It was written by Sarah Chaffee, whom we call “Savvy Sarah.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Consider surgery today. Physicians perform a myriad of different types of procedures, and patients enjoy a high likelihood of survival. … And life expectancies overall have been rising around the world as better hygiene and technology advance. Our ancestors would be astonished.
Okay, now what? Savvy Sarah says:
Certainly, in contemplating the achievements of research and medicine, we are right to feel surprised, humbled, or ecstatic. In her new book, Science and the Mind of the Maker [Amazon link], Melissa Cain Travis argues that wonder is in order, all the more so, when we think about the Source [their capital letter] of science itself.
Ooooooooooooh! What is the “Source” of science? Savvy Sarah tells us:
She presents a compelling case for Christian theism based on design in the universe, demonstrating that the natural world points to a beauty beyond itself. [Yes — oh yes!] Travis, who teaches at Houston Baptist University, defines the theme of her book as the “Maker Thesis.” What is this?
She quotes Travis (with her brackets):
[C]ertain discoveries of the natural sciences support the inference that there is a Mind behind the universe with whom we share kinship, and suggest that this Mind intended the success of the natural sciences.
Ooooooooooooh! There’s a “Mind” behind the universe!
By the way, at the Amazon link for Travis’ book, they tell us about her:
Melissa Cain Travis is an Assistant Professor of Christian Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and serves on the Contributing Writers team at Christian Research Journal. She earned a Master of Arts in Science and Religion from Biola University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Campbell University [ affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina].
Great credentials! Let’s get back to Savvy Sarah. She informs us:
I am a Christian too, and so I heartily agree with all of Travis’s message in Science and the Mind of the Maker. However, those who do not share these beliefs should still appreciate the broader theme of intelligent design and the scientific evidence for it.
The book presents the scientific evidence for intelligent design. Very exciting!
We’ll skip a lot because we know you’re going to read the Discoveroid post for yourself. Here’s the end of Savvy Sarah’s post:
Science and the Mind of the Maker would be a great book for those who want to look beyond the latest scientific discoveries to the meaning of it all. Perhaps this could be a first or second book someone might read on origins science, before jumping into a volume specifically on biology or cosmology.
If you, dear reader, want to know the meaning of it all, this is the book for you! It’s recommended by the Discoveroids, so how can you go wrong?
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