Everyone has heard about Darwin Devolves, the creationist book by Michael Behe, a Discovery Institute “Senior Fellow.” He’s a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University, where his colleagues are so impressed by his brilliance that they publicly disassociated themselves from him by issuing this statement: Department Position on Evolution and “Intelligent Design”.
Months before the book was available, the Discoveroids were gushing about it in literally dozens of posts. It was one of their Top Ten stories for 2018 — see Discoveroids’ Top Ten for 2018 — #2. After that it was finally available for purchase in February of this year — see Behe’s Book Arrives — O the Joy!
Now the thing is being reviewed by the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Their title is Behe’s Latest Arguments: A Review of Darwin Devolves. The review was written by Dr. David W. Boyd, Jr., head of the Department of Biology at Bob Jones University, and by Dr. Brian Vogt, about whom we know nothing. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
New techniques and biochemical methods have progressed dramatically since Dr. Michael Behe published his first book, Darwin’s Black Box, in 1996. Behe ably uses his knowledge of newer research in Darwin Devolves (Behe 2019) to demonstrate that mutation and natural selection ultimately cause degradation rather than the evolution of new information that the modern Darwinian synthesis requires. Behe coined the term devolution to describe this degradation.
Ooooooooooooh! Mutation and natural selection cause degradation rather than the evolution. Darwin was a fool! Skipping a bit, they say:
As is well known, Behe’s approach to intelligent design is to make his case based on data and scientific arguments. Consequently, he rarely identifies who he thinks the intelligent designer is. [Who is it?] In this work, however, he clearly states, “Most people, including myself, are theists that will naturally tend to ascribe the design to God” (Behe 2019, p. 278).
Well yes. Of course! Skipping over an ark-load, they tell us:
One of the weaknesses of this book and the ID movement, in general, is its lack of a credible story to account for what we observe. While it does have the unifying idea that all life appears to be designed by an intelligent being, questions about who that being is and how the amazing diversity displayed in the universe was brought into existence are neither asked nor answered.
Don’t the AIG people know why the Discoveroids are so cautious about saying those things? Anyway, their review ends with this:
Behe provides an easily readable book that is well documented with an enjoyable story line. We recommend this book to creationists [Hee hee!] who want to find biochemical support for their ideas and to evolutionists who question the idea that mutation and natural selection can explain common descent. Though neither group would agree with all that Behe writes, both ends of the spectrum can find helpful ideas and thought-provoking arguments.
We’re all glad to see Behe’s book getting the attention it deserves. Probably the next stop in Behe’s rise to stardom will be an invitation to tour the Ark with ol’ Hambo himself. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
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