“Signature in the Cell” – Book Review

"Signature in the Cell" was written by Stephen C. Meyer - a Cambridge trained philosopher of science.

Unlike previous arguments for intelligent design, Signature in the Cell presents a radical and comprehensive new case, revealing the evidence not merely of individual features of biological complexity but rather of a fundamental constituent of the universe: information. That evidence has been mounting exponentially in recent years, known to scientists in specialized fields but largely hidden from public view. A Cambridge University-trained theorist and researcher, director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, Dr. Meyer is the first to bring the relevant data together into a powerful demonstration of the intelligence that stands outside nature and directs the path life has taken.

The book is dense - the science part...I caught maybe half. Meyer,a philosopher of science, and writes like a...philosopher of science. If you can partly follow the writing about DNA, its significance, and why it's important to the debate, the pieces of the book on the debate, stifling, and politics of science will fascinate you.

We live in a world where everybody assumes the "fact" of atheistic evolution - "everybody knows it's true." Meyer doesn't know that and sets out to prove he's right.

Meyer asks the answerless questions that atheistic evolutionists should be asking themselves. The world tells Christians that we must examine our beliefs against "known" science; "Signature in the Cell" examines atheistic evolution in that same way.

This is not a "Christian" book - Meyer may be a Christian, but religion has no place in this book. Meyer does not name the "Designer;" his purpose is to make a place FOR a designer.

That doesn't mean the book doesn't have religious implications: once a person is convinced by logic and science that there must be a designer, the next question is who that designer is. (I'm not saying it was aliens...~inside joke from "Ancient Aliens~)

The book leaves out the question of "literal six-day creationism" - we may ask that question another day, but not this one, not in this book.

Also absent is the question of theistic evolution. Did God create "as is" or did He direct the evolution of His creation? Also...a question for another day.

The purpose of the book is to make a case from DNA for a designer, and that he does.

The book is important because it gives a solid reference point of "Intelligent Design" that doesn't get sidetracked by arguments against Christianity. The question stands: "Does DNA point to a designer?"

It took me a while to get through this book. One, it's a big book. Two, I had to read a lot of things twice and let it sink in.

It took work to get through, but it's worth the trouble. Like most books in this genre, you get out of it what you put into it.

Read this book if you want insight into the "Intelligent Design" debate and how the most basic pieces of the stuff we're made of points to our Designer.

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