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5.0 out of 5 stars Long may the debate continue!, 21 Feb 2009
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This book provides a very satisfying read. It is very cogently argued and very informative.

The author begins by showing that the debate is not one of science vs religion, but is instead a clash of worldviews, a confrontation between two belief systems. He explains the limitations of science and the inadequacy of reductionism, before proceeding to discuss the evidence for design in the universe, and in biology in particular. He exposes the fallacious reasoning of those materialists who level the "god of the gaps" charge at proponents of intelligent design. The empirical data of science, and the logical inferences drawn from it, seriously undermine any naturalistic explanation of origins, and points instead to the necessity of an external intelligence. In particular, naturalistic explanations of the origin of life are shown to be woefully inadequate in the light of information theory. This is especially so when applied to the language of DNA. Efforts at elucidating the origin of life and the origin of the genetic code have persistently met with failure, and those efforts have been prodigious. Under such circumstances, the sensible thing would be to at least consider the possibility that life did not, in fact, arise naturalistically. But ideological antagonism to the notion of intelligent design (with the unpalatable corollary of a creator) is such that the origin of life community insist on pursuing a fool's errand. This persistence in a fruitless search is likened to that of those who persist in the search for perpetual motion machines, in spite of the well-established law of energy conservation. Darwinists do not understand how novel structures arise, how life originated, or how the language of DNA came into being. We just don't know how these things happened - isn't natural selection wonderful! This is the real "god of the gaps".

The second half of the book provides a careful evaluation of Darwinian evolution. Darwinists like to perpetrate the notion that sceptics of their theory are ignorant, stupid or worse. This tarnishes the reputation of dissenters (sling enough mud and some of it is bound to stick), and intimidates potential critics from coming out into the open. You have to admire the author's courage. These days, it takes a brave academic to openly criticise Darwinian evolution. The Darwinist establishment is not known for its tolerance of dissent, although the situation in the UK is not (yet) as bad as in the USA (see "Slaughter of the Dissidents" by Jerry Bergman - available at amazon com). But the author is prepared for his intellectual demise, and has even composed his own epitaph!

Here lies the body of John Lennox.
You ask me why he's in the box?
He died of something worse than pox,
On Darwinism - heterodox.

Critical reviewers of this book are welcome to analyse its arguments and data carefully, and demonstrate with reasoned argument what they think are flaws in them. This is the proper way to conduct scientific debate. Dismissing it with rhetoric instead of reasoning will not do.
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