Of Molecules and (Straw) Men: A Response to Dennis Venema's Review of Signature in the Cell (Report) - Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

Of Molecules and (Straw) Men: A Response to Dennis Venema's Review of Signature in the Cell (Report)

By Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

  • Release Date - Published: 2011-09-01
  • Book Genre: Religion & Spirituality
  • Author: Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
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Of Molecules and (Straw) Men: A Response to Dennis Venema's Review of Signature in the Cell (Report) Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith read online review & book description:

As a longtime ASA member, I was obviously pleased to see Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith (PSCF) devote a review essay in its December 2010 issue to an assessment of my recent book, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design (HarperOne 2009). I also welcomed the general approach of PSCF's designated reviewer Dennis Venema. Unlike some critics, Venema at least attempted to assess the issues raised in Signature in the Cell by appealing to scientific evidence rather than merely dismissing the idea of intelligent design with pejorative labels (such as "scientific creationism") or a priori philosophical judgments (such as "intelligent design is not science"). (1) Nevertheless, Venema argued that the scientific evidence does not support my argument for intelligent design, and he offered several lines of evidence in an attempt to refute it. And, of course, I disagree with his arguments. In this response, I will show why. I will demonstrate that Venema did not refute the argument of Signature in the Cell and that he failed to do so for two main reasons:

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