In my opinion, the two best books on intelligent design ever written are “Signature in the Cell” and “Darwin’s Doubt”. The former is about biological information and the origin of Life. The latter is about the sudden origin of body plans and organ types during a brief period of biological history known as the Cambrian explosion. Either problem is lethal to a naturalistic view of biological origins. The author of these two books has just published the third book in the trilogy, and it looks like it will be the best one yet. You can pre-order it here, and get a bunch of extra goodies, including a PDF booklet that I assume you can share with people who don’t buy the book. Anyway, let’s see what the new book is about.
You can read chapter 1 here for free at Crosswalk.
This book will show that reports of God’s decease have “been grossly exaggerated,” to appropriate a quote from Mark Twain. Instead, the truth is just the opposite of what Dawkins… and numerous other popular spokespersons for science have insisted. The properties of the universe and of life—specifically as they pertain to understanding the origin of the universe and life—are just “what we should expect” if a transcendent and purposive intelligence has acted in the history of life and the cosmos. Such an intelligence coincides with what human beings have called God, and so I call this story of reversal the return of the God hypothesis.
They’ve posted a whole bunch of endorsements here, and here’s are a few, to let you know what people think of it:
Meyer’s book is a masterclass, lucidly exploring every alternative from multiple points of view. It persuasively shows that the God Hypothesis is the best explanation of the fine-tuned, information-laden universe. The book does irreparable damage to atheist rhetoric.
JOHN C. WALTON, PHD, DSC, FELLOW OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH, RESEARCH PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY, UNIVERSITY OF ST. ANDREWS
Reviewing all relevant evidence from cosmology to molecular biology, Meyer builds an irrefutable “case for God” while delivering an unanswerable set of logical and scientific broadsides against the currently fashionable materialistic/atheistic worldview. Meyer builds his argument relentlessly omitting no significant area of debate. The logic throughout is compelling and the book almost impossible to put down. Meyer is a master at clarifying complex issues making the text accessible to the widest possible audience. Readers will be struck by Meyer’s extraordinary depth of knowledge in every relevant area. The book is a masterpiece and will be widely cited in years to come. The best, most lucid, comprehensive defense of the ‘God hypothesis’ in print. No other publication comes close. A unique tour de force.
DR. MICHAEL DENTON, FORMER SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW, BIOCHEMISTRY, UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO, AUTHOR, NATURE’S DESTINY
Meyer not only meticulously documents his scientific case for the God hypothesis, but he presents the story of the discoveries that support it in an engaging way. The arguments Meyer makes helped fuel my own personal transition from atheistic materialism to a rational belief in classical theism.
GÜNTER BECHLY, PH.D. IN PALEONTOLOGY, EBERHARD-KARLS UNIVERSITY OF TÜBINGEN; FORMER SCIENTIFIC CURATOR, STATE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, STUTTGART, GERMANY; SENIOR SCIENTIST, BIOLOGIC INSTITUTE.
Not since Robert Jastrow’s God and the Astronomers, has a book touched me with the power of science to declare the glories of God. Jastrow kept me from the deism and atheism of college physics, and this book will surely have that same effect on the next generation. Whereas Jastrow left off too soon, Meyer skillfully follows the evidence to its logical and scientific conclusion, by examining recent developments not only in physics and cosmology, but also in biology. Warmly written with a historian’s eye, illustrated profusely, a perfect graduation gift for all those embarking on a lifetime of discovery.
ROB SHELDON, PH.D. IN SPACE PLASMA PHYSICS, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND; FORMER NASA ANALYST AND INSTRUMENT DESIGNER, AUTHOR, THE LONG ASCENT
And this one from a Nobel Laureate in Physics:
This book makes it clear that far from being an unscientific claim, intelligent design is valid science.
BRIAN JOSEPHSON, EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF PHYSICS, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, FELLOW OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY, NOBEL LAUREATE IN PHYSICS
This is the video that accompanies the launch of the book:
I’ve already pre-ordered the book for myself and my Bible study partner. She is as excited to read it as I am.
There’s a short 22-minute video show that Dr. Meyer did with radio show host Michael Medved here, with show notes, if you want to see how he explains some of the concepts in the book.
In my opinion, no one has done a better job of writing books that equip Christians to make their case with evidence than Dr. Stephen C. Meyer. By the way, Dr. Meyer is the one who does the presentations for Focus on the Family’s DVD series “True U”, which is designed to equip students going to college. So, if you’re wondering if he knows how to explain things to ordinary people, he absolutely does.
There is a lot of “noise” in the Christian community from authors who do not equip you to win arguments. Think of popular authors like G. K. Chesterton, A. W. Tozer, Francis Chan, Philip Yancey, John Piper and other wordsmiths. They write entertaining words, but you can’t win arguments by reciting poetry or having happy feelings. I’m an engineer, I want things that work in the real world. Most Christian authors aren’t experienced at debating skeptics, or at replying to the challenges of their critics. Dr. Meyer is rooted in evidence and does an excellent job of interacting with his critics, and responding to them. I’ve even featured some of his debates on this blog. Dr. Meyer is my favorite author for equipping myself to win arguments. If you like to argue, and you like to win, get the book. You can have a lot of fun with a book like this.