compiled by Daryl E. Witmer The Neo-Darwinian version of evolutionary theory has fallen on increasingly hard times. In its place secularists now attempt to advance alternative ideas of how naturalism alone can explain all that exists. But a mighty foe to naturalism has arisen in the land - the Intelligent Design movement. The movement is beginning to gain wide credibility in even the greater scientific community. Pioneered by men like Phillip E. Johnson (former professor of Law at the University of CA Berkeley), William A. Demski (Baylor University faculty), Stephen C. Meyer (professor at Whitworth College), and Michael J. Behe (professor at Lehigh University), the movement is uncovering persuasive evidence across a whole range of disciplines. Following are a few examples, their corresponding sources, and a number of other relevant resources. "Information can be both complex and specified . . . complex specified information, or CSI for short. CSI is what all the fuss over information has been about in recent years, not just in biology but in science generally." "Nor is CSI confined to science. CSI is indispensable in our everyday lives. The sixteen-digit number on your VISA card is an example of CSI. The complexity of this number ensures that a would-be thief cannot randomly pick a number and have it turn out to be a valid VISA number. What's more, the specification of this number ensures that it is your number, and not anyone else's." "It follows that neither genetic algorithms nor mutation and selection are capable of generating CSI." "Only information begets information." -William A. Demski, Ph.D. (U of Chicago ) and Ph.D. (U of IL), in Intelligent Design, ©1999 IVP "Indeed, experience affirms that specified complexity or information content not only routinely arises but always arises from the activity of intelligent minds." "Thus, mind or intelligence, or what philosophers call 'agent causation,' now stands as the only cause known to be capable of generating large amounts of specified complexity or information content (from nonbiological precursors.)" -Stephen C. Meyer, Ph.D., in Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe, ©2000 Ignatius Press "...the phrase 'irreducibly complex' just means that a system has a number of components that inter act with each other, and if any are taken away the system no longer works. A good illustration of an irreducibly complex system from our everyday world is a simple mechanical mousetrap. The mousetraps that one buys at the hardware store generally have a wooden platform to which all the other parts are attached. ...If the mousetrap is missing [any one part], it does not catch mice half as well as it used to, or even a quarter as well. It does not catch mice at all. Therefore it is irreducibly complex. ...If we wanted to evolve a mousetrap, where would we start? Could we start with just the platform and hope to catch a few mice rather inefficiently? Then add the holding bar, and improve the efficiency a bit? Then add the other pieces one at a time, steadily improving the whole apparatus? No, of course we cannot do that, because the mousetrap does not work at all until it is essentially completely assembled." -Michael J. Behe, Ph.D., in Science & Evidence for Design in the Universe, ©2000 Ignatius Press "But all these mutations reduce the information in the gene by making a protein less specific. They add no information, and they add no new molecular capability. Indeed, all mutations studied destroy information. None of them can serve as an example of a mutation that can lead to the large changes of macroevolution." "Whoever thinks macroevolution can be made by mutations that lose information is like the merchant who lost a little money on every sale but thought he could make it up on volume." -Lee M. Spetner, Ph.D. (MIT) in Not By Chance!, © 1997-98 Judaica Press "The most renowned atheist in the latter 20th century, Dr. Carl Sagan, estimated that the mathematical probability of the simplest form of life emerging from nonliving matter has the unbelievable odds of one chance in ten to the two billionth power...it would take 6,000 books of 300 pages each just to write the number." "The occurrence of any event where the chances are beyond one in ten followed by 50 zeros is an event which we can state with certainty will never happen..." "The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the unabridged dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing shop." -commentary and quotes cited by Nicholas Comninellis, M.D. in Creative Defense, ©2001 Master Books "The probability of higher life forms emerging by chance are comparable to the odds that a 'tornado sweeping through a junkyard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials there in." -Sir Fred Hoyle (Nature magazine), cited with many other similar quotes, in Tornado in a Junkyard, ©1999 Refuge Books ADDITIONAL RESOURCES The Creation Hypothesis, edited by J. P. Moreland, ©1994 IVP, esp. pp134-135 Icons of Evolution, ©2002, and Unlocking the Mystery of Life, ©2002; both 60" videos available at 1-800-247-2665.
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