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The New York Times best-selling author of Darwin’s Doubt presents groundbreaking scientific evidence of the existence of God, based on breakthroughs in physics, cosmology, and biology.

Beginning in the late 19th century, many intellectuals began to insist that scientific knowledge conflicts with traditional theistic belief - that science and belief in God are “at war”. Philosopher of science Stephen Meyer challenges this view by examining three scientific discoveries with decidedly theistic implications. Building on the case for the intelligent design of life that he developed in Signature in the Cell and Darwin’s Doubt, Meyer demonstrates how discoveries in cosmology and physics coupled with those in biology help to establish the identity of the designing intelligence behind life and the universe. 

Meyer argues that theism - with its affirmation of a transcendent, intelligent and active creator - best explains the evidence we have concerning biological and cosmological origins. Previously Meyer refrained from attempting to answer questions about “who” might have designed life. Now he provides an evidence-based answer to perhaps the ultimate mystery of the universe. In so doing, he reveals a stunning conclusion: the data support not just the existence of an intelligent designer of some kind - but the existence of a personal God. 

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©2021 Stephen C. Meyer (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Trevor Rolls
  • 31-03-2021

A Wonderful Culmination of Dr. Meyer’s Work

If you follow Stephen C. Meyer, then whether you are friend or foe, you likely know what to expect from this book. I do want to try to tailor this review to the person that might not know what to expect, but I also think it only fair to disclose my bias. I have been following Dr. Meyer for some time now, read much of his previous work, and enjoyed several occasions to speak with him through webinar and zoom conferences, so keep that in mind when considering my opinion. Finally, I want you to understand what Meyer is trying to do here, so be aware that my summary will contain some content from the book. While I will try to keep it at a minimum, avoid my review if you direly disapprove of spoilers.

Summary:
While Dr. Meyer presents a sophisticated argument for theistic intelligent design, he does so in a fairly straightforward argumentative format. He starts with background of the areas he will discuss, in two parts. He then offers an explanation of the methodology he will use before applying it to the areas of interest regarding his thesis. From there he considers counterarguments to his points. Finally, he offers his conclusions.

The background begins with sort of a tour of the history and philosophy of science in order to refute the pervasive warfare myth between theism and science. The second part of his background treatment offers the history and current beliefs regarding the origin of the universe, the fine tuning of the universe, and the presence of information in both the origin and explosion of life.

Explaining his methodology and reasoning, Dr. Meyer discusses various modes of evaluation as well as various worldviews and their positions on metaphysical components to reality. From here, Meyer, using the method of abductive reasoning, seeks to show the adequacy and explanatory power of the God hypothesis, that is, theism, as compared to the competing hypotheses of deism, naturalism, and pantheism, to account for the beginning of the universe, the design of the universe, and the design of life.

After applying his methodology in examination of the three main ideas, Dr. Meyer addresses responses, potential refutations, and conjectures on behalf of the positions he claims are inadequate causally and explanatorily regarding his main thesis points. Some of these include chemical evolution, RNA world, evolutionary biologists (theistic and atheistic), various multiverse theories, quantum theories, and more.

Finally, Meyer moves to his conclusion, which is as the title suggests, that the God hypothesis has come full circle and is, once again, a viable and (in his opinion) superior explanation for the previously named phenomena.


Critique:
As I am fond of, I will offer my critique in a, “The good, the bad, and the ugly” format.

First, the good. Meyer is a storyteller. He doesn’t simply make assertions, such as, say, “The big bang suggests a big banger.” Rather, he will tell you the whole story of the big bang, how it was arrived at, what it means, why it is still around, who likes it, who doesn’t like it, and all such else. Then, he will, in light of those facts, explain the philosophical implications. This is just an example, but this is his style. He is very thorough. On that note, if you look at the bibliography, you will see over 500 sources. Again, he doesn’t just make claims, he presents whole accounts. When you read his work, you really get the feeling that you are getting a detailed and fair treatment of an issue or topic.

This leads to the bad. Sometimes, it is just too much for the average layperson to grasp. I did okay with this book because I am familiar with most of the material, but if a person is just learning about these topics for the first time, it can seem a little overwhelming. In his previous works, I had to, at times, skip through some of the more technical explanations and move to the parts in the chapters that were summaries.

The ugly. Dr. Meyer is on the bleeding edge of development in a philosophical and scientific turf war (or arms race if you prefer). He did a great job refuting the myth that science and religion were at odds in times past, but he is completely aware of the war of the worldviews currently in play. This is an ugly subject, and while he was ever the gentleman in his presentations, I expect a deluge of ad hominem attacks and invective from those who hate him and his position.

Conclusion:
If you are even at all interested in the relationship between science and religion, buy this book. If you don’t like having your presuppositions and worldview challenged, don’t buy this book. If you are open and objective, you will be pressed and stretched, whether theist, deist, or naturalist. If you buy the book and don’t like what it says, all of the claims are sourced and open for investigation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-2021

Clear and Scientific Case for God

It's sad that so many today have fallen prey to the belief that science and belief in God are at odds. Dr. Stephen Meyer carefully and methodically debunks such a notion and demonstrates how science actually points unequivocally in a theistic direction. This is a timely read that counters a lot of what my professors in college who made assertions about science being anti-God without actually making that case. Listen to this audiobook with an open mind. It's long, but well worth your time!

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  • Adane Yonder
  • 09-04-2021

convincing evidence for all who seek truth

Meyer exposes the scheme of those who twisted scientific evidence to fit their ideology, and dragged the society down to the atheistic pit. Convincing evidences show modern science supports the God hypothesis.

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  • John Maddox
  • 06-04-2021

Extremely detailed case for God

an excellent culmination of his previous books, both in using points from them, and in creating a new, formal argument for God. I also love the part of the book where he directly responds to the critics. if you like his previous books you will absolutely love this one. however it also has the capacity to be a standalone which is excellent!

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  • Lucky Canucky
  • 12-05-2021

The best book for those skeptical of religion

I used to be a staunch atheist. I used to think that religion was merely a social construct designed to make people feel better about their lives. I believed that people who believed were ignorant and foolish. But in the back of my mind I always struggled with the big questions about the purpose of life and how to find meaning in a seemingly meaningless world.

After going through a really tough period in my life, I realized that religion, specifically Christianity, may be the answer to my questions. I have been trying to grow in my faith for over a year now, but I have always had the nagging feeling in the back of my head that this was all too good to be true and it’s made up. But this book has finally provided me the convincing reasons I needed to fully trust in the reality of God. This book has been the best thing I have ever done for growing my faith, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is having a similar struggle as I had. I would also recommend it to those who are staunch atheists, so that they may consider that maybe they should not be so critical of religious believers being ignorant and foolish.

I would also like to say that if you are truly skeptical, you should listen to the entire book, as that should fully respond to your skepticism. Reading only specific parts will likely not satisfy you, and may leave you not fully understanding the argument of the book. Additionally, if you are interested in hearing the other side of the debate, the atheist perspective, you should check out Stephen C. Meyer’s debates on YouTube.

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  • DRF
  • 31-05-2021

I got your point in the first few chapters

I understood Meyer's three arguments for the existence of a divine intelligence behind the universe after the first few chapters of the book. He makes what I consider to be excellent presentations of the three main difficulties that secularists must deal with to explain the origin of the universe and the existence of biological life. However, he then devotes the middle part of the book to what constitutes legitimate scientific proof and the latter part of the book to secular objections to the three main arguments. Both of these sections were fairly tedious for me and it was obvious that I was listening to stuff from his area of expertise, which is the history and philosophy of science.

The latter two sections comprise a large portion of the book, and I have to admit my mind wandered a bit. There was something of a let down after the spectacular information about the three premises in the first part. I suppose that he felt he needed to be as complete and erudite as possible to go up against the storm of criticism that his position engenders from Dawkins, Harris, and others, and I suppose I need to hear it. I just don't have to enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-04-2021

Revelation 7: 9-10

It was a good book. I hope to meet the author one day. I also liked the book DNA enigma.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-04-2021

the term "judeo-christian" is liberal and atheist

Stop using the portmanteau judeo-christian. It's anti God, anti Western, anti Christian, and anti white. The Synagogue of Satan is antithetical to Christianity.

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  • Kurtis Karr
  • 20-07-2021

Intellectually challenging yet immensely satisfyin

The term "God" comes with so much religious baggage, I wish philosophers and scientists would use a more neutral term like "Logos" when speaking in a non-religious sense. Also, the last chapter of the book where he talks about religion and "feels" is forgivable but detracting.

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  • Tam
  • 09-07-2021

love it.

this book is intellectually stimulating that cover all aspects of religion and science on life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-2021

Facts based reasons, gathered, presented very well

Easy to understand insight and overview, facts based reasons and historical backgroud, clearly narrated.


The core of reality concluded from visible/detectable/repeatable scientific knoweledge, without prejudice.

The knowledge you need to understand the world changing ideological history of this century.

Be prepared to can make a choice of your way to the meaning/sense/role of existence.

So why it is something instead of nothing ?

After 30 years of research on this subject I had made, this book is a very good summarize of knowledge for me , with interesting exact and important details , and well built reasoning.

It's my pleasure to read and understand, and thanks very much.

You will get eyes to see :" For his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world's creation onward, because they are preceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so they are inexcusable" Romans 1:21

Be prepared to exhibit, demonstrate this.

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  • Pink Pearl
  • 28-06-2021

His best book so far

I this would be Stephen Meyers last book, it would be a worthy one. Excellent compilation of current astronomical, biochemical and philosophical findings that prove the case against materialism.

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  • James
  • 05-06-2021

Amazing

Well reasoned and with a clear conclusion: by far the most logical conclusion is that Yahweh created this universe and everything in it.

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  • clifford
  • 26-04-2021

true science

I heard two to three times. So convincing. Steve Myer has done it again. this will really help scientists and people who are looking at evidence of big bang and its philosophical implications!

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