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Why Michael Denton is an important but under-recognized figure in the ID community

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Here’s an interesting assessment of non-Darwinian microbiologist Michael Denton’s work:

in The Miracle of the Cell he concentrates on one example of fine-tuning after another…

Biologists may have once held simplistic notions about the origin of life, back in the heady days following the iconic Miller-Urey experiment. They may have thought they were on the right track toward explaining life when the double helix was discovered in the 1950s. It might have seemed that the cell was simple enough to explain by a few accidents here and a handful of lucky chemical reactions there. Research since then has put that false hope to rest.

Denton’s most famous work was his 1985 book Evolution: A Theory in Crisis. It was both a thunderous wake-up call and an effective rallying cry. Denton inspired countless readers with both the courage and the tools to question naturalistic evolution. The late Philip Johnson, credited by many as the founding leader of the Intelligent Design movement, was one of them. So was biochemist Michael Behe.

Denton followed that in 1998 with Nature’s Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe. In it he explored the fine-tuning in physics and chemistry, and challenged the standard ideas of unguided natural selection.

The Miracle of the Cell is the fourth book in a series addressing the uncanny coincidences that make life possible.

Eric H. Anderson, “Atomic Miracles: On Denton’s Latest” at Evolution News and Science Today

Hey, read them all.

I (News) remember starting to read Nature’s Destiny in a bookstore in the middle of a blizzard in Ottawa (no unusual event) at the time. A friend presented me with a gift certificate so I could buy it and take it home. And was that ever a revelation.

After that, I knew I had to say something.

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