Over at Evolution News & Views, David Klinghoffer is pleased to note that Biologos’ Senior Advisor for Dialog Darrel Falk has some words of praise for Steve Meyer’s book, Darwin’s Doubt. Klinghoffer is naturally pleased to know that people there have stopped trashing the book long enough to read and think about it.
Always a good idea when a book has often been found in the top ten in its field for over a year.
Anyway, Klinghoffer (who is a much nicer person than O’Leary for News) writes, re Falk here and here:
In inferring design, however, Falk writes, “I think [Meyer is] wrong, of course.”
So have I softened on Intelligent Design as a scientific endeavor? I don’t think so, but I have grown to appreciate the skill and the sincerity of various individuals I have met in the ID movement over the last five years.
So he thinks Meyer and co. are competent and not deceiving anyone. Clearly he didn’t run that one past the Thumbsmen (Panda’s Thumb).
Nevertheless, for Dr. Falk at least, Darwin’s Doubt is a breakthrough. While still rejecting the evidence for design presented in previous books about ID by Meyer, Behe, and others, he warmly praises the scientific argument in the book, identifies no fault in its presentation of the relevant science, and, significantly, takes issue with his colleague Robert Bishop’s denial that biologists are having second thoughts about Darwinian theory. More.
Okay, but why are the BioLogians still even bothering with the opinions of someone who hasn’t noticed all the ferment around Darwin’s theory? Just the uproar around E.O. Wilson alone would take some unpacking. Then there was Dmanisi last October … And horizontal gene transfer …
If the ID guys all retired and left no successors, the evolution industry built around Darwin would still be pretty shaky.
And I’ve never heard an intellectually satisfying explanation of why Christians in particular need Darwin to be right anyway? What’s it to Christians if he was wrong? Readers?
See also: If anyone cares, Biologos (Christians for Darwin) will now actually review Darwin’s Doubt
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