The Intelligent Design movement begins with the publication of The Mystery of Life’s Origin by Charles Thaxton, Walter Bradley, and Roger Olsen (Philosophical Library, 1984) and Evolution: A Theory in Crisis by Michael Denton (Alder & Adler, 1986). These two books presented a powerful scientific critique of evolutionary theory. Moreover, they set the tone for subsequent publications by refusing to mix the scientific evidence for design with theological views about creation.
-Bill Dembski in The Intelligent Design Movement
Three of the chapters from Mystery of Life’s Origin are now available online. However, the best chapters are available only in the book. The book once sold used at Amazon for $480.00. I was lucky to get my copy. It was published by an organization which had published for 8 Nobel Laureates. I hope some of the readers at UD will be able to get a copy for themselves.
Here are the endorsements:
A valuable summary of the evidence against the chemical evolution of life out of non-living matter. It presents a very well thought-out and clearly written analysis of the alternatives to the accepted scientific theory of the origin of life.”
—Robert Jastrow, Founder and Former Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies of NASA, author of several acclaimed books including God and The Astronomers.
“The authors have made an important contribution to the origin of life field. Many workers in this area believe that an adequate scientific explanation for the beginning of life on Earth has already been made. Their point of view has been widely disseminated in texts and the media, and to a large extent, has been accepted by the public. This new work brings together the major scientific arguments that demonstrate the inadequacy of current theories. Although I do not share the final philosophical conclusion that the authors reach, I welcome their contribution. It will help to clarify our thinking…. I would recommend this book to everyone with a scientific background and interest in the origin of life
—Robert Shapiro, Professor of Chemistry at New York University. Dr. Shapiro is co-author of Life Beyond Earth.
“…arguments are cogent, original and compelling…. The authors believe, and I now concur, that there is a fundamental flaw in all current theories of the chemical origins of life.”
—Dean Kenyon, Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University and co-author of Biochemical Predestination.
Here are the chapters available on-line:
Mystery of Life’s Origin, Chapters 7,8,9