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Friday, August 23, 2002
The debate over Darwin and creationism continues with the publication of a new book entitled No Free Lunch:Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence. A review of the book describes the on-going battle between Darwinists and creation scientists with their Intelligent Design theory. It seems then that science is discovering what religion already knew. With Texas soon to debate what books they will use (since they dominate the school book market), the nation's students may be exposed to both sides of the debate in their biology classes and help to combat some of the ignorance that Jon Eisenman was talking about.

The author of this book belongs to a cadre of amigos who promote creation-science. The article calls them "tireless academics": "Michael Behe (professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University), Jonathan Wells (biologist and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, a Seattle think tank concerned with the "renewal of science and culture"), Phillip Johnson (professor emeritus of law at Berkeley), and William Dembski (associate research professor in the conceptual foundations of science at Baylor University and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute)." The author himself is the most qualified of the group: "a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago, another in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is also author of seven books, including The Design Inference, a fairly technical work that laid out a statistical method allegedly allowing reliable detection of design."

Hopefully, his new book No Free Lunch:Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence will cause a firestorm in the field of biology and revolutionize the sloppy atheism that has proceeded from Darwinism and misapplications of quantum theory.