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Stephen Meyer: Is the God Hypothesis Scientific?

David Klinghoffer
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An often-heard reservation about intelligent design, and about what Stephen Meyer calls the “God hypothesis,” is that neither is “scientific.” Thoughtful people will say, “Well, as a theist — a Christian, Jew, or other — of course I accept ‘intelligent design,’ meaning that the universe somehow reflects God’s design. But I can’t accept ‘Intelligent Design’ as a scientific argument. You can’t put God in a test tube.”

Whether ID is a scientific or philosophical thesis is not the most burning question ever asked. As others have said, the real question is whether it’s true. Yet if scientific considerations compel an inference to design, and more so, to a theistic conception of a transcendent creator, that’s surely important.

Stephen Meyer addresses the subject in a concise video lecture, “Who Is Nature’s Designer?,” from his DiscoveryU course, “Stephen Meyer Investigates Scientific Evidence for Intelligent Design.” Watch it now and consider sharing it with those who hold the aforementioned reservation. Dr. Meyer’s new book, a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller, is Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe.

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.

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