So the chapter doesn’t begin well for Lennox. He quotes Stephen Meyer who is another proponent of ID, and whose wikipedia entry is more about the controversy that Meyer generates than the worthiness of any science he’s performed. It’d be nice if Lennox could find a quote from someone who supported him who was outside the ID movement. Someone more mainstream.
So he follows this up with a quote from Hubert P. Yockey who does support the sequence hypothesis (that genetic code works essentially like a book) previously mentioned. Unfortunately a look at Yockey’s webpage says straight up that he’s not a Creationist and that he doesn’t support ID. I haven’t read Yockey’s book that Lennox is quoting from, and I don’t know why Yockey’s webpage (edited by his daughter and that post written by her) would go to the trouble of distancing her father from ID and reaffirming his belief in evolution, but the connection is impossible to ignore.
Next quoted is Dembski who is, unsurprisingly, another ID proponent. And again, another wikipedia entry devoted to controversy rather than any contributions to science. There’s a disturbing number of ID proponents quoted by Lennox and I’m a little worried by it. Shortly after I started God’s Undertaker I formed the opinion that it was more a reaction against the New Atheists than a serious attempt to provide evidence for god through science. You see this book was recommended to me as a good book for finding support for theism in science. If you’ve been reading this blog then you’ll know it isn’t a good book for that at all. But I’d never really noticed before how much Lennox has bought into ID. He totally believes it.
It was always worrying how Lennox kept falling back on god of the gaps arguments. He hasn’t presented a single naturalistic theory in a positive way to counter his objections. It’s as if there is no other answer besides ID to these problems. i wonder if the people who recommended his book so heartily on Amazon, and the person who recommended it to me, realize that Lennox, at least back here in the 2000s, was all in for ID?