Overview, according to the booklet included:
In this introductory lesson, Dr. Meyer lays out a process to provide reasons for faith by using science and logic to evaluate the great questions of life. In doing so, he is building a case for the existence of God by looking at the evidence all around us.
In the beginning of this lesson, we are introduced to Dr. Stephen Meyer, who mentions he does his research at the Discovery Institute, wrote a book called Signature in the Cell, and was in the movie Expelled. Already I am groaning. I have heard of this book, but haven't read it. What I do know is that it got virtually no reviews from the scientific community, but was avidly accepted by those in favor of intelligent design creationism. This is the exact same thing that can be said about this dvd box set! Interesting! The reviews that did come from the scientific community were all negative, which peeved off the Discovery Institute enough that they wrote a second book containing all these negative reviews and their rebuttals, entitled Signature Of Controversy: Responses to Critics of Signature in the Cell. Talk about turning the other cheek. I shouldn't even have to begin talking about how much the Discovery Institute likes to bend the truth and cherry pick facts. They are really are one of the saddest groups of people I know of. Expelled is another one I shouldn't have to mention. It's anti-science propaganda which made me lose any respect I had for Ben Stein, and tries to create controversy where there is none. There is a whole website about how dishonest this movie is.
He says that "What's the thing from which everything else came?" is a question about cause. This implies that there is something from which everything else came. This is one of the reasons this lesson falls short of being trustworthy. Another reason is that Meyer assumes he is using a scientific process, but he is doing it backwards. Scientists use evidence to draw conclusions. Meyer already has his conclusion, and is trying to use evidence to back it up. We'll see if this method holds strong for him throughout the next 9 lessons.
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