"The Crumbling of a Theory. In my opinion this book is the most important volume on the strength of the intelligent design arguments and the weaknesses of the currently dominant "theory" that has been written to date. Dr. Meyer's investment in time over a number of years in its preparation, as evidenced by its 33 page bibliography, will reap great rewards through the clarity and easy to understand descriptions for the layman of the arguments and evidence for both sides, as well as the graciousness he demonstrates in addressing the treatment ID proponents have received from the other side."
(R. A. - VA)
"A fantastic book that clearly answers expressed objections to ID as science. It presents arguments in a very readable form, in a journey that considers the known speculative scenarios from chance to necessity (law, biological predestination, self-organization, etc.) for the origin of the information in life The biological details and complexities are presented in a manner that can be followed and appreciated by most people. Meyer builds the case that ID is real science, based on empirical evidence and established scientific principles (and supported by peer-reviewed literature). He also makes predictions of findings that would support ID."
(D. J. - NC)
"This book is, without doubt, the best positive (as opposed to polemic) argument I've yet read for intelligent design as a legitimate scientific theory of the origin of life. Dr. Meyer's approach is to begin with the epistemological principles that historical scientists (such as geologists, paleontologists, cosmologists, and evolutionary biologists) use to evaluate the strength of scientific theories of past events, and to apply those principles to evaluate the common explanations for the origin of life, including intelligent design. To be more precise, he evaluates the various explanations of how the mechanism of gene expression and protein manufacture arose in such a way that it seems to be already almost fully developed in even the simplest prokaryotes. In the process of doing this, he presents a very convincing argument that, according to these very well-established scientific epistemological principles, the theory of an intelligent designer is at least as good a theory of the origin of life as other theories currently being propounded. It will be interesting to see how the rabidly anti-ID folks respond to his book. His argument is very difficult to dismiss, unless one adds an additional a priori postulate to the rules of evaluation for scientific theories, viz., that no theory involving an intelligent designer can be an acceptable theory. But the adoption of this postulate as a criterion for acceptable scientific theories certainly seems more emotionally than logically motivated. Said another way, this book will make it very difficult for those who claim to be unbiased, disinterested truth-seekers to hold a dogmatically anti-ID view in that they would have to rule out anti-ID theories a priori, as opposed to based on evidence. Highly recommended!"
(T. G. - CA)