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12/21/13 at 09:12 AM 137 Comments

Socrates in the City: Stephen Meyer & Eric Metaxas Discuss Darwin's Doubt

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"Charles Darwin, the scientific method, Danny DeVito, and Cher all manage to find a place in this mind-boggling and entertaining conversation between Eric Metaxas and Stephen Meyer." That's how the "Socrates in the City" (SITC) folks described this must-watch video that they just posted. Watch it here. SITC host Eric Metaxas resides in NYC, where the SITC studio is also located.

David Klinghoffer also notes the following about this video.

As always, Metaxas is hilarious. I've said before he makes me think of Woody Allen if the latter were a better-looking and better-dressed Evangelical Christian. In the introduction, Eric makes a fuss that Tom Wolfe -- yes, that Tom Wolfe -- came out to hear Steve Meyer talk about Darwin's Doubt.

Anyway, there are many highlights of the interview. One is Meyer's crisp reply to the possibility acknowledged by Richard Dawkins in Expelled that the source of the design in biology could well, you never know, be an immanent intelligence in the cosmos, commonly designated derisively as "space aliens." This is Dawkins's famous ABG ("Anything but God") maneuver, as Ben Stein has quipped.

Meyer answers that, taking into account the evidence from biology and cosmology, with the latter sealing the deal, the hypothesis of theism is better supported. It's the combination of the two that's key. That's because the ultra fine-tuning of the physical constants at the inception of material existence itself implies an intelligence at work outside and "before" (if that word makes sense in this context, which it doesn't) the universe.

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