Anyone reading Michael J. Behe’s Darwin’s Black Box (1996) who ever took a university course in the philosophy of religion might be forgiven for thinking that Behe’s central argument for “intelligent design” seemed familiar. Isn’t it a reiteration of the central argument in William Paley’s classic Natural Theology (1802), only at the cellular level? Paley in miniature, as it were, or Paley writ small?

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