24. Signature in the Cell

Intelligent Design and the DNA Enigma

  1. J. B. Stump2 and
  2. Alan G. Padgett3
  1. Stephen C. Meyer

Published Online: 19 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118241455.ch24

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

How to Cite

Meyer, S. C. (2012) Signature in the Cell, in The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity (eds J. B. Stump and A. G. Padgett), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118241455.ch24

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Bethel College, Indiana, USA

  2. 3

    Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Author Information

  1. Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444335712

Online ISBN: 9781118241455



  • signature in the cell, ID and the DNA enigma;
  • Watson and Crick's DNA structure;
  • Crick's idea of the “sequence hypothesis”;
  • question of how life first originated, profound and unsolved;
  • Darwin's theory, and origin of new forms;
  • DNA digital information, directing protein synthesis;
  • self-organizational models, as promising in explaining origin;
  • “order” and “information,” their relevance to origin of life;
  • RNA-world hypothesis, chance and pre-biotic, in origin-of-life;
  • digitally encoded DNA, origin in an intelligent source


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Early Theories of the Origin of Life

  • Beyond the Reach of Chance

  • Self-Organization Scenarios

  • Chance and Necessity: Pre-biotic Natural Selection

  • The RNA World

  • The Return of the Design Hypothesis

  • Intelligent Design as the Best Explanation?

  • Note

  • References

  • Further Reading