No, I don’t.
That is a very interesting and ambitious title, though, so I went digging on Ross’s website, Reasons to Believe. You’d think that with such a promising statement, and the proposal that they actually have a scientific, testable model for creationism, that their model would be prominently featured somewhere. If you dig deep enough, you will find it, and you will be deeply disappointed. Here’s the summary: God did it, and he did it just like he described in the book of Genesis. “Testing” seems to mean collecting anecdotal bits of data and fitting them to his claims. His “predictions” resemble biblical predictions, in that they are vague or silly interpretations made after the fact to fit his prior assumptions. Here, for example, is his list of what he calls successful predictions of his model.
- transcendent creation event
- cosmic fine-tuning
- fine-tuning of the earth’s, solar system’s, and Milky Way Galaxy’s
- rapidity of life’s origin
- lack of inorganic kerogen
- extreme biomolecular complexity
- Cambrian explosion
- missing horizontal branches in the fossil record
- placement and frequency of "transitional forms" in the fossil record
- fossil record reversal
- frequency and extent of mass extinctions
- recovery from mass extinctions
- duration of time windows for different species
- frequency, extent, and repetition of symbiosis
- frequency, extent, and repetition of altruism
- recent origin of humanity
- huge biodeposits
- Genesis’ perfect fit with the fossil record
- molecular clock rates
These are all either sublimely silly, trivial, vaguely stated, or perfectly compatible with actual evolutionary biology.
I don’t see how cosmic fine tuning is evidence for the intervention of a deity. We’re here speculating about it; I can’t quite imagine one of us godless naturalistic types noting that the fact that the universe doesn’t allow for our existence to be evidence against Ross’s biblical prattlings. And actually, wouldn’t it be far more persuasive if physical laws did not allow atoms to hold together, that our existence was in defiance of observable phenomena, and we required some kind of supernatural force to hold our structure together?
I like the recitation of quantitative parameters without saying what the parameters actually are, or how they are incompatible with other theories. I can do that, too. It is a prediction of Flying Spaghetti Monster theory that speciation and extinction will have these things called “rates”!
What more can one say about the claim of “Genesis’ perfect fit with the fossil record”? Right. Which creation story in Genesis? Is a story that fruit trees appeared before cows (and before the sun!) and that birds appeared before mammals actually at all close to what we see in the fossil record? I suspect that Ross has remarkable loose standards of accuracy.
I tried further to find anything that makes sense. There is a page that tries to compare his Biblical theory to the Naturalistic theory, poorly. Here are the main points.
Some Predictions Made by the Naturalistic (Evolutionary) Origin-of-life
Some Predictions Made by the Biblical Origin-of-life Scenario
You know, it’s a fairly basic skill in setting up tests of a scientific proposal to describe possible alternative results, so that one can readily see how the experiments or observations will discriminate. These don’t correspond at all, and they are again such a mish-mash of vague, non-quantitative claims and straw men that it’s useless.
What is simple, what is complex? What is early, what is quickly? On the naturalistic side, I would say that 1) evidence of biochemical metabolism does exist in the geological record (PAHs, for instance), 2) “placidity” is not a claim of abiogenesis researchers, 3) pathways are being found, even if the research is incomplete, 4) these pathways are being studied under early earth-like conditions (uh, does Ross even realize that there are a lot of different possible early conditions? A planet is a big place), 5) I think the idea that the only life on earth for almost 4 billion years was single-celled and that only in the last half-billion has a smudge of multicellularity emerged is an argument for a kind of unbiblical gradualness, 6) it is not a necessary condition that life arose only once, and 7) simple relative to what?
Ross’s claims aren’t testable. They don’t even make much sense. I don’t think I need to waste any money or time on his ridiculous book. Has anybody out there seen the whole thing? Does it have anything beyond the blithering, fuzzy nonsense he’s put on the web behind it?