In the midst of all this confusion, Lennox usefully points out that the central fact about "information" - what life has and non-life doesn't - is entirely consistent with the Scriptures of the Judeao-Christian tradition.,
This key notion,. That the Creator is God the word, is reflected in the repeated phrase 'And God said [Let there be light ...]' of the Hebrew creation narrative and it is emphasized in almost all of the statements made in the Bible relative to creation. Of particular interest for our discussion is the statement, 'By faith we understand that the universe was formed by God's word, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.' This quotation from ancient biblical literature is remarkable in that it draws attention to a basic characteristic of information, namely that information is invisible. The carriers of information may well be visible - like paper and writing, smoke-signals, television screens or DNA - but the information itself is invisible. (p. 168, God's Undertaker)
Not only that, but information, as Lennox goes on to demonstrate, is immaterial. Example: The knowledge that the concert you hoped to attend has been cancelled due to an ice storm is immaterial. The storm is quite material, but your knowledge that the concert has been cancelled is immaterial, even though it may have been conveyed by material things.
Shades of George Gilder, actually!
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