Darwin's theory of evolution is accepted by most educated Americans as simple fact. This easy acceptance, however, hides from us the many ways in which evolution - as an idea - shapes our thinking about a great many things. What if this idea is wrong? What if "evolution" is just a word that covers up scientific ignorance of how the wonders of the living world could have been created?
Berkeley law professor Phillip Johnson looks at the evidence for Darwinistic evolution the way a lawyer would - with a cold dispassionate eye for logic and proof. His discovery is that scientists have put the cart before the horse. They prematurely accepted Darwin's theory as fact and have been scrambling to find evidence for it - mostly unsuccessfully. As the evidentiary difficulties have piled up, scientists have clung to the theory out of fear of encouraging religious fundamentalism, and in the process have turned belief in Darwinism into their own religion.
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The book highlights several things in the history of Darwinism and naturalism. Seeing how the politics have developed give a few good insights on the debate.
I just started studying up on the topic of Evolution and I'm surprised how zealous this particular brand of science is. Reminds me of Newton's third law as evolutionary biologists have become equal and opposite of the creationist movement.
This is where the audiobook suffers. Since some of the vocabulary is a little more advanced, a casual listener may have to frequently rewind the audio.
I would say that it wasn't. The narration is done with a British accent and at times it is difficult to determine whether something is being quoted. I would read the physical book instead.
No doubt this is a controversial topic. I'm new to the debate and already I see anti-creationists and anti-ID making comments on these types of books. You can tell from the rhetoric that they are extremely biased. This is not the only scientific topic that features two sides in a heated debate. Dietary science is in a heated debate between low-fat and low-carb diets. The similarities are difficult to ignore.
FANTASTIC - DEFINITELY WORTH A LISTEN
- Theo Tsourdalakis