- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: IVP Books; 2 edition (December 3, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830813241
- ISBN-13: 978-0830813247
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
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He points out the mind-boggling complexity of structures like wings and eyes, but does not dwell on these descriptions like some critics, for he realizes that nearly all informed people agree that living things are that complex. The Darwinian Richard Dawkins writes, "Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose," but insists that "Natural selection is the blind watchmaker, blind because it does not see ahead, does not plan consequences, has no purpose in view. Yet the living results of natural selection overwhelmingly impress us with the appearance of design as if by a master watchmaker, impress us with the illusion of design and planning."
The premise that appearance can be misleading is not unreasonable. Scientists proved the appearance of the sun revolving around the earth to be an illusion. The problem, which constitutes Johnson's central scientific premise, is that there is no evidence that natural selection has the immense creative power Darwinians attribute to it. The Darwinian claim that the numerous theoretical difficulties with Darwinism are false is based not on scientific fact but almost entirely on pure speculation.
Johnson is not a scientist, but his central thesis is philosophical. Darwinians insist that considering divine intervention is unacceptable because science is committed to purely natural explanations.Read more ›
For those who have not read the book, Johnson argues the following points:
* The scientific establishment, rather than defending evolution against criticism, has determined that no such criticism shall take place.
* Evolution is defined so loosely that no criticism of it is possible.
* The term "natural selection" is a tautology and so explains nothing.
* The experimental evidence for Darwinism does not provide "any persuasive reason for believing that natural selection can produce new species, new organs, or other major changes, or even minor changes that are permanent."
* Darwinians are so clever at finding evidence that confirms their theory and explaining the evidence that appears to contradict it, that it looks as if all the evidence is supportive.
* The theory of sexual selection contradicts the theory of natural selection.
* Haeckel's hypothesis that "ontology recapitulates phylogeny" is still taught in schools despite being completely discredited more than a century ago. (This I know to be true, as I still teach a syllabus which requires it.)
* Darwinian theory is not falsifiable, because its supporters cannot or will not make the risky predictions which would allow it to be falsified.
* Anyone who questions the orthodoxy of scientific naturalism, or Darwinism in particular, is rigorously persecuted by the scientific establishment.
This must be one of the most vilified books ever written.Read more ›
Prof Johnson seems to dwell on tautology more than needed but otherwise, the book is an excellent "starter" for those that don't turn a blind eye to the theory of evolution and it's many facets that are highly debated among top evolutionists themselves, not to mention between evolutionists and creationists.Read more ›
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I found it compelling. However, for me, it is not an easy read! Very detailed as if it is a scientific text.Published 9 days ago by russellb
Superb dissection of ''Darwinist-speak.'' Dr Johnson clearly and concisely categorizes and articulately describes their many layers of deception, yet without being bitter or... Read morePublished 4 months ago by robert hyland
Great book. I've read tons of material from both sides of the debate and this is one of the best. My atheist buddy thought so too and he can be pretty critical.Published 9 months ago by Brian W. Ewert
A masterpiece of logic and a must read for anyone with doubts about Darwin's theory, as well as his true believers.Published 9 months ago by Carol G. Johnson
Phillip E. Johnson may be well learned, but not necessarily well studied. Johnson confuses the scientific denotation of basic terms such as "theory" with... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alex Carrier
The advent of evolutionary biology finds its roots in a synthesis of ideas culled together by Charles Darwin. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Pastor Eric
This is the book which reignited widespread public debate about Darwinism. Johnson brought one of America's finest legal minds to the subject, carefully examing all of the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Charles van Buren
Johnson, a professor of law at Cal-Berkeley, systematically weighs the scientific evidence for evolution. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dataman