Darwin on Trial / Edition 2by Phillip E. Johnson
Pub. Date: 12/28/1993
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Philip E. Johnson offers a careful, reasoned, and scientifically sound evaluation of the support for Darwiniam--from the fossil records to molecular biology. He argues that this hotly debated theory is based more on faith than on evidence.
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Table of Contents
Foreword to the 20th Anniversary Edition Michael J. Behe 9
Preface to the Second Edition (1993) 19
1 The Legal Setting 21
2 Natural Selection 34
3 Mutations Great and Small 53
4 The Fossil Problem 67
5 The Fact of Evolution 86
6 The Vertebrate Sequence 99
7 The Molecular Evidence 113
8 Prebiological Evolution 129
9 The Rules of Science 141
10 Darwinist Religion 154
11 Darwinist Education 165
12 Science and Pseudoscience 179
Epilogue: The Book and Its Critics 190
Research Notes 205
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The Harvard-educated author is a lawyer, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley, and an outstanding writer who makes the case against Darwinism irrefutable. I finally set aside my pen, because I was underlining just about every sentence.
This book is a great piece of work that causes you to re-examine your view that evolution must be true because taht is what you were taught in school. What you are forced to accept is that evolution is just another step of faith in a theory that has a lot of holes. I expect we will start to see negative reviews. I'm sure many will be from those who have not read it. It seems any attack on evolution is met with quite a fight.
Great book. It systematically presents, then refutes the major premises that Darwinists hang their hat on. Darwinism is not science, it is religion to those who follow and defend it. This book helps to make that very clear. Descent with modification is merely a theory with no hard evidence to back it up. Call it Punctuated Equilibrium or whatever you like, the fact is that the darwinian philosophy is based on faith not fact.
Johnson presents a well-reasoned and purely academic critque of Darwinian theory. He methodically examines the ways and means of modern science and builds a formidable argument that Darwinian evolution is not science at all but a naturalistic religion, a worlview that dictates when scientific evidence can be admitted and how it will be rendered to the public. This book is a bit of a vocabulary-builder, hence the casual reader may be put off by it, but the inquiring mind will find this book to be enjoyable and immensely satisfying.
The book is great it really gets to the core of the problems. I hope that everybody will be able to decide what they really believe in. I would strongly advise buying these books if you want to be informed.
The real argument over the hypothesis of evolution is a matter of philosophy. I think this statement well sums up Johnson's message. It is invalid to argue that evolution happened because we can't think of a better naturalistic explanation of the world as we see it. Nor is it valid science to conclude that evolution happened simply because we can conceive of how it could have happened. Johnson argues well that science must be willing to deal with the available evidence and admit to the possibility of explanations that are beyond our current understanding. This, indeed, is what science is all about. He presents his data and his arguments without demonizing his philosophical opponents and without the personal attacks that seem to be characteristic of most authors on both sides of this question.
This book certainly rocked my beliefs and understanding of the evolution/creation debate. I was taught in school (as I'm sure you were) that evolution has been proven many times over and that it is as much physical law as gravity. This book challenged those beliefs in a gripping way. Phillip Johnson is not concerned as much with ripping into certain Darwinist personalities (although it does happen a few times) as he is with exposing the shoddy and unsound science that seeks nothing but evolutionary confirmation. He does this by citing specific examples that one could easily go out and research on their own. This book has provided me with the evidence that I needed to realize that the debate of our origin rages on (i.e. it hasn't been won by Darwinists). I'd recommend this book to anyone who was taught the 'fact' of evolution in school, a practice that must stop, but still persists. I am educating my 3-year-old daughter now to question everything-someday she will be a much needed thorn in some poor science teachers' side as the Darwinist propaganda rolls from their lips! My aim is to make her and her generation a little less gullible than me and mine.