Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds

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Voted one of Christianity Today's 1998 Books of the Year!

For decades, Christians have felt voiceless in the critical debate over evolution. Until now. Finally, ordinary Christians have the opportunity and the resources to defeat the false claims of Darwinism.

With all of the complicated scientific debate swirling around the topic of evolution, Christians need an easy way to understand the basic issues without oversimplifying. Phillip Johnson ...

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Overview

Voted one of Christianity Today's 1998 Books of the Year!

For decades, Christians have felt voiceless in the critical debate over evolution. Until now. Finally, ordinary Christians have the opportunity and the resources to defeat the false claims of Darwinism.

With all of the complicated scientific debate swirling around the topic of evolution, Christians need an easy way to understand the basic issues without oversimplifying. Phillip Johnson has the answer: the key to defeating the false claims of Darwinism is to open our minds to good thinking habits. Here is first-rate advice on avoiding common mistakes in discussions about evolution, understanding the legacy of the Scopes trial, spotting deceptive arguments, and grasping the basic scientific issues without getting bogged down in unnecessary details.

In the bestselling and critically acclaimed Darwin on Trial and Reason in the Balance, Phillip Johnson took on the academic elites and exposed the misleading claims of evolutionary naturalism. Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds provides a new and powerful treatment of these issues for high-school students, parents, teachers, pastors, youth advisors and ordinary readers. Johnson aims not just to defeat a bad theory, but to defeat it in the right way-by opening minds to the truth.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
By profaning the scientific establishment's most sacred cows, U.C.-Berkeley law professor Johnson has earned critical acclaim and brisk sales. Now, the witty iconoclast who questioned the scientific evidence for Darwinian evolution in his Darwin on Trial (1991) provides a short, simple manual to help students, parents, teachers and pastors debate evolution, "a subject," Johnson says, "that has for too long been protected from critical thinking by law and academic custom." Included in the book are tips for using what Carl Sagan once called a "baloney detector kit" to verify the evidence used by opponents in an argument, as well as tips for detecting ad hominem and straw man arguments. Johnson's greatest contribution, however, is that he helps non-scientists distinguish between scientific fact, like microevolution within species, and unproved scientific theories, like macroevolution, which claims that molecules became men. He is also adept at exposing philosophical bias behind ostensibly "objective" scientific arguments. With measured prose and systematic thinking, Johnson uses his legal expertise to demonstrate the ways in which arguments about evolutionary theory may be conducted. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830813605
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 7/7/1997
  • Pages: 131
  • Sales rank: 318,915
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Phillip E. Johnson taught law for more than thirty years at the University of California--Berkeley where he is professor emeritus. He is recognized as a leading spokesman for the intelligent design movement, and is the author of many books, including Darwin on Trial, Reason in the Balance and Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Emilio's Letter: Three Common Mistakes
2. Inherit the Wind: The Play's the Thing
3. Tuning Up Your Baloney Detector
4. A Real Education in Evolution
5. Intelligent Design
6. The Wedge: A Strategy for Truth
7. Modernism: The Established Religion of the West
8. Stepping Off the Reservation
Notes
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  • Posted May 26, 2014

    Found this on a remaindered pile and keep it next to the biology

    Found this on a remaindered pile and keep it next to the biology and science textbooks as a reminder of how far some of us have progressed...

    Once again, just how does a Law Professor refute Darwinism, whatever that is?

    By setting up strawmen, such as 'Darwinism' and attacking them with wordplay, not by citing relevant scientific research on evolutionary biology or paleontology. Reads a lot like the Sophists in The Clouds.

    Also, one would have thought that the Law Professor would have read any of the many US legal decisions that flush this thinking back into the religious ghetto, where it belongs. But, of course, that would mean actually doing some valid research.

    This is a book meant to reinforce prejudice and religious bigotry, not inform and educate.

    Donate to a food bank or soup kitchen if you really want to do some good for others.

    Still can't figure out why this religion-only book shows up in a Science query.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2006

    GREAT info, EASY read

    This book give a spectacular outline for anyone questioning evolution, or someone who just needs to the facts. Very logical, and very understandable. ANYONE that doubts evolution, or needs some sound scientific facts contesting evolution MUST read this book. Great for parents to teach youngsters, and adults alike!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2002

    Compelingly demostrates macro-evolutionary theory has no factual or evidential support.

    Johnson takes a sober look at the facts and evidences. He cuts through the naturalistic philosophy Darwinists impose dogmatically on the rules of science to protect their theory from it's obvious conflicts with fact, evidences and reason. He compelingly demonstrates the complete failure of Darwinism to explain the origin of life or the complex interdependent systems (design) replete in observable reality. I have also read several Darwinists professional critiques of his books with an open mind. None have made substantial counterarguments, just minor quibbles on details and empty appeals to "science" which turns out to be mere naturalistic philosophy popular in science - just as Johnson describes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2002

    Johnson Writes for the Layman

    Johnson's previous titles have been aimed at the scientific community. However, in Defeating Darwinism, Johnson communicates to the layman by laying out strategies for thinking on one's own as opposed to blindly accepting theories as facts. The book seems to be aimed primarily at students, whose ideology will be influenced the most through the next few years of their lives. Johnson turns the late prominent evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould's "baloney detector" against Gould's own area of study. Johnson's specific targets include propaganda, weak arguments, and the "Original Sin" of science--believing what one wants to believe without regard to the facts. Johnson's only big mistake is in not distancing himself completely from the Bible and thus possibly opening himself up to the Inherit-the-Wind stereotype he outlines in the second chapter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2001

    Good intoductory reading for young students interested in the Creation/Evolution debate.

    Johnson has shown in this book (in language simple enough for almost any high school student who is unfamiliar with the creation/evolution debate) how philosophical naturalism and materialism are being used to prove that blind natural processes formed the diversity of life on this planet. He is one of the clearest thinkers of today, and his writing shows how scientific facts and evidence can be swayed or mean something different depending on your philosophy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2000

    Scattared Garbage

    Though this book had a few points that question darwinism, It is really a bunch of scattered narrow criticisms. He makes a few nonsensical attempts to tell us what is wrong with darwinism, but he fails to give any evidence to promote any other science, philosophy, or dogma. I would not waist my time with this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2000

    You too, can learn to think clearly, free from evolutionary naturalism!!

    Philip Johnson's book is excellent! Finally a critical treatment of the issues surrounding the evolution/creation debate. This book is a must for every student, teacher, youth leader and EVERYONE who wants to think for themselves!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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