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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Regent College Publishing (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573831336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573831338
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Kalthoff on January 13, 2000
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Denis Lamoureux, an evangelical Christian with three doctorates (theology, biology, and dentistry), is an unapologetic evolutionist. He considers Phillip Johnson (a distinguished member of the law faculty at the University of California, Berkeley) to be "the most important antievolutionist in the world today." Johnson, like Lamoureux, is a devoted Christain. In the first part of this book the two engage in debate. Lamoureux opens. Johnson replies. Lamoureux responds. Johnson gets the last word. The second part of the book includes nine responses to the debate from theologians, scientists, and philosophers (all of whom have Ph.D.s). These include such names as Michael Behe, Michael Denton, Stephen Meyer, and Howard Van Till. Some are disposed toward Johnson and his position which is called "intelligent design theory." Others favor Lamoureux and his "evolutionary creationist perspective." All have their own ideas they wish to toss into the fray. At 174 pages, the book is brief enough to serve as a good introduction to this lively debate between Christians who know that God created, but disagee about how it was done. I am a college professor and recently assigned this book for an undergraduate philosophy of science seminar that I taught on creation and evolution. The students in the course found it very useful, as will all serious students of the Christian origins debates.
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58 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 2000
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I cut my theological teeth on the Origins debate. As an Evangelical and a student of biological science, I soon supped upon a steady diet of Phillip Johnson and Michael Behe. I shared Johnson's outrage at an academic world with atheistic assumptions. I revelled in his out-sciencing the scientists; he was winning back atheistic turf! I fretted over the dismissal of his arguments by Stephen Jay Gould and the rest of the scientific community. I wheeled out Johnson to defeat the lecture notes of my biology professors and former high school teachers. I looked forward to the fall of Darwin.
But I began to read criticism of Johnson. I found counter-arguments that were often as convincing and as rhetorically powerful as Johnson himself. I became increasingly aware of questions that were never addressed by the good guys: If life evolved, is Christianity false? Does the Bible demand what Lamoreux calls "cosmological concordance"? Does Johnson have a plausible Christian alternative origin model makes sense of the fossils? Is it even desirable to have a supernatural scientific methodology?
The answer to all these questions is no. For those would-be Darwin Defeaters, examine Lamoureux. Question your own objectivity. Don't be afraid that any questioning is compromise, or that your whole Christian world will crumble. Contrary to popular belief, history is full of orthodox Christians who supported evolutionary creationism. Lamoreux's arguments resonate deeply with my own conclusions and intellectual development. I didn't compromise. I refused to compromise in the pursuit of truth, and it led me to the ministry.
This is a wonderful book because it finally calls Johnson to some intellectual accountability. Johnson is forceful and rhetorically powerful in his own books. But force and power is not truth. Johnson's failure here is a testimony to that.
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35 of 45 people found the following review helpful By C. R. McGlone on August 11, 2000
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When I first reviewed "Darwinism Defeated?" in manuscript the first thought that hit me was, "Why the blazes is Johnson allowing this to be published?" In my opinion, Professor Phillip Johnson takes a beating of the worst kind from fellow Christian, Professor Denis Lamoureux, and then permits Regent College to publish the debate. So you can imagine how completely stunned I was when I later found reviewers actually hoisting Johnson in victory as the undisputed champ of this exchange. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In response to Lamoureux's thirty-eight page critique of Johnson's book "An Easy-To-Understand Guide for Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds," Johnson writes:
"I doubt if the common ancestry thesis is true. However, I do not consider this issue to be of central importance and do not attempt to argue the question for now, because certain crucial work in progress that bears on common ancestry has yet to be published."
Lamoureux candidly replies:
"This is indeed a remarkable statement! Johnson has gained international attention for rejecting biological evolution (or common ancestry), and now he claims that this theory is not "of central importance." In the book that thrust him to the forefront of the modern antievolution movement, Darwin on Trial (1991), seven of the twelve chapters attempt to argue directly against the evidence for common ancestry. Note, too, that in not wanting to deal with the scientific evidence for evolution, Johnson's escape-and-evasion tactic includes an appeal to work "yet to be published.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Discovery Reviewer on June 21, 2006
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This volume contains a debate between design advocate Phillip E. Johnson and evolutionary biologist Denis Lamoureux. Though differing in opinion over evolution, both sparring partners are Christians. Lamoureux asks challenging questions of Johnson, asserting that Johnson's position is based upon "God-of-the-gaps" type arguments. Lamoureax also challenges Johnson's arguments on the fossil record, claiming that there are examples of transitional forms. Lamoureax ends by pressing Johnson to list "how many university-level courses you have successfully completed in biology, and could you be specific in your answer indicating what type of biology these were."

Johnson's replies that from a Christian perspective, we have good reason to expect that God has revealed himself in the natural world. Romans 1:20 explains that God's work has made Him "clearly seen." In contrast, Darwinism tells us that all the design in the world is merely an illusion. Assigning God a detectable role is not bad science or theology, according to Johnson. Johnson also points out that many of Lamoureax's arguments focus on Johnson's scientific qualifications. Regarding alleged evolutionary transitions, Johnson points out that he addresses these issues in his other books, such as Darwin on Trial (which apparently was well-liked by some Darwinist paleontologists, such as David Raup).

The other contributions in this book also debate whether it is theologically appropriate to give God a role in the creation. Discovery Institute fellows Steve Meyer and Michael Behe argue that design is detectable. Keith Miller argues that fossil evidence of transitional forms supports common descent, and implies that design is wrong. This is an intriguing exchange between various scientists on both sides of this debate.
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