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Dr Charles Ware is president of Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, and the author of several books. He is a brilliant and passionate speaker. He lives in Indiana. Ken Ham is founder and director of Answers in Genesis, the world's largest creation ministry. The ministry's new Creation Museum will open in 2007. Ken lectures around the world and is the author of many books. He and his wife, Mally, make their home in Kentucky.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Master Books; Stated First Edition edition (November 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890514976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890514979
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,561,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Ham is the president/CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis - U.S. and the highly acclaimed Creation Museum. Ken Ham is one of the most in-demand Christian speakers in North America.

Ken's emphasis is on the relevance and authority of the book of Genesis and how compromise on Genesis has opened a dangerous door regarding how the culture and church view biblical authority. His Australian accent, keen sense of humor, captivating stories, and exceptional PowerPoint illustrations have made him one of North America's most effective Christian communicators.

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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By DWD's Reviews VINE VOICE on June 20, 2009
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After perusing the eight reviews that are posted for this book as of June 20, 2009 I can honestly say that I may be the only reviewer that has read this book.

Ken Ham's point in the book is this (made in this quote by a quite famous evolutionary scientist):

"Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1859, but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory." - Stephen Jay Gould (Ontogeny and Phylogeny - 1977)(p. 15)

That's what Ham is saying.

At no point does he remotely excuse the "Christian" excuses for racism that were common in the 18th and 19th centuries.

At no point does he claim that Darwin invented racism.

He correctly notes that scientists used any number of ways to measure human racial groupings and rank them (head size, brain weight, etc.) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Hitler used those biological arguments to justify his genocides against the Jews, gypsies and everyone else he hated.

In my master's program that I completed two summers ago I saw similar research done to explain low achievement rates by African-Americans in school. Seriously. I think it's junk but it's out there.

Even the co-discoverer of DNA, Dr. James Watson weighs in with a bit of old-fashioned scientific racism: "There is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capicities of peoples geographically seperated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so." (October 2007) (p. 55) Search it - I typed in his name and got lots of articles about it.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Huey Newton on April 6, 2011
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November 24th, 1859 is a day that will live in infamy.

On that day a work of so-called scientific literature hit the stands. It was a treatise that is still considered the foundation of evolutionary biology to too many even today. This monument to the "advancement" of science and civilization was titled: "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life" by Charles Darwin.

In a day and age when we are speaking of tolerance and equality, this book is still the foundation of scientific anthropology and carries the same weight as any supposed sacred text on the planet.

The fact that Darwin's theory has racist undertones and overtones has absolutely nothing to do with any supposed religious dogma and everything to do with error passing itself off as science.

Folks like the Pygmies or Aborigines and a host of others are the transitions of the theory. The links that are not missing. The inferior races of common ancestry. That my friend is racist.

Some think it's unfair to paint Darwin with a racist paint brush. I beg to differ.

Racism is not applied to Darwinism until he makes racist statements like -
"At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated. The break will then be rendered wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state as we may hope, than the Caucasian and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as at present between the Negro or Australian and the gorilla.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. W. Shealy on October 4, 2013
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We live in an age of such technology that true science clearly shows life originates from a truly Divine Creator. For one to deny this fact is to ignore the basics of the scientific method we( hopefully) learned in jr. High. This book explains in certainty about how the lie of evolution was not only conjured up by a man who did not use scientific methodology but was a stark-raving racist. Why do modern Americans NOT see this today? Sadly we are going to have to answer to a holy Creator as a sinful nation for the lies being taught to three or more generations of impressionable young people who deserved better. I recommend this book to anyone who has any question in the Creation vs. Evolution "debate". It matters what you place your trust in!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jack corsey on December 18, 2014
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More people need to read this book. This book makes scent so much in this world. You read it you see
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30 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A. BURK on January 7, 2008
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This book is another attempt by Answers In Genesis(AIG) to distort the truth and out right lie. This book takes Darwin out of context and is historically inaccurate.

This book falsely portrays Darwin as a racist when in fact he was much less racist than most white christian creationists that lived during his time. Darwin was actually against slavery unlike many white christians of his day. One of the first critics of evolution was a christian who traded slaves and was the captain of the Beagle.

AIG dishonestly attempts to blame evolution for a major increase in racism in western civilization; western civilization was very racist long before Darwin was even born, this major increase in racism never happened. White people viewed themselves as superior long before Darwin and evolution. The idea that Whites are superior to other races is based on western technology and military power NOT evolution. In fact racism has decreased in the 150 years since Darwin's masterpiece "The Origin Of Species" was publish.

This book was clearly created to slander Darwin and mislead people who don't know the facts.
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