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The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution Paperback – March 1, 2010
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Any rational debate requires the honest presentation of both sides. But there exists a powerful, self-styled 'intellectual elite' [that] would have a debate wherein only one side was heard while the other side was either ignored or grossly misrepresented. ... In my opinion Sarfati's book beats Dawkins' book, point by point, on all issues. --John Sanford Ph.D., Courtesy Associate Professor, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, Cornell University. (John is a pioneer of genetic engineering and inventor of the gene gun)
An excellent rebuttal to the best evolution has to offer. The reader should walk away with the understanding that evolutionary theory is a house of cards and its chief spokesmen are promoting poor, illogical, and false arguments against the only viable alternative: biblical creation. --Robert Carter, Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Genetics (University of Miami)
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Now, on the the more detailed review of the book. I won't get too much into the specifics, as many other people have covered these in praise or hate. Instead, I'll touch on them and discuss my views on the book.
First off, I believe the author, Jonathan, is a rather honest individual. He states from the beginning that each of us base our interpretations of the world around us on our fundamental beliefs. He is clear and makes no apologies that his fundamental beliefs are based in The Bible. However, for someone such as myself, I find it refreshing that he defends his beliefs with science and logical arguments, as opposed to many Christians who says "Well, I believe - because!" before promptly avoiding any information that could stir doubt in their beliefs.
This is how I arrived here. As a person who enjoys science and a man who considers himself a man of reason, I could no longer ignore the raging, loud, violent arguments of people telling me Christianity is mindless and ignores science. I began to research, extensively, and based off of the same evidence presented to support evolution, I drew a conclusion similar to that of Jonathan - that evolution is nothing more than a semi-educated conjecture about an unprovable past, fundamentally based in a commitment to materialism.Read more ›
It becomes clear quite early that author Jonathan Sarfati is a match for Dawkins and his arguments, even though people may wrongfully think that Dawkins' evidences are virtually infallible. They are not. What impressed me throughout the book, is that Sarfati comes up with counter examples to many of the statements that Dawkins made. For example, where Dawkins alleges that molecular trees and morphology neatly matches in an evolutionary tree, Sarfati comes up with counter examples and shows how highly irresponsible and even inaccurate Dawkins' statements are (pp. 100/1 in original printing). Likewise, Dawkins alleges that flatworms left no fossil trace, in an argument trying to deal with the 'Cambrian Explosion'. Yet Sarfati provides an example or reference of a flatworm fossil from rocks just below those classified as Cambrian. Greatest Hoax is loaded with references which can easily be followed at the bottom of the pages, so this makes it easy to follow these example.
The book further starts off by de-muddying the waters, on important issues such as 'natural selection' and 'speciation'. Clearly most creationists have no problem with there being NS, they just don't ascribe all the creative powers to it, but rather view it as a conservative force in nature. Also, they certainly do not believe in 'fixity of species', as is often given the impression.Read more ›
To refute Dawkin's, he presents other alternatives to what Dawkin's presented. He makes a lot of strong points that should be pondered. The book did not seem so much as a refutation of evolution as it is a refutation of someone who will not debate actual scientists, and writes books that seem to show why it is a good thing that he picks to fight those who either aren't scientists, or are out of their field. Why doesn't he debate actual Creation scientists? (Reading this book shows why. It isn't so much that evolution would lose, but that Dawkin's would have difficulty defending his position.) It is so much easier to play Don Quixote and kill the imaginary monsters. (In this case, knock down straw men.) There may not be (I don't think there is) a victory against evolution, or the proving of Creationism, but it does a good job of handling Dawkin's book.
You will read a whole lot of comments asking for evidence, saying they have evidence, etc. In this realm, there is no evidence. There are only interpretations. One see patterns, one sees pieces of a puzzle. Yet there may be no pattern, and there may be no puzzle.Read more ›
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Excellent rebuttal to Dawkins' book. The perspective is from a young earth creation position. Sarfati provides credible scientific responses that challenge the popular view of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by pchop
I learned a lot from reading this book. Very interesting and the author makes good points. Did you know we have trillions of motors in our body which rotate at 10,000 rpm? Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. Thompson
Relatively well written - at times a bit "breathless" leaning towards becoming yet another shrill polemic. More light and less heat might be called for. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Russo
This book easily Destroys Dawkins and makes him look like a silly fool. A MUST READ!Published 6 months ago by Scentist
Solid refutation of the claims of Richard Dawkins and Darwinian Evolution.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
A dominating demolition of the best "arguments" evolution can put forward.Published 12 months ago by Nick