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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Creation Book Publishers; First edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921643064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921643064
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I lost my Evolution Faith when being taught by London University's Professor J.Z. Young, FRS, arguably the greatest Darwinian evolutionist of the 20th Century. I have since been waiting for a 21st Century genius to prove that the Darwinian Evolution Emperor has no clothes. Jonathan Sarfati is that genius as you can see from this his latest masterpiece. With an astonishing array of scientific references, Sarfati has demonstrated that he is far and away the better debater than Richard Dawkins. Read it, and re-read it! --Dr. Felix Konotey-Ahulu (a world authority on sickle cell anemia), Kwegyir Aggrey Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and Former Consultant Physician Genetic Counsellor, Cromwell Hospital, London

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)

About the Author

Jonathan received his B.Sc. (hons) in Chemistry and his Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry) from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has co-authored papers in mainstream scientific journals including one on high-temperature superconductors published in Nature when he was 22 years old. He has long been interested in apologetics, and was a co-founder of the Wellington Christian Apologetics Society (New Zealand). His first book Refuting Evolution was written to counter a teachers guidebook by the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science. It now has over 400,000 copies in print. He later wrote Refuting Evolution 2 and the highly acclaimed Refuting Compromise, both as responses to attacks on the biblical view of history, plus the booklet Mammoth: Riddle of the Ice Age. Jonathan is co-author of the updated Answers Book, 15 Reasons to Take Genesis as History and the booklet Why is there Death and Suffering? He works full-time for Creation Ministries International in Brisbane, Australia where he is a co-editor of Creation magazine and also writes and reviews articles for the in-depth, peer-reviewed Journal of Creation (formerly TJ), as well as being active in speaking ministry. Jonathan is also an accomplished chess player and is a former New Zealand Chess Champion, representing New Zealand in three Chess Olympiads (and drew with Boris Spassky, world champion 1969-1972). In 1988, the International Chess Federation awarded him the title of F.I.D.E. Master (FM). For the fun of it, he regularly accepts challenges from multiple players while he is blindfolded. He then plays from memory with up to 12 players simultaneously.

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Please read the book and just use your common sense to evaluate the evidence.
Steve
Richard Dawkins, in his book "The Greatest Show on Earth" defines evolution as a change in the gene pool.
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I could go on and on with Sarfati's missteps, but to do so would be boring and repetitive.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Hurrie on December 16, 2013
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The book is clear, comprehensive, and solidly scientific in its refutation of Dawkins' book. Sarfati is honest in presenting his presuppositions or framework for interpreting the objective evidence. This is to be applauded since the "fallacy of neutrality" is all to often committed by those who practice experimental science. When the belief systems are clearly laid out on the table, we can more clearly see which framework provides a better fit for the evidence. In this case intelligent design within the Biblical framework clearly outguns non-intelligent chance within an atheistic framework.
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I highly recommend this book as I believe it achieves it's primary objective of refuting Richard Dawkins' book entitled, "The Greatest Show on Earth", which is supposed to provide a great deal of evidence for evolution. I read Dawkins' book carefully two times in order to categorize the primary arguments he provided for evolution, then did the same for this book in order to evaluate the rebuttals. I then did a third cursory review of each book to ensure that no main arguments or counterarguments were missed. I'll go chapter by chapter summarizing Dawkins' book then give the response by Sarfati. I'll then present a hypothetical "what-if" scenario under the assumption that special creation was the dominant paradigm today. I apologize for the length of the review, but I couldn't find a way to shorten it without giving up substance. What follows next is a chapter by chapter analysis of Dawkins' book along with the rebuttal and evaluation:
Chapter 1: There are repeated claims that evolution is a fact and a fair number of insults to creationists but no evidence is presented.

Chapter 2: This is about artificial selection and uses dogs and cabbages as examples. The response is that this artificial selection involves loss of genetic information, narrows the gene pool and is consistent with variation within created kinds.

Chapter 3: Dawkins describes how natural selection works and proves it is true. Creationists agree that it is true and did long before Darwin. It removes genes from a population and drives changes in the wrong direction needed for particles-to people evolution. Many problems are presented for evolution (including decay of the human genome).
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105 of 179 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Marley on September 21, 2011
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What a can an objective reader tell from the widely differing reviews of Jonathan Sarfati's "The Greatest Hoax on Earth - Refuting Dawkins on Evolution? Clearly, America is sharply divided about the validity of biological evolution and deeply troubled by its theological implications. Folks who give this book 5 stars are doing so because it reconfirms what they want to hear, albeit with Safarti's pseudoscientific spin. It helps to link young earth creationism into a general attack on atheism, and Richard Dawkins- the British biologist who also happens to be a controversial and widely published atheist.
This book provides comfort for a so-called Christian world view, mostly because readers will be predisposed to accept what Safarti claims "on faith".
Other reviewers, like me, will take Safarti to task for his steady stream of inaccuracies and reliance on "god can do anything he wants" explanations. To anyone who understands the scientific methodology (with many Christians, being among them) Safarti's writings seem disingenuous - clearly he has to carefully skirt around the evidence which undermines his credibility.
Safarti says, "despite claims by Dawkins and other evolutionists that "perfect missing links" have been discovered, the claims evaporate under careful analysis. However, Safarti avoids giving his readers a serious look at the morphological adaptations in countless transitional fossils. He simply "pooh pooh's" serious anatomical studies that have been going on for a century and a half. I actually challenged Jonathan Safarti to back up a few of his claims on these Amazon forums a few years ago and he deflected my simple questions about his interpretation of the "Cambrian Explosion.
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80 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Monk on September 29, 2011
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This book was loaned to me by a religious friend who decided to see if I would be opened minded. Well, as a man of science, I am open to possibilities when the evidence is there to be peer reviewed. However, when I read the first few chapters I thought it was a joke. Elementary logical fallacies out the wazoo are present in this book. The author clearly does not understand the theory of evolution or anything else for that matter, due in part to his faith in a supernatural, cosmic space daddy. Everything in the book is creationist propaganda used to appeal to massive amounts of ignorant religious people who don't care about simple things like the truth. The authors motives are quite clear, they want to discredit anything that conflicts with a literal interpretation of the bible.

CHAPTER 2, the author attempts to justify a worldwide flood with no evidence at all; also make no attempt to explain exactly where the water originated from to support his statement. The total water supply of the earth is roughly 326 million cubic miles. A cubic mile is defined as the volume of a cube with sides of 1 mile exactly. Due to the rotation of the earth, the earth has a bulge on the equator compared to the poles, so some tricky math is involved to calculate exactly how much water is required for this ridiculous statement. Genesis 7:19 outlines that a flood covered all of mountains, and Gen. 7:20 states that "Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.", so that means that water was 15 'cubits' above the tallest mountain. I won't add that figure into the math below, I'll just use Mt Everest's height instead. Everest is 29,028 feet in height (Google; Height of Everest).
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