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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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Product Details

  • 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 (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tyler shaw on May 18, 2015
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I enjoyed this book very much. I have read some of his previous books, including Refuting Evolution and Refuting Evolution 2. Overall, his arguments are consistent between the books and I find them logically sound. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a direct response to common arguments for evolution - such as those presented by Richards Dawkins as "The Greatest Show on Earth".

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.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. van Niekerk on April 18, 2015
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This book is so good and informative, it is difficult to know where to start! To anyone who is genuinely open-minded about science and origins, and has heard the reasoning of Richard Dawkins, I say this book is a must read. I promise it won't likely disappoint (if the reader is open-minded, and not authority driven).

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.
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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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