- Paperback: 143 pages
- Publisher: Master Books; UNABRIDGED VERSION edition (May 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0890512582
- ISBN-13: 978-0890512586
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Refuting Evolution: A Handbook for Students, Parents, and Teachers Countering the Latest Arguments for Evolution UNABRIDGED VERSION Edition
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Cynically intended to separate uncritical creationists from their money and the actual facts, this aggressively mediocre publication is typeset in a large 'Weekly Reader' font and format that keeps your fingers constantly busy flipping from page to page. Which is appropriate since "Refuting Evolution" is essentially content-free.
If Jonathan Sarfati has any honest cards to play in the seemingly endless game of whack-a-mole that scientists are forced to play with Young Earth Creationists (YECs for short), he should write them up and submit them for peer review in a credible scientific journal. He won't because science is hard work and Sarfati can make an easy living by taking unfounded pot shots at evolution.
The threads of error woven into Sarfati's tapestry of nonsense are numerous and perverse. Here are a few highlights:
Sarfati postulates that a lack of helium escaping from the atmosphere of the earth supports its 'youth.' He deliberately ignores the evidence NASA, and many others, have accumulated on helium escape that deflates this lighter-than-air YEC balloon.
He also trots out the discredited canard about ocean salinity supporting a young earth interpretation. Unfortunately this creationist gambit conveniently omits well known mechanisms, such as basaltic lava quenching, that removes sodium from the ocean.Read more ›
The laughable naiveté displayed by Sarfati in his description of molecular phylogenetics
indicates that he has at best a cursory understanding of it. Considering that Sarfati may have had Batten look
over this section for him - a creationist that has made many of the same errors in his own writing that Sarfati does in his book - there is little reason to wonder how such nonsense made it
Sarfati's 'common designer' alternative is a case in point. He mentions
only similarities - if he had an understanding of how such analyses are
done, he would - or should - have known that it is not mere similarity that
If this 'common designer' schtick of Sarafti's and other creationists made any sense, should not
the DNA of a whale be more 'similar' to that of a shark, given their
morphological similarity? Sarfati even alludes to this when he mentions the
relationships of crocodiles to chickens rather than reptiles (which
actually, contrary to Sarfati's ignorant implication, makes perfect sense).
Furthermore, Sarfati makes a blatant false claim on p. 83:
"Similarities between human and ape DNA are often exaggerated. This
figure was not derived from a direct comparison of sequences. Rather
the original paper inferred 97% similarity between human and chimp DNA
from a rather crude technique called DNA hybridization.Read more ›
REFUTING EVOLUTION is so full of elementary errors in astronomy, chemistry, geology and the nature of science, that I half-suspected Sarfati to be an 'agent provocateur' really working in the service of science and that he was only offering up this book as 'disinformation' to make the Creationists look bad by assuming they were either too ignorant, too lazy, or too complacent to bother researching his laughable (and patently inaccurate) claims.
The more I read, however, it began to dawn on me that Sarfati actually believed the fantasies he was doling out even though they go against all the basic findings of elementary science. This is downright frightening, to see how religious fanaticism (a kind of mental pathology) should have such a stanglehold on what might otherwise turn out to be a strong and rational mind. It's a pity to see such potential wasted in the service of supernaturalism, magical thinking, and science fiction! What else is Sarfati deliberately and rigorously pretending not to know?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great, little, easy-to-read book! I'd say this book is written on a high-school level, and does a great job of explaining the problems with popular evolutionary ideas. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Drew
As a Christian, I needed a way to refute the anti-God and anti-scientific method that is evolution. This book can help my foundation somewhat.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Simple and straight to the point. No adhominem. Takes each point and offers a rebuttal, but also lays out the underlying presuppositions in evolutionary belief. Read morePublished 7 months ago by KG
The pseudo scientist, Sarfati expounds on the non-nature of Evolution. He believes all trained scientists are wrong about their findings concerning Evolution and the nature of the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Robert Williams
Only thing I didn't like was that the book should have been longer. More and more people and teachers, even scientists, are dropping evolution. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Michael A. Johnson
The author has written this book with conviction and truth. Greatly appreciate that I have a chance to read this Refuting Evolution written with such a clarity and passion. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Udin Kosasih
Dr. Sarfati reviews the National Academy of Sciences book Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science in this book. Read morePublished on June 14, 2011 by The Brilliant Reviewer
Science in no way refutes evolution, if used correctly. The authors of this book don't have an inkling of what 'science' is. Read morePublished on February 14, 2010 by A. Seek