This is a very long, technical read. But it is also very revealing and candid as far as looking at various segments of macro-evolution through the eyes of the evolutionist. It is also a useful tool as it links the statement to the article/publication it was made down to the page number. It is broken down into various fields of science so the reader is able to concentrate on a specific area if they wish.
Reading through many of the statements you come to understand that many scientist and academics that believe in the (macro) evolution theory are thoroughly disapointed and/or frustrated with the lack of evidence in their field to support their view. Many seem to maintain their faith in the theory only because of their belief that another branch of science has evidence that their field lacks. It is when you begin to study the other fields that you find they feel the same way and that some other branch must have the real evidence. But none of them do. Many of those cited are also equally frustrated with the numerous frauds and hoaxes thrust upon the public in various branches of science i.e. Piltdown man, Nebraska man, Lucy, geologic column, punctuated equalibrium etc.
A valuable tool for creationists that wish to discuss the creation vs. evolution topics from the point of view and frank admissions of the evolutionist themselves.
Disclaimer : I didn't purchase my copy of Mr. Morris' pamphlet through Amazon. However, unlike some other reviewers, I have a complete copy that I have read in its entirety. *******
This is a truly mind-altering collection of quotations from a huge range of sources, put together and presented for the first time in booklet form by Henry Morris.
Mr. Morris has subtitled his work "Quotes from Evolutionists Useful for Creationists" (capitalisation in the original), which leads to multiple examples of the most delicious irony possible (more on that later!)
The enormous range of sources, from anonymous letters to editors, to biologists, biochemists, chemists, Creationists, and long-dead scientists, reflects Mr. Morris' beliefs, attitude towards evidence, and journalistic integrity, with a clarity that is both concise and complete.
Few (if any) modern scholars would be willing to take such a wide-ranging collection of beliefs, statements, and quotations, and bring them together so seamlessly, while keeping a consistent theme throughout the volume's many areas of scientific endeavour.
Mr. Morris isn't distracted by petty annoyances such as quotations taken out of context, or mutilated misquotations, or Creationists being presented as "Evolutionists" (or worse - remember the subtitle of the book!). Instead, he's been able to look deeper, beneath the obvious (and mundane) lack of context, or pages of text elided by ellipses, or cleverly fabricated sayings, and find the Truth that reflects the Truth underlying the Truth in the universe we Truly live in. This is Mr. Morris' true genius, and luckily for us, he's not hiding it under a bushel!
OK. I do understand that fans of the THE GENESIS FLOOD (as I used to be) and Ken Ham, Kent Hovind, Carl Baugh, Jason Lisle, et al are going to be interested in this book. I accept that.
I also accept that there is absolutely nothing I could write here, no matter how long and detailed, that would talk an anti-evolution, Young Earth Creationist (for example) out of using this book.
So all I can do is plead just one wish: Before you use any of the "quotations" in this book, check them against a compendium as that to be found at TalkOrigins.org. (There are a number of Quote-Mining Projects. All of them will probably have rebuttals and explanations for each of the most famous quote-mines to be found in this book.)
Yes, I know that you consider me (as a former YEC speaker/writer) to be "biased" and perhaps even a "Son of Satan." But what is the harm in simply taking my advice and applying good basic scholarship procedures while using this book? I encourage you to choose just a few of the "zingers" in this book, track them to their ORIGINAL source [not the secondary sources of some other Morris book or a YEC website or a creationist quarterly periodical], and examine the entire context and determine if the "argument" and claims make sense.
Believe me, it will save you a LOT of embarrassment.
Yes, it is easier to simply TRUST the "experts" and assume that they are being honest with their citations and quotations. But I learned the hard way that I couldn't necessarily believe everything I was told.
So, after you complain about my review with the usual, "You probably didn't even read the book!" or "You didn't give a single example of a dishonest or disturbing quotation!", do remember my advice.Read more ›
This book was not neccessarily designed to be read cover to cover. It can be. Believe me, I know! I couldn't put it down, but then, I'm strange like that. Most people will probably use this book like a reference guide, to point them in the right direction for further research, or as a quick reference for refuting the fact statements that evolutionists will often throw out in leiu of actual evidence. Over all, it was a worthwhile read, and I will use it for years to come. However, my one complaint is that the references are a bit dated in places. To be truly powerful, this book has to be on the cutting edge of science, and while some references are very modern, some are forty or more years old. This is probably out of Dr. Morris's control, since moments of candid honesty from a leading evolutionist are rare.