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In the 150 years since the publication of Origin of Species, Charles Darwin's reputation has wavered between two extremes--secular saint or heretic. But the truth is much more complicated than that. While he was by all accounts a kind and virtuous man, Darwin's theory of evolution and natural selection has been one of the most destructive ideas in history.
So who is Charles Darwin? What did he really believe--and what did his research really prove? In The Darwin Myth: The Life and Lies of Charles Darwin, Benjamin Wiker cuts through the myths and misconceptions and sets the record straight.Taking a "warts and all" approach, Wiker offers a critical examination of Darwin's theories as well as the scientific, social, and religious implications of his life and work.
In The Darwin Myth, Wiker reveals:
* Why Darwin didn't "discover" evolution
* How Darwin set out to create a godless version of evolution
* Why many of his best friends and allies criticized Darwin's theory, and how he never refuted their objections
* How "social Darwinism" is not a misapplication of Darwinism, but is Darwinism
* Why Darwin's theory supported natural slavery, an institution he abhorred
* How much of what we know about Darwin comes from his Autobiography--which at key points is downright misleading
* How Darwin helped make ideological atheism the battle cry of science
Instructive and illuminating, The Darwin Myth casts aside Darwinism's politically correct veneer and offers a critical, scientific analysis of Darwin's life and his history-changing theory.
All the things that schools in America don't want you to know. Just why Darwin's teachings are so dangerous and little truth in them.Published 14 months ago by Jiles N. Carter
Knowing, through my own research that most of what the book says is historically accurate, I'm very glad someone published such a book. Kudos to Wiker!! Read morePublished 16 months ago by G. Hitch
Despite the title, I thought the book really balanced. It is written by an evolutionist whose goal is to not discredit Darwin's theory, but just to give an accurate biography of... Read morePublished on November 11, 2011 by John
Photosynthesis (the process by which plants convert sunlight into energy) is a proven phenomenon. It is observable. It is a scientific fact. Read morePublished on October 2, 2011 by Stephen Moser
Having read, and learned from, "10 Books That Screwed Up the World, (hate that title, though), I was looking forward to this book. However, I was disappointed. Read morePublished on August 21, 2010 by L. Martin
The book is a nice read, but would be a great read if it reflected Christianity.
Today's "Christianity" attempts to appeal to the unbeliever by apologizing for Jesus. Read more
Well, Where to start.
First, why is it that everyone seems to think that writing history (I am classifying biographyas a form of history) requires na actual scientific... Read more
Readable, charitable and cogent. The Darwin Myth is not overblown propoganda but rather sober and grace filled in its treatment of Darwin. Read morePublished on November 5, 2009 by Bobbyjon Bauman