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The Death of Evolution: Restoring Faith and Wonder in a World of Doubt Hardcover – August 3, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310327458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310327455
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,292,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Nelson Black, Ph.D., is senior analyst with Sentinel Research Associates and is former executive director of the Wilberforce Forum in Washington, D.C. He has written or collaborated on many bestsellers and has appeared on more than 400 radio and television broadcasts.

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It was not a total waste of time to read, but I am sure there are better books on both sides of the debate.
Suzanne R. Arnholt
Some of it has some truth to it, some of it not, but it is mostly irrelevant as to whether evolution is correct or not.
Thomas Wikman
A good scientist may not tell you that God created everything, mostly because science can't answer that question.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kairon on October 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"The Death of Evolution," is simply the worst book I have ever read. It is nothing, but PROPAGANDA in its most basic form. The author might defend it by saying that its simply his beliefs (I'm not even sure, he may just be writing this stuff for the MONEY paid for by christian fundamentalist organizations), and if he does, he could at least do so with the reasoning that Christianity invented the term propaganda, and that in Catholic Latin traditions the word is still used in a positive sense for the disbursal of Catholic ideas. (Seriously the Catholic church has stores openly selling in their own words 'Propaganda' in Spain and Portugal, as if it wasn't a bad thing.)

Onto the book itself... As a book opposed to evolution there is no surprise its one of the thinnest books ever written, and it gets even thinner if you actually try to look for real content (like looking for a needle in a haystack). The wafer thin arguments against evolution that the book consists of, mainly are weak attacks on Darwin's character as opposed to message. These are called ad hominem attacks and are synonymous with a failed argument. In World War II as the Vichy government was collapsing one official blamed criticism in French cinema, to which another said, 'You can't blame a storm on the barometer.' In other words don't shoot the messenger for the message, and its like that with evolution. You can't blame evolution on one man Darwin. (despite the author's hard-tried, but ill-fated attempts to do so) Darwin was not the first to propose evolution (evolutionary theories are well over 2 millennia old), nor was he the last. Although if you read this book you'd think he was both the first and the last.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 12, 2010
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I think there is quite a bit to be skeptical about when it comes to the theory of evolution. I for one am particularly skeptical of the philosophical claims that seem inextricably bound in with the this so called theory. (Eg. the claim that evolution is undirected; what scientific test is there that would distinguish directed from undirected evolution?) As a result of my skepticism, I come to books like this with an open mind, but Black's book severely disappoints. At its best, it is a superficial rehashing of better books, notably Benjamin Wiker's biography of Darwin and Michael Behe's Edge of Evolution. But the book is rarely at its best. More often than not, it conflates and misrepresents the views of various scientists in the debates that surround evolution.

Black's basic hypothesis is that Darwin's theory of evolution owes its popularity to the efforts of atheists who like its materialist presuppositions. There is something to this claim: atheists are committed to explaining "life, the universe, and everything" without reference to any sort of deity or indeed anything beyond the material universe, so theories like Darwin's are helpful to their cause. But this is only part of the story. Support for and opposition to evolution are not tied to religion, much as some atheists like Richard Dawkins and some believers like author Black would like to believe. There are very devout Christians like Kenneth Miller and Francis Collins who believe in evolution. On the other hand, there are agnostics like David Berlinski who argue that evolution as a scientific proposition does not even rise to the level of a theory. And the main problem with this book is that it glosses over all these differences in order to present a simplistic story line.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Phelps Gates VINE VOICE on August 31, 2010
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Those hoping to find evolution disproved will be disappointed in this slim volume. Even the title is a bit of a cheat: the author admits that he is predicting, rather than announcing the death of evolution. A few of the usual arguments are brought out: the bombardier beetle, the human eye, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, none of which present difficult problems for evolutionists, and all of which have long ago been explained by scientists and refuted as creationist arguments (see the copious references on these subjects on the internet). I've found that a litmus test of whether an creationist author knows what he's talking about is whether he brings up the Second Law of Thermodynamics, and sure enough, we don't have to wait past page 9 for this. Even a college freshman knows that this law refers to closed systems. It doesn't disprove evolution because the earth isn't a closed system, but derives vast energy from the sun, which drives evolution and almost everything else that goes on on the surface of the earth.

A good deal of the book is devoted to the dire effects supposedly brought about by evolution. It leads to atheism and Communism, and eventually to the downfall of culture, as exemplified, among other things, by declining SAT scores and Jackson Pollack's paintings (p. 87). Whatever one's view of Pollack (personally, I prefer paintings of dogs playing poker), I seriously doubt that his work can be laid at Darwin's door. But even if Black's view is correct, of course, it has no bearing whatsoever on whether evolution is true or not: many things are true that we might wish were not.
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