“Lucid, compact, up-to-date, and highly readable.”
(Ross H. Nehm, Ohio State University BioScience
“The Evidence for Evolution is a find advocate’s case for Darwin’s theory.”
(Michael J. Behe, Lehigh University Review of Metaphysics
“The volume is clearly written and presents helpful examples for readers. In addition to providing an excellent introduction for general readers, this book will be of use in a variety of introductory courses on biology or as a supplement to a more general treatment of evolutionary theory.”
(Chris Zarpentine, University of Utah Quarterly Review of Biology
“[A] fresh and splendid little book.”
(Warren D. Allmon Reports of the National Center for Science Education
“Alan Rogers addresses the political controversy over the theory of evolution (there’s no longer any scientific controversy) in the best scientific spirit: with evidence and logic. For anyone with an open mind, a curiosity about the natural world, and a desire to see controversies settled with evidence rather than rhetoric, this is an invaluable contribution and a fascinating read.”
(Steven Pinker, Harvard University)
“This work is novel and significant because of the growing misunderstanding of the concepts of evolution. Rogers does a great job of presenting the creationists’ arguments and providing some of the best evidence to counter those arguments. He brings the full arsenal of what modern science has to offer, but also does so in a respectful manner that is accessible to a broad audience without condescending language. This is exactly the kind of message that evolutionary biologists should be sending.”
(Christina Richards, University of South Florida)
“An elegant little128-page book by a veteran University of Utah scientist that explains and defends the theory of evolution.”
From the Author
It is interesting to think about what Darwin didn't know. He didn't know about genetics, about continental drift, or about the age of the earth. He had never seen a species change, and he had no idea whether it was even possible for a species to split in two. He knew of no transitional fossils and of almost no human fossils. It is hardly surprising that people in the 1860s found so many ways to attack the theory.
Evolution skeptics have invented lots of arguments, and I trace each of them back to their source. It turns out that all of them were introduced during the 1860s. Take for example the one that asks "what good is half an eye?" That was introduced in 1866 by the man who taught mathematics and botany to Darwin's sons. In those years, evolution skeptics proposed several arguments that were hard to refute, so it is easy to understand why so many people were skeptical.
We have learned a lot in the past 150 years and are no longer ignorant about any of the issues I listed at the top. So why are people still skeptical? I suspect that most people are simply not familiar with the evidence. There is no way to make the case in a few paragraphs, or in a television interview. That is why I wrote this book.
I have tried to write a book that is short, inexpensive, and easy to read. I couldn't assume that readers would take my word for anything, so I never say "trust me"--I explain everything. How well did I succeed? You be the judge.