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The Lie: Evolution

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Master Books (July 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890511586
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,831,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Ham is the president/CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis - U.S. and the highly acclaimed Creation Museum. Ken Ham is one of the most in-demand Christian speakers in North America.

Ken's emphasis is on the relevance and authority of the book of Genesis and how compromise on Genesis has opened a dangerous door regarding how the culture and church view biblical authority. His Australian accent, keen sense of humor, captivating stories, and exceptional PowerPoint illustrations have made him one of North America's most effective Christian communicators.

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359 of 513 people found the following review helpful By Paul & Lynda on April 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Lie: Evolution was written by a conservative Christian for conservative Christians. It is neither a tract nor a science book; it is an apologetics manual. Christians seeking a scientific critique of evolution should look elsewhere. Nonetheless, The Lie should be read by anyone interested in the creation/evolution debate (C/E), because Ken Ham is one of the most active evangelists in the field, and The Lie illumines his motivating philosophy and arguments of first resort.
The Lie is a forceful polemic that will invigorate readers who already agree with Ham's views. These qualities, and the dearth of science in The Lie, ought to alert evolutionists to the true nature of the debate, as conceived by conservative Christians. If Ham can pack this much conviction into 185 pages without deigning to evaluate the science, then it ought to be clear that C/E involves more than weighing evidence and vetting theories.
Ham argues that Genesis is foundational to Christianity. Genesis explains that God created the universe in six days, that creation was perfect at its inception, and that imperfection, sin and death entered the world through Adam. This establishes the need for a Savior, whose atoning work will restore perfection. Evolution, in contrast, implies gradual, ongoing "creation," and that from the beginning life has evolved by mutations (imperfection), coupled with natural selection (death). Evolution dispenses with sin, redemption and restoration as metaphysical clutter. Thus, evolution is incompatible with creation and should be rejected by those who believe the Bible is the infallible word of God.
Ham scrupulously rejects the "evidentialist" approach in favor of a "presuppositionalist" approach: The Bible is a priori true; evolution is ipso facto false.
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80 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Larry on December 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book over Christmas and was completely surprised at how incredibly weak it was as an argument against evolution. In coming here to write this review, I'm pleased to see so many people in agreement that the book totally misses the mark.

To its credit, the author says quite clearly (with a table, no less!) that he is biased against evolution. Of course in the same place he claims that all scientists are biased in favor of evolution and plainly states that no one can be unbiased... go ahead and figure out that one for yourself. While I appreciate his honesty, I don't think it lends his argument any credence.

The argument, as others have noted, is that evolution must be a lie because to accept it would mean that the Bible is a lie or (at least) fallible. Since all good Christians believe in God and the Bible is the word of God, the Bible wins out against any mamby-pamby theory - end of argument. Of course you may wonder why the book doesn't end after 10 or so pages as this argument seems to be easily concluded in a paragraph. Ham continues his "argument" with further attempts at reason by pushing the 'evolution is only a theory' line, most specifically stating that it can't be proven because no one was there to witness it. He backs this up with by defining scientific method as something that can only exist in a laboratory in the here and... really, it's pretty ridiculous. He then goes on to insist that evolution is actually a religion on its own, and a false religion at that.

One of my favorite characteristics of his "argument" is his experiences from his lectures where people try to question or contradict him and he craftily rebukes and rebuts their statements.
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83 of 124 people found the following review helpful By William Cernansky on March 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
From this book:
"...[Ken Ham's] background as a biologyteacher in the public school system has aided him in comprehending themost complex scientific implications of the creation/evolution debate."
To paraphrase with less glittering generality, this book claims that Ken Ham must be an expert on the creation/evolution debate because he taught public school biology. This should be enough to throw anyone with half a brain right out of this book. Does teaching public school reading qualify one as an expert in linguistic derivation? Ken Ham is an expert in forcefully asserting dogma. No more, no less.
His book claims that evolution is religion. Since evolutionary theory changes with the discovery of new fossils and with the postulations of new scientists, evolution could hardly be considered religion. It is taught as a "best match" to the historical fossil record.
Ken Ham **THROWS OUT** the fossil record as immaterial. Furthermore, he denounces known non-evolutionary science.
From this book:
"The reason that people do not want to accept creation is that it means there is a creator who sets the rules. Thus no person can write his _own_ rules."
This is inane when you consider that there are over 50 major sects of Christianity, none of which agree with one another.
From the book:
"Over the years, many have used evolution to justify abortion, Communism, Nazism, drug-abuse, homosexual practices, and worse."
First, this is a mixup of Social Darwinism and biological evolution. Make up your mind, Ken.
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