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Robert C. Newman earned the Ph.D. in astrophysics from Cornell University an M.Div. from Faith Theological Seminary, and an S.T.M. from Biblical Theological Seminary. He is emeritus professor of New Testament and Christian Evidences at Biblical Theological Seminary and director of the Interdisciplinary Biblical Research Institute. Newman has also been national president of the Evangelical Theological Society (1996). He is a fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, for which he formerly chaired the commission on creation. He is coauthor with Herman Eckelmann of Genesis One and the Origin of the Earth (InterVarsity Press). Newman is an expert in Christian apologetics, especially at rebutting arguments that claim to show the incompatibility of Christian faith with science.

Wiester is an instructor in biology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He has also written The Genesis Connection.

Moneymaker is a teacher, curriculum designer and writer. She and her husband, Jonathan, operate Readable, Ink, a writing services company in Seattle, Washington. She is also a fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture.

Moneymaker is a cartoonist and illustrator. He and his wife, Janet, operate Readable, Ink, a writing services company in Seattle, Washington. He is also a fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture.
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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (February 14, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830822496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830822492
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was initially excited about this book when it was given to me, since it begins by attempting to clarify often misunderstood terms such as "evolution" and "creationism." It also explains a position which I favor, "Intelligent Design." That being said, I was then disappointed by the approach. Rather than being an intelligent "conversation," the book becomes more of an obviously biased lecture on problems with Darwinism. The defender of Darwinism is an old, crotchety professorial type man, while the proponent of Intelligent Design is a young, perky, cheerful woman. It isn't hard to predict which character readers will be drawn to. The support for Darwinism is often portrayed with very silly (even for this comicbook approach) superhero characters, making the pro-Darwin argument seem ridiculous even before any evidence is actually examined. The pro-Intelligent Design support, however, is always portrayed in a rational, thoughtful manner.
Perhaps the best part of the book is its final pages of background information, in which the silliness is discarded, and some good points in favor of Intelligent Design are fairly made. Unfortunately, most young readers will likely skip that part, having completed the comic I did find it ironic, though, that the authors described a "trick" used to misconstrue Intelligent Design as religion by saying: "The trick works like this: (1) misconstrue the design theory position, (2) give the misconstrued position an erroneous and derogatory label, (3) attack the label, (4) dismiss the argument." This is, of course, exactly the tactic that was and still is used against Darwin's theories.
As long as a reader understands that this book is not written from a neutral perspective, it is worth reading. As I said, I agree with the basic position, but I wish the authors had not tried to portray an obviously pro-Intelligent Design book as a neutral discussion.
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A quick look easily could fool a dilettante because of the quaint characters concerned about conveying their views connected with issues of origins. After a brief Introduction on competing ideas, the illustrated adventure leads to the meeting of Professor Teller and Professor Questor, two biologists who challenge each other's views regarding origins questions. From page to page the banter flies rapidly like a tennis ball going back and forth, thus forcing the observer-readers of the book to see both sides.
Both players score philosophical points, but creationist Questor tends to have the final "word". What's the outcome? In this game the reader of the book wins because he/she (whether evolutionist or creationist) will be challenged to reconsider the strengths and weaknesses of the performance of players on both sides.
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I think people have the right to choose to believe whatever they want. However, when the depth and breadth of scientific knowledge are understated, or when an author pretends that scientific investigators are unprofessional or incompetent I get sore...
If you want a book to convince a youngster (or person niave to science) that Creationism is supported by scientific evidence, this book rates 4 or 5 stars. BUT if you want a book that genuinely explains what evolution theory is, or what is the true nature of the creation/evolution "debate", then this book gets "zero".
The book is a cartoon of two characters who are supposedly debating scientists--the male is pro-evolution, and the female is pro-creation. The book pretends to present evolution's side as well as the creationist's side, but the male is just a "Straw man"...
...How different the debate would be if the pro-evolution character were a competent scientist. See for example the debate between Saladin and Gish at:....
You will get a much better feel of what the issues are and what kind of evidence there is.
If there is a problem with the scientific evidence for evolution, it is that there is so much evidence and the proper analysis of it can get "technical". To genuinely understand the evidence, the average person would have to invest alot of time and thought to locate authoritive sources, and to digest the material. Rest assured that alot of myths are out there. Becoming truly knowledgable is not so easy. Stick to authoritative scientific sources if you want to know the science!
Anyway, a cartoon book this thin would hardly be able to adequately outline what evolution theory is, much less cover the bulk of evidence that supports it. This book does neither.
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When this book was recommended to me, I cringed inwardly -- another creation/evolution book. And in cartoon style? Give me a break...
It was a delightful surprise. "What's Darwin Got to Do With It?" is not a rehash of the same old stuff. The cartoon format keeps the presentation succinct and clear. No long philosophical essays -- just sharp, clear points. But the authors did not stop with that. They have shown, step by step, the logical errors involved with Darwinism. Interjected at a few points are pages pointing out both pitfalls where definitions are concerned and logical errors in arguments we have all heard dozens of times. Encompassing it all is the cartoonist's skill, which had me smiling most of the time and chuckling out loud a few times.
This book is not only enjoyable, it is thought-provoking and a substantive addition to the material available dealing with the controversy surrounding evolution.
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