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The Battle of Beginnings: Why Neither Side Is Winning the Creation-Evolution Debate Paperback – February 17, 1996
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I found this book to be erudite, level-headed and easy to read. It is also easily understood by nonphilosophers and is a book that can be used as a reference book without reading like one. I also found Ratsch's fairness very refreshing in a field where polemics tend to take a front seat to logic.
My only reservations about the book is that he might be a little too accommodating to poor arguments.Read more ›
Second, the author's motivation is primarily to gently enlighten, by careful philosophic analysis. He is not argumentative, nor brash, so that the book ought not to insult or anger anyone who feels their cherished beliefs under attack. This alone is a unique characteristic of items in the creation-evolution-design debate(CED), and i would welcome the attitude in more literature or discussion in the field. It is not that he doesn't have strong feelings or convictions but rather that he is interested less in persuading people of the righteousness of his ideas, then to explain the problems with the positions taken in the field. There are several places that a strong materialistic anti-creationist darwinian will hit his personal beliefs and recoil, but even these people ought to acknowledge the general evenhandedness of the particulars.
I come to the book as a result of a self-directed study in the topics of CED, while i usually don't read introductory material, i was attracted to this, not only because i appreciate the author's work, but for one quote.
pg. 129 "So our perceptions, theorizing and evaluations of theories all seem to have an inescapable human tinge to them. And given the significant interflow among those various components, human tinges in any one of the areas have at least the potential to seep into the other areas as well.Read more ›
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Delvin Lee Ratzsch would have his readers believe that in the Creation-vs.-Evolution controversy, the two sides have reached a stalemate owing to a colossal ignoratio elenchi:... Read morePublished on October 5, 2009 by V
I recently finished reading Del Ratzsch's book THE BATTLE OF BEGINNINGS and enjoyed it immensely. So why the irritation on my part referred to in this review's title? Read morePublished on January 2, 2009 by Jonathan Hopkins
What arrogance. He speaks for the whole world huh? So no one is becoming a Christian anymore lol? What an absurd book. Read morePublished on July 29, 2007 by Daniel Night
In the years since this excellent volume was published, the political strategies and tactics surrounding the topic have changed, and the subtitle may now communicate something not... Read morePublished on June 8, 2006 by Andrew L. Wetzel
I once had a girlfriend that said: "There is no balance; there are choices and consequences". When it comes to belief that is always the case. Read morePublished on September 15, 2004 by Ramirez
First of all this book does not really add anything to the "debate", worse yet one of it's writers is a theistic evolutioist, an oxymoron in principle and practice if... Read morePublished on July 7, 2004 by Mordy
The author examines the history and current state of both theories. He then goes on to discuss common misunderstandings between proponents of both theories. Read morePublished on February 26, 2003 by Andrew C. Anderson III
In "Battle of Beginnings" Ratzsch gives interesting perspectives into various scientific, philosophical and religious ideas involving creationism and evolution. Read morePublished on August 28, 2001 by Robert W. Burns III
Everyone knows that creationists have a starting bias with which they use to interpret scientific data, but people mistakenly seem to think that evolutionists are somehow more... Read morePublished on June 14, 2001