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The Darwin Myth: The Life and Lies of Charles Darwin Hardcover
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Darwin the man was much as he portrayed himself to be: humble, caring, a devoted father, and a devout Whig with liberal political sympathies. Unwilling to live as a wealthy gentleman, unable to work as a doctor, and ultimately bored by the prospect of becoming a clergyman, Darwin "found" himself as a naturalist. One of the many little "lies" that he told in his autobiography was that he was hired as a naturalist for his famous voyage on the Beagle: in fact he was a gentleman companion on the trip, but such stretching of the truth is common in an autobiography. It is certainly true that Darwin was a celebrated scientist by the end of the trip, thanks in no small part to his natural theology teachers John Henslow and Adam Sedgwick.
But Darwin did promote one myth about himself that this little biography correctly notes. His famous theory was not a result of a careful examination of the scientific evidence. Rather, the theory came before the facts, and Darwin's argument for "natural" selection was a deliberate attempt to exclude the divine from the natural world altogether. Of course, the whig theory of history now paints Darwin as the sober scientist, and his opponents like Wilberforce as committed defenders of biblical inerrancy, but this simplified view of history is only held by protagonists in a cultural debate.Read more ›
Simply stated, methodological naturalism mandates that hypotheses or the causes behind phenomena are to be explained using only natural processes. Supernatural or theistic explanations are not admitted at the outset. It's not that scientists don't believe there is a God; it's just that introducing 'Him' into the explanatory process is irrelevant. The reason for this is that methodological naturalism has been enormously successful in providing explanations, in furthering research and in providing practical engineering applications for example. Science, per definitionem *is* methodological naturalism.
Even though science arose out of disciplines more mystical in nature (as in alchemy becoming chemistry for instance), the superstitious side sent countless individuals down nonproductive alleys and dead ends. Supernatural explanations (if there is such a thing) are unproductive. They really don't explain anything. In spite of there always being some things currently deemed supernatural or inexplicable, they may or may not be explained in the future as some unusual natural phenomena.Read more ›
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This book enlightens the reader as to the truth about Darwin's theory. It is not what the media or our government run schools lead us to believe it is.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic and balanced. Most books on Darwin look to either demonize him or exalt him, this book looks to know him, for better and for worse.Published 21 months ago by Daryl N Vandenberg
Should be on every Christian's bookshelf. Clear, concise writing. Fair treatment of Darwin himself, most importantly it helps fills in the gap I feel between outstanding moral... Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by Jeffrey B Romero
I actually listened to this book on CD before I bought the hardcover version. It really is a great book and shows you what really went on with Darwin. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Butters232
If you've been paying any attention at all to the guild of neo-darwinism, you know it's in serious trouble. Where did stuff come from? How did it become alive? Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Wally Mees
All the things that schools in America don't want you to know. Just why Darwin's teachings are so dangerous and little truth in them.Published on January 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Knowing, through my own research that most of what the book says is historically accurate, I'm very glad someone published such a book. Kudos to Wiker!! Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by G. Hitch
Photosynthesis (the process by which plants convert sunlight into energy) is a proven phenomenon. It is observable. It is a scientific fact. Read morePublished on October 2, 2011 by Stephen Moser