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In an interview he is quoted as saying
"There are various forms of teleological theories, extending from Creationist intervention theories to nature mysticism. But these theories are (I don't want to be derogatory) an occultist type of theory. You can't really find any evidence that such phenomena are operating in nature, but you can see that natural selection can operate. This is a great strength of Darwinism. Although I think it is totally incapable of accounting for the broad picture, the complex adaptations required by the tree of life, it's certainly capable of generating a certain degree of evolutionary change. That is its great strength."
It is very clear throughout Denton's book that he considers creationism to be a myth and teleological design in general to be unscientific.
In his own words, Creation and design hypotheses in general are an "occultism type of theory."
So the accusation that he wrote this book with a certain philosophical priori in mind are unfair and inaccurate.
As to the criticism that Denton offers no alternative to Neo Darwinian theory, I can only say that that's a very large burden to place ont he shoulders of one man. Scientific revolutions are rarely made by a single individual.Read more ›
Contrary to what some reviews might claim reading Behe's books or Denton's book is not an either or question. In fact they are very complementary and I would recommend that anyone interested in the issue of Intelligent design vs random chance and billions of years read Denton's book first as it is an overall better introduction to the debate.
Evolution: A Theory in Crisis starts off describing Darwin's voyages aboard the HMS Beagle and explains quite powerfully how Darwin came to believe in natural selection as a driving force for evolution. Denton also eloquently shows how the fact that Darwin's theory was used to justify white / European superiority to what the Europeans of the day considered to be the lesser races. Denton then methodically proceeds to give us a well-written and detailed overview of the many disciplines that touch on this debate and some of the problems they face in making a case for Macro evolution.
While Denton does mention the Bible in the context of describing the thinking of pre-Darwin times, his critique of current evolutionary thinking comes from the basis of science.
While one might be tempted to think that since "Evolution: A Theory in Crisis" was written in 1986 it is out of date, if so one would be wrong in that Denton's critiques of the various flawed approaches that attempt to validate purely naturalist evolution are still 100 percent valid, with one possible exception. That exception being Denton's view on the Molecular Clock theory of evolution.Read more ›
The book aims at a comprehensive critique of Darwinian evolution. The essence of Darwinism, suggests Denton, is continuity. Darwinism suggests that life is fundamentally continuous, and that in principle, the gaps between living organisms can all be bridged, and were all bridged at some point in the past. By contrast, Denton holds to the discontinuous, typologist view of biology propounded in the 19th century by Richard Owen. Denton marshals a great deal of evidence, both theoretical and empirical, to buttress his case. He points out that for many organisms, even conceptualizing an intermediate is impossible. For example, the structure of a bird feather is such that its particular features are all required for it to fulfill its function at facilitating flight. The wing itself is a similar feature- anything which was adapted for faster running or gliding would look very different from a wing adapted for bird flight.Read more ›
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I read Evolution: A Theory in Crisis back-to-back with Darwin on Trial. Before I read these books, I just assumed that evolution was true, partially from naturalistic beliefs I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Dooley
Evolution of any kind cannot create.
Once the cutting-edge research scientists convinced me that random mutations and natural selection cannot create or write any useful... Read more
Dr. Denton makes full scientific proof that Darwin was in error from his basis and that God does existPublished 6 months ago by flatlander
Well documented. He is not a theist and therefore not biased.Published 10 months ago by Philip Reiswig
When I was much younger, I did very well in the subject of undergraduate Philosophy and so I went go on for further studies. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Book Glutton
Since this book was written, the enemies of the creation story can no longer hide behind the "straw man" argument that the earth is onlly 6000 years old, not something... Read morePublished 15 months ago by James J. Denike