- Hardcover: 424 pages
- Publisher: Inkwater Pr (December 31, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1629013722
- ISBN-13: 978-1629013725
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 10.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,305,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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God's Word or Human Reason?: An Inside Perspective on Creationism
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"God's Word or Human Reason? might be one of the most important popular science books yet written. Highly readable and fantastically well designed and illustrated, it contains detailed, informed responses to a huge number of creationist claims and arguments, a substantial amount of its content not previously being covered outside of the technical literature. The book contains a unique blend of both personal experience and extensive scientific discussion. The latter will definitely make it of interest and value to those already persuaded by, or interested in, a view of Earth history consistent with 'mainstream science'. But what makes the book especially significant is that it comes from the perspective of former young-Earth creationists who explain why and what it was that caused them to change their views. As such, God's Word or Human Reason? should be required reading for those with a faith-based view of the world." Darren Naish, author of Dinosaurs, How they Lived and Evolved and All Yesterdays
"The chapter on dinosaurs and the evolution of birds is engaging, clear, and beautifully illustrated. It should make anyone stop and think about the richness of the evolutionary process as explained here." Pat Shipman, author of Taking Wing and The Invaders
"Evolution is one of the most singularly powerful ideas that has ever occurred to our species. Through science, history, and philosophy, this book provides powerful evidence of humanity's ability to understand and explain the reality of evolutionary change while simultaneously undercutting the pernicious myths of modern creationism. Cogently-argued and beautifully-illustrated, this book belongs on the shelf of anyone who has grappled with the big questions of how we know what we know about nature." Brian Switek, author of My Beloved Brontosaurus and Written in Stone
"Too many people who don't accept the reality of evolution do so with a major misunderstanding. They think that evolutionary theory is rooted in belief rather than data. This book gathers the evidence of the truth of descent with modification in clearly explained case studies, to help set the record straight." Thomas Holtz, vertebrate paleontologist, University of Maryland
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The core logic of the book is built on five chapters reviewing, in considerable technical detail, (1) the geological record and an analysis of flood geology; (2) the complexities of radiometric dating and how it can be corroborated via other data sources; (3) the evolution of birds and dinosaurs and an analysis of the creationist theory of "created kinds"; (4) the origins of human evolution as indicated in the fossil record and DNA analyses; and (5) the theological standing of creationism in the context of mainstream Christian biblical interpretation. Each of these chapters is followed by an autobiographical essay, by each author, of their own progression from creationism to their respective positions now. And they have by no means arrived at the same destination: two are now atheists, two Christians, and one deist. But they are united in the simple fact that the scientific evidence against young-earth creationism is completely and utterly incontrovertible.
I recommend this book in the strongest possible terms to everyone who cares about human origins and the relationship between science and various forms of religion, in the broadest possible sense of that word. Because I believe everyone *should* care about this relationship, I think everyone should read this book.
My own perspective: By reading this book I have gained a much deeper understanding of the arguments that have been used to prop up various creationist constructions of human origins. Even though I understood, as do most, the basics of young-earth creationism and its founding from a "literal" interpretation of the bible (understanding that "literal interpretation" is literally impossible), I was not familiar with the details of creationist arguments, with flood geology, the reasons for believing the earth is only 6000 years old, etc. And as I read the authors carefully judicious treatment of creationist claims and scientific data, I came to sense, more viscerally than ever before, the sense of desperation that creationist writers emit, the embarrassingly post hoc ("lame") efforts to explain away massive bodies of sound empirical findings, the willingness to engage and focus on minor uncertainties and incongruities as though they were grandly disconfirming of geology, evolution and even science itself.
In short, I found three troubling aspects of creationist thought: (1) the goal of making empirical facts subordinate to a narrow and insupportable reading of the bible, to twist the truth to a very specific, arbitrary, and skewed view of spiritual faith; (2) the assertion of "facts" and arguments that are disingenuous at best and, in some cases, appear to be knowingly false; and, (3) the seemingly desperate need to perpetuate and spread the belief in biblical creationism, as though persuading others to their ill-founded views somehow bolsters their credibility. In my own view, the effort to advance biblical creationism amounts to a form of spiritual cowardice, a failure to authentically confront questions of ultimate concern about our origins and nature. Spiritual growth, to the extent that one believes there is such a thing, begins only when we ask these questions with the courage to deal with whatever answers we learn. If they really aspire to spiritual growth and the search for truth, creationists should get honest with themselves and start asking the questions instead of pretending to answer them.
This book is a well written examination of the creationist ideas, and then goes over the science that refutes most of the creationist logic. It has scholarly chapters on bird evolution, geology, and carbon dating, with remarkable illustrations. Making the book even more interesting is that many of the authors were born in creationist households and have vignettes about how and when their thinking changed.
This is a great book to buy and read, so that we are not all blind-sided again by simply ignoring a large segment of the US population.
God’s Word or Human Reason opens with this quote from Galileo.
An important work in science communication and outreach specifically designed to address young-earth creationist standpoints, God’s Word or Human Reason never leaves solid science. It treats young-earth theories with respect while clearly demonstrating scientific fallacies, logical contradictions, and faulty methodology. The information in the book provides a solid foundation in critical reasoning, scientific methods, and scientific findings. At times the material is dense, but it is never beyond interested readers. The outstanding chapters on the origin of birds and on the origin of great apes will appeal to a wide audience. I was very impressed by the attention to detail and the solid research behind every section.
Readers will learn about important techniques, limitations of those techniques, and how the scientific method builds up a solid case from many separate data points. The first part of the book lays a foundation for understanding the geologic column, radioisotope methodologies, and even why the strong and weak nuclear forces are relevant in discussions of the age of the earth. If you’ve ever wondered why some elements are radioactive or how carbon-14 can be used to date a fossil, this section of the book will present it in an easy-to-understand fashion.
“Created Kinds and the Origin of Birds,” is one of the highlights of the book. Jonathan Kane explores the fossil record of dinosaurs and birds. Speciation, vestigial structures, anatomic comparisons, and phylogenetic bracketing are explained. The five stages of feather development, embryology, and avian lung systems are also lucidly described. The author clearly establishes that where one groups an early avian form is not a black and white proposition. Is it a dinosaur with avian features? Or is it a bird with transitional dinosaur features? This is an important point for creationists because of their emphasis on “created kinds” (baramins), which cannot become something else. For noncreationists, not only is this an excellent unit on the origin of birds, it is also an outstanding introduction to how modern science groups species closer to some species than to other species along an evolutionary timeline. Fantastic scientific illustrations of relevant fossil finds are provided by paleoartists Scott Hartman, Jaime Headden, and Emily Willoughby.
Another highlight is “Three Histories of the Human Body,” Michael Keesey examines the relationships among the great apes and their evolutionary histories, primarily focusing on orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and humans. The histories of these relationships emerge from anatomical studies, fossil records (including manufactured artifacts), and genetics. Keesey explores each of these areas with cogent arguments leading to a clear conclusion for each methodology. Keesey then integrates the results of the three separate approaches, providing a scientifically sound combined view of the evolutionary tree for great apes and, specifically, human evolution.
An unusual feature of the book is that each author provides personal insight into their motivation to address creation science positions instead of ignoring them and concentrating on mainstream science.
I highly recommend this book as an example of science communication at its best. If you're interested in the origin of birds then you'll love Emily Willoughby's paleoart presentations of multiple specimens at the boundary of dinosaurs and birds.