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The Mystery of Life's Origin Paperback – January 27, 2020
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"Cogent, original, compelling."--Dean Kenyon, Professor Emeritus of Biology, San Francisco State University
"An important contribution to the origin of life field."--Robert Shapiro, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, New York University and author of Origins: A Skeptic's Guide to the Creation of Life on Earth
"A valuable summary of the evidence against the chemical evolution of life... very well thought-out and cleary written."--Robert Jastrow, founding director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies
- Publisher : Discovery Institute (January 27, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 486 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1936599740
- ISBN-13 : 978-1936599745
- Item Weight : 1.56 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.22 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #112,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is not easy to read, but for the dedicated, or those (like me) who love the wonderful science that is trashing Darwinianism, this is a stellar (5 star) book.
So why only 4 stars ...
Because I am a strict Bible Believer, and one whole chapter in this book (the one on astrophysics) certifies the Darwinian view of "Long Time".
I humbly submit that this contradicts the following verses ...
Matthew 19:4 And He answered and said to them, "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female.
Matthew 19:8 He said to them, "Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
Matthew 24:21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation, God 'made them male and female.'
2 Peter 3:4 saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation."
Luke 1:70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, Who have been since the world began …
There is plenty of science to indicate that deep time is predicated on the Darwinian world-view.
Pay you money and take your choice.
I'm putting my money (and my soul) on God's Word.
I understand how hard it is to change this view.
I have a Doctorate level education in medical science.
I had to change from Darwinianism to Creationism shortly after coming out of school.
It was not easy until I committed to believing that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
About that time (1967), gradualism began disintegrating. Reading about this has become a wonderful hobby of mine. I have read about 36" of books on creation. (The best one is still the Bible!)
God bless these men that give their life in the pursuit of truth.
I love Steven Meyers, Henry Morris, Ken Ham, John Whitcomb, Phillip Johnson, Michael Behe, Jonathan Sarfati, Douglas Axe, Duane Gish, and many others too numerous to mention ... can't forget James Tour Oh I laughed with joy listening to him!
This book is a gem, and not simply because of its well-defended thesis: It should also be held up in front of all the bright young Christian people who errantly believe they must avoid science or give away their faith.
I haven't tried to compare the old and new versions, and this review is going to be just a cursory overview. In addition to the original authors, Thaxton, Bradley, and Olsen, there is James Tour, a world renowned organic chemist who has made nanomachines that actually work. He and his coworkers have accomplished amazing achievements: a microscopic drill that pierces bacterial cell walls so antibiotics can enter the resistant microbe and kill it. They also made a microscopic hotrod. He explains how they made this in Theistic Evolution. Tour writes chapter 13 "We're Still Clueless about the Origin of Life." He describes 12 hurdles that must be overcome to create life in a natural setting like the prebiotic Earth.
There are completely new chapters by Stephen Meyer, Jonathan Wells, Guillermo Gonzalez, and Brian Miller. Anyone familiar with the works of Meyer knows he is a very astute proponent of the Intelligent Design community. None of these authors are creationists as I am. However, I see many of the same problems with a naturalistic, mechanistic origin of life. Meyer constantly challenges evolutionists, both secular and theistic, to explain where the information in DNA originated. As I've been reading through Molecular Biology of the Cell, I've learned about the DNA repair mechanisms. How would such a system have evolved without a guiding mind? Meyer got acquainted with Thaxton, Bradley and Olsen and their book before he got his PhD in Philosophy of Science at Oxford.
This book contains much more than can be described in a review. When I studied Organic Chemistry, I never thought about the problem of polymerization of amino acids and nucleotides in water. Only later, when I became a Christian, did I start questioning claims about the naturalistic origin of life. In water, amino acids will not spontaneously polymerize into proteins, nor will nucleotides form polynucleotides (DNA and RNA). Water strongly attacks peptide bonds, breaking apart any polymerization process.
It would have been nice if the tables and equations were expandable the way they are in Molecular Biology of the Cell. There are very few illustrations and figures, so maybe the publisher didn't think it was worthwhile to make it possible to enlarge such things. Still, it's a great book to read for those interested in the origin-of life ruckus.
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Sadly, students are kept in the dark about what really goes on behind the closed doors of the biological science elites.
This book is a shocking breath of intellectual fresh air.