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Nothing Created Everything: The Scientific Impossibility of Atheistic Evolution Hardcover – September 22, 2009
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About the Author
Ray Comfort is the best-selling author of more than 70 books, including, Hitler, God and the Bible (the book that sparked the award-winning movie 180), You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence But You Can't Make Him Think, Nothing Created Everything and, The Evidence Bible. He also co-hosts a TV program with actor Kirk Cameron, which airs in 123 countries.
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Right from the beginning, any reader with the intelligence above that of a drooling imbecile will see the glaring idiocy embedded in the writing of this book. In the first few pages alone, the author manages to conflate cosmology with biology and abiogenesis with evolution—not a very auspicious start. But that is what we have come to expect from Comfort and he does not disappoint.
The goal of the book is to take the pithy little slogan that Ray is proud of: “An atheist is someone who believes that nothing created everything” and flesh it out—namely by trying to discredit modern biology in the hopes that the Genesis mythology will win by default. (Besides demonstrating the erroneous conflation that I’ve mentioned, the structure of that argument screams fallacious false dichotomy. But fallacies seem to comprise a fundamental characteristic of Comfort’s reasoning.)
However, in trying to prove his points, the author just ends up showing that his slogan and title are merely empty-headed hollow rhetoric. Instead of demonstrating atheism to be an “intellectual embarrassment”--as he repeats zombie-like as if trying to convince himself--he ends up showing that he hasn’t the faintest or foggiest clue about scientific subjects.
Any casual perusal of current cosmology shows that thinking about the formation of our universe is bound to be counter-intuitive involving complex topics such as quantum mechanics. Comfort’s “common-sense” approach is a misguided and absurd attempt three miles past goofy. But, this doesn’t even factor prominently in the book as the author is so confused, misinformed, and uninformed about the topic that he can’t even distinguish cosmology from biology.
One of the most egregious errors employed by the author is that of false analogy. Comfort continually compares man-made artifacts with living creatures. Even though he has been corrected a thousand times on this issue, he must think that he can convince a few ignorant readers if he repeats it often enough. When he, or any other creationist for that matter, can show that artifacts reproduce with variation and have differentiated survival rates then they can continue to use the “watchmaker” argument. Until then, they are either just being dishonest or freakishly stupid.
Ray has admitted on his blog that he hasn’t studied the theory of evolution beyond a few books and it shows in this screed. (I have to wonder if his claim is honest as any perusal of even a middle-school biology text would correct many of his errors.) One example of this is found in his parroting the claim that the eye is hard to explain with evolution. This is such a ridiculous assertion that even many creationists have abandoned it because biologists have soundly and overwhelmingly demonstrated the evolutionary pathways that have led to the structure of eyes. Intelligent design proponents, for all their blustering and substance-free posturing, have let that argument go and moved on to such things as the bacterial flagellum. But that’s what you get with this book—it’s the scum at the bottom of the barrel of putrid intellectual wastewater that constitutes creationist work.
I find it almost humorous that those who yell the loudest about Mr. Comfort’s seeming arrogance and intolerance are those that are the most arrogant and intolerant themselves. They point fingers at Mr. Comfort, accusing him of being close-minded, while they refuse to consider any other worldview than their own; claiming that it is “obvious” that theirs is the correct way of understanding the world and that “science” has verified their point of view.
As I read this book, I wondered how many atheists actually pondered what Mr. Comfort was saying, or if they were merely thinking of reasons they might use to counter his argument. It also struck me how many times Ray Comfort shared the Gospel with his readers; almost on every page. He cares so much for the eternal destiny of those to whom he writes that he made sure that no one could read “Nothing Created Everything” without clearly understanding humanity’s guilt before God and God’s lovingly providing the way that we can be forgiven of that guilt.
I applaud Ray Comfort for standing up to the small minded mocking that is too often leveled at him (more than likely a sign that his message is being heard and is having an effect) and continuing to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Those who ignore that message are choosing for themselves an eternal destiny of misery and separation from God and His love.
Monkeys don't turn into a 5th Level 1st Lieutenant Leader with a THAC0 of 4, do they? If you read this book you would know why.
254 Stars out of 3.