Repairing The Breach: Explaining the Systematic Deception Behind the War of Worldviews, and How Christendom Can Turn the Tide Hardcover – September 2, 2008
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I would HIGHLY recommend this book for any teacher, public or private, as well as anyone with a deep interest in the debate between evolution and creationism. After seven years of technical higher education at two universities, I thought I was immune to the claims of creationism and believed that evolution was simply God's creation. This book changed my entire worldview of evolution. The authors start with one goal in mind: take the scientific method and REALLY apply it...challenging assumptions, hypothesis, and theories...and they do this devastatingly. So the question is, why is evolution still being taught as fact? The authors show how evolution is not only NOT a fact, but also [part of] an agenda...to teach a humanistic, secular, and anti-God worldview in our schools. --Ben Fisher, Jesus Be With Us.com
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For too long we have been led to believe that we cannot question the theory of evolution. One of the fundamental tools in any study is the tool of critical thinking that challenges assertions and test their implications. But in this area of study, anyone who challenges the assertions of evolutionary experts is scorned as some sort of ignorant simpleton. Evolutionary theory is the sacred cow of science that cannot be challenged by critical thought. The authors take on the common "proofs" of evolution one by one and show how each has been subsequently disproven already - yet they continue to appear in textbooks and bibliographies of other scientific studies.
The sacred cow remains unchallenged because the only viable alternative to evolution is the alternative that few want to entertain. Evolutionists are quick to point to religious presuppositions in dismissing alternative theories yet they fail to see the anti-theistic presuppositions in their own world view (See also, A survey of Christian epistemology (In defense of Biblical Christianity)). Their anti-theistic bias prevents open discussion and pursuit of truth wherever it leads. In this thorough study, John and Stephen Wynne expose the anti-theistic presuppositions behind the junk science that dominates the study of origins. As Paul the apostle observed, it is a presupposition that is an enemy of truth and indeed leads to a suppression of truth (Rom. 1:18). Anyone pursuing truth in any field should be open to examine how their presuppositions guide their investigation. Evolutionists have avoided that good practice for too long without being challenged. At last the gauntlet has been cast - will some accept the challenge to examine their own bias or will they continue to ignore what is plainly set before them in this work?
The cynical will say there is no hope and that the pursuit of truth is lost to the very human tendency evolutionists have portrayed, that tendency to follow what we want to believe rather than what evidence reveals. In fact, another form of this cynicism leads me to my one criticism of this work. In the early chapters the authors seem to imply that failing to meet this threat risks even the Church itself. This seems to me a dubious and unfounded concern in light of Jesus words that the gates of hell would not prevail against the Church. Also implied is that our nation depends on exposing this lie and that may be true; however, nations come and go and I do not know that our nation deserves everlasting life anymore than than any other. Perhaps our nation is really suffering the death to which her Protestant roots are inevitably leading her when taken to their natural conclusion (See The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism). Perhaps the nation that replaces her will be better. These apparent appeals to fear did not seem a good approach to me. We really should challenge lies simply because we love the truth and not because we are afraid. Of course, this is not an uncommon approach to such topics so not all will agree.
The authors do follow the early appeal with truth that dispels the fear. It is the nature of works such as this that they are embraced by the faithful and criticized by those that disagree. As the old saying goes, to the one with faith no evidence is necessary and for the one without faith no evidence is enough. The greatest benefactors from a work of apologetics are generally the faithful. This work is no different. It will dispel the uneasy feeling that perhaps we should just trust the experts and assume that our faith is without substance. We fear serious study of this issue because we fear that it might lead to our loss of faith. The authors have reminded us of the words of our Lord and echoed by Pope John Paul the great, "Be not afraid!" There will always be opposition to the truth but fear not. Truth need not apologize to or be intimidated by the lie.