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Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 10, 2008
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"A poignant account of [Gibersons] Christian pilgrimage from Creationist to Evolutionist. He offers a sympathetic historical analysis laced with trenchant criticism of both misguided intelligent design advocates and hard core atheists." -- Kenneth R. Miller, Professor of Biology, Brown University, and author of Finding Darwin's God
"An intensely personal account of [Gibersons] intellectual journey from creationism to the acceptance of evolution . . . By situating his own story in the context of larger social and scientific developments, Gibersons book can serve as a guide for other Christians on a similar trek." -- Edward J. Larson, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and the American Controversy over Creation and Evolution.
"Giberson has a native understanding of how conservative Christians feel and think about evolution . . . he sketches an engaging historical narrative. -- Publishers Weekly
"Giberson makes the case, persuasively and with considerable wit, that theres no irreconcilable conflict between robust Christian faith and evolutionary biology, rightly understood. This is a wonderfully readable book: humane, modest, and wise." -- John Wilson, Editor, Books & Culture
"Karl Giberson here presents a poignant account of his Christian pilgrimage from Creationist to Evolutionist. He offers a sympathetic historical analysis laced with trenchant criticism of both misguided intelligent design advocates and hard core atheists." -- Owen Gingerich, author of God's Universe, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy & History of Science, Harvard University
"Karl Giberson skillfully unravels the tangled skein of argument about creation and evolution, showing that there need be no incompatibility between Christianity and Darwinism. His writing is lively, in a style that is both informal and informed. This is a book that many will find helpful." -- John Polkinghorne, author of Belief in God in an Age of Science
Giberson posesses a boundless inquisitiveness typical of many scientiests, but also displays the wry wit of a seasoned polemicist. He seems to know how to counteract your best arguments before you have even made them. -- Salon.com
This sensitively written and convincingly argued book succeeds in respecting both religious beliefs and scientific facts in discussing thoeries surrounding the creation of the world. . . A truly courageous work. -- Library Journal
Writing in nontechnical, engaging prose, [Giberson] tells the 150-year story of Christianitys engagement with evolution, along the way staking out a position midway between Richard Dawkins, the apostle of atheism, and Ken Ham, the huckster of creationism." -- Ronald L. Numbers, Hilldale Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin
Top Customer Reviews
He provides some interesting observations on Darwin's personal religious views, the Scopes trial, the Arkansas trial, the Dover trial, the background of Whitcomb & Morris's book "The Genesis Flood," and the culture war between Richard Dawkins & co. and Phillip Johnson & co.
He makes a number of very blunt negative observations about Young Earth Creationism [YEC], e.g., " 'The Genesis Flood' was intellectually disastrous on two fronts," and "There is no reason for anyone, Christian or otherwise, to take these [YEC] claims seriously."
I highly recommend this book to Christians who want a relatively brief and very readable introduction to how we got to the point where half of America's Christians do not accept the theory of biological evolution and to Young Earth Creationists who are having doubts about their position on this issue.
Information I gleaned from field trips to the Smithsonian museums didn't really mesh against what I was taught in private school, church, and in my Bob Jones-breed Christian home. Answers from my childhood "experts" seemed flippant, curt, and imminently unsatisfying.
Years later, I met and grew to love my parents-in-law (and before them, my brilliant, well-read, think-outside-the-box husband!). The whole family valued independent thinking and had the utmost respect for science's contributions to our understanding of our existence. They all encouraged me to explore and test different ways of thinking, much to my growth and amazement. Science, and three people who deeply loved me, quietly tugged at my heart.
But, the icing on the cake came when my pastor preached a sermon titled "Isn't Creation Just a Myth?", a clear assault on all that Darwin stood for. You see, my pastor, whom we still greatly respect and study under, called Darwin's theory of evolution "a religious system" that is "full of lies" on that fateful Sunday. Was my husband angry! For weeks afterwards, I listened to his diatribes. Eventually, he went to talk to our pastor one-one one, and eventually came to some kind of resolution in his own heart and mind on this volatile issue. I had only seen that kind of passion in hard-core fundamentalists before!
So when "Christianity Today" ran a review on Giberson's "Saving Darwin", I was chomping at the bit.Read more ›
The relevance of this to the book at hand is that it gives me some idea about why there is virtually nothing in what Giberson writes that, for me, relates to being a _Christian_, as distinct from a believer in "God": that is, Nazarenes are not as focused on the centrality of Christ as Lutherans are. (I do not mean to disparage Giberson's faith in Christ.) But as I read the book and, now having finished it, reflect upon it, I wish that the subtitle had eschewed "Christian" and just said "How to Believe in Evolution and Also in God" or something like that, which would have given a more accurate idea of the book's achievement.Read more ›
Giberson is a self described christian scientist whose writing is accurate, technically persuasive, and sometimes even poetic. Clearly one of his aims in this book is to convince his friends in the fundamentalist world that their anti-evolution and young earth creationists views are just plain wrong. In just two pages (p189-190) he shows why evolution (almost) has to be true, listing eight (of many) independent lines of evidence that support it. He could have strengthen his argument if he had included a little math. For example, if each of eight 'independent' arguments for evolution is only 90% likely to be true and 10% likely to be false, then the likelihood of no evolution, which requires all eight arguments to fail, is one in 100 million! (This is figured as 0.1 multiplied by itself eight times.)
I agreed with about 99% of the points Giberson makes in this book even though I am a non-religious engineer. The 1% that bothered me was his making nice-nice with the pied pipers who have have spread the anti-evolution and young earth message which have lead a wide swath of the fundamentalist community into the wilderness.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent, insightful work on the REAL Darwin, not the Darwin that atheist and evolutionist would have us believe.
Well documented. Read more
Committed Christians who call Jesus the Lord and atheists and agnostics who are convinced there is no God should both read this book.Published 15 months ago by Charles Covello
I got the book in the mail very quickly. It was just the book, with paper wrapping. No box or anything crazy. Read morePublished on June 13, 2012 by baykcd
I bought this book hoping to find a position that would help me reconcile my belief in evolution with my faith. Read morePublished on January 9, 2011 by Warren
This is the story of how a Bible believing Christian and young earth creationist, Karl Giberson, became a committed Darwinist who now actively opposes all of those persons who have... Read morePublished on January 1, 2011 by The Professor
Karl does a great job of looking at both sides of this multifaceted issue...which is a daunting task. It provides a common ground for conversations.Published on September 13, 2010 by Mark A. Peterson
The author clearly supports evolution, especially the idea of common descent, and his comments clearly show that he detests the creation account in the Bible and those creationists... Read morePublished on July 19, 2010 by R. Hutchinson
We are using Saving Darwin as an adult Sunday school discussion. Members find it informative and stimulating for discussion of the issues. Read morePublished on March 6, 2010 by David Schmidt