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Tornado in a Junkyard: The Relentless Myth of Darwinism Paperback – July 1, 1999
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"I've been heavily involved in the creationist movement for many years and am familiar with most of the facts cited in 'Tornado.' However, the racy style, the many excellent photos, and especially the less known details and extensive documentation will now make 'Tornado' my resource of choice in my work." -- ELLEN MYERS, CREATION RESOURCE LIBRARY, WICHITA, KANSAS
"My congratulations to Mr. Perloff for an outstanding piece of work." -- ACTOR JACK LEMMON, WHO PLAYED CLARENCE DARROW IN THE 1999 FILM VERSION OF INHERIT THE WIND
"Perloff demonstrates--in this reviewer's opinion conclusively--that scientific evidence, when examined honestly, does not support modern Darwinism, but actually contradicts it. . . . This is a very important work, written in an informal and attractive style that is a joy to read." -- THE NEW AMERICAN 9-13-99
"Tornado in a Junkyard is a unique presentation of the scientific case against Darwinism, informally written for laymen. If you are looking for a user-friendly explanation of the facts supporting creation, this book is for you." -- Dr. EMMETT L. WILLIAMS, PRESIDENT, CREATION RESEARCH SOCIETY, EDITOR, CREATION RESEARCH QUARTERLY
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It also shows us how time after time after time these science theories go down u=in dust either from out right fraud or scientific evidence against the theory.
However, when he describes the origins of the races of man, he resorts to Darwinism. According to him, Noah’s daughters-in-law were of different races than his sons. From their mixed descendants evolved today’s races. If Noah and his sons were of one race and his sons' wives' were representative other races that exist today, to have a descendant who would possess the racial characteristics of one of these races is 4.6 x 10 to the 51st power. Mr. Perloff declares such odds as effectively impossible. If his claim has any merit, he fails to explain whether the races of Noah’s daughters-in-law were created or evolved. If he is a proponent of the unity of man, i.e., all humans are descended from Adam and Eve, which he seems to be, he has to use Darwinism to explain their origin.
Like many opponents of evolution, he believes the young-earth theory, i.e., the age of the earth is no more than about 10,000 years. Like other young-earthers, he seems to believe that he must prove that the earth is only a few thousand years old to disprove evolution. He identifies geological phenomena that old-earhters have failed to explain away. Yet he ignores phenomena that support an earth being much, much older than 10,000 years. He presents measurements that support a young earth as reliable. However, measurements that support an old earth are unreliable.
He is a proponent of a global flood around 2300-2500 B.C., the Noachian Flood. He presents geological information that support such a flood. However, he ignores geological information that refutes a global flood a few thousand years ago. Still, he does a good job of disproving the geological theory of uniformitarianism, which is a highly flawed theory.
His book also discusses the Scope’s trail, eugenics, prohibition of prayer in school, and other issues and their relationship to Darwinism. Unfortunately, he confuses the Israelites of the Old Testament with Jews; the two are not the same. Also, he confuses today’s Israelis with the Old Testament Israelites; again, the two are not the same.
Mr. Perloff is right about one thing: More faith is required to believe in the random coincidence of evolution than to believe in intelligence design.
I would have given this book a four star rating if it were not for its flaws in geology and especially anthropology.
Darwin presented his findings as a theory of evolution in 1859. Today it is often presented as fact. This book certainly casts doubt on the validity of the arguments in support of the theory of evolution
The author felt it was important to note his own history as an atheist in years prior to writing Tornado in a Junkyard.