sorting science from speculation
This is a well written book that deals primarily with the development of Darwinian evolution and works toward its social impact as most grossly seen in the suggested relationship between Darwinian theory and Adolf Hitler’s holocaust. Written by a former atheist and evolutionist, this volume argues against Darwinian evolution primarily on the basis of philosophical and sociological implications as already seen in history. It does not argue from science, though the author has over 25 years experience in teaching chemistry and physics. It does not frame arguments from Scripture, nor does it explicitly argue for biblical creation according to Genesis. Its greatest strength may be found in its historical research and informative citations. It is a useful resource to consider for biographical and historical detail as well as an examination of a select survey of social and philosophical implications.
DeRosa, Tom. Evolution’s Fatal Fruit. Fort Lauderdale, FL: Coral Ridge Ministries, 2006.
This is a must read for any student interested in considering scientific objections to the theory of evolution from a secular perspective. Written by an agnostic geneticist, this volume presents a number of very powerful challenges against the theory of Darwinian evolution. One of the chief values of this work is that it is written from a secular perspective that is not interested in a theistic position, yet is willing to acknowledge certain implications. In fact, Denton seems to argue for an alternative view to life’s diversity without having to look to supernatural explanations—he maintains a naturalistic presupposition. This being said, he begins the volume by reviewing the descent of biblical conviction after the enlightenment; he entitles this opening chapter, “Genesis Rejected.” Though some of the material is fairly technical, it is presented in an understandable fashion that should be accessible to most readers. A recommended resource provided a careful discernment regarding Denton’s presuppositions and lack of biblical consideration.
Denton, Michael. Evolution: A Theory in Crisis. Bethesda, MD: Adler & Adler, 1986.
We are now posting book reviews for various works dealing with the subjects of origins, creation, and evolution. The works range from devotional to technical in nature, including examples from a completely secular analysis of scientific theories to exegetical biblical commentaries.
The annotations are intended to provide specific information regarding at least: the technical level of scientific discussion (if applicable), treatment of Genesis and the Bible in general, adherence to a literal six day creation and a young earth, and whether or not the resource is helpful and to whom it is recommended.
This post contains audio and print material that you can download from one of our recorded seminars.
The “Evolution Exposed” seminar is intentionally structured for anyone interested in the topic of creation, evolution, or origins. The arguments presented are primarily concerned with empirical observation and scientific testing. A wealth of quotes and insights are included, which represent years of research from various qualified scientists and institutions.
This particular seminar was given in 2006 in six sessions.
Session #1 – A Review of Science (mp3)
- Current definition of the theory of evolution
- Background and factors of influence
- Definition of science
Session #2 – Darwin’s Indispensable Doctrine (mp3)
- The genesis of the theory of evolution
- Natural selection defined
- Natural selection in practice
- An investigation of proposed evidences from the past
Session #3 – A Multi-disciplinary Survey (Part 1) (mp3)
- Consulting cosmological sciences
- Consulting earth sciences
Session #4 – A Multi-disciplinary Survey (Part 2) (mp3)
- Consulting life sciences
Session #5 – The Queen of Science (mp3)
- Understanding the framework from which modern science was established
Session #6 – Implications of the Theory and “The Descent of Man” (mp3)
- Considerations from Charles Darwin’s book “The Descent of Man”
- Sociological and philosophical implications
- Concluding deliberations
This is an edited version of the original flagship work published by Charles Darwin that officially represents the treatise on his theory of natural selection. The ideas presented in this work are responsible for founding what is now known as the theory of Darwinian evolution. Not very technical in nature, but very well written. Much of what this work lacks is owing to the limitations of scientific instrumentation and the refinement of scientific discovery. This is a very important work to read for anyone who wishes to understand exactly what Darwin taught. Primary sources are always important to any discussion concerning their influence. Recommended for reference and familiarity, especially for the more serious student.
Darwin, Charles. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. New York: Gramercy Books, 1979 (orig. 1859).
This is a small booklet of 95 pages that systematically presents 100 reasons to believe the Bible is supernatural in origin. This is clearly a work that is specifically intended to present rational and historical arguments in support of the veracity of Scripture. Most of the articles are cited along with many quotations from various individuals, both Christian and secular. It is a very accessible booklet with an evangelistic appeal. Perhaps one of its weaknesses is in its strong evidential appeal without any presuppositional discussion. A good resource for distribution, not exactly intended to serve as a research tool.
Comfort, Ray. Scientific Facts in the Bible. Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers, 2001.
A thought-provoking volume that challenges the atheistic mindset using Scripture and intuitive reason or “common sense.” It is replete with humor and is clearly driven with evangelistic zeal. This is not a technical volume dealing with scientific evaluations or methodologies, nor does it assume to be; though a number of scientific principles are employed as the basis for disputation. Though not a “scientific” resource, nor an exegetical exposition, it does present several basic arguments for a biblical cosmology. It is most certainly a useful book for evangelistic distribution and personal edification.
Comfort, Ray. God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists. Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers, 2002.
This is a valuable asset for any student interested in biblical cosmology. It presents well documented research in an understandable format, addressing a vast array of cosmological considerations. Arguments are framed from a scientific platform, yet the author faithfully demonstrates that objective, empirical, observational science does not contradict the teaching of Scripture but rather supports it. One major focus of the book is placed on the Flood and the author’s “Hydroplate Theory” as superior scientific explanations to current geological phenomena, both of which find their basis in Scripture. The author argues that the division in Peleg’s day was a water division (p. 254) and argues against a canopy theory (pp. 260-268). Both of these issues ought not to be argued dogmatically from a scientific perspective, but should be examined from a careful exegetical analysis of Scripture. Dealing with 137 categories of scientific evidence, this volume is accessible to the non-technical student, yet avails valuable technical data as well for the more serious researcher. A well recommended resource.
Brown, Walt. In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood. 7th ed. Hong Kong, 2001.
This is a work on pertinent philosophical influences on society and contemporary thinking, rather than a work that deals explicitly with any sort of scientific analysis or biblical exegesis. It is, however, a helpful resource for the purpose of gaining a more informed understanding of the historical development of human thinking as it relates to origins, purpose, and destiny and how these relate to science and the Bible.
Breese, D. 7 Men Who Rule the World from the Grave. Chicago, IL: Moody Press., 1990.
This is effectively a compilation of updated and revised articles of previous works from each of the respective authors. Clearly a concerted effort to present a multi-faceted challenge to the theory of evolution with a strong aim toward intelligent design (ID). The authors are three of the leading ID representatives who are well qualified scientists. The appendices of this book represents nearly half of the volume and offers new material that addresses and answers current criticism of ID. Fairly technical in nature and most certainly not argued from a biblical perspective, this volume will not be as helpful to the average hobbyist. The last essay in the appendix argues for interdisciplinary dialogue between science and theology via “explanatory power” approach over the traditional “rational compulsion” method. The careful student of the Bible must be discerning and guard from a wholesale acceptance of ID and its reasoning. ID presents very useful evidence and arguments that demonstrate scientific compatibility with a literal understanding of Scripture, however, ID also promotes an epistemic support that does not presuppose the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant, and sufficient source of knowledge for understanding reality. A resource that may be useful to the more serious student of cosmology provided that a sound biblically-based resource is used as a compliment.
Behe Michael, William Dembski, and Stephen Meyer. Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2000.
I shall certainly admit a system as empirical or scientific only if it is capable of being tested by experience. . . . Not the verifiability but the falsifiability of a system is to be taken as a criterion of demarcation.