In clear, non-technical language, he explains who is fighting whom, the root of the conflict, and the evidence for and against Darwinism and intelligent design. He also explains what is ultimately at stake for liberals and conservatives, Christians and non-Christians, educators, policymakers, and scientists.
©2006 Jonathan Wells; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I am sorry to say it, but Wells has an agenda, and it's not pro-science. He may be intelligent and intellectually capable of better things, but I cannot believe that he is honest. He means to push Intelligent Design (aka Creationism) as a genuine alternative to real science in schools. Calling evolution "Darwinism" in the title was no mistake, he really means to diminish what has stood the test of time is continuously used to make predictions in biology and drive medical research, the list goes on and on.
My advice is: don't put time into this book without at least knowing what Jonathan Wells is about. Google his name and his association with ID and Ben Stein's movie Expelled. DON'T read this book for an honest comparison between evolution and ID.
Here is another book that promotes the religious argument for intelligent design and ignores or misrepresents facts about evolution. Not worth the effort.
I red a number of Richard Dawkins books, including "The God Delusion" and was looking for a reasonable, rational alternative viewpoint.
Unfortunately there is little to none in the content of this book.
Jonathan Wells does not make an objective analysis of pros and cons of Intelligent Design vs Darwinism, rather spends most of the time moaning about how ID is being discriminated in our times.
"Solid Cases Against Evolution"
This book basically explains why evolutionists give this book 1 star. Dr. Wells shows that the best scientific evidence, far from supporting Darwinism, actually supports intelligent design. The theory of evolution is fundamentally and fatally flawed even scandalously exaggerated and anyone wanting to have a serious debate is silenced, so says Dr. Wells.
Narration is adequate, information is very good and has plenty of citations to back it.
"Good Summary of the Issues"
This book was very interesting and it summarized many of the pertinent issues. I have read many other books and articles on this topic, therefore, I am aware of the nuances concerning important points that the author did not have time to cover in detail. A reader new to the subject may miss these points. Before reading this book, I would recommend "The Edge of Evolution" By Micheal Behe.
This is the first audiobook I've ever just deleted without bothering to finish.
The narraration was so monotone and the content so dry, I would have rather stuck needles in my eye than continue.
"More straw men than Iowa"
This is pseudoscience from a discredited author, whose views on Evolution have been rejected by the scientific community. His self-proclaimed life mission is to use his PhD to "destroy Darwinism." That makes this book a work of activism, not science.
"Truth will win out"
Very good book. Hadn't heard of ID until a couple of years ago. The proponents of ID work slowly, given their lack of funding, but carefully.
They pretty much prove there is no way eyes , for example, could have just "evolved ". Mr. Wells uses Darwin's own written words to condemn Darwinism to the trash heap of failed theories .
I think the effort of the book is to help persuade the reader to investigate further . If one looks carefully at the arguments of Darwinists , which have a lot of circular reasoning inherent in them, then at the careful, logical reasoning of ID proponents, the choice of whom to accept as truthful is very clear.
ID proponents are very clear in their writings , that they are Not saying there is God behind life in the universe , rather that there is "something " that ordered the universe , and the life in it , rather intelligently.
Their argument is very simple. Darwinism says life progressed one step at a time , over billions of years. ID proponents show it cannot have happened that way. Therefore , Darwinism is all wet, and it's time to look for another, logical way life could have begun.
Further study of the subject is therefore called for, rather than just accepting the "consensus " of the Darwinists, whom, it is pointed out , are mostly Public Employees , afraid their Gravy Train of Public Funding of absurd "research" grants , as well as their lavish salaries , will dry up.
If you are the type that dares to question , you will want to investigate further. I enjoyed the book immensely.
One caveat: this was written in 2005. Time for an update . A new final chapter, perhaps ?
The process by which the author cites fact, not theory to state his case.
The contrast of Darwinism and ED.
How the ACLU - after suing to admit evolution to school curriculum, sued to block ED.
ID vs Darwinism...theory vs theory!
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