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5 Stars Out Of 5
May 21, 2012
Avery's Creek, NC
Many Christians are aware of a few key points in Charles Darwin's story. We have heard of his daughter's childhood death and that connection to his subsequent attempts to argue against God's existence. This book digs deeper - far deeper.
It explores his mental health, offering citations from Darwin's own writings connecting his mental health issues to (in his own words) his attempts to "murder God." It discusses Darwin's obsession with wantonly killing animals, and how that ultimately morphed into his "survival of the fittest" theory.
It offers straightforward documentation of how evolution led to his blatant racism, support for eugenics, and view that women were inferior creatures.
But the book's most valuable and surprising contribution is its shockingly persuasive case that Darwin committed extensive plagiarism, schemed to get his work to market before authors he'd plagiarized, and covered up their influence on his own work.
The book concludes with a summary of some of the weaknesses in Darwin's core research, including the core flaw: While he could argue for survival of the fittest, he was unable to explain arrival of the fittest.
This book is a worthy addition to the bookshelf of any Christian who has occasion to defend his faith.
Some book reviews are pretty easy to write. Some are not. This one falls in the latter category.
I've had this book in my possession for about two months now, and I'll give my overall opinion up front: this is a well-researched book that contains a lot of information that simply isn't presented about Darwin anymore. I am glad to have read it.
There is a lot of information in this book, much of it from Darwin's own words, or from the words of his contemporaries. This book covers a lot of ground. The fourteen chapters are split into four basic sections: Darwin and Christianity; Darwin and Mental Health; Darwin and His Theory; and Darwin, Racism and Sexism.
I think why this book took me so long to read was that that second section was tough to read. The sections in a bit more detail:
* Christianity -- this included a lot of information about what Darwin's beliefs really seemed to be, and how Darwinism and Atheism go hand in hand. Some of this was really interesting reading, particularly information about using creationist terminology to make some of the arguments for evolution.
* Mental Health -- these three chapters were definitely my least favorite. I do think his mental health issues need to be addressed, but they were still hard to read chapters. The final chapter in this section, about Darwin's love of killing, contained more information I had not seen before. It did make me think.
* Darwin's Theory -- okay, here is where I started to really appreciate this book. Fairly lengthy discussions about plagiarism were fascinating. The case was strongly made that Darwin not only liberally "borrowed" the thoughts -- and words -- of a lot of other people, but that he blatantly lied about it as well. And then there was extensive discussion about his scholarship and some of the main components of his theory.
* Racism and Sexism -- I've read a fair amount about Darwin and racism, but the presentation here was excellent, including a lot I had not seen elsewhere. Likewise, I've seen a lot about Darwin and eugenics, with the presentation here being good too. Darwin's views on women, however, I've really never encountered before. A lot of the actual Darwin quotes in this chapter come from The Descent of Man. To summarize: white men are the most evolved animals on the planet. Women, and men of other races, are slightly more evolved than male apes. Lovely. Of course, most of Darwin's ideas about "lesser races" and women have been scientifically proven to be in error. Nevertheless, Darwinism asserts that the superiority of men is a central premise in survival of the fittest.
My primary criticism of the book is that at times it read like a series of essays. There were a couple of times I was certain I had just read exactly the same thing a chapter before, and in turning back, I had.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free through the Page Turners program from New Leaf Publishing Group. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.
I know this is a touchy subject for many people. After all, Charles Darwin seems to be a scientific hero for anyone who rejects the Biblical account of Creation (and even for some who claim to believe the Bible). While I haven't read a great amount about Darwin himself, I have gathered a pretty good picture from the hundreds of his "followers" I have talked to. However, if you're interested in hearing the other side of the story-documented facts, not just Bible-believers taking potshots at him-you need to read The Dark Side of Darwin by Dr. Jerry Bergman. Dr. Bergman does an excellent job of unearthing the truth about Darwin the man. The book is written in an easy-to-read fashion, and really held my attention. I brought the book on a recent road trip, and it made the miles pass by very quickly! Even though I had some idea of Darwin's deception, I was overwhelmed at the documentation (Darwin's personal letters, etc.) that Dr. Bergman produced to show how zealous he was in his effort to overturn Biblical authority. I also found the chapter on Darwin and racism very interesting. We often get accused of being racist (which we are certainly not!), and the evolution believers try to pass themselves off as tolerant and loving. Yet, one of their greatest heroes, Charles Darwin himself, calling the Fuegian Indians "stunted miserable wretches" and "less gifted animals", for example.
Other chapters cover topics such as Darwin's Religious Views, Was Darwin Psychotic, Darwin's Religion of Purposelessness, Darwin Inspires Eugenics, and Pangenesis: Darwin's Now Disproved Theory.
This is an excellent book that would be great for Christians (or really anyone) who honestly wants to discover the truth about Darwin and his beliefs. If you're tired of hearing lies, deceptions, and men's idealistic views about Charles, then this is the book you need to read!
Both enlightening and depressing "The Dark Side of Charles Darwin: A Critical Analysis of an Icon of Science" by Jerry Bergman is a must read for anyone interested in the origins debate that has raged since the publication of "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life" in 1859.
Charles Darwin has long been revered as a brilliant scientist but was he? Or was he rather a sexist, racist, emotionally unstable husband, immature father, sadistic killer of animals, supporter of the practice of eugenics, physically and psychologically ill man who plagiarized his materials? The evidence in this book would seem to point to the latter.
The world hasn't had a chance to know the real Charles Darwin_until now. Dr. Jerry Bergman has opened up the private life of the darling of the evolutionary set and what he presents before us isn't a pretty picture; it is, however, a scholarly, needful and very welcomed one. Dr. Bergman has done the world a long-needed favor and delved where many might fear to go; in doing so he has written a very thorough and well-researched book on a very troubled and deceitful man.
This book would be perfect for homeschoolers, for church libraries, for pastors or for the average Joe and Jane who are seeking to know the truth.
I received a copy of this book for free from New Leaf Press for purposes of review. I was not required to give a positive review, only a fair and truthful one. My opinions are my own.