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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: Master Books
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781614580096
ISBN-13: 9781614580096
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A single man stands behind the greatest deception in history. Charles Darwin's ideas still penetrate every aspect of our culture, including science, religion, and education. And while much has been made of his contribution to the evolutionary hypothesis, little has been publicized about the dark side of the man himself and how this may have impacted the quality and legitimacy of his research.

This daring and compelling book takes its readers behind the popular facade of a man revered worldwide as a scientific pioneer, and unveils what kind of person Darwin really was. The book reveals disturbing facts that will help you:

  • Perceive Darwin firsthand through the eyes of family and friends, and his own correspondence
  • Discern this darkly troubled man, struggling with physical and mental health issues
  • Uncover his views on eugenics and racism, and his belief that women were less evolved than men

Thoroughly documented, this book reveals Darwin's less-than-above board methods of attempting to prove his so-called scientific beliefs, and his plot to "murder God" by challenging the then-dominant biblical worldview.

Author Bio

Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at Northwest State College in Archbold OH for over 17 years and is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 600 publications in 12 languages and 20 books and monographs. He has also taught at the Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology.

Among his books is a monograph on peer evaluation published by the College Student Journal Press, a Fastback on the creation-evolution controversy published by Phi Delta Kappa, a book on vestigial organs with Dr George Howe (’Vestigial Organs’ are Fully Functional), a book on psychology and religious cults, a book on religious discrimination published by Onesimus Press, and a book on mental health published by Claudius Verlag in München. He has also published a college textbook on evaluation (Boston, Houghton Mifflin Co.), and has contributed to dozens of other textbooks. He was also a consultant for over 20 science text books, mostly biology and biochemistry.

Dr. Bergman has presented over one hundred scientific papers at professional and community meetings in the United States, Canada, and Europe. In addition, he is often a featured speaker on college campuses throughout the United States and Europe, and a frequent guest on radio and television programs. His research has made the front page in newspapers throughout the country, has been featured by the Paul Harvey Show several times, and has been discussed by David Brinkley, Chuck Colson, and other nationally known commentators on national television.

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Jerry Bergman's The Dark Side of Darwin is a smart book, with all the good and bad connotations that entails. It starts out strong by stating a clearly defined purpose: to remove the notion of Darwin being a saint of science. In secular circles, Darwin has been elevated to the status of a demigod without fault or scheme—a humble scientist who, by accident as much as by genius, formulated the most revolutionary theory of the age. The Dark Side of Darwin means to remove the misconception.

Exhaustively researched and carefully compiled, this is unquestionably the work of a die-hard academic. Bergman is careful not to overlook even a single detail of Darwin's deception, and he labors to identify every chink in Darwin's centuries-old armor. Nothing escapes Bergman’s scrutiny.

Despite all that, there are some caveats. Though the intention of removing Darwin’s glamour is admirable (and biblical, as Jeremiah 5:1 declares that the Lord blesses those who seek the truth), the execution here is a little lacking because of two problems. The first is a tragic problem of perception. No matter how careful Bergman is and no matter how noble his intentions, no one can cast aspersions on Darwin’s character without the effort appearing to be a smear campaign. Bergman has been careful and his intentions are noble, but many people will overlook all his points because they assume the book is only mud-slinging.

The second is a problem of production. As stated, this book is smart; one might even say it's a little too smart. Bergman has written a book that will be lauded by scientists and lawyers because it is extraordinarily thorough, but for the lay reader, "thorough" can descend rapidly into "repetitive."

All in all, the book is a strong work of academia, but readers seeking less scholarly fare will want to search elsewhere. – Chandler Birch, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Avery's Creek, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must-read
    May 21, 2012
    Daniel Mount
    Avery's Creek, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  2. Yoder, CO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Well-researched book
    May 26, 2011
    Debra Brinkman
    Yoder, CO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  3. USA
    Age: 18-24
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Discover the Truth about Darwin
    May 12, 2011
    Hope
    USA
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    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!
  4. Mobile, AL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A well-researched book on a very deceitful man.
    May 8, 2011
    Anna Wood
    Mobile, AL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
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