Although I almost always read reviews before purchasing, and often base my buying decisions on those reviews,I have never seen the need to write a review until now. Because I have often based my purchases on reviews I know there must be others like me. I have no time to write this review. I am dealing with cancer, and possibly two other cancer diagnosises, possible miscarriage, possible deadly illness, bipolar and schitzophrenia in my immediate, and very close extended family, but I feel Our WONDERFUL Lord has compelled me to write this because nothing could be further from the truth than what the negative reviewer said, and I realize his review might be preventing a purchase. This is an amazing book. Due to this books being short, concise, eye opening and easy to read, I know it has brought about salvation in some who've read it. I feel if I give this book to an unbeliever he/she might read it because of its being less than 100 pages. The book is inexpensive, which makes it easy to give to many. I know nothing about the previous reviewer and have walked with our PRECIOUS Lord long enough to know I can't judge what I don't know, but when I read this review my heart sank as I knew it would thwart purchases. My immediate thought upon reading this review was that it was from our enemy in an attempt to stop its life changing message from going forth and the body being increased and strengthened. PLEASE buy this book; it is one of my favorite witnessing tools. I have given this book, along with a copy of the New testament in an easy-to-read translation, to unbelievers and then tried to remember to continue to pray that the eyes, ears, heart and mind of the person would be open to His wooing and make our PRECIOUS JESUS Lord and savior of their life.
First off, the title is misleading. This book isn't written from an analytical perspective as one might expect from a lawyer. This guy is a young earth creationist; so a more honest subtitle could be chosen to warn the reader that this is mostly fringe nonsense.
If it's satire, then bravo! It reads as if Ferguson actually believes what he says. I suspect he actually does believe what he claims. Unfortunately, what passes for reason simply isn't--some of it's weird, some just silly. But a slightly discerning reader will be amazed that Ferguson can't see through his own rhetoric. He reads the bible like tarot cards or tea leaves taking small phrases and spinning tales about what they "really" mean. My favorite is the running water thing from Leviticus. Read the actual chapters in the bible to get an accurate image of the rituals, then decide if modern medicine should be gleaned from those texts! But Ferguson conflates medicine with magic---see his challenge to a student to use chemistry and medicine to reanimate a corpse (no joke, it's in this book!).
Despite Fergusons' claim, Michael Behe has hardly stumped the scientific community. Fortunately, scientists these days continue to investigate the natural world despite the ID attempt to end the search with the proclamation that "God did it." To hear how Behe's claims stood up in an actual court, see Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. (Ferguson's claiming to write as a lawyer!)
Ferguson's book is aimed at the ill informed who'll be persuaded by empty emotional ploys. It fails as apologia. It fails as proselytizing. Perhaps it succeeds as an interesting look into a mind already given over to strange beliefs.