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Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Master Books
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)|
From Aristotle to Darwin and Back Again: A Journey in Final Causality, Species, and EvolutionEtienne GilsonIgnatius Press / 2009 / Trade Paperback$17.06 Retail:
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This daring and compelling book takes its readers behind the popular fa ade 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.
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 Bergmans scrutiny.
Despite all that, there are some caveats. Though the intention of removing Darwins 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 Darwins 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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