Phillip E. JohnsonInterVarsity Press / 1997 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$9.494 out of 5 stars for Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds (Paperback). View reviews of this product. 8 Reviews
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MarieOklahoma City, OKAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A lawyer writing on Evolution's flawsJune 22, 2018MarieOklahoma City, OKAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Defeating Darwinism was published in 1997 and "aims to give - a good high-school education in how to think about evolution." This lawyer writes quite a bit on the problems of poor logic and thinking regarding evolution, as well as the strong cultural pressure to only support it. He wants to promote a wedge of truth to "make it possible to question naturalistic assumptions in the secular academic community" and for theists to "unite our energies to affirm the reality of God." I read it with a twinge of sadness since later Supreme Court rulings seem to have crushed his method. The book does not give much information on scientific problems with evolution or the science or theology that supports creation. For that, you will need other books such as the "Answers" books by Answers in Genesis or Creation Ministries International, or some good Intelligent Design books if you want an "old earth" approach. I think Defeating Darwinism sells well because it is a textbook for at least one large homeschooling system.
AR ReidBaltimore, MDAge: 45-54Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Nice try, Stephen!January 29, 2015AR ReidBaltimore, MDAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The two star reviewer, Stephen, dismisses Johnson's book as "Mere rhetoric," which he admits, "wins arguments," but which he obviously thinks is a waste of time. Then he presumes to advise all of us unenlightened Christians (including Phillip E. Johnson?) as to what our goal ought to be when it comes to the evolution debate (Stephen actually goes so far as to offer pseudo-Christian Kenneth Miller's book "Finding Darwin's God" as a supposed cure for all of Johnson's misguided views).
It is obvious that Stephen missed the point of Johnson's book. "Defeating Darwinism" is designed to do exactly what Stephen admits it does---it wins arguments. To dismiss the book as "Mere rhetoric" shows that Stephen either did not read Johnson's book, or that his deep-seated anti-creationist bias was directing his thinking.
Anyway, if you are looking for an excellent book that explains the logical inconsistencies of macroevolution, then "Defeating Darwinism" is it. Make no mistake; this book is all about equipping Christians to win the argument against evolution's logical fallacies. If that is what you are looking for, do not hesitate to buy this excellent little book, then find a quiet place to sit and read it and be ready to have your "baloney detector" calibrated. Happy reading.
Bob5 Stars Out Of 5January 23, 2009BobAs simple as this book is, it's a book for thinkers, i.e. a book for someone who is objective and open minded. If you've been fully indoctrinated (sorry, I mean educated) in the public school system where (by law... bet you didn't know that) they do not allow any criticism of the theory of (sorry, we don't use the word theory anymore when speaking about "theory" of evolution... even though it is still a theory) Darwinian evolution, and you've made up your mind that evolution is incontrovertible, even though you've never heard the other side of the argument in the other side's words (and not the inaccurate straw men arguments tossed out by the establishment), then by all means don't buy and don't read this book. But, if you can put aside your public school "training" for a moment, you might find yourself saying that Phillip Johnson makes some real good points. And, how come I've never heard this kind of argumentation before? And, why not? Is one side of this debate afraid to compete in the free market place of ideas? Surely, science isn't afraid of the scientific method. Surely, science doesn't declare axioms (self-evident truths) without rigid scientific analysis. Does it? You might be surprised! Let me close with a few quotes from prominent evolutionists:Charles Darwin: why if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms? Niles Eldredge: We paleontologists have said that the history of life supports [the story of gradual adaptive change], all the while really knowing that it does not exist.Sir Julian Huxley: I suppose the reason we leaped at The Origin of Species [Darwin] was because the idea of God interfered with our sexual mores.Sir Arthur Keith: Evolution is unproved and unprovable. We believe it because the only alternative is special creation, which is unthinkable.Never heard these quotes before? Why am I not surprised?
Ryan5 Stars Out Of 5August 27, 2008RyanI great read in beginning to understanding the basics of the philosophical presuppositions that shape science and culture.
Katie1 Stars Out Of 5December 26, 2001KatieFollowing Johnson's other books (including "Darwin on Trial"), this is actually the book that caused me to first consider evolution's validity. Why? Because Johnson far too simplifies very complex issues I now know he certainly does not understand, or at least fully comprehend. (Of course, why should he? It takes graduate-level specialized training for most to get it.) Before, it was obvious to me intuitively. Later, I found his misinformation and misrepresentation of the issues and evidence so wide-ranging that it all but cost me my faith. Why? Because so many like Johnson appear to fear the truth and, at least imply, especially in books like this, that belief in evolution is tantamount to atheism or materialistic philosophy. Of course, nothing of the kind is at all true as many Christians throughout the ages (especially in Europe) testify--the so-called "silent majority" of believing evolutionists. Therefore, this is a book for those unwittingly seeking a bandaid for the cuts and bruises normally experienced by many healthy critical-thinking and deep-searching adolescents. On the one hand, one may take Johnson seriously and retain their traditional "faith." On the other, one may be more intelligent and open-minded than most, as well as informed and determined enough to do their own research--all with intellectual integrity. Hopefully, if the latter is the case, such individuals will continue far enough to reconcile their faith with the sheer mass of scientific data favoring evolution's veracity. And fortunately, there are many very qualified and able persons to help them such as Howard Van Till, John Polkinghorne, Walter Peacocke, Ian Barbour, Kenneth Miller, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Jurgen Moltmann, Nancey Murphy and a variety of others, including even the prestigious Vatican Council on the Natural Sciences.