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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441704345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441704344
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 13.2 x 2 cm
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Lawyer Applies Tests of Proof 29 Aug 2012
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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"Execute true justice,
Show mercy and compassion
Everyone to his brother." -- Zechariah 7:9 (NKJV)

If you have been interested in evolution for any length of time, you know about the Scopes trial where William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow squared off over evolution. In Darwin on Trial, professor and attorney Phillip Johnson plays judge in assessing the proof for and against Darwin's theory of evolution, Neo-Darwinism, and more recent arguments. In doing so, he relies on legal rules and principles. As an attorney, I am familiar with such rules, but I fear that most readers aren't. Consequently, I believe that those who will get the most from this book are legally trained readers, rather than scientists or laypeople.

Professor Johnson states what many people don't realize: That micro-evolution on a small and limited scale within a species is accepted by almost everyone.

Differences of opinion come in terms of whether major classes of life emerge from prior classes. Since none of us were there, we have to rely on indirect evidence.

Professor Johnson leans most heavily on what has been located in the fossil record and what has been learned about biological divergences among species. These items of evidence don't show a continuous evolution from single-celled creatures to man because there are large gaps in the fossil record, transitional types are missing, and it's hard to imagine how some biological gaps might have been crossed (if they were).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Your objectivity on trial! 9 Nov 2012
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I bought this book as a gift for friends who are enthralled by a book they just read by a leading scientist on the Theory of Evolution. I believe that this will give them (and you) food for thought as it is a thought-provoking analysis of the very basis of the arguments and propositions of the theory. I read this book years ago and think it is a stimulating read which promotes critical thinking about the basis, the underlying premises of scientifc theories.Darwin on Trial
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A respected law professor turned theologian, Johnson presents a fascinating and logical examination of Darwinism and more current forms of evolutionary theory. Johnson's book is refreshingly free from blanket statements about his subject. He seeks to open the debate on evolution, acknowledging the contributions of the scientific community at large whilst recognising the limited 'proof' that the available evidence provides.
For anyone interested in a subversive but balanced view of Darwinist evolutionary theory as ideology, or anyone clinging to the hope that their purpose in life is more than producing reproductive offspring, this is compelling reading. It ought to be compelling and challenging reading for Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Dawkins fans too - if they are brave enough to read it. Johnson has become Gould and Dawkins' nominated nemesis - due, in no small part to the strength and profound logic of his arguments. Definitely worthy of your further investigation.
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Before reading this book I was always curious as to what actually is the evidence for the theory of Evolution - all I had ever heard from devout Naturalists was that there was "mountains of evidence" to support the theory without actually telling me any of it!
Johnson assesses the evidence for the theory in a typically lawyer-type-fashion and aptly demonstrates that the evidence is far from conclusive and certainly not convincing.
If you want to see the evidence put on the table so that you can make your own conclusions, read this brilliant book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You be the judge. 10 April 2014
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Molecular biologist Michael Denton considered this book "Unquestionably the best critique of Darwinism I have ever read". Professor of Biological Science Michael Behe calls it a "classic masterpiece". David Raup, Avery Distinguished Service Professor (emeritus) of Geophysical Sciences, Evolutionary Biology, and The Conceptual Foundations of Science at the University of Chicago, said in an interview with journalist Larry Witham, "Phil's done a superb Job. He's really done his homework. It's phenomenal the way he absorbed the field. Now, many people would say, 'He doesn't know anything. That's obvious from the first page.' That's often said without *reading* the first page." In a phone call to Thomas Woodward (Ass. Prof. of Communication, Science and Theology, Trinity College of Florida, Tampa) Raup said “Johnson’s work is very good scholarship, and of course, this is widely denied. He cannot be faulted; he did his homework, and he understands 99 percent of evolutionary biology.”

Raup is a committed evolutionist, yet is fair-minded enough to give full credit to an opponent, a rare quality in committed evolutionists. Far more common is the attitude of those who charge the author with ignorance while ignoring his arguments. Such critics are more interested in reinforcing their prejudices than in truth.

Reinforcing prejudices was exemplified by the editors of Scientific American. They published a scathing review by Stephen Gould of the book's first edition, that occupied four pages in their July 1992 issue, yet "refused to print my response or any letters from readers, although I know they received many." They obviously thought it was their business to shield their readers from the author's heresies.
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