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Lone voice of dissent, from what I can tell
, 29 Jan. 2008
This review is from: The Case for a Creator (Hardcover)
Am I the only one bothered by the fact that the 'fair and balanced' approach Strobel insists he will take in this investigation is anything but? It doesn't seem terribly objective to me to devote a chapter each to experts who go about basically all making the same 'argument from ignorance', then not give the same opportunity to those on the other side of the debate. Experts, it should be noted, that generally hold advanced degrees in theology or philosophy.
Strobel does an admirable job of cherry-picking his Darwinist references, however I'm inclined to think there are ommissions from those sources large enough to sail an ark through.
What's more, it seems a bit ridiculous for him to say that he's approaching the issue fairly when most of his experts are associated with an institute that is, by its own admission, there to 'replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God', ie, push a religious agenda. It is inevitable he reaches the conclusions that reinforce the thesis of his book when he only interviews those individuals he knows will give him the answers he is looking for.
Despite my strong personal beliefs, I think it's important to understand more than one take on a given issue, in this case evolution. It's disappointing to see that this is among the best the ID movement can muster, particularly if you read it immediately before or after reading something on the opposite end of the spectrum (Gould, Dawkins et al).
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