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1.0 out of 5 stars 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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Initial post: 22 May 2009 16:00:25 BDT
Does it mention anything about God having a beard? This intelligent design theory is based on the relationship between intelligence and beards. Darwin had a beard and he is the leader of Darwinism and the naturists explanation for existence. Osama Bin Liner has a beard and he is the brains behind the CIA list, or Al Quaida. David Bellamy has a beard and he is a green campaign leader. However, most tramps have beards but I don't think they represent any kind of higher level of intelligence. Does this book talk about the link between leadership and facial hair?

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RTG

Posted on 24 Jul 2010 21:27:52 BDT
Rebel Saint says:
You seem to have missed the point. The title of this book is "The Case for a Creator". It is putting forward one side of the argument i.e. the "For" side of the debate. Those "Against" have their own publications.

You may argue that the case presented is not accurate or fair etc, but not that it is not balanced.

Posted on 2 Apr 2014 23:16:35 BDT
Wesley Scott says:
An atheist would probably only interview experts to support their side of the debate and add the usual twisted or shortened sentences of the bible.

Posted on 3 Mar 2016 12:55:25 GMT
Missy says:
Thank you for this frank review. What bothers me about this book is that Strobel describes himself as this former hard-headed, tough talking, fact-checking kind of atheist who performed honest enquiry into Christianity and evolution, and found himself persuaded to adopt both Christianity and ID. I'd be very surprised if he wasn't already a committed Christian when he conducted these interviews.
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