- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Adler & Adler Publishers Inc.,U.S.; 3rd Revised edition edition (Dec. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 091756152X
- ISBN-13: 978-0917561528
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 671,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Evolution: A Theory in Crisis Paperback – 1 Dec 1996
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The idea of evolution is the keystone of our modern world view. Yet the theory propounded by Darwin and elaborated into accepted 'fact' by the scientific establishment is coming under increasing fire. This authoritative and remarkably accessible book by a molecular biologist shows how rapidly accumulating evidence is threatening the basic assumptions of orthodox Darwinism. Although the theory appears to be correct regarding the emergence of new species, its larger claims to account for the relationship between classes and orders, let alone the origin of life, appear to be based on shaky foundations at best. Not only has palaeontology failed to come up with the fossil 'missing links' which Darwin anticipated, but hypothetical reconstructions of major evolutionary developments -- such as that linking birds to reptiles -- are beginning to look more like fantasies than serious conjectures. Even the currently popular theory of 'punctuated equilibrium' cannot adequately fill in the real gaps we face when envisaging how major groups of plants and animals arose. Dr Denton's book sets out to explain the gathering evidence against evolution in its traditional form.It is a clear account of a growing crisis in biology and enables us to understand why an increasing number of research scientists are questioning strict Darwinism.
Top Customer Reviews
A molecular biologist, Mr. Denton marshals various facts mitigating against the theory of evolution. Indeed, one of the strengths of this book is its "big picture" approach to refuting evolution - arguing for the existence of distinct classes of organisms by asking hard questions about homology, embryonic development, amino acid design, and, of course, the bugbear of evolution and origins science - DNA.
Although published before Behe's wonderfully controversial "Darwin's Black Box", Denton examines several black boxes - the astonishing complexity of avian feathers, the incorporation of the Page-Handley slot in avian wings, the specialized breathing system of birds; hard questions about supposed transitional forms such as Archaeopteryx; the mind-boggling, inexplicably different migration pathways of cells in metamorphosizing insects; the much-touted but misleading "horse series"; and so on. As one reads through this amazing dissection of these subjects, the disturbing (and sad) thought arises: Why aren't these questions being asked in public, as it were? Why do the textbooks and museums present such poorly understood (and sometimes outrightly false) material as fact? Why aren't more scientists thinking as critically? It's tragic that these questions are not raised in biology classes to sharpen and stimulate young (?) minds but that the "doctrines" he questions are routinely presented as gospel. Sometimes we can have too much faith, it seems.Read more ›
In Your light we see light." -- Psalm 36:9 (NKJV)
Michael Denton takes a mid 1980s look at what biology did at that time to document or to challenge Darwinism in terms of evolution. As a quick overview, Denton finds that microevolution (of the sort that Darwin observed) has been validated. He raises questions about macroevolution that emphasize:
1. Gaps in the fossil record of intermediate types that should exist to document the development of one major species from another one.
2. Similarities in structures from one species to another have underlying differences in DNA and biochemistry that belie the initial visual impression.
3. Life is so complex at the micro scale that the possibilities of random selection producing adequate varieties that would work is unlikely.
4. Some aspects of how life works depend on complex systems that are hard to imagine existing in any simpler form.
Denton appears to come from an agnostic perspective, trying to make sense of what the origin of life is. He concludes that neither Creationism nor Darwinism seem to be supported by natural evidence. He does point to there being a mystery about how life was established, without trying to come up with a possible explanation.
I have not read his more recent book, but I have read quite a few critiques of Darwinism and neo-Darwinism. I found this book to be less persuasive in marshaling the arguments than many of the others I've read. I think you can skip this book unless you are mostly interested in the views of Darwin's contemporaries, which Denton does a good job of characterizing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I try to be open minded but on the back cover it discusses evolution as occurring by chance,, no one ever said that!Published 23 months ago by J.L Forest
Denton is a "Senior Fellow" of the Discovery Institute (a creationist organisation whose purpose is to peddle ignorance to credulous people) who very conveniently claims to be an... Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2013 by RR
As a Christian I wanted to know more about the issue of evoution and also have some arguments at my finger tips to use in response when people start the usual anti-God monologues. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2013 by Jack Ladde
Michael Denton shows that Darwin's Theory of evolution is whimsical fantasy. He argues soundly and with great insight that this belief is erroneous and has no place in modern day... Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2013 by kathleen wilkes
Evolution was taught as a theory when I was at school thirty years ago, but it is now taught as fact, when there is less evidence to support it now than there there was then. Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2007 by H Sceptic
Denton's strength and originality lies in his sections on molecular biology, which whilst now dated, still make valuable and valid reading (in fact his case is stronger now as... Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2005 by Charles Soper
While Denton is clearly a good writer, and is able to convey most of his points clearly, his book fails to raise any substantive challenge to evolution. Read morePublished on 18 May 1999