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The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on evolution by [Sarfati, Jonathan]
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  • Publisher: Creation Book Publishers; 2 edition (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041KKS0C
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I found the summary at the end of each chapter helpful to consolidate my
understanding of the topic covered. Even though I have read The Greatest
Show on Earth twice, I found the quotations from that book helpful as well.

I can recommend this book to both Creationists and Evolutionists alike.
Fundamentalist Christians who are Young Earth Creationists will no doubt feel
that it supports their beliefs. Moderate Christians who accept the fact of
Evolution and can reconcile Evolution with their beliefs may not agree with all
of its contents. It will inform Evolutionists about the way that some, but not
all, Christians think about the origin of life and about the arguments that they
put forward to support Creationism.

Mr Sarfati attempts to refute the evidence presented in The Greatest Show on
Earth by using The Holy Bible as supreme authority in everything that it teaches.
It might be worth mentioning that Mr Sarfati works for Creation Ministries International,
a Christian Apologetics ministry. This organisation believes in a literal interpretation
of the Holy Bible, and that science and history cannot be correct if it contradicts the
Holy Bible. You might like to read more about CMI here
[...]

This ethos of CMI is reflected throughout the book, with numerous references to the
Holy Bible. The evidence presented in The Greatest Show on Earth supporting the Theory
of Evolution would have been validated by the Scientific Method. It is surely our
interpretation of the Holy Bible that must change when there is a conflict with Science,
because religious faith can never supplant rationalism and strong empirical evidence.
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Creationism is a position that merely states that 'my 10,000 year old illiterate goatherders knew more than your 10,000 year old illiterate goatherders'

The book presents a false impression that it must be evolution OR creation. This is not the case. Scientists (a majority of them being religious) toil every day and for 150 years nothing has ever challenged Darwin's brilliant idea.

The word "theory" does not mean "I'm guessing" as presented by creationists. It means a set of rules taken from observations that are supported by findings on subsequent observations and then makes accurate, repeatable, testable predictions.

If there is ever any evidence at all that evolution is not accurate then that process will be discovered by the careful approach of the scientific method and whatever that 'alt-evo' might be it is not automatic that the answer will be creation, for which there is no evidence at all.

You find evolution accepting religious people everywhere. You only find creationists within religion. Despite challenge after challenge no creationist has ever presented only science. If the creationists can challenge evolution by science alone, then why do they always involve the bible? If evolution is scientifically flawed then you wont need the bible to challange it.

The fact is, this book, and others like it cannot even present a proper case that Christian creationism is the right one as opposed to Muslim or Hindu creationism.

Presumably the author prefers intelligent falling to the theory of gravity too? What about the germ theory of disease? Is that wrong?

There is a very simple reason why Dawkins won't have a debate with creationists. It would be as pointless as having a debate with an "expert" on minotaurs.
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I have just read Dawkins' `The Greatest Show on Earth: the evidence for evolution' followed by Sarfati's `The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on evolution'.
A favourite approach by Dr Sarfati is to accuse Dawkins of attacking creationism with `strawmen' arguments. Sarfati also states early in the first chapter that "one common fallacy is equivocation or `bait-and-switch', that is, switching the meaning of a single word (evolution) part-way through an argument. Dawkins is unfortunately no exception: "when there is systematic increase or decrease in the frequency with which we see a particular gene in a gene pool, that is precisely what we mean by evolution"".
In fact Dawkins' words from page 33 were slightly misquoted but the meaning is still the same. This sentence is probably the closest Dawkins ever gets to actually defining `evolution' in his book, although the words are not presented to the reader as some sort of all-encompassing definition. Indeed, on page 334 Dawkins refers to genetic mutations over geological time and states: "In that small proportion of the genome where the mutations really matter for survival, natural selection soon gets rid of the bad ones and favours the good ones".
Thus Sarfati's accusation of `bait-and-switch' by Dawkins, ie changing the definition of evolution to suit his narrative, appears meaningless and empty. He continues however: "I can't name anyone who doubts the occurrence of "systematic increase or decrease in the frequency with which we see a particular gene in a gene pool." Certainly much fewer than the 40% that Dawkins is so concerned about".
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