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Darwin's theory of evolution is accepted by most educated Americans as simple fact. This easy acceptance, however, hides from us the many ways in which evolution - as an idea - shapes our thinking about a great many things. What if this idea is wrong? What if "evolution" is just a word that covers up scientific ignorance of how the wonders of the living world could have been created?

Berkeley law professor Phillip Johnson looks at the evidence for Darwinistic evolution the way a lawyer would - with a cold dispassionate eye for logic and proof. His discovery is that scientists have put the cart before the horse. They prematurely accepted Darwin's theory as fact and have been scrambling to find evidence for it - mostly unsuccessfully. As the evidentiary difficulties have piled up, scientists have clung to the theory out of fear of encouraging religious fundamentalism, and in the process have turned belief in Darwinism into their own religion.

©1991 by Phillip E. Jackson (P)1992 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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Great narrator, well-written, incisive critique.

Some hostile atheists, such as Richard Dawkins, believe that religious belief (of any and every variety) is dangerous zealotry based merely on blind faith without any empirical justification, and that believers are willfully ignorant of the implausibility of their worldview and beliefs. Johnson illucidates the several ways in which such believers as Dawkins are just as zealous, ideological, blinded by their own basic assumptions and presuppositions, and lacking in convincing empirical justification for the fundamental doctrine that they espouse as anyone else. There are so many areas of uncertainty in Darwinism that the frequent proclamation of it as 'fact' smacks more of powerplay than scientific surety.

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  • Truth
  • 05-01-2021

What it is and what it is not

This book IS the imposition of the critique on Darwinism. What it IS NOT is the apology (defense) of any competing theory of why the natural order we currently observes exists. It is a logical fallacy to require a critic to supply his own positive alternative to the theory he is questioning. The work (as, for example, Kant’s work) should be judged on the basis of power of the critique itself and the success of the theory in question to withstand the critique. If at the end of this book evolution by natural selection appears to have failed basic tests for being called “science” then perhaps it simply does. At some point after 150+ years the Darwinist theory must either definitively answer the problems of abiogenesis, stasis, lack of transitionals in the fossil record, the Cambrian explosion, etc or must admit that it can’t and that it is time to look elsewhere. There may very well be a purely naturalistic mechanism for the “origin of the species,” but we may simply have not found it yet. One thing do sure, if Darwinism is the wrong path to finding it, then the stolid, dogmatic insistence that we stick with it will only delay progress along the correct path (or even trying another path).

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  • Nathaniel
  • 27-01-2014

Skip the audiobook, buy the physical book

What did you like best about Darwin on Trial? What did you like least?

The book highlights several things in the history of Darwinism and naturalism. Seeing how the politics have developed give a few good insights on the debate.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Darwin on Trial?

I just started studying up on the topic of Evolution and I'm surprised how zealous this particular brand of science is. Reminds me of Newton's third law as evolutionary biologists have become equal and opposite of the creationist movement.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

This is where the audiobook suffers. Since some of the vocabulary is a little more advanced, a casual listener may have to frequently rewind the audio.

Was Darwin on Trial worth the listening time?

I would say that it wasn't. The narration is done with a British accent and at times it is difficult to determine whether something is being quoted. I would read the physical book instead.

Any additional comments?

No doubt this is a controversial topic. I'm new to the debate and already I see anti-creationists and anti-ID making comments on these types of books. You can tell from the rhetoric that they are extremely biased. This is not the only scientific topic that features two sides in a heated debate. Dietary science is in a heated debate between low-fat and low-carb diets. The similarities are difficult to ignore.

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  • Theo Tsourdalakis
  • 13-12-2011

FANTASTIC - DEFINITELY WORTH A LISTEN

This book is excellent!!!.
Phillip Johnson clearly and methodically explores the Evolution controversy and presents the issue in a manner which removes the fog and produces clarity.

The Evolutionary Nazis will hate this book because it clearly and forcefully documents the deception which is being thrust upon our teenagers in the science classroom. Johnson spends time to define what is meant by "Evolution" and explains the difference between Micro evolution, which is observable science, and Darwinian/Macro evolution which is not observable and is believed by faith.

Johnson documents the case that Micro evolution is scientifically supportable but Macro evolution is not.

I thoroughly recommend this book to all who care about the deception being perpetrated onto trusting teens.

This book dovetails well with another Audible.com free book Kansas School Board - Evolutionary Hearings. These hearings contain the testimony of many prominent scientists who dissent from Darwinism and give convincing scientific evidence against Darwinian/Macro evolution.

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  • Douglas
  • 12-02-2015

Read This After Michael Behe's...

The Edge Of Evolution, which will give you the detailed science behind the argument against Darwinian macro-evolution before you read the coordinated logical problems with Darwin's theory, which are presented in this book. Johnson's presentation is clear and thoughtful and logical, and simply points out what the macro-evolutionists can no longer hide: Darwin's theory of the ultimate origin of life simply doesn't work. (The rapidity with which Dawkins' little trolls rush in to give negative votes to positive reviews of such books as this shows how scary the truth can be. Vote away!)

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  • Alan
  • 23-03-2013

Great book! Very open and exposing

The author did a great job of not bashing Darwin but at the same time exposing the problems and bias when it comes to dealing with evolution. For those that don't just accept things the way they are presented but like to ask questions.
If you are interested in hearing a different point of view this book is for you.

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  • wf
  • 16-01-2021

Mankind, has embraced lies in place of the truth!

This writer reveals how easy it is for academia to feed lies to an unsuspecting public, who holds the educated in such high esteem.
The Reader's Queen's English accent made this a very enjoyable read! Highly recommended just because of this along with the brain opening content.

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  • mkral
  • 11-05-2005

Pretty good book

I quite liked this book. I would certainly disagree with the reviewers who felt that this book was a fraud, or that it contained no facts, etc. In fact, I haven't really seen what I would consider a good post against it here (granted, as I write this, there are only 9 reviews, some of those are positive, so it's not a real large sample) The book does a good job of laying out why the author believes there are holes in Darwin's Theory of Evolution. Thoe who claim that it pushes "Creationism" are clearly listening with a bias, as it does no such thing. The author spends his time pointing out what he believes are flaws in Darwin's theory & sharing why he thinks so. If you are a die-hard evolutionist, you will probably hate the book. If you are a die-hard creationist, you will probably love it. If you are open minded about these kinds of things, you may well find it interesting to hear this perspective on the argument.

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  • Rbtmw
  • 30-09-2010

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The book is okay, but the narrator is a bad fit for this book. He might be a okay for novels but it was very difficult to listen to him narrate this book. I wish the narrator different because it distracted me from the content of the book. As for the content of the book, there were some good points. If the narrator was better I probably would have gotten more out of this.

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  • Quicheman
  • 11-11-2021

Fancy

Obviously this is an audiobook so there are no pictures, but nevertheless I am 100% certain that the narrator has a waxed handlebar mustache and a monocle.

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  • Mark James
  • 01-06-2021

Audio is hard to listen to

Strong British accent, long sentences and writing style makes this hard to listen to. For example: “tautology” was pronounced “tortology.” “What did he just say?” is what I am constantly asking myself. Information is good though. Conclusion: You will also want a written format.

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  • Dave Kinsella
  • 06-03-2013

The inability of Darwinian Evolution

This book showcases the fact that darwinian evolution lacks the very component whereby it claims to operate; the addition of new information to the genome. Written by a professor of law with an interest in the debate. A Christian but not a Young Earther. Whilr not an expert in science, is in the fiel of debate and understands the tactics used by those who want to convince others of their position.

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  • Mr GA
  • 28-01-2015

If you are looking for well thought out arguments?

What made the experience of listening to Darwin on Trial the most enjoyable?

The clear and precise way that the arguments are made, what you would expect from a Lawyer though.

What other book might you compare Darwin on Trial to, and why?

None, it is pretty unique in its premise. Take the arguments to support evolution and 'put them on trial'.

What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

Yes, very clear and he spoke as though her too were a man of law. Set the scne for the books contents very well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really, the whole book seeks to show that whilst the Theory of Evolution is accepted as fact, there is actually very little evidence to support that proposition.

Any additional comments?

Whilst the authour can not be said to be impartial, the case put forward is very clear and precise as one would expect from an authour with a legal background.

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