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Overview With all of the complicated scientific debate swirling around the topic of evolution, is there an easy way to understand the basic issues without oversimplifying? Phillip Johnson says there is: the key to defeating the false claims of Darwinism is to open our minds to good thinking habits. Here is first-rate advice on avoiding common mistakes in discussions about evolution, understanding the legacy of the Scopes trial, spotting deceptive arguments, and grasping the basic scientific issues without getting bogged down in unnecessary details. In the bestselling and critically acclaimed Darwin on Trial and Reason in the Balance, Phillip Johnson exposed the misleading claims of evolutionary naturalism. Defeating Darwinism provides a new and powerful treatment of these issues for high-school students, parents, teachers, pastors, youth advisors and ordinary readers. Johnson aims not just to defeat a bad theory, but to defeat it the right way-by opening minds to the truth.
Publishers Description Voted one of Christianity Today's 1998 Books of the Year For decades, Christians have felt voiceless in the critical debate over evolution. Until now. Finally, ordinary Christians have the opportunity and the resources to defeat the false claims of Darwinism. With all of the complicated scientific debate swirling around the topic of evolution, Christians need an easy way to understand the basic issues without oversimplifying. Phillip Johnson has the answer: the key to defeating the false claims of Darwinism is to open our minds to good thinking habits. Here is first-rate advice on avoiding common mistakes in discussions about evolution, understanding the legacy of the Scopes trial, spotting deceptive arguments, and grasping the basic scientific issues without getting bogged down in unnecessary details. In the bestselling and critically acclaimed Darwin on Trial and Reason in the Balance, Phillip Johnson took on the academic elites and exposed the misleading claims of evolutionary naturalism.Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds provides a new and powerful treatment of these issues for high-school students, parents, teachers, pastors, youth advisors and ordinary readers. Johnson aims not just to defeat a bad theory, but to defeat it in the right way-by opening minds to the truth.
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Release Date Aug 7, 1997
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ISBN 0830813608 ISBN13 9780830813605
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More About Phillip E. Johnson
Phillip E. Johnson taught law for more than thirty years at the University of California--Berkeley where he is professor emeritus. He is recognized as a leading spokesman for the intelligent design movement, and is the author of many books, including Darwin on Trial, Reason in the Balance and Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds.
Phillip E. Johnson currently resides in the state of California. Phillip E. Johnson was born in 1940.
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Some of you are missing the point! Feb 28, 2007
There are scores of books on scientific arguments with evidence available for those who want to know. This book is designed to get people to use critical thinking and common sense to start a new dialogue on the origins of life. This is the sole purpose of this book, persuading a person to fairly look at both sides. IMHO the naturalistic evidence is so lacking that belief in evolution is equivalent to belief in God as creator in that neither side can explain exactly how it was done. However, the prescence of conciousness and information alone arguenin favor of ID for the origins of life on earth. Many people are totally unwilling to consider any evidence contrary to naturalistic theory. And the reference made by another reviewer about Billy Graham is a little lacking. Mr Johnson explains quite clearly that Billy didnt have the time to fully investigate all the evidence and chose instead to believe God. This is not the same as being afraid to evaluate the evidence for fear of finding out you are wrong. In addition I think that most people would agree that just in the last 30 years there have been new discoveries in many fields that place intelligent design in a much more favorable light. So in the past Billy Graham's contemporaries may very well have been swayed by the evidence of naturalistic origins. Today, I think that anyone who honestly weighs the evidence on both sides would be hard pressed to believe that all we see in nature could have arisen by chance.
Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds Feb 27, 2007
I recommend this book if you're someone who is straddling the line between believing evolution and creationism, or believe both. This book will teach you how creationism and evolutionism cannot coexist. I'm almost 14 years old, and I can understand this book, surely anyone else can. This book clearly portrays the falseness of evolution and makes it easy to understand that they can't be true at the same time. Remember, it takes more faith to believe evolution than creationism, because with creationism at least you have a starting point with God, and evolution you have nothing!
The reason for my review... Sep 22, 2006
I found the book to be quite well written, if a little simplistic. However, it is this paragraph (found on page 55), that made me give the book a five-star review:
"History has taught us that an established religion tends to fall into bad habits, and the same thing may be true when a scientific establishment starts to act like a govermental body with an official ideology to uphold. The price of having that kind of position is that you are tempted to protect your power and wealth by defending things you shouldn't be defending, with methods (like doubletalk and threats of legal action) that you shouldn't be using. these become bad habits, and they eventually lead you into massive hypocrisy and self-deception. When you preach baloney detecting as the essential tool of science but make students turn their baloney detectors off when they get to the really important questions of origins, you convict yourselves every day of hypocrisy. You also lose the ability to think critically about your own beliefs, and eventually you set yourself up for the kind of embarrassment that destroyed Matthew Harrison Brady [a character from 'Inherit the Wind'.]"
Inspirational but not convincing Aug 28, 2006
First of all, I'm an average guy who's interested in knowing the origin of life, been educated with evolution at school, taught with creationism(including ID, of course) by ministers at church. I don't belong to any religion yet. But I'm very curious about why the opp. sides hold the completely differeny points of view about our universe. My Christian cousins all told me evolution is not dependable, and all I could respond with was what's learned at school in our discussion. I also believe that if God exists, His words must reveal the truth about our nature, you know, not only in the realm of faith, but also our physical world.
The author did a successful job while clarifying the difference between "facts" and "truth". While scientists know the facts by collecting evidence and then concluding a theory, we laymen can only examine their claims by using philosophical methods to tell if they are telling the truth.(facts are evidence, but may not reveal the truth if thru wronged considering) That is, we can see if evolution or creationism makes sense by logical thinking.
There's one point I totally agree with the author: "We have been abducted by materialism and naturalism in our society". Officials(dominant science field)teach us science in assumption of non-existence of supernatural deity. If you're chasing the truth, you can't drop this possibility. He thinks that modernism has total secular power over us, but we shouldn't deny our spiritual side so easily.
In this book, there are many metaphors about the controversy of evolution-creationism argument.(he's a lawer) An interesting example is the comparison between information and physicality. If there are only physical elements in existence in our society(like Dawkins' worldview), any idea we think is meaningless---it's merely the mirage created by our neurons in our heads. We have information, and this can pass to futher generations. "If" information can be seperated from substance, the creatures and our world would be unlikely to evolve from zero, and there's got to be a primal information of intelligence that existed way before we existed on earth. Sounds twisty? The lawer likes to use "philosophy" to discuss this issue.
As the title reads, the book urges us to think independently, open-mindedly, and not to take science(evolution) for granted. Not everything proclaimed in the name of science is true. However, the author gives little evidence to protest evolution. He says evolution may not be true, but what's the truth? The books, scientific researches and studies he cited are scanty. The great majority of contents in this book is based on the disbelief in sheer materialism, while providing few ideas why we should take creationism instead of evolution. After reading this book, you may gain a bit more doubts on evolution but you couldn't change your viewpoint unless you read other more convincing books.
I'm a starter, maybe I should read more on this kind of books. The bottom line is, this book is for those who already believe creationism, and want to have more confidence in it.
Showing Students How to Think and to Not Inherit the Wind Jun 21, 2006
Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds is directed at a lay audience who is trying to understand how to open up serious dialogue over evolution. UC Berkeley law professor Phillip Johnson explains that the core question in the creation-evolution debate is not about the age of the earth, but about whether life is the result of purely unguided processes, or some intelligent design. Johnson advises Christian readers not to assume that God played no role in the creation process, nor to concede that faith is merely subjective while science (i.e. evolution) represents fact.
This book also includes Johnson's memorable analysis of the "Inherit the Wind Stereotype," where Johnson discusses how many cultural elites love to pit bigoted, close-minded religious fanatics against cool, free-thinking, liberated and intelligent scientists. Johnson tells the real story about the Scopes Trial and explains how the story has been rewritten by Hollywood and Darwinists to promote a cultural stereotype that gives them power.
Defeating Darwinism also provides advice to the young reader who is contending with evolution in school and seeking a career path. Johnson exposes the logical fallacies (straw men arguments and ad hominem attacks) and rhetorical tactics (selective choice of evidence, appeals to authority, etc.) used by Darwinists to promote their theory and then insulate it from criticism.
Johnson concludes that "intelligent design" could provide a better explanation for biological origins, and suggests that people are ready for such an alternative to Darwinism. But such a scientific revolution will only take place if people are willing to take off their naturalistic blinders and follow the evidence where it leads.