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Darwin's Enigma: Ebbing the Tide of Naturalism [Paperback]

By Luther Sunderland (Author)
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In this book, the author maintains that the philosophy of Charles Darwin is built on carefully constructed lies, and that, in his opinion, there are more problems than solutions with the theory of natural selection.

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Anticipating the rise of anti-Darwinism, Darwin's Enigma contains some of the most compelling data yet available that this anti-God philosophy is built on carefully-constructed lies.

By focusing on the very real shortcomings of the fossil record in backing up evolution, the author shows that there truly are more problems than solutions with the theory made popular by a one time divinity student intent on destroying the foundations of Christianity.

Much of the author's research consists of remarkable admissions by leading evolutionists concerning the bankrupt nature of the evolution theory. By focusing on the lack of real evidence (that any reader can understand) a powerful argument for intelligent design begins to unfold.

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Studio: Master Books
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.29" Height: 0.46"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 1998
Publisher   Master Books
ISBN  0890512361  
ISBN13  9780890512364  

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Excellent book  Mar 12, 2008
If I were to rate my favorite books according to the amount of ink I used to underline and star vital passages, this one would come out near the top. It was here that I first learned a number of critical facts about evolution - and read the admissions of prominent evolutionists, including the late Stephen J. Gould of Harvard, that there really are no transitional forms in the fossil record. Ooops.
Evolution-a Theory near collapse !  May 11, 2006
This well documented book strikes directly at the base of the evolutionists' perpetuating myth concerning how life came about on Earth. 'Darwin's Enigma' was one of the first books to point out the many problems with the THEORY of evolution.

Frankly, some of what you will learn in this book will anger you. Not only were you taught lies in school --- the same lies are being taught today!

Fraught with ridiculousness such as "hopeful monsters" and "mutations" that somehow defy the odds of design, the "science" of evolution is handily called to task by Mr. Sunderland.

Ignore the whining complaints of the evolutionist groupies on this page. Instead-- read this book with an open mind. This is real science, not predetermined dogma.

Other books you may want to consider:
Tornado in a Junkyard: The Relentless Myth of Darwinism -- by James Perloff (a very good read!)
The Hidden History of the Human Race -- by Michael A. Cremo, Richard L. Thompson
This is a great introductory book.  Jul 20, 2005
There is a war going on in the scientific community. Period. Don't let evolutionist fool you either; the fact is, the war is getting hotter now more than ever.

Thirty years ago no one would have questioned evolution. The "roaring 20's"-with Social Darwinism--and the 60's and 70's, illustrate how popular and real evolution was in the world. Is that a bad thing? No. The fact is, it is refreshing to see something, or someone, question our origins.

However, holding Darwin up as some dogmatic savior is simply a mistake, according to Luther Sunderland. Darwin really didn't even come up with the theory of evolution, as so many of us are taught in high school biology. In fact, the ideas of naturalistic origins were around in the day of Socrates. Greek philosophers, some of the most prominent ones, believed that survival of the fittest was the real concept of life; that one must have a public face, and also maintain a personal, more aggressive, private life. Sounds like someone is their own PR agent, doesn't it?

Anyway, Darwin simply put the pieces of natural origins together--this is truth to evolutionists that understand history--and fed people that were looking for a truth outside of the church. If people contend that Darwin is the Originator, then they are sadly mistaken. Sunderland does an excellent job of pointing out evolution's roots, while questioning Darwin's motivation for writing such a book.

Then, Sunderland begins to get scientific. First, he discusses Paleontology, the main premise of his book. I love his discussion of the geological column; how there really isn't any sort of gradual evolution, and how scientists attempt to explain away any information that would contradict this gradualism. Since the publication of his book, many scientists, including some evolutionists, are saying that the geologic column needs to be removed or reformatted. What evolutionists would say that? Why, some one as famous as STEPHEN JAY GOULD, of course. This comes with the proof that volcanoes can cause things to appear as mass extinctions, while the bones fossilize quickly, too. But, let's move on.

One reviewer chose to attack two large parts of Mr. Sunderland's book: his use of quotes, and his understanding of evolution. This reviewer, like EVERY SINGLE EVOLUTIONIST, makes both assumptions and personal decisions, regarding evolution. First, Sunderland does not misquote his sources, and in fact, he tells people exactly how to get a hold of the sources he used. Would he be so crass as to give people the documents, so that they could ridicule him? Come on, he is intelligent enough to write a book, but he is not intelligent enough to hide what would be a bold face lie? That's simply absurd. Don't take my word for it either! Get the information yourself! Secondly, negative reviewers will say, "Mr. Sunderland doesn't understand evolution." The fact is, Sunderland was mainly discussing gradualism, as he states in his book (although he also briefly discusses hopeful monsters and punctuated equilibrium). And yes, there have been many problems and blunders within the scientific community regarding evidence of gradual life. The fact is, scientists (including paleontologists) once thought a bunch of teeth were a monkey's, only to find out it was a pig. The list can go on and on. The evolution of a horse is the quintessential example of how evolutionists hide their lies. The fact is, the diagram was in textbooks, and it is a bold face lie of a representation! So, get off it. Evolutionist biggest problem is that they attempt to say science can make no mistakes. When, like religion, people run it, and therefore it is faulty.

Simply by looking at the reviews, one can see that there is a war going on regarding evolution. While one calls the other idiots-- people void of intelligence--the others promise them hell. The battle heats up as time goes on, especially now...creation science cannot be written off anymore. A Kansas school board will tell you evolution isn't quite as strong as it use to be--they said it cannot be taught as truth in high schools anymore--and that people must start questioning it, too. DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT, or say that I took that out of context, here is the address. Check it out for yourselves.

It's a PDF file, and it is quite long and detailed, but is well worth your time and energy. It seems that a bunch of science teachers, and scientists, see a big problem with Darwin. Goodnight, sweet Darwin, sleep tight, sweet Darwin, goodnight.
A useful book.  Jun 21, 2002
Although the book is a bit old, I think it does a reasonable job in explaining the difficulty of reconciling evolution with the fossil record. I don't have the original transcripts, but I don't think Sunderland really does have malacious intent when quoting the authorities.

For example, an earlier reviewer was concerned that Sunderland portrayed a distorted view of the supposed evolution of horses. However, if we look at the sentence before the quote, we find that Sunderland says these words: "He said that there are some people who are fed up with this exact point about "imaginary stories" that have been written about the nature of the history of life." He then proceeded to quote Dr. Eldrege on the matter of horse evolution, and how the story being told to the public is imaginary. Thus, no malacious intent is apparent- for Sunderland plainly tells the reader why he has cited the quote.

One would think a great deal of concern should be aroused by this type of false information being spread to the public. Imagine if creationists spread this type of false information in textbooks to millions and millions of students! But no, it is not really a concern that young students are being fed false information such as the horse series. However, it is apparently of great concern that Sunderland is not impressed by the "bushy" nature of the horse fossil record! He is accused of spreading false information merely because he debunks an age-old evolutionary myth about the nature of the horse fossil record! And, if indeed this "bushy" horse fossil record is one of the "best" evidences for evolution- then why isn't the "bushy" horse evolution in the textbooks?! I personally hope that the fossil horse "bush" is the best evidence around for evolution, in which case creationists needn't worry at all. It should be mentioned that the imaginary horse story is only one of many false, misleading, or fabricated icons of evolutionary theory available in the textbooks for young minds to consume. See "Icons of Evolution" for more information on similar falsehoods such as embryological recapitulation and the Miller-Urey experiments. That such falsehoods have been kept in the textbooks and even defended by evolutionary propagandists makes one fishy of the accusations these individuals hurl and Sunderland and others.

Overall, Sunderland does a good job exposing the true nature of the fossil record. And, as I've shown above, accusations of him misrepresenting the authorities should be taken with a large grain of salt.

Sunderland's Confusion  Jan 19, 2002
Luther Sunderland, a creationist, has written a book which purports to outline what he saw as profound problems with evolutionary theory, especially as revealed in the fossil record. Much of the book is based upon interviews with paleontologists (and one geologist) from leading museums in America and abroad. He also reviewed other sources, and the book is largely a compilation of these sources into five thematic chapters, with interpretation and commentary by Sunderland. The transcripts of the interviews with the scientists four are available at a nominal cost from the ERIC archives (Sunderland provides details in the book). In my opinion, everyone who reads this book should obtain a copy of the transcripts, but more on that later. Any page numbers mentioned refer to the original edition of the book.

It is difficult to convey just how bad a book this is (it seems that "zero stars" is not an option in this review system). The problems are so rampant that a comprehensive review would probably exceed the length of the book itself, but suffice to say that Sunderland has made at least one (and usually more) major error of fact, accuracy, comprehension and/or interpretation on almost every page. The mere fact of being a creationist should not be enough to prevent anyone from grasping the basics of science and evolutionary theory; however, it soon becomes clear that Sunderland appears to know very little about science in general, let alone paleontology or evolution, and as a result his characterizations of Darwinism, evolutionary theory, and the fossil record are a mishmash of misunderstandings, faulty logic, revisionism, and erroneous conclusions. Below is a very incomplete list of some difficulties:

--his version of the history of evolutionary thought is so revisionist it is barely recognizable
--evolution somehow depends upon the existence of "transitions" in the fossil record
--he continually equates punctuated equilibrium with the "hopeful monster" idea, a fundamental misunderstanding
--he calls the geological column "mythical" (something of a great surprise to generations of geologists, I'm sure)
--he dismisses population genetics outright, calling it "so-called", and barely comprehends the purpose of the Hardy-Weinberg equation

Sunderland's main premise, supposedly supported by the interview transcripts, is: The fossil record does not support evolution because no transitional forms exist, and evolutionary scientists themselves "know" this. And if this is "known", then evolution itself cannot possibly be regarded as "fact". Unfortunately, Sunderland's comprehension of basic science is so limited that he had no hope of understanding the answers to his questions--time and again he blatantly misunderstood them or misinterpreted the meaning into something that bore no resemblance to the original intent of the interviewee. There are many examples of this in the book, but perhaps the one that has become the most (in)famous is his exchange with Niles Eldredge about horse evolution, and the subsequent "conclusion" he came to. Briefly, horses and their precursors were an extremely successful and diverse group, and their evolutionary tree is, in reality, a flagrantly-branching bush of many separate but often contemporaneous lineages that flourished worldwide. However, the normal museum-style way of presenting this was to show a grossly oversimplified version of horse evolution as a linear trend of changing features, and Eldredge quite rightly lamented the use of this simplified and misrepresentative iconography, because it does not represent how horses actually evolved. Sunderland completely failed to understand that horses are indeed one of the best-documented examples of evolution around, but that it is the habit of oversimplifying this evolution as a simple "ladder" or chain that is bad, or "lamentable". There is a crucial, and not-all-that-subtle, difference here.

Now, I should make a distinction here between Sunderland's inevitable mistakes and misinterpretations that occur because of his essential cluelessness, and misrepresentation. Both of these exist in the book; the second is not as apparent as the first but is much more insidious, because, while suspected, it can only really be confirmed if one obtains the transcripts of the original interviews and compares them with the book. It becomes clear that (among other things) Sunderland omits critical portions of responses that would provide context, or adds words to responses that originally were not there (often without indicating that he has done so); he changes the question; and he invents responses that do not exist.

As one example of "changing the question", on page 69, he says "the author questioned Dr. Eldredge about the supposed conversion of scales into feathers..."; however, when one examines the transcript, one finds that he asked Eldredge no such question! We see, rather, that Sunderland had commented (not "asked") that "Birds start at the feather line. Aves are classified as creatures with feathers" (p. 26 ERIC document), and Eldredge merely expanded upon this comment. In fact, nowhere in the entire Eldredge interview is there any question about the origin of feathers.

In short, there appears to be so much egregious manipulation involved in compiling the book it is difficult to excuse Sunderland on the grounds of ignorance, except that he invites readers to obtain the transcripts and compare them to the book. Either he truly was so abysmally uninformed about science that he had no idea how much violence he did to the original context and meaning, or he did know and simply didn't care (or didn't think anyone would bother following up). But I urge any reader interested in the truth to do as he suggested: order the transcripts from the ERIC archives, and compare.
Sunderland does quote from other sources, but seeing just how badly he dealt with his interviews makes me mistrust anything he says about any other source. Sunderland's book is a fiasco, from first word to last.


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