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The Lie: Evolution

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  505 ratings  ·  67 reviews
An eye-opening look at the harmful effects of evolutionary thought on modern culture and religion. Author Ken Ham uses his years of teaching and ministry experience to expose false teaching that is destroying children and families.
Paperback, 168 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by Master Books (first published July 1st 1987)
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Apr 18, 2015 Ancient rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in the creation/evolution battle and in how creationists think
Rated 1 star for fear-mongering, conspiracy theorizing, repetitiveness, naivete, and disturbing authoritarian overtones.

This was a terrible book, a book which is little more than an extended rant where the author regurgitates the same set of ideas over and over again. While the presentation of the ideas is bad, the content of these ideas is far worse. Nevertheless, this book provides a valuable little window into the mind of Ken Ham, one of the leaders of the "Creation Science" movement... a s
I was about half way done with the book Why Evolution Is True by Jerry Coyne when I decided to read this book. At the point where I was in it, Why Evolution Is True had gone through things like how geometric dating can be used to accurately measure things as millions or billions of years old and how it can be independently verified, how the analysis of our DNA proves time and time again the reality of natural selection, how vestigial organs such as the tiny leg bones in whales are evolutionary r ...more
I almost never rate a book without finishing it, but I'm happy to make an exception in this case.

I can respect religious views, even if I don't agree with them.
I can judge rational arguments, based on their logic and premises.
But I can't support raw statements of self-admitted staunch ideology.

Mr. Ken Ham spends most of the book trying to set up the issue of Creation vs. Evolution as both being based on bias and unforgiving absolutes. Every single aspect of this idea revolts against a truth that
Dec 18, 2008 David rated it 1 of 5 stars
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Incredibly simple-minded and, in my opinion, not worth the read. The same old creationist arguments you've heard before, except now this book puts child-like drawings next to them. A prime example of lying for Jesus.
This was given to me by a friend years back, and is pretty much a waste of time. Circular reasoning, claims that the fossil record was implanted by God to test our faith (yes, this is that kind of book).
Brian Williams
May the Lord continue to bless Ken Ham and the Answers in Genesis ministry. What an important book this is! In this day and age when people are venerating and idolizing the unprovable words of mere men (i.e. humanism/evolution), how refreshing it is to spiritually feed on the soul-stirring, bible-based creation apologetics contained in this powerful book. I highly recommend THE LIE: EVOLUTION. 5 stars is not nearly enough!!!

"I am often asked how people change their biases. This is a good questio
Jan 13, 2013 Dan rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Not a single literate being
If i could rate this piece of filth any lower, i certainly would. The primary argument Ham puts forth in a fruitless attempt to undermine evolution is itself undermined by its overwhelming tone of fear mongering and evangelism. There is not a single argument in this book that is rational or in any way conducive to fact. Then again, it is extremely difficult to take someone, such as Ham, as an authority on evolution when he touts the pseudoscience of "creation science" as a legitimate field. To a ...more
Adam T Calvert
A good book about the Evolution/Creation debate. If you do not know Ken Ham, this book is the way to get to know him. He does a good job of taking the reader to the core of the problem that secular scientists cannot answer by asking them what their pre-assumptions are before they even begin to interpret the data at hand (whether it be biological or geological or anything-else-ical). Although it does not dig deep into some of the harder issues, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in ...more
Note: I am neither Christian or Atheist.

Ham's whole work is built on the basis that the whole Bible is literally true. Starting from that viewpoint, he makes a few sound arguments. Boy, he is repetitive. Skip to appendix one and leave the rest, read more at your own discretion.

If you believe in the Jesus bit of the Bible, why don't you believe in the Genesis bit, which JC talked about.
If the 7 days are symbolic: is God creating symbolic.
If brutal natural selection is true, there is no morality.
Marco Ermini
I can't believe the level of ignorance America has reached today. Unfortunately from the comments I can read here it really look that's the case.
About the book, it does not contain a single proven fact or even a logical argument (unless circular self references as biblical quotes are considered as such) so just don't waste your time here. Evolution is a proven scientific fact until demonstrated otherwise, and this book certainly did not shake any real scientist.
Mar 04, 2015 Jason added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jason by: Received as birthday present from my parents, 2014
Zero stars

The following reviews of this unintentionally appropriately titled volume may be read aloud in a fake, broad, Paul Hogan-esque Australian accent to great comedic effect. One may also choose to make the accent slightly more nasal and "Kiwi" in character so that you can imagine an alternate universe in which Ray Comfort wrote this book instead, if that makes you more comfortable.

Review #1
If God did not mean what He said in Genesis, then how could one trust Him in the rest of the Scriptur
Ken Ham a scris aceasta carte intr-o perioada foarte buna pentru propagarea creationismului stiintific, in anul 1987. In viziunea lui Ken Ham societatea in care traieste renunta la valorile crestine, ba chiar devine anti-crestina. Pacatul homosexualitatii, crimele avorturilor, renuntarea la institutia casatoriei, cresterea imoralitatii prin propagarea pornografiei si prin vestimentatia provocatoare sunt argumente clare pentru acest lucru. Care este insa cauza acestei degradari a societatii? Ken ...more
Kristina Best
Ken Ham has done it again. He wrote an awesome book about the lie of evolution/million of years. The Lie: Evolution/Million of Years is an eye opener to say the least.

This book was an eye opener for me. I have struggled with the idea of Evolution/Millions of years. Since I became a Christian about 12 years ago and began to understand that what the Bible said was the truth and what I learned in school about evolution was a lie. I knew that we weren't from Apes and when I would question my science
Mark Cooper
[Book] Good book, though Ham tends to repeat his message often through the book. But the message is important: evolution and naturalism have led to a society which has cut loose from God and is adrift. Given that a generation or two (myself included) has been raised on this foolishness, the former common denominators of evangelism--knowledge of a God, sin, and one"s accountability to Him--are now missing. Ham"s argument is that Christians must now approach evangelism to our society in a "new" wa ...more
As Ken Ham so eloquently points out, "Whatever you believe about your origins affects your whole worldview, the meaning of life, and so on" (69).

This is the main point driven home in this updated and expanded version of The Lie that first hit shelves 25 years ago. I have not read the original, though it was often easy to point out newer stories and examples that work nicely into the text. No punches are pulled as he makes his argument for a strict interpretation of Genesis and highlights the dan
Ken Ham first wrote “The Lie” twenty-five years ago. This is an updated edition of that book. Mr. Ham is head of ‘Answers in Genesis’, a group of people dedicated to the truth of the Word of God, particularly the first eleven chapters of it. The title of the book “The Lie” refers to the theory of evolution and/or the idea that it took millions or billions of years to get where we are today.

Mr. Ham writes that Christianity is under attack. If non-believers can foster doubt about the first book of
25 years later, this book still rings true and is even more important to read today as evolution and millions of years is taught as "fact". Over the last several decades, schools and society in general have been steering people to look within themselves for some type of enlightenment. Accepting that there truly is a God who is Creator of all means accepting individual responsibility for our sinful lives. It would mean acknowledging that God really did set beneficial rules in the beginning. Our c ...more
Harold Cameron
“The Lie: Evolution/Millions of Years”

"Revised & Expanded for this special 25th anniversary edition, Ken Ham once again takes the lead in pointing out the looming precipice too many church leaders are rushing towards: a denial of the full authority and accuracy of the Bible from its very first verse.

In addition, Ken powerfully shows how the ideas of evolution and millions of years are driving young people away from the Christian faith, and provides solid, biblical solutions to turn things a
This is a book I highly recommend to everyone! Ken Ham has thoroughly and giftedly explained his view on why Evolution is not a science but a belief system in which scientists who were not even there when the world began came up with. He then compared Evolution to Creation which is a fact that is known through the Bible, a book that has been written my men but inspired by God who has always existed, knows everything and created the world. This is a brilliant tool to counter evolution with the t ...more
Tony Breeden
The Lie is one of those books that helped me navigate a crossroads in my life. It helped me to iron out a long-standing argument I had with myself. You see, I grew up in church, but like a lot of folks of my generation [Children of the 80s, X, Busters, whatever else the statisticians call us] I kind of graduated from church when I graduated from high school. One of the primary reasons for that was that I was taught millions of years of microbes to man evolution as scientific fact in high school. ...more
Brandon Lehr
"If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (Psalm 11:3)

The foundations of Christianity are under attack. People have left the Word of God as their absolute authority and have replaced it with the word of man. No longer do we have God as our starting point. All things are open to debate. None more so than the origin of man. Science has put forth the proposition that we have no Creator God, time and chance had their dance and from monkeys we became man. This idea of evolution
Jeff Randleman
If you've been around my blog for very long at all, you may know that I love the first few chapters of Genesis, including the creation account, Noah's flood, and the tower of Babel. I believe that a proper understanding of these foundational chapters provide the structure needed to correctly understand the rest of Scripture.

My wife and I were very close to joining a creation-based ministry a few years ago, in fact. So this area is one that I am pretty passionate about.

If you were to look at my l
Faith Farrell
The Lie: Evolution was written by Mr. Ken Ham, twenty five years ago and now republished by Master books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group, offered free for review. The new edition has matured, Mr. Ham says, and I think that is a perfect word for it. In the first edition, Mr. Ham used evidential apologetics- trying to convince people of creation by the record God left of His handiwork in genetics, the fossil record, and all the other evidence. The problem with this approach is that you c ...more
Lisa Johnson
Title: The Lie 25th Anniversary
Author: Ken Ham
Pages: 220
Year: 2012
Publisher: Master Books
Apologetics…what an interesting word don’t you think? What does it mean anyway? Defining apologetics begins with a definition of apologetic, which according to Collins English Dictionary is “defending by speech or writing”. Ken Ham has been in this field for many years. His speeches and writings have been under scrutiny for just as long. He is the founder of Answers in Genesis, an organization on the front
Many Christians today view the issue of recent creation as a side issue. Whether or not they believe that God created the world in six literal 24-hour days, many believe this to be a minor doctrinal issue. More people argue about whether the rapture will occur before or after the tribulation, or whether the gift of tongues is something God still uses today. At least, in my church, they do.

But Ken Ham has a different view. He believes that our society's rejection of the biblical account of creati
I really found Ken Ham's perspective and viewpoint interesting. His main thesis is that evolution is just another religion in competition with the traditional Christian viewpoint based on the Bible. He is a scientist as well which adds some depth to his arguments, but mostly he deals with the general concept of what constitutes a religion and then proves that evolution is just that. He doesn't do much bashing here, but mostly seeks to expose the underlying bias that the world has today towards e ...more
Chris Bloom
I was actually pleasantly surprised by this book. I had the impression that Ham was one of those young-earth creationists who routinely attack Christians who disagree with them, in addition to those "demon Darwinists". This book actually doesn't speak much of evolution, but rather the centrality of the book of Genesis to the Christian faith, and while Ham clearly believe that theistic evolutionists are wrong, he doesn't abuse them.

Not a really deep or challenging book by any means, nor one that
This is a great book to understand the Biblical Creation worldview. Mr. Ham effectively communicates "science involves observing using our five senses to gain knowledge about the world and to be able to repeat these observations." (p.32)

Both Biblical creationist and evolutionist have the same facts available; however, it is the interpretation of these facts which causes disagreement between the two worldviews. Mr. Ham wants people to realize that the creation vs evolution debate is about worldv
Wow! This is a book I highly recommend to everyone! Ken Ham has thoroughly and brilliantly explained his view on why Evolution is not a science but a belief system in which scientists who were not even there when the world began came up with. He then compared Evolution to Creation which is a fact that is known through the Bible, a book that has been written my men but inspired by God who has always existed, knows everything and created the world. Simply a must-read!
Glenn Wilson
This book is a life changer! For the first time I realized that the reason I could not believe everything in the Bible was my low level of faith - not because it was not true. Ken tears back the veil that keeps men's minds in captivity to futility. A must read for anyone that wonders if there is more to this 'being a Christian' and servant of an All-Mighty Creator God!
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Dr. Ken Ham is the president of Answers in Genesis USA and is a well-known speaker and author on the subject of Young-Earth Creationism. He received a bachelor degree in applied science (emphasis on environmental biology) from the Queensland Institute of Technology, and a Diploma of Education from the University of Queensland. He has also received two honorary doctorates: a Doctor of Divinity from ...more
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