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Evolution: A Theory In Crisis

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Explains how rapidly accumulating evidence is threatening the basic assumptions of orthodox Darwinism.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published 1997 by Adler & Adler (first published 1985)
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Werner
Mar 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Like all cultures, ours has a dominant origin myth (using the word in the sociological sense, which connotes nothing about its truth or falsity): in this case, the mythos of accidental evolution, the emergence and development of the universe and all life in it by blind, random chance through the purposeless interaction of matter and energy, which are defined a priori as the only realities in the universe. Like all origin myths, this one has universal implications for how all areas of life are ...more
Dennis
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-religion
This is an unusual book. First, it is unusual because it is a book about evolution that manages to avoid the theological polemics (on both sides!) so common whenever the topic of evolution arises. Second, it is unusual because it is a 30 year old book about the science of evolution that is still relevant today. It is the book about evolution that I wish I had read 30 years ago. My background is computer software design so my understanding of biology has not come easily to me. I started studying ...more
Grace Best-Page
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, science
I found the science compelling, though a lot of it I already knew, so I was able to breeze through quite a bit. Still, it did provide me with additional information, and the author properly builds up his arguments step by step.

I find it mind-boggling that there are people who state categorically that Darwinian macro-evolution is a proven fact, especially scientists who are supposedly open-minded, but we know from history that, being human, they aren't always open to being shown that what they
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Mousa Alshaikh
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is highly recommended to understand the presuppositions before studying any scientific theory. The adoption or rejection of the theory of evolution depends on the choice of paradigm, a paradigm that always precedes the theory.

The best chapters in this book are chapter 5 and 6, from pg. 250-350 when he criticize the ability of "random mutation in the natural selection" with solid ground of evidence devoid of religious opinion which making it independent of the holistic view of the intelligent
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Hong Meng
Sep 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
The only conflict between God and science is our own arrogance. There should not be an unification of science and religion: one asks how and the other asks why; one deals with facts and the other deals with the soul; one enhances our understanding of the universe, the other enhances our understanding of ourselves.

I applaud the author's effort in proving that an "Intellegent Designer" exists. Perhaps the de facto text book on Intelligent Design, this book introduces an omnipotent entity, whom
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Sean DeLauder
Nov 12, 2013 marked it as to-read
Author rehashes the antiquated and conveniently unproveable "clock must have a clockmaker" hypothesis, essentially contending a divinity tinkered with the balance of nature to create a universe that can support life. A divine power may not have created life, but certainly made the conditions right for it. This seems to support a hypothesis of a universe filled with an innumerable number of failures (and perhaps other universes with laws that resulted in complete system collapse) brimming with ...more
Charles
Oct 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Denton's strength and originality lies in his sections on molecular biology, which whilst now dated, still make valuable and valid reading (in fact his case is stronger now as he anticipated).
His principle argument is that far from bolstering the case for Darwin as is too often idly claimed, comparison of gene and proteomic sequences strongly confirms the typology of Darwin's opponents. Why? Because no ancestral pathways are found between anatomically similar species, in fact there is an almost
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Jeffrey Backlin
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
An atheist rejects the neo-darwinian synthesis based on scientific grounds.
Rick
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Well written and persuasive.
Laurent Dv
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dévoile bien les présupposés avant toute théorie scientifique. Soit une vision continue ou une vision discontinue des espèces. L'adoption ou le rejet de la théorie de l'évolution dépend du choix de paradigme, paradigme qui précède toujours la théorie. Les meilleurs chapitres (peut-être les seuls que je conseille de lire) sont les chapitre 5 et 6.
Chris Doyle
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Simply the most important book to be published on the subject of evolution, still true three decades on. In the decades to come, long after Dawkins is forgotten, this will be remembered as highly significant and ahead of its time.
Nathan Albright
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: challenge-2018
For many people, myself included, this book was the initial clarion call demonstrating the scientific flaws within the paradigm of evolution. While the intellectual roots of Intelligent Design go back quite further than this book, this book is the moment when such thoughts entered the intellectual mainstream [1], much to the chagrin of those who are in denial of the scientific evidence even to this day. What strikes me as particularly noteworthy about this and other books is that different ...more
Maxime N. Georgel
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: création
Une critique du Darwinisme qui consiste principalement à souligner le fait que tout dans la nature nous indique qu’elle est discontinue.

Michael Denton montre les problèmes logiques de la théorie de l’évolution. Il conclut qu’elle est si peu crédible que la seule raison pour laquelle elle est maintenue est l’absence de théorie scientifique alternative purement naturaliste. En effet, le Lamarckisme, le creationnisme ou la pensée de Teilhard de Chardin doivent faire appel aujourd’hui à des forces «
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Matt Feragne
Aug 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Pathetic.
Roddy
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best science books I have ever read. Masterful, calm, non-religious critique of Darwinism. Must get hold of the recent “sequel”.
Rick Toews
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not a particularly easy read but fascinating. The author, who was a molecular biologist, observes that, while Darwin's special theory--that a new species can arise from an existing one--has been amply proved by observation, his general theory--that all life has evolved from a single organism over billions of years--survives only by virtue of its status as the reigning paradigm in science. Darwin was acutely aware of the lack of evidence from, say, the fossil record but hoped that with time and ...more
Angus Mcfarlane
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: science
After affirming the credibility of species adaptability through natural selection, Denton argues that the mutation of one species into another via the same means is not credible. In regard to their morphological differences, species do not appear to have any intermediates, either living or fossilised which suggest 'macro-evolution', each comprising 'complete' biological entities. On a microscopic level, the organisation of genetic code appears to indicate discrete rather than transitional forms, ...more
Hannah
Oct 19, 2010 rated it liked it
I read this for a Bio honors course and it was pretty good. Honestly I probably wouldn't have picked it up if it weren't for school. I have to say it was a very complicated and hard book to read. I understood enough of it, but it's mostly scientific terms. If you like science I would go for it. It took me about 3 months to finish it though. xD It's a good book if you were looking for ways to argue against evolution, and it explains a lot in regard to evolution.
Barbara
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
Denton's book is an insightful critique of Darwinian evolution. Quite frankly, scientists should not be afraid to criticize a theory, any theory; they're supposed to be skeptical. Or so I'm told, by reading what other scientists have written. To be blacklisted or harassed for not believing a particular theory makes scientists look no better than the Catholic inquisitors of the Dark Ages. So much for dogmatism being prevalent amongst only religious people.
Marie
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Marie by: Pastor Dodds
This book was a very, very, very deep exploration into the theory of evolution. Very deep. It is such a detailed exposition on molecular biology, history of life, and biological systems... I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who doesn't have a good background in life science studies. I did appreciate it's clarity and the overall message.
Royce Ratterman
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Pete Bartel
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Good exposition of evidence against Darwin's general theory, from a non-Christian
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Michael Denton holds an M.D. from Bristol University, as well as a Ph.D. in biochemistry from King’s College in London. A Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, Denton has had a critical impact on the debate over Darwinian evolution.
“The complexity of the simplest known type of cell is so great that it is impossible to accept that such an object could have been thrown together suddenly by some kind of freakish, vastly improbable, event. Such an occurrence would be indistinguishable from a miracle.” 45 likes
“Molecular biology has shown that even the simplest of all living systems on the earth today, bacterial cells, are exceedingly complex objects. Although the tiniest bacterial cells are incredibly small, weighing less than 10-12 gms, each is in effect a veritable micro-miniaturized factory containing thousands of exquisitely designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery, made up altogether of one hundred thousand million atoms, far more complicated than any machine built by man and absolutely without parallel in the nonliving world.” 18 likes
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