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Darwin on Trial

By: Phillip E. Johnson
Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
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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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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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Darwin on trial? Not!

It is very sad indeed that this book is listed under the heading of science. The author, a lawyer, has an extremely superficial understanding for the process and patterns of evolution. What is clear is that he is driven to distraction by the ability of Darwin's theory to account for the emergence of life on earth without having to appeal to the religious supernatural. Altogether extremely disappointing and filled with misinformation and factual error.

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perfectly awful

The law & science are different disciplines. I am all in favor of legalistic analyses of legal issues, including issues of social policy. But the legal discipline is an inappropriate way to approach scientific issues that are founded on provable hypotheses & experimentation. This book, which I read rather than listened to, is a book of religious argumentation, using legalistic means to put the point across. It is about as far from science as you can get. Which makes it pretty poor stuff. I also thought it wasn't very well written, but my views may have been colored by the authors completely illogical religio-legalistic conclusions about science.

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Should Be Required Reading/Listening

The data here is a great beginning to the counter-offensive needed to combat the "Stupid Science" that continues to both defy simple logic and be taught in public schools. Why must those who "claim" to be Scientific refuse (with hyper-religious zeal) to calmly discuss the possibility/probability of Supernatural Creation?

Should be read/heard by all, especially by those who would be terrified by the prospect of the existance of a Biblical God.

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This is why OJ got off

An absolutely blistering indictment on the entire foundation of the legal industry, and the appalling abuses we can commit with language. I'm reminded of something the great Dr Pauli (of Pauli exclusion principle fame) once said about a paper he was asked to review: "This isn't right. It isn't even wrong."

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Many people don't get it

Read (or listen to) this book. Some of the reviews offered here only present negative comments without adding any substance of their own. My recommendation...READ or LISTEN to this book and judge for yourself. Then, do further research and see how flawed and refuted evolution is. I would suggest The Priviledge Planet as a good follow-up to get the entire picture of the bogus Evolution story.

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Scientifically Illiterate

Johnson once again shows his complete lack of understanding about science as a way of thinking and knowing. This thinly veiled attempt to bring biblical literalism into the scientific debate shows ignorance of both science and the doctrine of many major religions.

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Interesting

Logical approach to a current issue gaining increasing attention.
Hits key issues and provides solid framework for assessment of the big issues.
Slows down at points and becomes a bit redundant
Overall a good book

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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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better off with another book

As much fun as it is to listen to a lawyer for seven hours this book is a waste of time. Their are no facts either for nor against darwins ideas just words twisted in a way that only a lawyer could do. If your intrest is in creationism you would be better of listening to some thing more reciently published.

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  • Mr GA
  • 01-28-15

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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  • David Kinsella
  • 03-06-13

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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  • Ga
  • 09-24-22

Very good book

I liked this book very much.
After reading The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, it’s good to get another side of the argument.
Evolution and natural selection are merely theories, not fact.

The one problem with this audiobook is, there is some sort of interference in the narration. It sounds like someone talking in the background sometimes. Spooky.

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  • Stacey
  • 10-30-21

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.