The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God
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ISBN/ASIN : 0310241448
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Release data : April, 2004
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I read this book a few years ago and initially was very impressed. However, as I grew more and more interested and versed in the intellectual debate it became apparent that although a great book for starters, the level of the argument has got a lot deeper very rapidly over the last couple of years.
Dawkins and his congregation love this type of apologetics and will quite convincingly, to the uninitiated, tear this work apart. My interest lies mainly with biology so I am not really qualified to comment on the host of other subjects contained within the book. I found anything relating to biology accurate and to be of sound observational science. I do recommend it as a starter for anyone who wants to get involved in the origins debate as it is an easy read, but if your looking for more meat look elsewhere.
Thought-provoking and Thoroughly Enlightening
Ever since Darwin published "Origin of the Species" in 1859 creation apologists have been placing the 'burden of proof' on evolutionists while themselves taking a 'step of faith' in believing the creation story. In other words, creationists have assented to intelligent design by mere faith. Meanwhile they've challenged the Darwinists to scientifically demonstrate that we macro-evolved from slime and/or share a common ancestor with apes (which, of course, nobody has been able to do in the intervening century-and-a-half).
This book's approach is refreshingly original. Curiously, its author turns the debate on its head by placing the entire burden of proof upon the creationists! In other words, it's not enough merely to dismiss Darwin's theory because it's never been proven and then arbitrarily accept a creation account from the Book of Genesis. Instead you must interview numerous expert scientists from various disciplines (eg. microbiology, cosmology, astrophysics, etc.) and challenge them to make a credible and evidence-based argument for intelligent design in light of recent scientific discovery. Because the author worked for a newspaper and was still an atheist when much of his initial research was conducted, the style is that of a sceptical reporter and includes some staggeringly insightful interviews (the only flaw is that non-American listeners may find Strobel’s broad vowel sounds a tad irritating).
But if you're even vaguely interested in the origins of life & the universe, then completely rule-out engaging in any more debate on the subject before listening to this book.
A long overdue book...
For too long, the media in the UK pedal out of date 1970s science soundbites, like "faith versus science" without ever having a decent debate on this fundamental topic. Finally, this book has arrived, showing that this is "science versus science" and that recent scientific evidence from physics, biochemistry, cosmology etc, etc, has caused many scientists to abandon darwinism as a credible theory for the origin of species.
Strobel uses his award winning investigative journalism skills to good effect in interviewing both Christian and Agnostic academics, bringing their scientific objections to Darwinistic philosophy to the reader in an instantly accesible way. You don't have to be a science geek to read this book; and if you do have a scientific background, there's plenty here for you too.
Read this book with an open mind - it's far better than anything you'll get from the BBC...