9/25/09

Get Your Free Copy of “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life”

Charles Darwin is still a hip play′a and as his books keep pumping out of the presses.



Get your free copy in November.

Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron will be giving away 100,000 free copies of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life” at 50 top university campuses in the USA on the 19th of November.

This edition includes an intro that you can read at this link which is sure to 1) cause sensory detonations and 2) inspire a bout of polemics on various fronts.

For example, when some claim that Charles Darwin was an atheist, some that he was an agnostic, some a deist, or a theist till his death, a Humanist, a Unitarian, etc. fireworks are sure to ignite. And this is just for starters as the atheist attempts to re-write the history of social Darwinism’s influence on Communism and Nazism will cause the atheist apologists to scurry in their attempt to cover up history as recent as the last century (see here and here for my take).

This event is preceded by the recent release of Ray Comfort’s new book, “Nothing Created Everything: The Scientific Impossibility of Atheistic Evolution” which reportedly,

…debunks a popular view introduced by contemporary atheist Richard Dawkins, who, in 2004, wrote in his book The Ancestor’s Tale, “The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved literally out of nothing—is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice.”



Keep in mind that Richard Dawkins’ best explanation for the origin of life and the “appearance of design in the universe” is “luck”—the luck of the gaps.
It is as though, in our theory of how we came to exist, we are allowed to postulate a certain ration of luck.[1]

Explain[ing] how the complex, improbable appearance of design in the universe arises...makes heavier demands on luck.[2]

Ray Comfort’s new book is already being juxtaposed with Adrian Desmond and James Moore’s “Darwin's Sacred Cause: How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin's Views on Human Evolution” which argues:
Darwin's scientific quest to was fueled by his Christian abolitionism. His "sacred cause," as Darwin called it, was to undermine a key precept of the slave trade—that blacks comprise an inferior race separate from whites—by proving the common descent of mankind from lower life forms.[3]



These along with the recent book by Benjamin Wiker, “The Darwin Myth: The Life and Lies of Charles Darwin” are sure to make for the retelling of history, the re-writing of history and a continuing polemical saga.

Benjamin Wiker notes that
One of Charles Darwin’s very few character flaws was this: he was oddly possessive about his theory, so much so that he failed to acknowledge his predecessors, including his own grandfather [Erasmus Darwin], until his detractors pointed out the glaring omissions. He wanted the theory of evolution to be his discovery, his creation, his baby.[4]

And also considers:
Why Darwin didn't "discover" evolution
How Darwin set out to create a godless version of evolution
Why many of his best friends and allies criticized Darwin's theory, and how he never refuted their objections
How "social Darwinism" is not a misapplication of Darwinism, but is Darwinism
Why Darwin's theory supported natural slavery, an institution he abhorred
How much of what we know about Darwin comes from his Autobiography--which at key points is downright misleading

How Darwin helped make ideological atheism the battle cry of science



And on it goes.

See my Essays Particular to Charles Darwin and Essays Particular to Evolution for more information.

[1] Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker—Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1986), p. 145
[2] Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion (Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006), p. 121
[3] Dan Gilgoff, “Charles Darwin, Christian,” U.S. News & World Report, February 13, 2009
[4]New Book Uncovers ‘the Life and Lies of Charles Darwin’,” The Discovery Institute

5 comments:

  1. Haha. $10 says that Banana Man and Crocoduck still haven't read the Origin of Species, despite having written an introduction to it.

    "C'mon, college kid, did the first land animal have lungs or gills? Well...?" Aw, man. These guys crack me up.

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  2. Darwin's Sacred Cause: "Darwin's scientific quest to was fueled by his Christian abolitionism. His "sacred cause," as Darwin called it, was to undermine a key precept of the slave trade—that blacks comprise an inferior race separate from whites—by proving the common descent of mankind from lower life forms."

    The Darwin Myth: "How Darwin set out to create a godless version of evolution...Why Darwin's theory supported natural slavery, an institution he abhorred."

    [emphasis mine, of course]

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    I still don't understand how Charles Darwin is relevant to discussions of evolution. The continued perception that discrediting Darwin is somehow a blow against evolutionary science has led to some rather scattershot assaults on the man.

    It is certainly possible that there is such a person as an ideological Darwinist, but the rather overwhelming majority of modern science does not consider "...the Origin of Species..." to be some kind of a sacred handbook, nor Darwin to be a prophet any more than mathematicians model their views on the life of Pythagoras.

    He had the basic idea right; that idea is what's relevant; and that idea has been expanded on, applied to new things, wondered at, discussed, and generally been a spark to refinement and confirmations that Darwin had never thought of.

    Really. His life was interesting. His ideas may not have been wholly original. He may have had some unsavory views. He may have been a closet saint.

    That really isn't the least bit relevant. Ideas stand alone, and science stands alone. Personality does not affect what's true one way or the other.

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  3. Ray Comfort should include a free banana with every book.
    Have you ever looked at a banana, I mean, really looked at it?

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  5. The comment section 'comforts' me, hehe. ^^

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