The Creation Research Society Quarterly provides Christians with current news on the technical aspects of creationism, but it also provides articles and book reviews readily understandable to the layman. The following book review from Vol. 35, No. 3, is a good example of the latter. Permission to reproduce it was granted by CRSQ and the author, Karl Priest.
Darwin’s Leap of Faith: Exploring the False Religion of Evolution
by John Ankerberg and John Weldon
Harvest House Publishers. Eugene. OR. 1998. 392 pages. $10.99
Reviewed by Karl Priest
Authors Ankerberg and Weldon state up front that they do not have science backgrounds. They also point out that they frequently use quotations and request being informed of any inaccuracies. In fighting the creation-evolution battle on a local level I am in total agreement with the authors that evolutionists are condescending to Christians by accusing Christians of taking an irrational leap of faith:
We (Ankerberg and Weldon) seek to show evolutionists themselves take an incredible “leap of faith” that far exceeds in credulity anything Christians ever believed.” (p. 14)
There is chance and non-living matter to begin with, ignoring the question of where the matter came from. A prebiotic molecule takes a leap to a larger molecule which takes an even greater leap to a cell. Then there is the extreme leap to the first form of complex life. Finally evolution blindly produces every living thing. The authors say evolution belongs in the realm of Alice in Wonderland where the Red Queen said. “Six impossible things can be believed before breakfast.” (p. 309)
I found few things to criticize about this book. The only major shortcoming is a lack of an index. Ankerberg and Weldon also could have included a few more paragraphs about the feasibility of Noah’s ark. Also, they left me wondering when they said “…one prominent highly influential evangelical scientist is so enamored with the Big Bang theory he required us to delete a one paragraph criticism of it…” (p. 269) and then omitted the name of the person. These things said, I gauge the worth of a book by how many passages I mark as valuable. I wore out my marker on this book.
Darwin’s Leap of Faith: Exposing the False Religion of Evolution has three sections. The first section is “Evolution and the Modem World.” Here the theme is that ideas have consequences. Our view of origins can dramatically affect how we function as a society. Two worldviews, scientific materialist and Judeo-Christian, clash on fundamentals. If the universe is meaningless why shouldn’t the more powerful manipulate others for what the powerful deem “good”?
The next part, “Evolution and the Politics of Science.” is based on the irony that when evolutionists teach silliness in the name of science they demand, and receive, credibility and respect. Even as more damaging evidence accumulates against evolution, it is presented more forcefully as fact. Committed evolutionists will likely not be convinced by persuasive creationist arguments because their philosophical assumptions prevent it. As Romans 1:22 says. “Professing themselves to be wise they became fools.”
Last, “Evolution and the Scientific Evidence” reveals how Darwinism has become a pseudoscience held by its devotees in spite of overwhelming contrary evidence. This section covers molecules, fossils, mutations and other common categories. It is heavy, from a layman’s view, on mathematical probability and logic methods. Ankerberg and Weldon give good advice to evolutionists by stating we must not reject a theory we do not like if the evidence supports it. It is absurd for evolutionists to ridicule creationists for believing God made everything out of nothing while evolutionists maintain that somehow nothing turned itself into something.
The last chapter has a great title, “The Ultimate Con.” It homes in on the book’s theme that evolution is a religion of blind irrational faith. The spin doctrine, which has been used so effectively in politics, has proven to be a fact of life in our modern society. Therefore creationists need to be aware of this reality that greatly influences the masses. Most people think in sound bites and slogans. For example, the man-on-the-street thinks primarily of an attractive car which has his attention. He begins to think of expenses and safety when something happens to motivate him to think more deeply such as the payments or safety recalls. Then he will expend the effort to get more informed and take action.
Creationists must counter the “advertising spins” of evolutionists and get Joe Average to think of how wonderful our “product” is. Ankerberg and Weldon provide a wealth of material for laymen to use to reach the nonscientists. Once we get them into the showroom the scientists can provide whatever details Joe wants.