Darwin on Trial

By Phillip E. Johnson
Read by Frederick Davidson

6.58 Hours 11/01/1992 unabridged
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Is evolution fact or fancy? Is natural selection an unsupported hypothesis or a confirmed mechanism of evolutionary change? Darwin’s theory of evolution is accepted by most educated Americans as simple fact, but 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 may have been created? Berkeley law professor Phillip Johnson looks at the case for evolution with a lawyer’s cold, dispassionate eye for logic and proof. What he finds is that scientists have put the cart before the horse: they have prematurely accepted Darwin’s theory and have since been scrambling to back it up, mostly unsuccessfully. As the difficulties piled up, scientists have clung to the theory out of fear of encouraging religious fundamentalism, but in the process, they have turned Darwinism into a religion of its own. Johnson’s relentless pursuit to follow the evidence wherever it leads remains as relevant today as it has ever been.

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Summary

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Is evolution fact or fancy? Is natural selection an unsupported hypothesis or a confirmed mechanism of evolutionary change?

Darwin’s theory of evolution is accepted by most educated Americans as simple fact, but 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 may have been created?

Berkeley law professor Phillip Johnson looks at the case for evolution with a lawyer’s cold, dispassionate eye for logic and proof. What he finds is that scientists have put the cart before the horse: they have prematurely accepted Darwin’s theory and have since been scrambling to back it up, mostly unsuccessfully. As the difficulties piled up, scientists have clung to the theory out of fear of encouraging religious fundamentalism, but in the process, they have turned Darwinism into a religion of its own.

Johnson’s relentless pursuit to follow the evidence wherever it leads remains as relevant today as it has ever been.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Frederick Davidson, as the narrator, handles the material at just the right tempo, making it easy to evaluate what is being read.”  St. Louis Post
“This cogent, succinct inquiry cuts like a knife through neo-Darwinist assumptions.” Publishers Weekly
“Darwin on Trial is unquestionably the best critique of Darwinism I have ever read. Professor Johnson combines a broad knowledge of biology with the incisive logic of a leading legal scholar to deliver a brilliant and devastating attack on the whole edifice of Darwinian belief.” Michael Denton, author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis
“Dissecting the writings of Gould, Futuyama, Darwin, and Dawkins with a trenchant sword, law professor Johnson uses an attorney’s reasoning to scrutinize the scientists’ logic in defining the theory of evolution.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Phillip E. Johnson

Phillip E. Johnson, a retired UC Berkeley law professor and author, is considered the father of the intelligent design movement and the architect of the Wedge strategy. He was also the cofounder of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He is the author of several books on evolution, philosophical naturalism, and other cultural issues and has spoken extensively around the country.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 6.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English