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Instructive and illuminating, The Darwin Myth casts aside Darwinism's politically correct veneer and offers a critical, scientific analysis of Darwin's life and his history–changing theory....

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  • Carolyn
    2018-07-22 23:57

    Darwin was a third generation evolutionist. His grandfather had written a popular book on evolution before Charles was born. The book had actually been translated into several languages. There had been many other people who proposed variations on the theory from the time before the Romans. To say that Charles Darwin was the first, or major, proponent of evolution is disingenuous at best. His desired claim to prominence was to exclude God from any type of biological or geological development theory. This was a balanced book about Darwin. It especially described the conflict he lived between what he proposed and what he lived personally. He knew that there were flaws in his theory and resented any discussion concerning them from friends or critics. (The author uses Darwin's own quotes to illuminate those imperfections.) Some of Darwin's critics were his own closest friends who were well known scientists in their own right. Some of them were particularly vocal about the parts with which they disagreed. The book does not vilify or deify Darwin, but reveals Darwin as a very complex man who loved his family - with a passion to eliminate God from social thought. Ironically, his theory proposed that the weak would always be eliminated, yet he was a very unhealthy person most of his life. His theory would maintain that he, himself, should be eliminated, as well as his children who inherited his physical weaknesses.One consequence of his theory: Certain Germans embraced the theory, which influenced the proponents of Nazism. The Nazis embraced his theory because they felt it was right to destroy whatever they felt was weak - the ultimate consequence of natural selection.

  • John Martindale
    2018-07-14 15:37

    Despite the title, I thought the book really balanced. It is written by an evolutionist whose goal is to not discredit Darwin's theory, but just to give an accurate biography of the man. Because Darwin is the secular saint, Wiker did not really feel there was much out there that was objective. So he attempts to show Darwin's strengths and weaknesses and complexities. What was most interesting to me was how Charles Darwin's grandfather enthusiastically believed in evolution and Charles came from a family line of secularist, so Darwin went out looking for evidence to prove what He assumed before hand was true, it was not like he stumped upon the facts which were so overwhelming that he gave in, lost his faith and surrendered to the truth of science. All of this fits with my notion of the power of presuppositions, Darwin wanted the theory to be true, it had to be true, and this colors his perception of things. Those after him have come from the standpoint that it has to be true, for there is no alternatives, they are committed to it with a religious zeal and devotion, which makes them as acceptable to BS as religious people are. Like Bill Bryson wrote that (I am paraphrasing) "we typically don't think you can get something from nothing, but since there was nothing, and now we have a universe, we have proof that it can happen" and Quinton Smith wrote "the most reasonable thing to believe is that everything came from nothing, by nothing and for nothing" and this kind of nonsense (I say nonsense, in that it is non-sense, something beyond our senses) is embraced by scientist, who don't seem to even pause to reflect how unscientific such a conclusion is. But since it HAD to happen that way, well, it happened. Sorry but I don't have enough faith to believe the laws of nature just accidentally popped in existence, and that nothingness just randomly produced an explosion that produced a finely tuned universe upon which life somehow accidentally got this near magical power to adapt and evolve and now waala I am writing this review. To believe this kind of thing is not science. So yeah, one point that Wiker makes towards the end of the book, is that embracing darwin's theory of evolution is different from embracing Darwinism, which in essence is to believe everything HAD to come from nothing, by nothing and for nothing, which is an unprovable, non-scientific philosophical assumption which sadly is proudly paraded around as fact, by those who think themselves men of reason and not of faith. Oh how gullible to wild speculation and myths the atheist are, how blind they are to absurdities, oh how they have a religious zeal, a a childlike faith and a dogmatic confidence. Oh how they create an us vs. them mentality, All that they condemn the religious for, they practice. They try to remove the speck from our eye, while all the while they have a plank in their own eye.

  • Steve Strong
    2018-08-07 16:38

    okay, once again my mind has been turned upside down by a book that I thought I knew what it was about, but ended up really making me think about how I think about things. Supersense was the other.The Darwin Myth takes a step beyond Darwin's attempt to explain evolution by natural selection, but discusses the moral implications of Darwinian evolution. It explains the man Charles Darwin, this Culture and scientific climate.Definitely worth a read, you will be surprised by what is said as opposed to what you think the Darwin Myth will say.

  • Mazola1
    2018-07-16 18:49

    A standard creationist look at the life of Charles Darwin and the perceived pernicious effects his ideas. A slim volume with scant biographical information and a hard to miss point of view. While the world has certainly become more secular since The Origin of Species was published, it's a stretch to put most of the blame on Darwin's shoulders while at the same time faulting him for stealing his ideas from others.

  • Sean Reeves
    2018-07-21 19:34

    An interesting take on Darwin by a clearly Christian author who takes Darwin to task for omitting any mention of God in his theory of evolution. How Darwin was meant to interject God into his theory is not explained. However, the limitations and implications of Darwinism (evolution as explained by Darwin) are well reviewed. Social Darwinism was certainly the driving force behind the enthusiasm for eugenics in the first half of the twentieth century and it continues to be a force now that eugenics has been euphemistically rebranded. Darwinism arose in an era when the mechanism of heredity and epigenetics was unknown, so Darwin was bumbling about in the dark to a large degree. Thus it is not surprising that genetic ignorance, combined with his personal idiosyncrasies and the assumptions of his cultural milieu, spawned a theory of evolution that had scientific shortcomings. That didn't stop it from taking the world by storm. To quote:"Darwin’s defenders came to occupy influential niches in British and American intellectual life. Together, these men would also control the scientific media of the day, especially the important journals, and channel their other writings through a series of carefully chosen publishers—Murray, Macmillan, Youmans, and Appleton. Towards the end they were everywhere, in the Houses of Parliament, the Anglican Church, the universities, government offices, colonial service, the aristocracy, the navy, the law, and medical practice; in Britain and overseas. As a group that worked as a group, they were impressive. Their ascendancy proved decisive, both for themselves and for Darwin."A recommended read.

  • Bridget
    2018-07-27 18:01

    This is a mostly even-handed biography of Darwin that somewhat devolves into a long-winded argument againt the godless part of his theory. Overall, though, it's good. I came out of it with a much better understanding of Darwin, which increased both my respect for and revulsion to him.

  • Kevin de Ataíde
    2018-07-21 22:00

    The myth is something like this: that a religious and Christian Darwin, a scientist and a scholar, made a voyage of discovery in the south and especially to the complex ecological systems of the Galapagos islands, was forced by scientific discovery to rethink his theological positions and discover that all life is in the end chance and gradually evolves from basic life forms as a result of the endless challenges presented by a constantly turning world. Hence the constant theme of liberal politics: science solves the problem of theology (which is all superstition), theology/religion is at war with science (a fallacy, by the way), and let's get rid of the influence of the churchmen and religion.Right. Dr. Wiker helps us discover the human Darwin, a dedicated father, a true gentleman and a choleric scientist, very ambitious and determined to make his way in the world. Adopting naturalism as his subject at an early stage, he took up the evolutionary theories of his old grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, and proceeded to appropriate them to himself, using his extraordinarily developed sense of observation and recording to find every possible means to confirm those theories of transmutation. They would henceforth be *his* theories, in particular 'natural selection,' and, though conscious that science was increasingly arriving at accepting evolution anyway, he pushed forward to publish his own version of it and was able to find the necessary support in the scientific community of his time to ram his views into the popular consciousness as scientific orthodoxy, even in the face of glaring problems with his theory. Indeed the effort was more political than scientific, as is given by the vilification of his most influential detractors, like the bishop Wilberforce, the political placement of Darwin's defenders in the most influential niches in the English-speaking intelligentsia (p.104-5) and the ammunition the theory was to provide to revolutionaries and enemies of the Christian Church and to traditional philosophical positions. The result today is that these interesting theories are taught with the certainty of fact in every textbook we know of and any dissent or intelligent questioning of Darwinian ideas is either treated with disbelief or with the religious zeal of darwinists. Yes, sometimes science can be just like religion.The useful features of this book: * it does not denounce evolution itself, which is a clever theory that provides answers to many questions, but Darwin's own clouded view of it, a view that purposely and remorselessly excludes any theistic conception. This is explained by by Darwin's own history within the Enlightenment movement of free-thinking, based on the legacy of the grandfather and his father. Part of that Enlightenment inheritance is the myth of human progress, which is self-defeating since it does not account for the darker side of human nature. Contrary to the popular idea, Darwin was not religious in any sense of the world and his theological course of study seems to have been farcically aimed at finding a respectable profession as an Anglican cleric, which he later declined anyway.* it treats Darwin not as the prophet ending religious superstition with scientific rationalism, but as the rather human attention-seeking, ambitious scientist, willing to give up his health for the sake of *his* theory and idea, do anything to have it accepted. Although his philosophy was materialist and he could not allow metaphysical considerations to interfere with his reasoning, when it would help the case for his theory, he added theistic phrases he did not mean to later editions of his works to get them accepted further. This is not shooting Darwin down here; he was only human and we could not expect anything more from him than from anyone else. * in rather a small volume, it presents the respectable opposition to Darwinism that has largely been forgotten in the glorification of his theories unless it can be ridiculed. Some names, besides the bishop Wilberforce, include co-theorist Alfred Russell Wallace, geologist Charles Lyell (a friend but a sceptic of the theory) and S. George Jackson Mivart. If we claim to understand Darwin's reasoning, it's worthwhile looking for their counter-arguments.* it traces both the inevitable consequences of the theory in the relativisation of morality and even down to the eugenics movement, the natural end of the theory of 'natural selection.' It's interesting to note how many of Darwin's own relatives became members of that movement, such as his daughter Henrietta, Leonard Darwin, who was associated with Francis Galton and George Darwin, who put forward divorce and contraception as eugenic means. Most disconcerting is how these ideas could be used in racist denunciation of the worth of certain human ethnic races, ending in large scale genocides, particularly in the twentieth century. I find it singularly disturbing to think that Darwin would today be unable to find a reason why people with minor disabilities or weaker constitutions should not be aborted or euthanised.

  • Vimal Kodai
    2018-07-15 22:42

    THE DARWIN MYTH: The Life and Lies of Charles Darwin, is a book on factual and relevant information about the famous naturalist’s life and times (his real and ‘honest’ biography). Although his theory on Natural Selection was considered a threat to the civilized world, Darwin is still known to be one of the key personalities to have strongly made much esteemed contributions to our modern science. Benjamin Wiker states that the famous scientist's real life highlights have all truly manifested in him as per his having been the man who undertook long voyages on board of the sailing ship, H.M.S Beagle, in order to lead his in-depth research on plants, insects, animals, and other species found across the globe, namely in the following soils: Tierra Del Fuego, Brazil, Uruguay, The Falkland Islands, Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, etc. Benjamin Wiker gives a whole new perspective on why? when? how? Charles Darwin became known as the father of his masterpiece, Origin of Species.Benjamin Wiker gives true facts and information about the people and important personalities who helped Darwin in the process of his journey to marking his name in history as the naturalist whose successful display of the evolution of species was the result of his own profound studies on: anatomy of different species, transmutationism, Geology, origin of species, evolution of species, natural selection of specific breeds, the doctrine behind natural selection, and, anti-theistic views and its impact on evolution of species. Wiker insists that Darwin’s strong moral convictions on his views about God and about God’s ties to all life-forms on our planet, led him to create a structural concept between science and the world of the theists.Once more, Benjamin Wiker is truly magnificent when he stresses with many factual details that the famous naturalist was a man who had lots of moral values with his humility, his fatherly affection for his children, his fulfilling of duties as a perfect husband, his physical traits, his views on the Anglican church and Christianity, and, his influential role in instating an ideal known to us as Social Darwinism. Christianity and Darwinism, atheism and theism, and, Darwinism on scientific, philosophical, moral, and theological grounds—are presented in this book of Benjamin Wiker’s with so much intensity and thoroughness that it concludes without any doubts that Charles Darwin took all, if not, almost all the attributes for his Origin of Species to himself, and himself only.The biographer also emphasizes on Darwinism and its comparison and contrast to Nazism, The Bible and its ties to the contradictory notions with the creation of human races; and finally, the most admired of Charles Darwin’s literature is presented with a vivid acknowledgment of his likes for William Shakespeare’s written masterpieces. Wiker has hereabout provided a concise and a complete biography of the very famous naturalist and scientist, Charles Darwin. The Darwin Myth: The life and lies of Charles Darwin is a biography which sheds new lights on most minute details left out by previous biographers of the scientist whose one and only pride degree was that of a bachelor of arts in liberal studies on pre-divinity.

  • Don
    2018-07-26 22:31

    This is a balanced review of the life and work of Charles Darwin. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and found it provided much more insight than other attempts. Often Darwin is either idolized or demonized, depending on where you stand on your own personal beliefs about evolution. This book strives to be neither, but to evaluate the truth of his life regardless of which position you hold. It respects the man while the core problems of the theory are presented.For example, similar works include co-credit to Alfred Wallace for early work on evolution, such as Simon Winchester's Krakatoa. However, Winchester's book omits the later fact of Wallace's objection to Darwin's evolutionary view after The Origin of Species was published. (Indeed, Winchester's chronicle of Wallace is rather romanticized.) Wallace noted the major problems with evolution that Darwin was glossing over and failing to adequately answer. However, this book does an excellent job of not only recounting this, but also the fact that several of Darwin's earlier supporters publicly countered his work by acknowledging it could not provide answers to some very basic observations of life. There are many other lesser-known examples of this type of information included.It's definitely a book I will read again. I recommend it for anyone interested in the history of the theory of evolution or its well-known champion.

  • Louis
    2018-08-06 19:42

    This is a relatively short book but it offers an excellent analysis of teh debate over evolution. So often the argument is narrow...you must either believe in literal creationism (God made the earth in six, 24-hour days) or in Darwinism (a reductionist theory that started from the premise that there is no God and then tried to make the facts fit that theory...this failed miserably). These two arguments left those of us that believe in macroevolution but not microevolution out in the cold. Wiker points out in vivid detail the fact that the Darwinian theory of evolution did not even begin with him, and that even Darwin's most ardent supporters openly criticized the flaws in his God-less theory (such as the fact that complex biological structures such as the eye can not be explained by evolution, which requires a gradual development with improvements at each stage which give it an advantage over the previous version...the rods and cones in the eye have highly specific functions and won't work unless they are operating exactly as they are now constructed). This is an excellent book for those that believe that God created all things, but also created them in such a way as to naturally evolve and adapt over time to their surrounding environment.

  • Daniel Ziegelbauer
    2018-08-08 23:48

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although clearly written with a bias towards religion it does so with respect and dignity of both the subject of what has come to be known as Darwinism and its namesake. I only wish the time and energy of such works would be courageous and independent enough to realize the interconnected reality of religion with science and philosophy and not a forced choice of commitment in opposition to the other(s). It was however not intended for this type of argument and did a spectacular job in revealing the evolution of...well, evolution and how it has been impacted like religion and philosophy by altering motives both well intended and not so. It is an enlightening work.

  • Laurence
    2018-07-22 21:50

    "One can heartily accept evolution on scientific grounds and roundly reject Darwinism on scientific, philosophical, moral, and theological grounds." This was John Paul II's view I think. In this book you find out more than Darwinism's flaws, its ideological predecessors, and later ramifications. Wiker exposes the self-delusions of its author to serve his ambition, the made-to-fit theory to exclude a Creator, and today's lie that "Darwinism is the only respectable scientific position."

  • Kathleen
    2018-07-14 21:42

    Excellent research backing facts that have been long hidden in the telling of who Darwin really was. This book has well documented information, much to the embarrassment of many scientists. Not the least of which is the fact of Darwin's "proof" that there are races of people who are inferior, the darker "races" he says are inferior, closer to the apes....and his theory of evolutions rests upon this "fact." Sad truths uncovered in this book.

  • Isai Estrada
    2018-08-06 23:48

    it reinforced my point that the darwing's theory looks and feels like a religion's doctrine instead of a cientific proven fact!! as most people take it. shame! he tried to advanced cience and it was stoped by his own views of the world! and science at stand still because nobody even wants to listen to anything that varies from this point of view.

  • Lisa
    2018-08-09 23:55

    A very balanced biography. Not the evil genius that can be promoted by the one side and not the put-upon saint of the other; but a nice guy with VERY bad ideas and agenda who didn't think 'his theory' all the way through. I enjoyed it.

  • Russeller
    2018-08-09 18:40

    Not impressed. The author argues both anti-science ad anti-religion in an attempt to discredit Darwin, then makes ridiculously broad and unsubstantiated claims of modern culture's abuses of Darwinism. All without any new evidence. A painful read.

  • Don
    2018-08-04 23:56

    Good short bio, not afraid to knock Darwin off his pedestal and recognize and show that his intent was to destroy Christianity.

  • Loura
    2018-07-25 21:44

    Wiker does a good job in keeping his goal not to either demonize Darwin, or raise him to "secular sainthood".

  • John Barbour
    2018-07-26 15:49

    finished

  • Lenka Příplatová
    2018-08-10 20:35

    Pozoruhodná sračka, naštěstí krátká. Trochu menší sračka než Mýtus evoluce od Mejsnara, ale pořád sračka.

  • Michael
    2018-07-17 15:38

    Nothing new, standard anti-science rant.