A Longtime Agnostic Discovers the Case for Design
Here is an interesting little book which at 146 pages won’t leave you bogged down in any but the most necessary detail the author requires to explain himself and his enlightenment.
For those of my readers who would like to dig deeper into the foundation of modern atheism I can recommend any number of books exposing in detail the fallacious hypothesis which is Darwinism.
Simply drop me a note under ‘Contact’ in the menu and I will email you back a list. Please let me know a little about your background or familiarity with the subject (or lack thereof) so I can recommend something appropriate to your interest level. Also check the category “Pseudo Science” on this website for relevant posts on the three big frauds of our time (i.e., neoDarwinism, man-made global warming or carbon-phobia (now called climate change since the globe has not cooperated with the propaganda by warming as predicted), and the democrat response to Covid-19).
The theory of biological evolution, i.e., neoDarwinism or modification with descent by means of natural selection, is almost entirely without scientific merit. Neil Thomas does a commendable job of summoning the historical milieu that led to Darwin’s famous hypothesis, the almost overwhelming rejection of it by his contemporaries and the disturbing fact that none of the early objections by the knowledgable scientists of his day have ever been adequately answered and persist to this day.
Essentially Darwinism or its contemporary rendition neoDarwinism is the creation myth of materialists. Materialists are not necessarily those who lust after money (though many do) but rather those who reduce all phenomena in the universe to natural causes and explanations.
Some confuse philosophical materialism or methodological naturalism with science. They incorrectly define science as the search for materialistic answers to questions about nature or the universe. The correct definition of science is the search for rational answers to our questions about nature or the universe.
The difference can be thought of this way. Most people die of disease, malnutrition, old age or an accident – that is natural causes. But occasionally (or frequently if you live in Chicago) people die from murder. Most murderers who don’t want to get caught try to make it look like the victim died of some natural cause (again excluding the drive-by shootings in broad daylight in Chicago and other democrat-run cities) which provide for the makings of the very popular murder mysteries we all enjoy in novels and film. If the detective assigned to the case always assumes natural causes he will never solve the murder.
So it is with science. The entire SETI project would be meaningless if we did not assume we can recognize an intelligent signal from space vs the cosmic noise that generally emanates from there. And so it also is with biological life and the message in the cell which understands that neither computer code nor the words in a book arise from any physical laws but rather always from an intelligent being.
What separates science from superstition is whether or not the person is willing to follow the data wherever it leads which includes overthrowing previously held beliefs or convictions or, especially now, overthrowing the existing “scientific” consensus for an explanation more inline with the actual observations and data.
Some sort of intelligent designer (i.e., the Creator, God) has sent us signals which we will never intercept if we operate under the false assumption that everything in the universe, including the universe itself, has a naturalistic cause or explanation.
A major point of Thomas’s book is that not only is it scientifically wrong to teach (or more accurately preach) Darwinism because it lacks any proof or even rationality but as importantly, Darwinism in order to maintain the illusion that life is some simple thing that can evolve by chance and natural law, suppresses the wondrous and miraculous knowledge that some sort of amazing Being lies in back of it all. This suppression of the truth for political, sexual or monetary purposes leaves modern man with a despair and angst derived from the supposed meaninglessness of existence. This Thomas maintains is a crime against humanity.
Click this link to read a small sampling of the author’s journey.
From the back cover:
About the author: Neil Thomas is a longtime member of the British Rationalist Assoc. He studied at the universities of Oxford, Munich and Cardiff before becoming a professor at the University of Durham, England.
University professor Neil Thomas was a committed Darwinist and agnostic – until an investigation of evolutionary theory led him to a startling conclusion: “I had been conned!” As he studied the work of Darwin’s defenders, he found himself encountering tactics eerily similar to the methods of political brainwashing he had studied as a scholar. Thomas felt impelled to write a book as a sort of warning call to humanity: “Beware! You have been fooled!” The result is Taking Leave of Darwin, a wide-ranging history of the evolution debate.
From the Endorsements:
A Brilliantly synoptic, dispassionate overview of the controversies that have swirled around Darwin’s theory of evolutionary transformation over the past 160 years. The more that science has progressed, argues Neil Thomas, the greater the dissonance between Darwinism’s simplistic mechanism and the inscrutable complexities of life it seeks to explain. Thomas’s open-minded interrogation of the implications for our understanding of ourselves and our world is masterly and persuasive. – James Le Fanu, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize