Book Review: Charles Darwin: His life and impact by Answers in Genesis

The book “Charles Darwin” succinctly describes the master proponent for evolution. It not only describes Darwin, but also addresses several questions that arise because of his work. There are four chapters on Darwin and three chapters answering questions most likely associated with the name of Darwin and evolution.

First, there is a nice five page life sequence of Darwin in bullet form from his birth to his death. Roger Sanders then describes “Darwin’s Personal Struggle with Evil.” That struggle was (and is) because the church has so promoted the love of God and assumed the holiness of God. However, because of passive communication regarding the holiness of God and people set themselves up as God’s judge, which Darwin did and God gave him over to futility and depraved thinking (Rom. 1:21-22). In Darwin’s case, his 10-year-old daughter, Anne, developed a stomach illness leaving her writhing in pain. After more than a year and help sought from a health retreat, she slipped into a coma and died in the hands of her sobbing father, Charles. Instead of casting himself before the holiness of God, he shook his fist and developed a system of creation that left no room for God.

Jason Lisle explained how Darwin was “Unwittingly a ‘Creationist,’” because every evolutionist must “assume that the creation is true in order to argue against it.” (p. 19) The evolutionist argues that from nothing came something that exploded and ended up as we have it. Yet, only the Bible can make sense from that nonsense, provide a foundation for that illogical thinking and establish order for a moral code.

Georgia Purdom answered the question, “Is Natural Selection the Same Thing as Evolution?” Darwin, and most evolutionists, focus on two things to make their system work: natural selection and mutations (along with time, death and chance). Purdom demonstrated that Darwin’s flawed analysis of the finches on the Galapagos Islands only answered change within the species, but did not demonstrate anything to support evolutionary change from one kind to another. Furthermore, mutations do not create new information, but rather lose information. Consequently, mutations destroy information instead of create more complex DNA, which evolution requires. Because Darwin threw in the “time, death and chance” factor, millions have believed the LIE. It’s true that natural selection and mutations exist, but they do NOT support evolution and Purdom writes a simple, but scholarly explanation.

David Menton analyzed the question, “Did Humans Really Evolve from Ape-like Creatures?” Menton showed that while there are similarities between apes and humans, as there are similarities with many kinds of animals, it demonstrates there is a common Creator, not a common ancestry. I respect his thought that man continues to foolishly promote making man out of apes and apes out of man. (p. 50)

Monty White responded to the question, “Hasn’t Evolution Been Proven True?” He considered stellar evolution, chemical evolution and biological evolution in his analysis. He showed the God-less nature of the big bang theory of stellar evolution and while many Christians have bought into it, they ought to run from it. The chemical evolution hoax, conducted by Stanley Miller in 1953, showed just the opposite of what could happen in creating amino acids. Furthermore, amino acids could not be formed if there were oxygen and they would be destroyed if there were no oxygen.

Ken Ham concluded “Charles Darwin” with “The Ghost of Darwin” and “Darwin’s Plantation.” Both are an indictment on the rebelliousness of man for believing the LIE. “Darwin’s Plantation” is the extremely sad, sad, sad condition of what evolution does to promote racism, abuse and self-righteousness. That chapter is worth the entire book. I highly endorse the good work of Answers in Genesis!


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