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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (594 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Phillip E. Johnson Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tracy | 2/12/2014

    " This book is a refreshing, logical discussion of why many of the "facts of evolution" are simply not proven. As a child, I had no reason to question evolution. Everywhere I encountered it, biology class, museums, weather reports, astronomy lessons...it was presented as fact, not theory. The elaborate artwork that fills museums and books regarding evolution was not presented with a strong caveat. It was shocking to learn how experts--scientists-- defended evolution, even when faced with huge counterevidence. I thought scientists were unemotional truthseekers! The new version of this subjective science is the Global Warming Issue. How emotional the experts can be! I found myself continually reminded of the Global Warming Defenders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jerry Mahn | 2/8/2014

    " Very good book evaluating the arguments of Darwin from a legal standpoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paul Flynn | 2/5/2014

    " Great book exposing the flaws in Darwinian logic and the lack of credible evidence for the scientifically inept theory. Darwinism is a religion, is supported by pseudoscience and is in general poorly understood. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Josh Davis | 2/4/2014

    " It does not focus on the modern theories about evolution and is littered with logical fallacies and badly researched nonsense. Satire at best. "

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About the Author
Author 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.