Books We Like

No Adam, No Gospel

By Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. and published by Westminster Seminary Press, LLC, this book nails the theological problem of evolution in short order.

Literally short order! The book is only 29 pages long. Buy it. Read it. Here are some representative quotes:

“The truth of the gospel stands or falls with the historicity of Adam as the first human being form whom all other human beings descend.”

“For Paul, redemptive history has its clear and consummate ending with Christ only as it has a definite and identifiable beginning with Adam.”

“Without the ‘first’ that Adam is, there is no place for Christ as either “second” or ‘last.'”

Signature in the Cell

By Stephen C. Meyer, this book is long but easy to read. From Amazon’s page, here is one description:

Signature in the Cell is a defining work in the discussion of life’s origins and the question of whether life is a product of unthinking matter or of an intelligent mind. For those who disagree with ID, the powerful case Meyer presents cannot be ignored in any honest debate. For those who may be sympathetic to ID, on the fence, or merely curious, this book is an engaging, eye-opening, and often eye-popping read” — American Spectator

What Evolution Is

By Ernst Mayr, this book–that attempts to show literally what evolution is–actually shows very well that evolution is an empty theory believed only by natural creationists (i.e., Darwinists, evolutionists) who demand no evidence for their creation story.

Mayr, dubbed as “extraordinary” and “the Darwin of the 20th century” by the New York Times, and who has been hailed as “one of the great shining figures of evolutionary biology” appears to be, like Darwin, an honest scientist. His honesty with the facts seeps through his attempts to defend the evidence for evolution in ways that actually show the evidence is misplaced.

For example, in Chapter 2 entitled “What is the Evidence for Evolution on Earth,” the first evidence, of course, is the fossil record. However, only two paragraphs in, Mayr confronts the actual evidence: “This raises a puzzling question: Why does the fossil record fail to reflect the gradual change one would expect from evolution?”

Good question! In fact, the fossils are only “evidence for evolution” in the sense of everything must be “evidence” for a theory held by faith in spite of the evidence.

One more example, in which Mayr confirms Creation Reformation’s view stated in The Natural Selection Paradox, Mayr attempts to describe what natural selection “does” in nature. He answers “who does the selecting?” by contrasting with artificial selection (breeding). He writes: “But, strictly speaking, there is no such agent involved in natural selection. What Darwin called natural selection is actually a process of elimination.”

That is, natural selection does nothing (nothing!) to explain the creation and existence for all the survivors (those not eliminated) in nature, and human beings are one of them!

On the Origin of Species

Yes, the book that started it all (after THE book that tells a very different story!), and we like it.

Why do we like? Because we like out-of-the-box thinking that is humble and presented tentatively. And that is exactly what Darwin did in 1859.

Did you know that when Darwin introduced his theory of natural selection he had to imagine an example of it working?

Did you know that about halfway through Origin Darwin introduces what he calls “Difficulties On Theory”? In this section he faces head-on, like a real scientist, real problems with his theory. The problems stem from the absence of observable evidence in nature, such as the lack of transitional fossils.

And the problems Darwin saw continue to exist today, but you are not allowed to ask questions any more. Think about this: Darwin’s own book could not be taught in most public school classrooms today.

That’s why we like this book. Evolution with all its flaws and lack of evidence are in full view. And the flaws remain today, just not in full view.

We need more Darwins!