The Greatest Show on Earth
Brian Thomas at the Institute for Creation Research writes:
|“|| Just as Dawkins’ reasoning in his WSJ essay was missing key information regarding how physical laws could spontaneously generate life, his new book also fails to address the robust body of evidence that defies the Darwinism he preaches. For example, the book completely ignores the growing problem of “stasis,” or the mismatch of evolution’s supposedly constant change over time with the observed stability of many life forms that remain totally unchanged for assumed eons of evolutionary time.2
The giant elephant in the room of Dawkins’ insistence on the power of physics to create life is the observation that physical interactions have nothing to do with the coded biological information, called language, that characterizes life. Ironically, Dawkins himself admitted that “life is just bytes and bytes and bytes of digital information.”3 But there is no observation of such information originating naturally (i.e., without applied intelligence), and Dawkins fails to describe even one example that shows physics inventing language.
The study of physics describes material interactions. Like spoken languages, biological language is irreducibly complex and yet without physical substance. It comes complete with symbols, meanings for those symbols, and a grammatical structure for their interpretation. Remove any one of these three fundamental features, and the informational system is lost. Physics has nothing to do with symbols or grammar, and therefore nothing to do with the origin of life, which cannot exist without its coded information.
If physics is ineligible, then what or who could be the real author of life’s information?4 If “in the beginning was the Word,” then the Author was the God of the Bible, and the apostle John can be trusted when he writes, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
The Greatest Hoax on Earth by Jonathan Sarfati
In a review of Dr. Jonathan Sarfati's book Cornell University professor, Dr. John Sanford, pioneer of genetic engineering and inventor of the gene-gun, writes, “In my opinion Sarfati’s book beats Dawkins’ book, point by point, on all issues.”
|“|| History may show that Dawkins has done the church a favour, by waking it out of its complacency on the creation/evolution issue. By focusing the battle right at the foundations, and by putting all the evidence he can muster on display, he has provided a chance for Christians to see via this response that they do not have to keep retreating on this issue, for fear of being seen to contradict ‘the facts of science’…
The Greatest Hoax on Earth? meets Dawkins’ The Greatest Show on Earth head-on. Dr. Sarfati firmly and comprehensively answers Dawkins’ challenge, chapter after chapter, covering a vast range of disciplines in his trademark crisp, clear style. He convincingly shows, for those with ears to hear, that to believe the Bible’s account of Creation/Fall/Redemption straightforwardly not only does not commit intellectual suicide, it is if anything the intellectually superior position.
In the process, he also ably exposes the types of deceitful tactics utilized in many anti-creation arguments. (Hence the ‘hoax’ in the Sarfati book’s title; CMI of course does not claim that people teach and promote evolution while disbelieving it.)
Video summary of The Greatest Hoax on Earth
- One Long Bluff: A Review of Richard Dawkins’ “The Greatest Show on Earth”
- Dawkins and Darwin's Three-Ring Circus: A review of: The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence for Evolution