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Evolution Of A Creationist [Paperback]

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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2004
ISBN  0964366509  
EAN  9780964366503  

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A companion book to the series Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution, Dr. Jobe Martin chronicles his personal journey from traditional scientist to creationist. The book takes a look at animals that break all of the evolutionary "rules." It examines the many problems with evolutionary theory and shows why the Bible is an excellent book of science. Easy to read, this 200 page book is a must for Christian students, Sunday School classes and anyone who is interested in solving the conflict between evolution and the Bible.

Dr. Martin graduated from Bucknell University where he studied biology. He is also a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Dental School. After establishing a private practice at NASA in Houston, TX, he served on the dental crew for President Johnson?s Air Force One and the Presidential Fleet.

Dr. Martin joined the staff of Baylor Dental college as a professor when he started studying animals in nature that challenged his traditional science training. For the past 20 years, Dr. Martin has been lecturing students on Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution.

The goal of The Evolution of a Creationist is to provide the reader with easily accessible information on the creation versus evolution controversy. The book is a condensation and simplification of more than 20 years of studies that moved Dr. Jobe Martin from unquestioning belief in Darwinian evolution to undoubting trust in the six-day creation by God, as presented in the Biblical account.

As President of Biblical Discipleship Ministries, Dr. Martin is a frequent speaker on topics such as "Creation vs. Evolution", "Marriage and the Family", "Discipleship", "Biblical Prophecy" and "The New Age Movement".

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So when a scientis "believes" something to be true or false, is that on "fatih"?  May 27, 2008
The Pope knows that science can answer questions that before were unknown and therefore accepts scientific "facts". However, even scientists do not know where the material for the "big bang" came from, so they can only have a "theory". A "theory" is nothing more than a "believe". So scientists do have "faith".
A solid presentation of young-earth creationism directed at Christians  Feb 21, 2008
The author writes from the perspective of someone who became a Christian, was satisfied believing in evolution, and then began to question evolution in light of the Bible. So, the bottom line is that this book presents the arguments for young-earth creation directed to Christians who are undecided on this issue or believe that evolution can be worked into scripture. The author presents good arguments why the Bible and evolution are not compatible. This is written with the average person in mind and not at a scientific level. It is definitely worth reading as a good intro to the topic. (on a side note: the author briefly references a creationist named Carl Baugh who has been discredited)
Great Read  Nov 24, 2007
The author hammers away at the thin veneer of evolution with sledgehammer of facts, details and examples. Just like with any book that demolishes evolution, the evolutionists will always attack the author as being any or all of the following:

1. religious nut
2. ignorant of science
3. misinformed
4. don't understand evolution

These asymmetrical and strawman arguments simply show how fact-deficient the evolutionists' defense of their precious theory are. Check out these books that destroy evolution:

Why Evolution is a Fraud: A Secular and Common-Sense Deconstruction

The Face That Demonstrates The Farce Of Evolution

Darwin's Demise

Refuting Evolution: A Handbook for Students, Parents, and Teachers Countering the Latest Arguments for Evolution

Refuting Evolution 2

Good Heart, Bad Science, Mediocre Book (at best)  Aug 4, 2007
I know this review is long, so readers may want to skip to the summary at the end and then read the rest if interested. -CL

This book is not helpful in understanding the creation/ evolution discussion. The author repeatedly commits argumentative fallacies because he doesn't seem to know what he is really critiquing. This is annoying because he professes to have a background in science.

One of Martin's few salient points is that he correctly puts both evolution and Christianity within the realm of faith. Both religions/ philosophies are based on a combination of evidence, testimony and belief. This is something that many proponents on both sides tend to gloss over regularly, especially when attacking their respective opponent.

Sadly, that's where Martin's work ceases to be very different from typical creationist misinformation. After recognizing that both systems have a degree of faith (creation by non-God vs. creation by God), he rails on evolution because it cannot be proven. For example: "Do we believe the Bible, or have we placed our trust in the foolish speculations of men based on the scientifically unprovable assumptions of so-called science (page 145)?"

This is a false dichotomy (either/or proposition). Even if we do not buy evolution as it is usually conceived, we can have BOTH a very old universe AND God's Word without any watering down of faith for either category. That fossils do not match any currently living organisms is pretty convincing evidence that organisms DO change over time. This need not be a crisis creating issue for the Christian believer. In fact, if we teach our children the biblically unsupported idea that organisms never change over time, we are setting them up to fail when they hit the classroom. They should not have to choose EITHER science OR Jesus. All truth, after all, is God's truth.

Creation goes hand in hand in terms of processes governed by scientific models and principles, even if it takes billions of years. And this position does not prohibit God from creating something in his image at any given point either. If it's understood that the world operates by fairly uniform principles and was established as such by God in the first place, then no heretical loss of faith (as Martin implies) is required.

Also against Martin is that science doesn't always have to be observed, repeatable or proven to be science. Proper extrapolation based on presently functioning laws is a valid way to develop models and explanations for past, non-observable and non-repeatable events. For an example, consider detectives investigating a murder. The murder is past, non-observable and non-repeatable, but that doesn't mean that the forensic team and detective are grounding their hypothesis on pure speculation or creative writing. They develop plausible explanations based on scientific evidence (and testimony) even if it is not a provable guaranty of the way past events unfolded. When we understand that both atheistic creation and theistic creation operate under these same constraints, we can make real progress in this discussion.

Martin is also inconsistent in his application of his arguments. For example, in one place he assumes that the old earth idea is ridiculous because of the biblical procession of creation: (plants before insects) saying, "Many plants need insects to pollenate them. How could they [plants] survive more than 2 billion years while waiting for insects to `evolve?' " Whatever other conclusions this assumes, it is somewhat revealing when Martin (and other Christians) then argue that that every animal was a vegetarian before the first sin. Apparently we are to believe that rattlesnakes and tigers etc. were given venom or big teeth to stalk the elusive tomato, but that it goes too far to assume that no plant could ever be pollinated without an insect. This is inconsistent at best.

Martin's entire work is built on a six, literal day understanding of creation: "In other words, if God says that he created everything in a NORMAL week, then why do we... (page 23)?" The author is writing his own interpretation into the text, and thereby making it say things that it does not say.

Nonetheless, the author, and many other Christians, are so committed to this idea that they leave no room for other, biblically viable options to enter the discussion. This is unfortunate as some of these other options are confirmed by scientific research. I understand Christians' tendency to think in terms of six, literal days. After all, the English text DOES say "Day."

There are two main arguments in favor of this interpretation: Omphalos Theology and the definition of the Hebrew word "day." The author explores these superficially, but does not offer their weaknesses.


The discussion between creationists and evolutionists is often based on poor understanding of the opposition and characterized by people talking PAST each other, not WITH each other. This book can be tossed into that same heap. If you are interested in a robust effort at making legitimate progress in this discussion, Del Ratzsch's book "The Battle of Beginnings: Why Neither Side is Winning the Creation-Evolution Debate" is definitely worth reading.

Whether you are a Christian or not, please know that there is not just one way to appropriately interpret and understand the early chapters of Genesis. There is wiggle room there. If there is one thing I am sure about concerning the origins of humanity, it is that nobody has it all figured out and that we should be suspicious of anyone who says that they do. A little bit of humility might do us all some good. For me, the age of the earth and that animals change over time has absolutely no bearing on the importance and the accomplishments of Jesus. Young earth, old earth, creation via multiple possibilities? All that is fun to think about, but I'd rather focus on the concrete. I'd rather focus on Jesus and on loving our neighbors and enemies. I am passionate for Christians, but this book sets them up to fail in the dialog with secular materialists.

Thanks for reading the whole thing before you vote.

Know your arguments  Jun 2, 2007
This story is another example of someone outgrowing evolution, not because of anything except scientific evidence. So many of the scientists now villified for being 'creationists' were perfectly happy with the evolution they grew up with until they really examined it. Some were even staunch atheists at the time they became convinced through their own study that there was no credible evidence for evolution. Stories like these show how it is reason and evidence that lead away from evolution, not 'blind faith' in anything.
People who criticize creationist explanations are welcome to do so if they know what the assertion actually is first and dispute it with some evidence. Since creationist and evolutionist scientists both agree that the Himalayas were under water at one time (as shown by the marine fossils buried there) and were uplifted later by geologic processes that most also agree on, there is no point in ridiculing the concept of a worldwide flood based on the straw man argument that Everest was too high to be covered. (If there was a world-wide flood, it was before the uplift.) Creationists just differ with evolutionists in the time frames involved. Many of the highest (non-volcanic) mountains with their sharp, jagged tops seem to have suffered far too little erosion to be very old. Either groups can theorize about how long ago it was and how long it took, as neither can definitively prove it with real science, but if it is a good model it will explain the observable facts well and predict accurately. As far as historical evidence, there is folklore and literature from dozens of distinct cultures all over the earth remembering a (relatively recent)world-wide flood. The Mayans, with their incredibly accurate calender, dated the flood at about 3000 BC. Historical evidence doesn't prove anything the way science can, but if there was such a flood during human history, you'd expect a collective memory.
Just as in the whole history of science, no attacking science's sacred cows allowed. But the scientists of the past who were castigated for questioning the party line often turned out to be right. Lots of the greatests breakthroughs and shifts in science in the last 500 years were by scientists who were dedicated Christians and creationists. Creationism doesn't hurt science now either -- the inventor of the MRI is a creationist.
Everyone interested in the controversy should hear more of these stories about why scientists turn away from evolutionary models. See also the tape, 'Why I am a Creationist' by Dr. Jay L. Wile.

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