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DARWIN'S BLACK BOX : The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution Hardcover – 1996


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Free Press (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684827549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684827544
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (429 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Kerezman on May 7 2004
Format: Paperback
It truly amazing the lengths some "scientific" followers of the prophet Darwin will go attack this book. It seems Evolutionary detractors will all their extended courses in Molecular Biology, never acquirment even a basic understanding in elementary Logic. Merely attacking Behe and Creationists (of Which Behe is not) as Stupid and calling them repeately is a Argumet ad Hominem to be rejected by most basic rules of Logic. They then accuse Behe of coming up with his conclusion in advance and twisting the facts to support his conclusion. This argument is used by every side od an issue in virtually every questian puzzling humanity. In the field of Christian Apologetics, Catholics accuse Protestants of "prooftexting the Bible" (Having a Conclusion beforehand, and then searching for texts to support it) and Protestants in turn accuse Catholics of "prooftexting" the Early Church Fathers. What a surprise! The point is both sides of an issue often accuse the other have a preordianed conclusion. The sheer animosity of hard core evolutionists attacks demonstrates what happens to any one blaspheming their Darwinian Dogmas. It reminds of my College Biology Textbook which begins page one with assumption that Evolution is a undeniable fact - no attempt is ever made to prove its scientific truthfulness to reader being indoctrinated. This reader is not a creationist but always questioned the way Biology textbooks in High School and College assumed a lot without proof. Behe makes people question the underlying assumptions of a "Theory Taught as infalliable Dogma in Public Edcation" and for that he must be silenced by the Scientific inquistion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Ritching on July 30 2010
Format: Hardcover
Charles Darwin,in his famous book The Origin of The Species,wrote:

If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed,which could not possibly have been formed by numerous,successive,slight modifications,my theory would absolutely break down.

Move over,Mr. Darwin.

Michael J Bede presents a solid treatise supporting Intelligent Design,as he explicates persuausively the Biochemical Challenge to evolution.
Professor Bede has a gift for making the complicated simple.His evidence of Intelligent Design illustrates how unreassonable it is to believe that life developed through evolution.

Illustration 1: The Cilia
Illustration 2: The Eye
Illustration 3: The Bombardier Beetle
Illustration 4: Blood Clotting.

DARWIN'S BLACK BOX is a captivating adventure for readers of every age and persuasion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28 2004
Format: Paperback
Haven't Christians grown up from this kind of argument yet? Come on, it's time to move on. Design arguments like this went out with Paley's gang. God is the Infinite Reality, the Source of all, who has endowed the univise with transcendent purpose and meaning. By definition, this cannot be proved or dis-proved, because the Infinite Spirit of the Almighty Christ transcends our finite minds. A child-like faith is all we need to know the truth. What's more, "the Kingdom of God is within", said JC (Luke 17.21). Behe has his ladder against the wrong wall, methinks. The book is well written, mind. Well done Behe.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Kerezman on May 7 2004
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It truly amazing the lengths some "scientific" followers of the prophet Darwin will go attack this book. It seems Evolutionary detractors with all their extended courses in substantive Biology, never acquired even a basic understanding in elementary Logic. Merely attacking Behe and Creationists (of Which Behe is not) as Stupid and calling them repeately is a ad Hominem Argument to be rejected by most basic rules of Logic. I look down at number of reviewer who refer Creationists and I.D as drowning in Stupidity over and over again. They then accuse Behe of coming up with his conclusion in advance and twisting the facts to support his conclusion. This argument is used by every side of an issue in virtually every questian puzzling humanity. In the field of Christian Apologetics, Catholics accuse Protestants of "prooftexting the Bible" (Having a Conclusion beforehand, and then searching for texts to support it) and Protestants in turn accuse Catholics of "prooftexting" the writings of the Early Church Fathers. Both sides accuse each other of prooftexting to support a pre-conceived conclusion. What a surprise! The point is both sides of an issue often accuse the other have a preordianed conclusion. The sheer animosity of hard core evolutionists attacks demonstrates what happens to any one blaspheming their Darwinian Dogmas. It reminds of my College Biology Textbook which begins page one with assumption that Evolution is a undeniable fact - no attempt is ever made to prove its scientific truthfulness to reader being indoctrinated. These Biology textbooks usually assumed early on in textbook before the student has adequate knowledge of Biology to form a reasoned judgment.Read more ›
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In his new foreword to the second edition of my "Origin of the Human Species" (Sapientia Press: 2003), biochemist Michael J. Behe writes, "The enormous complexity discovered in the cell, the foundation of life, has yet to receive any Darwinian explanation beyond 'Just-So stories.'" "Origin of the Human Species" examines many philosophical issues arising from evolutionary theory. It also shows the compatibility of sound natural science with the reality of a single set of human first parents as depicted in Genesis - and without recourse to dependence on young-Earth creationism.
In "Darwin's Black Box," Dr. Behe addresses but one issue - whether evolutionary theory can adequately explain the "enormous complexity" found within the living cell. He concludes that intelligent design alone can explain such "irreducible complexity." While others have argued the value of the biological issues involved, the perspective of a philosopher would be how Behe approaches the concept of finality in nature, a finality which he insists bespeaks intelligent design.
Behe's arguments rest on "extrinsic" finality. The classic example is William Paley's famous watch, whose parts are clearly put together and directed to an end outside their individual natures by an intelligent agent. According to Behe, if intracellular mechanisms exist that cannot be explained in terms of stepwise mutations, this shows the need for an extrinsic agent, an intelligent designer assembling the cell's discrete parts for a common goal. This argument is similar to, but clearly distinct from, the "intrinsic" finality central to Thomas Aquinas' famous Fifth Way. Intrinsic finality differs in that the end is achieved from within a thing's nature and by its own powers.
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