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DARWIN'S BLACK BOX : The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution [Hardcover]

Michael J. Behe
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blasphemies the Evolutionary Dogma 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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5.0 out of 5 stars When are we going to grow up? March 28 2004
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Blasphemies the Evolutionary Dogma 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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Extrinsic Finality in "Darwin's Black Box" Jan. 2 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Darwin's Black Box.Move Over,Mr.Darwin.
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... Read more
Published on July 30 2010 by William Ritching
1.0 out of 5 stars Scientific Knowledge Shouldn't Be Decided By Popular Vote
I can appreciate that Michael Behe's supporters might fail to grasp the effectiveness of some of the more technical refutations of this book that have been presented. Read more
Published on July 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
The book that basically started it all, where whispers in the scientific community against neo-Darwinism became public discourse. Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by J A W
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Argument, So-So Writing
Behe presents a solid challenge to a Darwinian view of how life started on Earth (though he leaves the question of how it could begin elsewhere unchallenged). Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Joe E. Richardson III
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent science but misses the mark at the end
Michael Behe has done a superb job of presenting the case for intelligent design based on biochemical systems as well as using other every day analogies to make the case more... Read more
Published on June 17 2004 by Patricia Carey
5.0 out of 5 stars neo-darwinism is dead
great book! well argued and not overwraught. mr. behe does not assert that god must be the designer. i dont think he even states there MUST be any designer. Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by sean calpini
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent argument in favor of intelligent design
This is a thought provoking book provided your mind is open to alternatives other than the theory of evolution that has been promoted as fact for the last century. Read more
Published on May 18 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars A fine effort, but ultimately fails
Darwin's Black Box was an admittedly good read, and well writen. Behe has an entertaining writing style and scores high points in my view for intellectual honesty in avoiding over... Read more
Published on May 16 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Bread and Wine for the People!
This is indeed one of the greatest pieces of charlatanism I've came across. Behe is a great example of narrow-minded reductionist "scientist" who doesn't have a clue about modern... Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by "seca_orei"
1.0 out of 5 stars Bread and Wine for the People!
This is indeed one of the greatest pieces of charlatanism I've came across. Behe is a great example of narrow-minded reductionist "scientist" who doesn't have a clue about modern... Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by "seca_orei"
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