Thursday, July 19, 2007

Islamic Creationist and a Very Expensive Book

Harun Yahya, a Turkish citizen has produced numerous books, videos and DVDs on science and faith, in particular what he calls the “deceit” inherent in the theory of evolution. But his latest book, “Atlas of Creation,” is turning up, unsolicited, in mailboxes of scientists around the country and members of Congress, and at science museums in places like Queens and Bemidji, Minn.

Expensive Book
At 11 x 17 inches and 12 pounds, with a bright red cover and almost 800 glossy pages, most of them very will illustrated and designed, “Atlas of Creation” is probably the largest and most beautiful creationist book to challenge Darwin’s theory. Production costs alone must have been very high, and if sold openly would easily garner $90 or more.

Mailing costs were another thing. The book was shipped by a company called SDS Worldwide, which has an office in Illinois with everything prepaid and labeled. It was distributed all over the country and reports have shown that it was distributed in France and Britain as well.


As with most creationist theories, the author glosses over the facts, the fossil record, the DNA record, the anthropological record. He does not do a very good job of addressing the very topics that other creationists have had to contend with. Some creationist dismiss evolution, but at least they do so attempting to address the issues that evolutionists challenge them with.

Irreducible complexity is, if nothing else, a concept that needs to be met face on, not ignored. Evolutionists and creationist can at least quarrel over such a concept, the same is with the DNA record. But this book does nothing to even address the Creationists claims. As a critique of Darwin, it is not very good. As a creationist book it is not very good either.

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