Joined: May 2002
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|I'm about one-third of the way through Robert Richards' biography of Ernst Haeckel, "A Tragic Sense of Life". I looked in the Acknowledgments to see if the author thanked Paul Nelson for his contributions, but didn't find it there.|
Interesting that Richard Weikart, 2004 "From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany" (New York: Palgrave/MacMillian) uses Haeckel as the secret conduit that injected “Darwinism” into Germany thus causing the Nazis and the Holocaust. I guess Weikart never heard of Martin Luther, or Arthur Comte de Gobineau's The inequality of Human Races (1853-1855). I suspected that I would need to read Richards’s book whether it was good or not. I am glad to learn you have enjoyed it.
I finished “The Genesis Debate” (David Hagopian editor, 2001 Crux Press) this morning. In the introduction written by Norman Geisler, I learned that the important thing to remember was that the real enemy of the Christian Church is evolutionism, and “Our foe is Liberalism” and that evangelicals must “turn their cannons on naturalists.” The best part of the book was getting to read YECs be as dishonest and arrogant toward their fellow conservative fundys as they are toward scientists.
I have stalled ~ ½ way through on “Saving Darwin: How to be a Christian and Believe in Evolution.” I bought it following Dembski’s glowing recommendation.
Two books arrived this afternoon “Ancient Mesopotamia: Portrait of a Dead Civilization” by A. Leo Opperheim (2nd edition 1977, University of Chicago Press), and “The Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity 1919-1945” by Richard Steigmann-Gall (2003 Cambridge Uni Press). I think I’ll read Steigmann-Gall before Saul Friedlander, 2007 Nazi Germany and the Jews, The Years of Extermination, 1939-1945 (New York:HarperCollins). I don’t know how Friedlander writes so fast, it is only ten years since Nazi Germany and the Jews, The Years of Persecution, 1933-1939.
Niel Shubin’s book, “Your Inner Fish” was great fun, and a fairly quick read. I was less happy with Gordy Slack’s Dover book. I liked Ken Miller’s new “Only a Theory,” but like others I was not convinced by his Christian apologetics. (The fishing was off last week and I only went on Friday.)
I stalled at page 22 of “Explore Evolution.” I have underlined errors on every page of text starting with the preface. I will finish it before Nelson publishes his “ontogenic depth” paper, and before (probably) I finish writing “Dembski: Hammered and Screwed.” (The latter is too long, 20+ pages not counting bibliography.)
"Science is the horse that pulls the cart of philosophy."
L. Susskind, 2004 "SMOLIN VS. SUSSKIND: THE ANTHROPIC PRINCIPLE"