Sounds great, doesn’t it? Not so fast… “What’s this? A new introduction?”
This version of the Origin of Species features a 50-page introduction by Ray Comfort – a staunch creationist.
Without intent to spoil the introduction… here is an excerpt from the end of the introduction:
To receive the gift of eternal life, you must repent of your sins (turn from them), and put on the Lord Jesus Christ as you would put on a parachute—trusting in Him alone for your salvation. (Comfort 49)
Copies of Darwin’s Origin of Species is set to be distributed to students at the University of Alberta on November 24, 2009 (and November 19 for schools in the United States).
If you can’t wait until the 24th to get your hands on a copy, you can read it online here: Ray Comfort’s Intro. & Origin of Species PDF.
I would recommend reading Comfort’s introduction – it’s always useful to understand how people think and reason, especially if you do not agree with them. I will let you draw your own conclusions from this material – but I would just like to say that this whole scheme is quite discomforting.
Read more on this at the National Center for Science Education’s website.
Bad Astronomy explores the ‘evolution’ (ha! ha!) of creationism in modern society.
Interesting arguments against Christianity by John W. Loftus.
Read his outline of “Why I Am Not a Christian: A Summary of My Case Against Christianity (2008)” at http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/john_loftus/christianity.html
C.S. Lewis has had an enormous impact on the evangelical mind. His books still top the charts in Christian bookstores. But what about the substance of his arguments? Philosopher Dr John Beversluis wrote the first full-length critical study of C.S. Lewis’ apologetics in 1985, titled C.S. Lewis and the Search for Rational Religion. For twenty-two years it was the only full-length critical study of C.S. Lewis’ arguments. Beversluis took as his point of departure Lewis’ challenge, “I am not asking anyone to accept Christianity if his best reasoning tells him that the weight of the evidence is against it” (Mere Christianity p.123). Beversluis thoroughly examined the evidence Lewis presented and found that it should not lead people to accept Christianity.
Read the full article at http://www.philosophynow.org/issue74/74loftus.htm.