The back cover of John Ashton’s Evolution Impossible makes the claim that his book is “one of the most compelling and authoritative rebuttals of evolution today!” It is a very strong book, filled with numerous examples of evidence against the premises of evolutionary theory.
The subtitle of the book states that the book promises to give us 12 reasons why evolution is impossible. Ashton does this, but the format of the book isn’t what you’d expect. Rather than dedicating a chapter to each reason, he covers them over the course of the book with a few extras thrown in. This is perhaps the book’s only weakness, making a final summary of the 12 reasons he’s covered something of a necessity.
Over the course of the book, he gives multiple examples from statistical research, biology, geology and history to demonstrate how fossils are evidence of extinction rather than evolution, why mutations don’t produce new genetic information, how geological data undermines old earth timelines and why evolution cannot explain the origin of life on Earth. One of Ashton’s strongest arguments is how he demonstrates the bankruptcy of uniformitarianism; giving multiple examples, he makes the simple yet elegant argument that “we do not observe fossils forming in the conditions that produce the regular annual alluvial deposits we see today, which presumably correspond to conditions that Lyell assumed for his calculations of great ages” [p. 73-74]. In other words, how can the present be the key to the past when we don’t see fossilization occurring today? Rather the fossil record is evidence for catastrophic burial.
Some surprises in the book include a scientific theory to explain pre-Flood lifespans as being due to deuterium water levels [chapter 8] and the whole of Chapter 13, where Ashton gives evidence of supernatural intervention in recorded history by an examination of fulfilled prophecy and accounts of premonitions, foreknowledge and angelic intervention. I had to read Chapter 13 twice. I give Ashton credit for making a case for supernatural intervention in Earth history in a book dedicated to refuting evolution, for preachers like myself full well realize that positive evidence for supernatural agency undermines any account of the world that assumes pure naturalism as its premise. It is not included as one of his 12 reasons, but if the book is reprinted I hope they’ll consider subtitling it “13 Reasons Why Evolution Cannot Explain the Origin of Life on Earth.”
I should also mention that chapter 12 contains an overview of some scientists who reject evolution found in the preceding chapter, also found in his other book In Six Days: Why 50 Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2001). There is also an appendix on approximate calculations of the dates of Creation and the Flood.
Again, Dr. John Ashton’s Evolution Impossible is a strong book and I highly recommend it.
You can find out more about Evolution Impossible at the publisher’s website or by watching the book trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLYdWrZdmro&feature=player_embedded.
-Tony Breeden, from the Bookwyrm’s Lair
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