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Creation 32(2):19, April 2010

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Refuting Richard Dawkins on evolution

A powerful new book (by the author of the world’s topselling creationist book, Refuting Evolution1) picks up the gauntlet thrown down by the world’s most prominent anti-Christian.


Refuting Dawkins

Perhaps the best-known and most vocal opponent of all forms of theistic religion (but especially biblical Christianity) is Dr Richard Dawkins. Probably hundreds of thousands of people have been turned away from any vestige of a belief in God through his writings.

His early books, like The Blind Watchmaker, all assumed the truth of evolution, and were more to show people its implications—a purposeless, meaningless process, with no room for a Creator.

Then recently came his million-selling The God Delusion, an all-out assault on the very notion of God. It has emboldened atheists everywhere as never before.2

Dawkins and others like him make it clear that the logical foundation of their militant atheism is their belief in evolution, that molecules did turn into people over millions of years. Thus, belief in God (or at least, most certainly the Bible and its Gospel, logically founded in Genesis) makes no sense.

Despite his success, Dawkins seemed frustrated by the fact that polls in the US show that a large portion of the population still believes in some form of divine creation. So he wrote what is meant to be his ultimate challenge to creationists. It is, he says, the first time he has presented the actual evidence for evolution in its full array. Called The Greatest Show on Earth: the evidence for evolution, it is clearly meant to inflict fatal damage on all remaining belief in creation.

For CMI’s Dr Jonathan Sarfati—chessmaster, scientist, logician, Christian apologist and creationist writer extraordinaire—the challenge was too much to resist.3 His response text, titled The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on evolution, tackles the Dawkins book head-on, right in the arena of the scientific evidence. In the process of powerfully refuting Dawkins’ claims in biology, geology, fossils, radiometric dating, and more, he deftly exposes the fallacies—and the tactics employed. These include equivocation (bait-and-switch)—and strawmen. This is a major tactic by Dawkins. He spends a huge amount of space and effort demonstrating things, such as natural selection and speciation, that creationists have believed for many decades. Such facts fit beautifully within biblical creation.

Why “hoax”?

It seems hard to believe that globally savvy evolutionists can be ignorant about the core teachings on the websites of major creationist organizations. So spending chapter after chapter misrepresenting the creation position seems inexcusable, even if Dawkins should claim reliance on some self-styled creation-defenders with a poor grasp of the science. It is this sort of thing that has triggered the Sarfati book’s provocative title.4

The Greatest Hoax on Earth? pulls together the most up-to-date evidences and arguments against evolution and defending Genesis creation—quite possibly including some you may have missed along the way. We trust that Christians everywhere can use Dawkins’ huge public profile to challenge their evolution-believing friends to read it. This exciting new cutting-edge creationist tool is available at creation.com/store.

First posted on homepage: 4 July 2011
Re-posted on homepage: 17 May 2023


  1. Over ½ million in print. Return to text.
  2. For a critical review, see creation.com/delusion. Return to text.
  3. See creation.com/sarfati. Return to text.
  4. Of course, CMI does not claim that those teaching and promoting evolution do not themselves believe it. But it can be shown that evolution’s high-profile promoters often employ tactics that seem designed to mislead. Return to text.

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