Jonathan Sarfati (PhD, physical chemistry) is the author of Refuting Evolution. The title page shows the hammer of science smashing a glass pane (which I think is probably meant to represent evolution). The idea here – and certainly the idea expressed in the book, is that evolutionary biology can be refuted based on scientific considerations. This is a work on creation science.
I admit up front: I have not fully read this book. I picked it up the other day and read a few lines only, and something caught my eye. The point of my “name that fallacy” game is not whether or not you or I agree with the point of view of the author being quoted (I plan to do this multiple times in future with different authors holding a range of different points of view in an effort to spread the love around). It’s a bit like my “nuts and bolts” series, but with 85% more fun!
OK, here are the words that caught my eye as I flicked through the book aimlessly. The quote is from page 17:
Professor Richard Lewontin, a geneticist (and self-proclaimed Marxist), is one of the world’s leaders in promoting evolutionary biology.
I picked an easy example for the first round of this game. Now please, be nice. All I’m asking you to do is name the fallacy. Be specific: Is it a specific type of fallacy within the general category you’re thinking of?
- Coming up…
- Name that Fallacy! Robert Peterson on Annihilationism
- Pathological misrepresentation by infidels
- Deal Breakers and Christian Essentials
- The “jumping the gun” fallacy
- Plantinga's latest word on the EAAN