The Darwin Myth: The Life and Lies of Charles Darwin
| The divine comedy|
The Darwin Myth: The Life and Lies of Charles Darwin is an intelligent design book written by Benjamin Wiker and was published by Regnery Publishing in 2009. The title is possibly stolen from The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, which appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling.
Wiker claims in the book that Charles Darwin was behind a mass conspiracy of hijacking science from theism and turning it into an ideological atheism. Like many other creationist writers he also claims in the book that "Darwinism" is responsible for all of the world's evils including everything from nazism, abortion and euthanasia to mass murder and sexism.
|Wiker's main claim||Rebuttal|
|Darwin set out to create a Godless version of evolution and turn science into atheism.|| There is no evidence that Darwin set out to create a Godless version of evolution or turn science into an atheistic ideology. In his book On Origin of the Species Darwin wrote:
In the book Wiker proposes a version of theistic evolution which he says Darwin ignored and supressed. However Wiker uses arguments similar to creationists and believes that the "Darwinists" have ignored the evidence for intelligent design. The book has been reviewed as a religious Christian creationist book and is not taken seriously by scientists or historians of science. In a review Sander Gliboff a Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University wrote:
“”Indeed the pitch for theistic evolution is astonishing, considering how little credence the book gives to any evidence for species transformation. Aside from that, the book’s claims are unsurprising, since they are mostly Discovery Institute talking points that date back to the mid-1990s and have been rebutted many times since then. The biographical interpretations may be original, though. They also verge on fantasy, so I recommend this book to Harry Potter fans, in case they want to see how a real-life Rita Skeeter operates.