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Taken Without Consent -

How Atheists Have Hijacked Science

Front cover of "Taken Without Consent"

This book, described below, is available through Amazon in two formats:

Paperback at £8.99
eBook at £1.99

The preface to the book plus two sample chapters are downloadable in PDF format using these links:

Darwinian Evolution

Please note that all royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Centre for Intelligent Design Ltd under whose auspices this web site is maintained.

The book was published in the spring of 2020.  The author has over 25 years' experience of working as a lawyer, with particular expertise in family law.

To quote the eBook description:

A humorous, interesting, and accessible book on Darwinian Evolution. 

Navigating a course which commences with the workings of the English legal system, the reader is taken on a journey through the Theft Act of 1968 and on to the dark world of bats and their incredibly sophisticated navigation system known as echolocation. From there a different type of darkness awaits, that caused by the insufferable misery and pain inflicted on millions of humans every year by the parasite Plasmodium falciparum, otherwise known as malaria. The literally life and death battle between the parasite and modern medicine is a subject which is returned to later in the book, with a closer look at the evolution of resistance to anti-malarial drugs, but first the journey moves to the amazing world of micro-biology and the nanotechnology behind the bacterial flagellum, a close relative of the propulsion system in human sperm. 

The purpose of the journey is to address one of life’s fundamental questions: ‘How did we get here?’ and to examine the most commonly accepted answer, what is known as Darwinian Evolution. This involves a detailed examination of what Darwinian Evolution is and what it would have to achieve, leaving the reader to decide if it is the correct answer to the question. 

Borrowing heavily on the approach of lawyers and the workings of the legal system, the first section of the book (chapters one to three) deals with the three-stage process of how something is proved in a court of law, with specific reference to what it takes for someone to be found guilty of theft.  Applying what the author calls the ‘evidence-based approach’, the first stage is to establish the facts, the second to establish what has to be proved to secure a conviction for theft, and the third to put the two together to see if the offence can be proved from the facts. If nothing else the reader will gain a detailed understanding of the offence of Theft as set out in section one of the Theft Act 1968.  

In the second section (chapters four to fourteen) the evidence-based approach is applied to Darwinian Evolution. The facts are set out in chapters four to six, and in chapters seven to nine there is an explanation of what must be established for Darwinian Evolution to be proved.  The two are put together in chapters ten to fourteen to see if Darwinian Evolution can be proved from the facts. 

The penultimate chapter (fifteen) examines why Darwinian Evolution holds such a prominent, almost unassailable position in the scientific community, and addresses the charge that the pursuit of true scientific knowledge has been usurped by a faith-based position; a commitment to atheism and a refusal to allow the evidence to speak for itself. This leads to the final chapter, where the reader is reminded of all that has gone before and is invited to reach their own conclusion.

The book has sixteen chapters which can be broken down as follows:

Chapters 1 - 3 deal with the three-stage process of how something is proved in a court of law.  The substance of these chapters is to discover what it takes for someone to be found guilty of the particular crime of theft.  An 'evidence-based approach' is explored.

Chapters 4 - 14 find the evidence-based approach applied to Darwinian Evolution.  This section is subdivided into three smaller steps:

  • the facts are set out (4-6)
  • what has to be established for Darwinian Evolution to be proved (7-9)
  • judgment time - has Darwinian evolution been proved? (10-14)

Chapter 15 sees a consideration of why Darwinian Evolution holds a prominent, almost unassailable, position in the scientific community.

Chapter 16 presents a summary of the book to this point and then issues an invitation to the reader to draw their own conclusion.

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