Jonathan Sarfati, The Greatest Hoax on Earth?Atlanta: Creation Book, 2010. 333 pages. ISBN: 978-0-949906-73-1.

Dennis Hartman

THE ARMINIAN MAGAZINE. Issue 2. Fall 2012. Volume 331.
Date Posted July, 04 2013

When I first entered the ministry in 1973, I could count most of the main creation scientists on both hands. I could name them all. Today it is different. Creation Science has produced a host of young and old alike who now teach, lecture, write, and experiment in an effort to thwart the greatest deception of all time, evolution. Within this wholesome mix you will find the author of this book, Dr. Saftati. What makes this book important and unique is the fact that he takes on one of the most out - spoken apologists and disciple of the religion of Darwin, Dr. Richard Dawkins.

The book is a mere 333 pages long. It is a book that is not easily digested. The reader needs to come to it with a basic understanding of science, and a desire and thirst to dig deeper into the particulars. It is not designed for an easy read. Because of the subject material he seems to be forced to use scientific terms that the average layman and pastor may not know. While this is so, he does illustrate many of the terms in ways that can be assimilated by the readers. If a person determines to read this work, he will be richly rewarded. It is a gold mine that is copious in both science and philosophy.

Many pastors are looking for more illustrations of how evolution is wrong. All too many books that are against the religion of evolution seem to recapitulate the same old illustrations. Dr. Saftati does not. As a matter of fact, many times he adds new material to the debate that most pastors have not heard. Also he unitizes a simple bullet list in some of his discussions to show a host of problems that evolution is having with particular discoveries.

While it is impossible to take on Dawkins in all his silly notions and nonsensical logic, Dr. Saftati certainly seems to sniff out the most critical arguments of this antagonist.

He also gives advice to those who like to engage others on this theme. This advice would be helpful for pastors as they live among the lost and deal with their members. For example he says if someone says "'There is no truth' - this would mean that this sentence itself is not true." Many times as we witness and discuss science with people they use this expression to side-step the issue. "'We can never know for certain' - so how could we know that for certain" he asks?

Allow me to indulge you with one more of his examples. "There are no moral absolutes, so we ought to be tolerant of other people's morals' - but 'ought' implies a moral absolute that toleration is good." He calls such reasoning the principle of reductio ad absurdum, i.e., showing that a premise is false by demonstrating that it implies an absurd conclusion." This is but a tip of the old iceberg of the kind of help that a pastor may gain from his work.

As said before, he also lists hosts of discoveries that we rarely hear about that finds evolution badly wanting. In his section on the survival of DNA, he bullet-lists many examples of things that should have no DNA in them if they were billions or millions of years old. Yet they have DNA in them which translates to a far younger age of the earth.

Finally, like the works of Dr. Reasoner, his footnotes are as rich as the main text of his book. There too, you will find an explosion of information. One dandy thing that he does do, is cross reference a lot of his material with CMI's (Creation Ministry International) web site as well as other Creationist sites. This book will prove to be a valuable resource for most pastors. The material is up to date and in it Dawkins has met his waterloo.

Dennis Hartman