Book Review: Darwin’s Secret Sex Problem

Darwin’s Secret Sex Problem:  Exposing Evolution’s Fatal Flaw–The Origin of Sex, by F. LaGard Smith

[Note:  This book was sent free of charge by Adams PR Group.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

I did not ask for this book to read, but lo and behold, I received this book (and another one I had asked for) in the mail with the following personal message:  “I thought this might be of interest–knowing you like a little controversy :)”  The person who sent me the book got it right, this book was of interest to me and it certainly is a controversial volume.  Those who follow my reading patterns when it comes to the science wars will know my opinion of books critical of evolution on account of its rampant improbability, nay, impossibility [1], and will see this book as another one of that kind.  This is an author, though, who does not seem to be aware that he is an Intelligent Design author or an outright Creationist, or at least does not want to make a positive statement of his own stance.  It is certainly clear that the author is deeply, and rightly, critical about both macroevolution and theistic evolution, even if the author does not advocate a replacement for those failed scientific views.  Suffice it to say that if you like reading about sex and about how it demonstrates the problematic nature of evolutionary assumptions, this is a book you will enjoy as well.

In terms of its contents this book is about 300 pages.  After a preface and introduction the book proper is divided into four parts and fifteen chapters.  In the first part (I) the author talks about the complexities of species and sex (1), sex in endangered and extent species (2), and the uniqueness of sexual organs and reproductive systems for a large variety of species (3).  After this the author moves to talk about the gap that evolution couldn’t possibly jump (II) including the incredible, mind-boggling sex life of animals (4), the fact that no asexual creature, no matter how sexual, is not sexual (5), and the complexity of sexuality that requires intricate and fitting systems from the start without the chance to gradually evolve them into existence (6).  Then the author looks at evolutionary sex in the bigger picture (III) including the gaps that must be minded between kingdoms, phyla, classes, and so on (7), the lack of attention paid by textbook writers and evolutionists in general to this massive problem (8), the interdependent nature of the problem of sex and reproduction (9), and the author’s desire that the unfit paradigm of evolution be made extinct (10).  Finally, the author turns his attention to the futility of commingling evolution and creation (IV) with a discussion of attempts to have one’s cake and eat it too (11), the issue of the soul (12), the way that theistic evolutionists have a high view of bad science and a low view of scripture (13), the connection between genesis and genomes (14), and the author’s exploring of the subtleties of the relationship between evolution and so much of the 20th century’s political and cultural problems (15).

There are at least a few obvious takeaways that I got from this book, which I thought very thoughtful.  For one, the author views it as a futile task to attempt to maintain credibility with a corrupt scientific and philosophical culture while also attempting to retain one’s spiritual credibility as well.  Ultimately one must choose whether one wants to be popular with corrupt cultural elites or true to one’s beliefs, and that can be a lonely choice.  Related to this, the author demonstrates the importance of C.S. Lewis to the science wars as well as to everything else, showing how Lewis’ complex beliefs led him to ponder the relationship between one’s view of the origin of life and the other problems he addressed as an apologist.  Likewise, this book talks a lot about sex in very detailed and colorful and descriptive ways, and that ought to please readers for whom the more elevated writing about philosophy, science, and religion might be a bit esoteric.

[1] See, for example:

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7 Responses to Book Review: Darwin’s Secret Sex Problem

  1. jamesbradfordpate says:

    I checked out this author’s Amazon author profile after reading this post. Looks interesting! The books on Calvinism and the Afterlife caught my eye. They look rather unconventional in terms of their argument.

  2. Pingback: Book Review: The Treasured King | Edge Induced Cohesion

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