UndeniableBy Douglas Axe
Published by Harper One
A review by Jack Kettler
Douglas Axe, a brief bio:
Douglas Axe is a molecular biologist and Director of Biologic Institute. He completed his PhD at Caltech and held postdoctoral and research scientist positions at the University of Cambridge, the Cambridge Medical Research Council Centre, and the Babraham Institute in Cambridge. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Protein Engineering under the supervision of Alan Fersht of the University of Cambridge. His current research examines the functional and structural constraints on the evolution of proteins and protein systems. His work has been published in the Journal of Molecular Biology.
What others are saying:
“From childhood everyone directly grasps that life is designed - until they’re talked out of it by a culture saturated with materialism. Using the latest science, molecular biologist Douglas Axe shows why you don’t have to be an expert to trust your firm knowledge of the wonderful design of life.” (Michael J. Behe, author of Darwin's Black Box)
“Douglas Axe’s Undeniable is bold, insightful and world-changing. It’s also a joy to read. I recommend it highly!” (Phillip E. Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Law at U. C. Berkeley and author of Darwin on Trial)
“Highly rigorous yet passionate, lyrical, forthright, refreshingly brief and accessible, Undeniable is an urgently needed addition to the library of books on intelligent design.” (Evolution News)
“In Undeniable we are privy to a first-hand account of the evidence for intelligence and the painful professional cost of swimming against the flow of accepted but un-proven truth. A must-read.” (Gerald Schroeder, author of The Science of God and God According to God)
“Probably the most engaging book I have read in the past ten years, because of Dr. Axe’s clear explanations and profound insights. This is an important book, perhaps the best one in existence, for anyone who takes origins questions seriously, whatever their perspective.” (Chuck Garner, Professor of Organic Chemistry at Baylor University)
“Axe has carefully crafted a case that strongly favors our human intuition that life was designed, demonstrating why unguided evolution is improbable in the extreme. This book’s power to convince surpasses that of everything I’ve read on origins science in my sixty-five years as an engineer, biophysicist, and physiologist.” (Mark C. Biedebach, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Biological Sciences, California State University, Long Beach)
“Douglas Axe is one of the very few experimental scientists who has used his skills to test the validity of evolutionary mechanisms as a source of inventions. Here, he concludes that we can trust our common [universal] design intuition; it is supported by science, whereas evolutionary stories are anti-science.” (Matti Leisola, D.Sc. Professor Emeritus of Bioprocess Engineering, Aalto University, Finland)
“Undeniable is a marvelous book, both engaging and convincing-a true masterpiece.” (Marcos Eberlin, Professor of Chemistry at University of Campinas, member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences)
About this book:
Axe starts with a fascinating analogy. He asks us to imagine what can be found in “oracle soup.” The alphabet soup is boiled in a pot covered with a lid. When the lid is removed, a message appears in the soup. That message gives complete instructions for building something new like a machine with useful functions. If you actually saw such an oracle soup boiling, you could not possibly believe that random boiling produced those instructions. Nonetheless, evolution researchers want you to believe that the intricate instructions for building the first “simple” life form came from random interactions in some kind of “primordial soup.”“A three-letter word appearing in alphabet soup is worth mentioning, a five-letter word is worth photographing, and a seven-letter word is downright suspicious.” (Chapter 9, p.152.)
Although Axe is dealing with very technical information, he writes in a style that can be followed by the layman. Some of the chapters that impressed me particularly were Chapter 3; Science in the Real World, Chapter 4; Outside the Box and Chapter 5; A Dose of Common Science. The book is a treatise, logically building a case that Darwinism has run its course and is out of gas. The more that is learned about the makeup and complexity of the simplest form of life, the knowledge screams, random mutations could never have responsible for the complexity of life as we know it.
Axe makes the case that when there is too much information, there is no way random processes could have produced it. Axe goes on and discusses how an evolutionary process in one of his experiments took a protein that didn’t work well and converted it into a protein that did work well. Conversely, random processes could never have produced the original, poorly-working protein, because even a poorly-working protein represents significantly more information than could ever be produced by random chance mutations.
Axe describes different systems that are analogous to how a biochemical system would “search” for a useful protein using random mutations acted on by natural selection. He then takes his own published scientific research on proteins and converts the numbers he got from that research into probabilities that are applicable to those analogous systems. In every case, the numbers tell you that it is not possible for the search to be successful considering the laws of probability.
Axe’s Undeniable was World Magazine’s book of the year for good reasons. Axe exposes the folly of those who continue asserting the truthfulness of Darwinism in the face of the overwhelming complexity of the simplest single cell of life. Religiously held evolutionary theory is basically asserting: poof bang, all of this DNA, RNA, protein, amino acid, glycol-proteins (cellar communication) and gene sequencing complexity came from nothing. The most brilliant scientists can't make the simplest form of life in a test tube. And yet we are to believe that billions and billions of beneficial mutations and accidents brought us life as we know it today out of nothing. This is not science; it is blind faith, hell bent on keeping the God equation out of the picture.
The fools making such extravagant claims about Darwinism usually hide behind a veneer of mathematical respectability. In other words, a smoke screen or like the curtain the Wizard of Oz hid behind. Douglas Axe has amply demonstrated that evolutionary scientists are not neutral in handling the facts of God’s creation; they suppress the knowledge of God for fables like unproven multi universes. (Romans 1:20-22)
Douglas Axe is a scientist that shows us The Science That Undoes Darwinism and Vindicates Our Sense That Life Is Designed. Thus, the believer unlike the unbeliever no longer suppresses the knowledge of God.
I highly recommend this book. It should be in every Christian’s library.
Mr. Kettler has previously published articles in the Chalcedon Report. He and his wife Marea attend the Westminster, CO, RPCNA Church. Mr. Kettler is the author of the book defending the Reformed Faith against cultic attacks. Available at: www.TheReligionThatStartedInAHat.com