Sunday, February 28, 2010

Book Review: The Selfless Gene by Charles Foster

The Selfless Gene: Living with God and Darwin is Charles Foster’s attempt to reconcile Creationists with the followers of Richard Dawkins. In the first line of the Preface, Mr. Foster declares he is angry and worried. That anger is evident throughout the book
Also in the Preface, Mr. Foster writes “The biologists will think that I have oversimplified the biology. The nonbiologists will justifiably moan that I have summarized too brutally some very big and complex ideas.” The author is correct on both these assumptions.
This book insults born-again Christians, condescending to those who can believe without an explanation written in stone. Personally, I don’t know how bridges are built, yet I drive over them everyday, believing they will hold me up.
The book is written in scientific language that makes it difficult to read. I have a Master’s Degree in Science Education and teach at university level, but I struggled with some of the passages.
For someone trying to believe in both creation and Darwin, I think this book would leave them more confused than satisfied.
In Chapter Two of the book, the author says: A single explanatory principle would be very nice. I agree. Unfortunately, it can’t be found in this book.