Christy Award-winning author Bell tackles the issue of Darwin vs. Design in this fictional work that masterfully integrates Darwin’s history with Bell’s mystery writer imagination. Sir Max Busby is a researcher who encourages Darwin and his theory of natural selection, but later has a change of heart. After Darwin’s death, his housekeeper follows his instructions to give attorney Bell a manuscript correcting his mistake big mistake.
Here is one reader’s assessment:
“On the back cover of the book is a quote from Phillip Johnson, the man who almost single handedly has caused Darwinists serious head burn–they are clearly on the run now. He says of this book, ‘Darwinists will be outraged,’ and he’s right about that. That’s because the book is so doggone smart and funny. Darwinists, in my experience, can’t stand being made sport of. This novel is a mix of history and fancy (though the line is sometimes obscured), but the really important point is that it is about what really is the heart of hard core evolutionary thinking, and that’s a fear of being wrong. Because that might mean God really does exist! I recommend this novel to all who are interested in the origins controversy, at the very least because it’s different from the normal, dry, academic tones. I think high school students would especially like it.”
Note: this book is not to be confused with the 2006 book (by John Darnton) or the 1999 TV movie, both with a similar title. The original Darwin Conspiracy subtitled “The Confessions of Sir Max Busby” was released in 1995 and updated in 2002 by James Scott Bell and a much more entertaining faire than the two namesakes.
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