Review of the Book:
Searching for Ropens
Living Pterosaurs in Papua New Guinea
by Jonathan Whitcomb
Can I objectively review my own book? I can suggest why about half the reviews on Amazon.com are very negative (positive reviews I let stand). I can explain why I wrote Searching for Ropens. I can continue presenting reasons for disbelieving in the philosophy of Charles Darwin, unlimited common-ancestry, but I cannot force anyone to change philosophy; it is against my religion to force others to change theirs. But please consider my point of view, then believe what you will.
As of late 2007, of the thirteen reviews on Amazon.com, one was by me and two were from individuals who responded to my request for reviews (after I learned of their positive opinions). The remaining ten reviewers consist of three who gave the book the maximum five stars, one who gave three stars, four who gave two stars, and two who gave the minimum of one star. Without exception, negative reviews related to my promotion of belief in God over belief in Naturalism philosophy. The book is controversial, but to the best of my knowledge, all reviewers who are not offended at attacks on Naturalism rate my book very highly.
Some reviews were of the first edition, before I had made it sufficiently clear that the book promotes belief in God. The second edition explains, on the back cover, the philosophy that produced the book, but I may need to put something on the front cover of the third edition: Supporters of Darwin still complain about buying my book without knowing about its religious nature.
The only reviewer to give my book a moderate 3-star rating, Mysteries Magazine editor Kim Guarnaccia, says, “Author Jonathan Whitcomb makes no bones about approaching his subject from the viewpoint of a born-again Christian, filled with contempt for what he calls G.T.E. (General Theory of Evolution). . . . While so-called mainstream scientists lounge in their offices and mock, he traveled halfway around the world at no small risk and personal expense, to see what might be found. . . . to date, this is the best book to have been published on this intriguing subject.”
I think I have found evidence that the negative reviews of Searching for Ropens come from philosophical foundations. The Genesis Flood, co-authored by John C. Whitcomb (not a close relative of mine) is selling reasonably well on Amazon.com, even though it is a book closely related to scientific concepts and written in 1960. Consider Amazon.com reviewer ratings (Feb 18, 2008):
Genesis Flood Searching for Ropens
Five Stars: 12 Five Stars: 6
Four Stars: 2 Four Stars: 0
Three Stars: 2 Three Stars: 1
Two Starts: 3 Two Stars: 4
One Star: 17 One Star: 2
Obviously these two books are controversial, and those who have read them know what it is: the controversy between belief in an actively creative God who inspired scriptures and Naturalism philosophy (strictly atheistic or not).
I wrote Searching for Ropens to promote independent clear thinking, free from dogmatic adherence to standard models. Contrary to declarations of some critics, I have not promoted the idea that the universe, or even planet Earth, must be only six thousand years old. In the appendix I explain my point of view: Many scientific facts support the idea that our planet is much younger than billions of years. I then briefly explain my position that the age of the universe is somewhere between the ages proclaimed by standard models and Young-Earth Creationists. If I must be labeled, call me a Young-Middle-Aged-Earth Creationist, but I promote friendly communications between researchers of all labels and philosophical beliefs.
In the appendix, I present scientific evidence that Darwin was wrong about unlimited common-ancestry. The Mesozoic objection is covered briefly (page 210) and my Evolutionary Boundary investigation is covered in more detail. The General Theory of Evolution is shown to be a sheltered superstition, contrary to the popular label it receives in Western media: “science.”
In short, avoid my book if you may be severely offended at scientific criticisms of Darwin’s basic philosophy. But although the heart of Searching for Ropens is spiritual, the method of approach is scientific.
Searching for Ropens, second edition, was published by Wingspan Press (no relationship to ropen anatomy) in 2007. ISBN 978-1-59594-153-4) It is sold by the publisher and elsewhere.
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