Charles Darwin is well known as the father of evolution, but not
many people know about much about his background or who he was
as a person. In The Dark Side of Charles Darwin, author
Jerry Bergman introduces you to who Darwin really was. The book
is divided into four parts: "Darwin and Christianity," "Darwin
and Mental Health," "Darwin and His Theory," and "Darwin, Racism,
and Sexism." Each of the 14 chapters begins with a chapter synopsis,
sometimes somewhat inconsistently written in the past tense. Following
this is an introduction, the meat of the chapter divided into labeled
sections, a conclusion, and finally endnotes. The book is well
documented; there are anywhere from 29 to 99 notes per chapter.
Author Jerry Bergman is well qualified to write this book, with
his 16 degrees and his 30 years of college-level teaching.
Part 1, "Darwin and Christianity," tells how Darwin purposed to
shatter the creationist worldview, how adopting Darwin's theories
negates a belief in God, how Darwin's agnosticism was primarily
adopted from other family members, and how Darwinism leads to meaningless
Part 2, "Darwin and Mental Health," documents his unbalanced mental
health, the likely cause of these mental health issues due to personal
religious conflict, and Darwin's sadistic love of killing animals.
Part 3, "Darwin and His Theory," shows that Darwin borrowed or
plagiarized much of his theory, that he was an inept scholar and
scientist, and that he made numerous mistakes in his theory of
pangenesis (the origin of new genetic information).
Part 4, "Darwin, Racism, and Sexism," discusses his racist views
and how they were a forerunner to Nazism, shows that Darwin's writings
supported the view that women were inferior human beings, and discounts
his theory of natural selection.
The Dark Side of Charles Darwin ends a bit abruptly.
I wish there had been a concluding chapter to wrap it all up neatly.
I also think an index would be a helpful addition.
Creationists will want to read this book, and it is written at
the adult level. Motivated high schoolers could also read and benefit
from this book. The primary source material included makes it an
interesting, authentic read. This is the sort of book you will
want to share with evolutionists who are open to reading it.