The Greatest Show on Earth\Die Schöpfungslüge, englische Ausgabe
With this tremendous follow-up to his blockbuster The God Delusion,
Richard Dawkins takes advocates of intelligent design by the scruff
of the neck and unfolds the evidence for evolution with
characteristic panache. In 2008, a gallup poll showed that 44% of
Americans polled believed God had created man in his present form
within the last 10,000 years. In a PewForum poll in the same year,
42% of those polled believed that all life on earth has existed in
its present form since the beginning of time. In this environment,
in which Creationism is being taught in schools and educators are
being asked to 'teach the controversy' behind evolution, a
delightfully exasperated Dawkins has decided to tell us how it all
In visceral, crystalline prose, Dawkins sets up each creationist
objection to evolution and takes it to task, bit by bit destroying
the idea that the natural world needed an intelligent designer. But
this is more than an argument. This is a thrilling tour into our
distant past and into the interstices of all life on earth. Taking
us through the case for evolution step-by-step, Dawkins looks at
DNA, selective breeding, anatomical similarity, molecular family
trees, geography, fossils vestiges and imperfections, the stages of
human evolution, and the formula for a strong scientific
theory-tearing down the Intelligent Design theory in the process.
This will be the last word in the evolution debate, and it will add
the legions of God Delusion readers to the already science-hungry
audience who bought the latest Steven Pinker or devoured Bill
Bryson's The History of Nearly Everything.
The God Delusion stimulated, even set the terms of, one of the
world's most vigorous public debates: the question of God's
existence. The Greatest Show on Earth will provide readers with the
tools to join this vital debate effectively. And Dawkins'
infectious passion for the world's beauty will convert all but
the most doctrinaire creationists.