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The author has written a number of articles for the online publication American Thinker and was interviewed on the Dennis Miller radio show.
Divine Evolution is his first book. He has also written short stories for an anthology about animals and recently published his first detective novel, Coastal Empire, under the pen name of Rocky Leonard. John is the Atlanta Creationism Examiner for the online new source examiner.com.
John holds a BBA from the University of Georgia and worked as a computer programmer for more than twenty years before becoming a writer. His writing has also been influenced by shorter stints working as a bartender, real estate investor and landlord.
He has been married to wife Lisa for twenty-two years. John is the proud father of two and grandfather of three, as well as pack leader for several wonderful dogs and one crazy cat.
Born in Savannah, John has spent most of his adult life in the northern suburbs of Atlanta. The local color in his writing is equally authentic whether the setting is a Georgia beach, downtown Atlanta, or the Appalachian foothills in north Georgia.
on June 06, 2012 :
"Divine Evolution" is a hybrid theory of evolution that combines what Leonard knows personally about God and what he learned from science. It was written in response to Richard Dawkins' book "The God Delusion." Dawkins, a zoologist, wrote his book not as a defense of evolution, but as an attack on religion. "Divine Evolution" directly attacks Dawkins' assertion that God is a figment of our imagination.
It all started when Steven Colbert interview of Richard Dawkins, and Dawkins stated that cars, computers, and cell phones intelligently designed, but humans were not. That caused Leonard's head to figuratively explode.
Leonard introduces, and discusses at length, four different theories of evolution that are used interchangably: big bang theory, speciation, abiogenesis, and natural selection. He presents his personal God epiphany, his personal experiences with super-natural, unexplainable phenomena that may be God at work, and lends support for abiogenesis.
The thought I find most enlightening is his concept of "God days" in relation to evolution. "Divine Evolution" evaluates evidence found in fossils, and what that evidence means to evolution and God days.
"Divine Evolution" is well organized, well presented, well researched, and profusely end noted.
It is a very good and interesting read, very thought provoking for both the religion believer and non-believer.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)