The Transformist Illusion

Hillsdale, NY: Sophia Perennis, 2005.
312 pages
ISBN: 1-59731-030-1
Price: $19.76 US
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The debate between creationists and evolutionists has heated up considerably since the 1957 appearance of Douglas Dewar’s The Transformist Illusion, but, as often happens in such debates, the positions of the protagonists are not always clearly stated, and the absolutism of their claims too often gives the discriminating observer reason to suspect posing and polemic rather than profundity. A reader already convinced of the inadequacy of the scientistic brand of evolutionism must nonetheless admit that the creationist alternative usually offered amounts to a gross sentimentalism decked out in pseudo-scientific or theologistic gossamer: he will far rather adhere to the self-evident truth that the greater cannot come from the less. And yet there remains, beside this stark truth, the question how things ‘unfold’ or ‘deploy’ (if we wish to avoid the highly charged but etymologically equivalent word ‘evolve’); that is, how they manifest at all. Only an ideological mind, however centered on eternal truths in other respects, will deny that there must be a ‘metaphysics of evolution’ that can acknowledge what is factual among the ‘data’ that Darwin and his successors draw on, while at the same time fleshing out the undisputed but non-descriptive axiom just cited.

Once the flaws in scientistic evolutionism—in the ‘transformist illusion’&mdashare laid bare, there remains the constructive work of penetrating deeply into the mystery of the manifest world. At a time when it was more difficult to buck the current than is the case today, Douglas Dewar probed thoroughly into wide biological fields and amassed an astonishing quantity of data, selected for its relevance to the issue of transformism. Since then, other books have appeared exposing various fallacies in the ‘logic’ of evolutionism, but Dewar’s work remains indispensable to the serious student. It is our hope that this reprinting will encourage the present generation, and especially those who combine a respect for empirical fact with a sense for the sacred, to continue the important work, at which Dewar also labored, of freeing our minds from the tyranny of false ideas.

Table of Contents

Biology vis-a-vis the Physical Sciences—The Nature of the Evidence of the Fossils—The Lack of Pre-Cambrian Fossils—Evolutionists' Attempts to Explain the Lack of Pre-Cambrian Fossils—The Successions of the Faunas—The Origin of Families—Evolution Within the Family—Alleged Fossil Links Between Man and Non-Human Ancestors—Transformism Versus the Geological Record—The Evidence of Experiments—The Evidence of the Geographical Distribution of Animals—Nascent and Vestigial Structures—Blood Precipitation Tests—The Development of the Animal Embryo—Metamorphosis—Parasitism—Some Transformations Postulated by the Doctrine of Evolution—Some Characters of Animals Apparently Incompatible With Evolution—Difficulties Presented by Some Instincts—The Transformist Illusion—Appendices


Serious questions [about evolution] have been raised by numerous biologists and other scientists of unimpeachable credentials. It is evidently thought unwise to mention them, and books, like Douglas Dewar's The Transformist Illusion, which offers an overwhelming refutation of evolutionism on purely scientific grounds, are not considered fit for inclusion in the bibliography of the subject.
E.F. SchumacherA Guide for the Perplexed

Those who wish to pursue a full-scale critique of the theory of evolution will find the many points spelled out in considerable detail in Douglas Dewar's The Transformist Illusion.
Huston SmithForgotten Truth

Dewar ranks high among the serious scientific authors in England and America who have opposed the Darwinian theory.
Wolfgang SmithCosmos and Transcendence

Any version of the evolutionary hypothesis which postulates a continuity between one species and another must find a way of setting aside the most salient features of the palaeontological evidence. [For] a full discussion of this aspect of the matter the reader is referred to The Transformist Illusion.
Lord NorthbourneLooking Back on Progress

For those whose progressivism is propped up by evolutionism and leans with all its weight on the teaching that evolution is a 'scientifically proved fact', it can be a relief comparable to waking up after a bad dream to read an objective assessment of evolutionism by a scientist who is not an evolutionist. One such assessment is Douglas Dewar's book The Transformist Illusion. Dewar gives amongst other things many outrageous examples of the way in which evolutionist texts continually rely on the ignorance or inobservance of the 'layman'.
Martin LingsThe Eleventh Hour