In the beginning: The debate over creation and evolution, once most conspicuous in America, is fast going global, The Economist, April 19, 2007 ...
THE "Atlas of Creation" runs to 770 pages and is lavishly illustrated with photographs of fossils and living animals, interlaced with quotations from the Koran. Its author claims to prove not only the falsehood of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, but the links between "Darwinism" and such diverse evils as communism, fascism and terrorism. In recent weeks the "Atlas de la Création" has been arriving unsolicited and free of charge at schools and universities across French-speaking Europe. The book is available free as a download of a PDF file, but even zipped it `weighs' over 30 Mb. I have no plans to download and read it, so I am not here endorsing the book, or the views of its author Harun Yahya (aka. Adnan Oktar).
It is the latest sign of a revolt against the theories of Darwin, on which virtually the whole of modern biology is based, that is gathering momentum in many parts of the world. Darwinists make these claims, but they rarely say what those "theories of Darwin" are and substantiate how "virtually the whole of modern biology is based" on them.
This is another example of how Darwinists rely on fallacies to support their theory, in this case the fallacy of Argument from Authority, i.e. "virtually the whole of modern biology is based" "on the theories of Darwin," therefore they must be true.
And this is despite their official position that, "Students should never be told that `many scientists' think this or that" because "Science is not decided by vote, but by evidence" (my emphasis):
"The Framework's [Science Framework for California public schools, California State Board of Education, 1990] most constructive recommendation is that teachers and textbook writers should avoid terminology that implies that scientific judgments are a matter of subjective preference or vote-counting.Students should never be told that `many scientists' think this or that. Science is not decided by vote, but by evidence. Nor should students be told that `scientists believe.' Science is not a matter of belief; rather, it is a matter of evidence that can be subjected to the tests of observation and objective reasoning.... Show students that nothing in science is decided just because someone important says it is so (authority) or because that is the way it has always been done (tradition).The Framework immediately contradicts that message, however, by defining `evolution' only vaguely, as `change through time.' A vaguely defined concept cannot be tested by observation and objective reasoning. The Framework then urges us to believe in this vague concept because so many scientists do: `It is an accepted scientific explanation and therefore no more controversial in scientific circles than the theories of gravitation and electron flow.' An appeal to authority is unavoidable, because Darwinist educators cannot afford to reveal that their theory rests squarely on what the Policy Statement calls philosophical beliefs that are not subject to scientific test and refutation." (Johnson, P.E., "Darwin on Trial," , InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove IL, Second Edition, 1993, pp.145-146)
But as Phillip E. Johnson noted above, "An appeal to authority is unavoidable" for Darwinists because "their theory rests squarely on ... philosophical beliefs that are not subject to scientific test and refutation" (my emphasis).
The fact is that if God has supernaturally intervened at strategic points in life'a history (as the Bible claims He has in human history-see for example `tagline' quote below), "influencing key moments in evolutionary history (especially, of course, human evolutionary history)," as Richard Dawkins put it, or causing "miraculous additions at ... stage[s] of descent," as Charles Darwin put it:
"Darwin ... wrote in a letter to Sir Charles Lyell, the leading geologist of his day: `If I were convinced that I required such additions to the theory of natural selection, I would reject it as rubbish...I would give nothing for the theory of Natural selection, if it requires miraculous additions at any one stage of descent.' [Darwin, C.R., Letter to C. Lyell, October 11, 1859, in Darwin F., ed., "The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin," , Basic Books: New York NY, Vol. II., 1959, reprint, pp.6-7]. This is no petty matter. In Darwin's view, the whole point of the theory of evolution by natural selection was that it provided a non-miraculous account of the existence of complex adaptations. For what it is worth, it is also the whole point of this book. For Darwin, any evolution that had to be helped over the jumps by God was not evolution at all. ... At first sight there is an important distinction to be made between what might be called 'instantaneous creation' and 'guided evolution'. Modern theologians of any sophistication have given up believing in instantaneous creation. ... many theologians ... smuggle God in by the back door: they allow him some sort of supervisory role over the course that evolution has taken, either influencing key moments in evolutionary history (especially, of course, human evolutionary history), or even meddling more comprehensively in the day-to-day events that add up to evolutionary change. ... In short, divine creation, whether instantaneous or in the form of guided evolution, joins the list of other theories we have considered in this chapter." (Dawkins, R., "The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design," W.W Norton & Co: New York NY, 1986, pp.248-249, 316-317. Emphasis original)
then both "modern biology" and "the theories of Darwin" would be wrong, to the extent that they deny that supernatural intervention by God in life's history!
Then, on Dawkins' (and Darwin's) own admission, what "modern biology" textbooks and journals would have been describing all these years "was not evolution at all" but rather "divine creation" (my emphasis)!
To be continued (time permitting) in part #2.
Stephen E. Jones, BSc. (Biology).
Exodus 31:18. When the LORD finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the Testimony, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.