Sunday, February 15, 2009

The ICR and Charles Darwin

The ICR has written a rebuttal to the celebration of Charles Darwin's birthday. They write:

Much of the world will celebrate the life and work of Charles Darwin during his 200th birthday on February 12. "Celebrate" is an understatement; "worship" better describes the veneration given to the man who popularized the notion that God had nothing to do with the origin or development of the universe and all it contains.

"Notion" is an appropriate description; "theory" is too generous. For the philosophy of science called "evolution" is just that--a philosophical system of belief that cannot be substantiated by any observable evidence, either in action today or through nature's record of the past. Even Darwin admitted that certain evidence might later be uncovered that would contradict his conclusions.

To say that Charles Darwin influenced his world greatly cannot be disputed. To say that he was a great man is an unfortunate exaggeration.

Fish? Barrel? Nobody worships Charles Darwin. He was a great thinker who came up with a unifying theme for biology, much like Newton came up with a unifying theme (sort of) for gravitation. To say that his "philosophical system of belief" (it is no such thing) has no observable evidence is willful ignorance which reflects absolutely no knowledge of the fields of biology or geology. To say such a thing in the face of the vast amount of evidence for evolution is, quite frankly, stupid. Yes, Darwin was a great man, in the same way that Newton, Einstein, Kepler, Copernicus and Maxwell were.

The rest of the article is a plug for their recent issue of Acts and Facts. In it is an advertisement for Henry Morris' The Vanishing Case for Evolution, which has a publication date of 2009. Here's the problem: Henry Morris died in 2006. When was this article written? At the bottom, it states that the article is adapted from an article written in 1986. Not exactly timely.

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