Friday, September 25, 2009

When is Darwin Not Darwin?

Useless News and World Distort has an article on the giveaway of a particular version of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. It has a rebuttal. Dan Gilgoff writes:

In time for the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, a major Christian ministry is publishing an edition of the book that features an introduction rebutting the theory of evolution and making the case for intelligent design. The ministry, Ray Comfort's Living Waters, is distributing tens of thousands of free copies on college campuses nationwide.

Kirk Cameron, star of the '80s sitcom Growing Pains, has recorded a video promoting the project, above.

Lost on these people is that you can't make a scientific case for intelligent design. You can only make a case against evolution. Good luck with that one. From the Living Waters boilerplate:
This introduction gives the history of evolution, a timeline of Darwin's life, Hitler's undeniable connections to the theory, Darwin's racism, his disdain for women, and his thoughts on the existence of God. It lists the theory's many hoaxes, exposes the unscientific belief that nothing created everything, points to the incredible structure of DNA, and the absence of any species-to-species transitional forms. It presents a balanced view of Creationism with information on scientists who believed that God created the universe—scientists such as Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Nicholas Copernicus, Francis Bacon, Michael Faraday, Louis Pasteur and Johannes Kepler. It uses many original graphics and "is for use in schools, colleges, and prestigious learning institutions." The introduction also contains the entire contents of the popular booklet, "Why Christianity?"
Not dead sure what any of that has to do with evolution, since none of the people mentioned is a biologist. And what is Kirk Cameron's profession? Oh yeah, he's an ACTOR. He is not a biologist. He has no biological training. The arguments are old, tired and have been rebutted so many times that there is simply no excuse for them. No wonder the scientists are hopping mad. Flat-earth christianity marches on.

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1 comment:

  1. I think it is funny, in a sad way, that they point to the listed scientists as being "creationists". My understanding of Einstein's position is that he was possibly a deist, but more then likely believed in an impersonal force as god. The other scientists listed were WAY before "The Origin" was published. We CAN'T know what their positions would have been for the evidence of evolution. They were, after all, scientists.