Monday, July 21, 2008

A Plug for The Quest for Right

Reader C. David Parsons suggests, in reference to my post on the Texas State Board of Education, that the board ought to adopt the seven book series The Quest for Right, billed as "The ultimate marriage between an in-depth knowledge of biblical phenomena and natural and physical sciences." Here are some reasons that might not be a good idea. On the fossil record, volume two states:

Balancing the issue, the all-inclusive fossil record (the standard by which the history of all living creatures, to include man, may be reckoned) has failed to produce a solitary intermediate specimen showing said graduation. Instead, the record reveals a marked continuum; all species appear to be as they were from the beginning. Great credence, based on the testimony of paleontologists throughout the world, may, therefore, be justly added to the scientific version of prototypes.

Yes we do have intermediates. Thousands of 'em. In all major orders. No they don't appear as they were from the beginning. They appear sequentially, in steps, over time. This has been rebutted so many times that I am not sure where to go for a link. Here is the TalkOrigins page on intermediates, with loads of references at the end. The chapter continues:

If the whale had, in fact, progressed through the different orders as prescribed by the scientific council—fish, amphibian, lizard, quadruped carnivore, amphibian, and whale, cumulating (increasing) in size with each transformation of its organic structure, there should have been at least a partial record encapsulated within the earth’s crust. The purported trip of the nostrils from the tip of the snout to the top of the head, the telescoping of the large head, and the disappearing hind limbs would have presented hundreds, if not thousands, of intermediate specimens. Yet, not one intermediate specimen showing said transition has ever been discovered; this is a remarkable fact.

Yes, it is remarkable, especially since it is wrong. There are many intermediates, detailed here starting with Sinonyx and leading up to Dorudon. Once again, look for the long reference list at the end. Although this only represents two examples in the set of books, these suggest strongly that this is simply repackaged creationism—arguments that have been refuted time and again. No, based on these examples, I would not recommend this series of books.

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