Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Expose Students to Pros and Cons of Theory (Editorial)

Source: The News Star
The following is an editorial written by Sociology Ph.D. and attorney Jack Wright, Jr.:
It is amazing that anyone would object to teaching evolution as merely a theory, and not an established fact. There are numerous objections to the theory of evolution, and every student should be made aware of them. After all, any educational system should be guided by the truism, "Whoever knew the truth put to worse, in a free and open encounter?" (John Milton).
The theory of evolution has a testable link the transitional form. If Darwin were right, scattered throughout the geological record would be millions of intermediate forms between fish, reptiles, birds, animals and man.
In 1872, an oceanic expedition set forth on the H.M.S. Challenger to retrieve transitional forms from the oceans. But alas and a lack, neither the Challenger nor any other expedition before or since has been able to dredge up any meaningful kind of intermediate form. The problem has been called the 'missing link.' What is missing? The evidence.
Dr. Elridge, a world-famous paleontologist of the British Museum, has remarked, "Nine-tenths of the talk of evolutionists is sheer nonsense, not founded on observation, and wholly unsupported by the facts. This museum is full of the proof of the utter falsity of their views. In all this great museum, there is not a particle of evidence of the transmutation of species." Notwithstanding shortcomings of the Darwinist theory, it has been accepted in biology textbooks as a fact. Anyone questioning this world view is subject to being treated as a member of the flat-earth society.
Darwin was honest enough to point out what would be necessary to refute his theory: he wrote, "If it would be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modification, my theory would absolutely break down." The Harvard atheist, now deceased, Stephen J. Gould, points out Darwin's theory fails at this point: "Of what possible use are the imperfect, incipient stages of useful structures?" What good is half a jaw? Or half a wing? Evolutionists have tried to salvage Darwin's thought by adding mutations.
In response, Dr. Walter Brown, in his book, In the Beginning, writes, "What mutations could transform a crawling larva into a flying monarch butterfly that can accurately navigate three thousand miles, using a brain the size of a pinhead?" Obviously, the vast information that directs every stage of a larva and an adult's development, including metamorphosis, must reside in its genetic material at the beginning. This only fits creation. Thus both within and without the evolutionary camp, there are devastating criticisms of Darwin's theory. Students should be exposed to the pros and cons of this debate, so they can make up their own minds about what is, ultimately, the truth.

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