Friday, July 15, 2005

Paul Johnson Observes the Darwinian Fundamentalist Phenomenon

Eminent historian Paul Johnson agrees with the basic focus of this blog and recognizes the Darwinian fundamentalist phenomenon in a column in Forbes:
Of all the fundamentalist groups at large in the world today, the Darwinians seem to me the most objectionable. They are just as strident and closed to argument as Christian or Muslim fundamentalists, but unlike those two groups the Darwinians enjoy intellectual respectability.
When will the mainstream media pick up on the fact that the roles have changed in the current evolution debates? The supporters of Darwinian theory show many of the characteristics of religious fundamentalists, and the critics of the theory are not appealing to scripture or religion, but are basing their arguments on scientific evidence. The Darwinists are lobbying for a "Darwin only" doctrine in public schools and want to ban any consideration of the weaknesses of the theory. The critics are actually lobbying for more teaching on evolution-- exposing students to the evidence for evolution and the evidence against and encouraging them to think critically and analyze the evidence for themselves.


At July 16, 2005 10:51 AM, Blogger Mark Nutter said...

The problem with presenting "the evidence against evolution" is that most of this so-called "evidence" amounts to little more than propaganda - selected bits of information, often distorted, sometimes false, largely irrelevant, and almost always misleading. Virtually all of it has been debunked, and could be shown to be biased and misleading even in the public classroom, at the cost of wasting class time that could be better spent teaching real science.

Take a look at the list of scientists affiliated with the Discovery Institute. No big fans of Darwin there, yet they all accept, based on the evidence, the general outline of evolutionary history, albeit not without the influence of an intelligent designer. They agree with Darwinian timescales for the most part. They accept common descent for the most part. They accept that genetic mechanisms can and do produce some variations within and possibly between species. They want to see more credit given to a Designer for causing it all to work successfully, as indeed the theistic evolutionists also do, but they accept the bulk of the scientific findings about the history of the evolution of life on earth, for all their public challenging of "neo-Darwinism" and its supposed evils.

The so-called "evidence against evolution" is legacy creationist propaganda that contradicts parts of evolutionary theory that even open-minded creationists and ID'ers accept these days. The reason "Darwinists" are trying to keep it out of the public schools is not because they're "fundamentalists," but because it's junk science. Worse, some of it (as in Kansas) actually reinforces the idea that evolution is an unguided and purposeless process, thus reinforcing the idea that evolution happens without any Creator. Given that microevolution is a form of evolution and is factual, well, score one for the atheists, compliments of a creationist school board in Kansas!

At September 10, 2005 2:14 PM, Anonymous PvM said...

This link has an interesting spin on Darwin-only.
Well worth remembering...

At November 14, 2009 4:30 PM, Anonymous cat-nap said...

"score one for the atheists"

Who's counting? either macro-evolution is true or it's not. (It's not!)


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