A Solution To A Problem That No Longer Exists
|May 15, 2011||Posted by GilDodgen under Intelligent Design, theistic evolution|
I give UD’s Denyse credit for having come up with this insightful observation.
In another UD thread I came across this link. It represents the Episcopal church’s views on ID, and it is full of misinformation and misrepresentations.
The proponents of the Intelligent Design Movement assert that it is possible to discern scientifically the actions of God in nature.
Wrong. Anyone familiar with any basic ID literature would not make this blatant misrepresentation. I therefore must assume that the author of this claim never took the time to investigate ID, and probably got his ideas from the popular press.
…the great majority of scientists say that claims of “Intelligent Design” have not been backed up by valid scientific research and evidence.
The great majority of scientists might make this claim, but it is false. Michael Behe and Doug Axe have backed up their claims with precisely valid scientific research and evidence.
Evolution happens gradually, sometimes at a rapid rate and sometimes slowly, but never with discontinuities.
The fossil record is overwhelmingly discontinuous, and the discontinuities continue to mount as we discover more, especially concerning the Cambrian explosion.
Evolution happens because of natural selection; in the face of environmental pressures, some organisms will survive at higher rates than others. Charles Darwin was the first to bring together all these ideas. Scientific researchers since Darwin have refined and added to them, but never thrown out his basic theoretical framework.
Natural selection as the be-all and end-all of evolutionary change is under major attack, even within the scientific community and among some of the Darwinian faithful. It represents a completely unsupported extrapolation from the micro to the macro, and empirical evidence (as elucidated by Behe and others) has demonstrated this mechanism’s limitations.
The claims of this author concerning ID I could just as easily have read in the mainstream press or in an atheistic diatribe from Richard Dawkins.
As a final note: No comment is made in this document concerning the origin-of-information problem in biology. I must assume that the author is unaware of this, and that it is at the heart of the ID thesis.
The bottom line is what Denyse has observed: Christian Darwinism is a solution to a problem that no longer exists, because Darwinism is junk “science” with its roots in 19th-century ignorance.