One of the drums that is beat over and over again from evolutionists is that it is a proven fact. Yet, go to any museum which promotes evolutionary view (which the far majority of them), watch a program which assumes evolutionary theory (which is the far majority of them), or listen to an evolutionists talk about the theory (and I use the word "theory" on purpose) you will often find the lack of certainty. This point has been made a lot over the decades, but in a recent WORLD Magazine article, Marvin Olasky makes it brilliantly.
How definitive were the exhibits [at the Spitzer hall of Human Origins]? One, titled "Interpreting the
footprints," depicted two ancient, hairy hominids walking together. The
larger male had his arm around the smaller female. The explanation in
small print explained, "To create the scene in front of you, experts
interpreted footprints left behind. ... Here a male and a female walk
together. Was it a mother and child instead? Possibly. We'll never know
for sure, but this scene is consistent with the evidence."
It was encouraging to see the small print on many of the display
cases admitting uncertainty—"Perhaps ... perhaps ... may have
been ... may well have been ... seems ... seems ... seems ... appears to
be ... suggests ... suggests." But a video screen showed a continuous
loop of genotype pioneer Francis Collins, the National Center for
Science Education's Eugenie Scott, and Brown professor Kenneth Miller
expressing Darwinian certainty. Miller insisted that disbelievers in
evolution want to turn biology into "little more than stamp collecting."
With apologies to philatelists—the Hall of Human Origins exhibits are
little more than stamp collecting, because the evidence for humans
arising from animals is insufficient. While a big sign proclaimed "Our
family tree," small print on one exhibit acknowledged, "Unfortunately,
hominid fossils from the crucial period between 200,000 and 100,000
years ago are quite rare." Unfortunate for those who claim the evolution
vs. creation argument is over, when recent discoveries of cell
complexity mean that it's just begun.
. . .
The honest curators of the Hall of Human Origins have my sympathy.
They are like priests in a diocese destroyed by pederasty who have to
cover up their concerns and pretend that all is well overall, despite
the anomalies, uncertainties, and complexities. I appreciated the
half-honesty revealed in their perhapses and maybes . . .
The fourth floor displayed not only dinosaurs but humility: "No one
knows what the colors of dinosaurs were when they were alive. ... This
evidence does not allow us to draw conclusions about parental care in
extinct dinosaurs. We can only make guesses."
Astoundingly, the dinosaur experts undercut the Darwinist propaganda
loop in the Hall of Human Origins: "We cannot be sure how
pachycephalosaurs used their skull caps because theories about the
behavior of extinct animals cannot be tested." That's what many
creationists say: Scientific research emphasizes experimentation, and we
cannot experiment on the past.
One sign on the fourth floor generalized rightly: "While it is
important to make intelligent speculation about extinct animals, we are
overstating the strength of the fossil evidence if we present these
ideas as truth." Students in schools should hear both evolutionist and
creationist theories. They should then learn what we know
scientifically—and what we do not.
So, is evolution a fact or a theory? I think we should take the evolutionists at their word. Its a theory.
WORLD Magazine - Perhapses and maybes
Blogizomai - Some Things Never Change: Why Evolution Is Contrary to the Gospel
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Blogizomai - Before There Was Time: Hawking on the Origina of Everything
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Blogizomai - "Our Beliefs Are Formed First": Michael Shermer and the Truth About Science
Blogizomai - "In the Beginning God" by John Lennox
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