In response to my post on “Expelled” , someone named “Roxas” left some interesting comments. There’s quite a lot of material to get into, and there are some pretty common fallacies, so I’ve decided to make my response a full-blown blog entry. Yay! See, if you want more blog entries, all you have to do is leave comments. Hooray for the free exchange of ideas! (Roxas’s comments are boxed/bulleted)
The origin of life, the origin of the Earth and the origin of the universe are three separate questions. Evolution deals only with life. It has nothing to say about the Big Bang.
The “unmoved mover”? Really? That’s the best you’ve got? Theology gave up on that one quite awhile ago. Sigh…This mover is moving on.
The germ theory of disease has only been around for a couple of centuries, and the belief that disease is caused by sin and/or demons has been around for thousands of years, so I guess we can stop taking antibiotics. Since you brought up slavery, that’s also been around a LOT longer than emancipation and the Bible itself endorses it pretty clearly (OT and NT) so I guess that’s okay too. Arguing from antiquity is even worse than arguing from authority. An argument stands or falls on it’s merit and relation to the facts. It doesn’t matter who or what makes it.
Well, that’s just plain wrong. Creationism/ID makes NO predictions and has NO useful theoretical constructs. It’s simply a statement that “when things get too hard for us to understand, it must have been magic” Evolution is the backbone of our modern understanding of biology and medicine. For only one mundane example, it has predicted and confirmed the development and existance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Evolutionary theory is a incredibly useful tool. ID is a “just-so story”
This is the same argument from ignorance / God of the gaps song and dance. If you don’t know the answer to a question, then YOU DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER! You can’t say “I don’t know, so therefore: God did it!” Apart from being a logically invalid position, it puts the believer in the unenviable position of watching his/her god shrink as we find the answers to more and more of our questions about the universe. What we do know is that our understanding of the universe is imperfect, but it is getting better. As time passes we are discovering more and more about the world. Do we make mistakes? Of course, we’re still human. The best thing about science is that it is structured to find those mistakes and discard them. Creationism and ID are stagnant and closed. There is no room for finding the truth when you assume that you already know it.
You’re absolutely right, many mutations are for the worst. Those usually lead to the death of the unfortunate critter to carry them. But every once in awhile the mutations are beneficial, they help the critter survive and sucessfully pass on it’s genes. It’s a small, step by step ratcheting process, over millions of years, not a “huge mega random mutation”
Genesis gives no such analysis, it offers least two different, incompatible accounts of creation and the word “sense” is spelled with an “s”.
Okay, that was a little snarky, I guess that’s just who I am. In all honesty though, I’d like to thank Roxas for leaving his/her comments. It takes a lot of courage to put your beliefs out there for others to examine/critique, and the only way we can discover the real truth is to honestly weigh all the evidence and theories. Free speech + the marketplace of ideas + critical thinking = a better, truer world for all of us.
Commments? Questions? Responses? Short Skits? Interpretive dance? Leave me a comment or two and we’ll see if y’all can’t squeeze another blog entry out of me this week.