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Commentary - There's something wrong with this theory

By David Schonberg, Alexandria, MN

Dear Teacher:

I know you must believe the theory of evolution is true or you would not teach it. But some things don't add up. For instance, why do evolutionists attempt to suppress opposing views through legal action and academic boycott? What are they afraid of? Assertion, defensiveness and bullying suggest insecurity. If evolution is a fact, open up the classroom to academic debate. Invite all challengers, then overcome them with compelling, conclusive, unambiguous facts.

Here's something else: Darwin proposed that the diversity of life in our world evolved from a single source over long periods of time by numerous, gradual changes. He confessed that the fossil record in his day did not reveal those numerous, gradual changes between species, but he was confident that more digging would provide them. Now 150 years have gone by and we have so many fossils they are almost unmanageable, yet those all-important transitional links are still missing.

That is not my conclusion. "Eldridge and Gould proposed that the degree of gradualism commonly attributed to Charles Darwin is virtually non-existent in the fossil record; that stasis dominates the history of the fossil record." (Wikipedia)

Conceding the absence of transitional links between species, they proposed instead that evolution is a stop-and-go process, mostly stop, but when it goes, it goes too suddenly to leave any evidence. Now it's the absence of transitional links between species that proves evolution! Huh? Gould was furious that his adversaries should interpret his "punctuated equilibrium" as a disguised retreat, but what else is it?

Old textbooks talk about Oparin, methane gas, electricity and time. Just shake the bag, so to speak, add a spark and, sooner or later, spontaneous generation is bound to occur.

Then came the discovery of the DNA molecule and other amazing microscopic machinery. Darwin said, "If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down."

But this is precisely what Behe demonstrated. He showed that even the most "simple" machinery within the living cell requires a complete set of parts all simultaneously present and fully functioning or the machine will not work.

"Irreducible complexity" totally refutes the idea that life could have evolved by numerous, successive, slight modifications. How are evolutionists handling this? Many have abandoned Darwinian evolution. And those who remain have resorted to (forgive me for saying it) a real "Hail Mary" - life on Earth came from outer space!

There's something wrong with a theory that continually moves around and every few years trashes tons of textbooks.

Remember the coelacanth? This is the fish that lived 350 to 400 million years ago and went extinct about 65 million years ago. The coelacanth or a close kin was supposedly the evolutionary ancestor of all land-dwelling vertebrates. Do you know that fishermen today catch coelacanths in their nets and the fish looks very much like its fossil ancestors?

The journey from fish to elephant (gulp) is only half the problem. The other half is how a fish resisted the irresistible pressure of natural selection for 400 million years while its cousins were turning into elephants. That's more astounding than finding an iceberg roaming around in the warm ocean currents for hundreds of years and never melting.

I look for a twinkle in the eye, the crack of a smile or an honest confession, but all I get is a bad grade for suggesting the emperor has no clothes. In my opinion, evolutionist Michael Denton sums it up: "Ultimately, the Darwinian theory of evolution is no more nor less than the great cosmogenic myth of the 20th century." (Denton, Michael, "Evolution: A Theory in Crisis," Adler and Adler Publishers, 1985, p. 358, 359.)

From, your attentive student

P.S. You might enjoy reading "Darwin's Black Box" by Behe; "The Devil's Delusion" by David Berlinski; and "Evolution: A Theory in Crisis" by Denton. A couple good DVDs to watch include "Unlocking the Mystery of Life" by Illustra Media and "Expelled" by Ben Stein. If my memory is right, none of these materials has any religious content, so they would be safe for students.