IT’S A SLOW NEWS DAY, so this is a good time to put things in perspective. Check this out: The Imminent Demise of Evolution: The Longest Running Falsehood in Creationism. It’s by Glenn Morton, whom we’ve mentioned before.
Morton’s article presents dozens of claims in chronological order about the impending end of evolution (and modern geology, which preceded Darwin). It’s quite revealing. Excerpts:
The claim is that evolution (or major supporting concepts for it) is increasingly being abandoned by scientists, or is about to fall. This claim has many forms and has been made for over 162 years. … The claim is false as history and present-day events show, yet that doesn’t stop anyone wanting to sell books from making that claim.
That “162 years” was computed from the time from that Morton was writing this, so the “Longest Running Falsehood in Creationism” has been running even longer now.
The collection starts in 1825 (well before Darwin published Origins), with a confident declaration that the scriptural age of the earth will prevail over the claims of “physical philosophy” because:
… the progress of physical research during the last few years, conducted by naturalists of acute and honest minds, has at last terminated in so signal a concession to the testimony of the Mosaical record …
Skipping several other predictions to jump 70 years ahead, here’s this confident statement from 1894:
It is true that a tide of criticism hostile to the integrity of Genesis has been rising for some years; but it seems to beat vainly against a solid rock, and the ebb has now evidently set in.
When you’re feeling that the anti-science, anti-rational witch-doctors are everywhere, and the fragile fabric of our civilization may be crumbling, just dip into this list. It will restore your confidence.
Reason will prevail.
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