YES, our title seems like an all-too-easy play on the famous Time Cube website, but by the time you’ve finished reading this post we think you’ll agree that it’s appropriate.
You all know Answers in Genesis (AIG). They purport to be a deeply religious, highly moral, young-earth creationist enterprise staffed by diligent creation scientists. In a desperate attempt to appear credible, they have a clever feature — a small list of Arguments that should never be used.
On that page, AIG lists a few of the absolute worst, and most easily debunked creationist arguments. We’ve written about it before. See Creationist Wisdom #129: Bad Arguments Rejected!
But their little list is a meaningless gesture. While they make a shabby show of intellectual integrity by casting aside some of the worst of the creationist canards, the rest of their website promotes all the other nonsensical notions that make up the “science” of creationism. Watching them hide behind their list is rather like watching King Kong wearing the Lone Ranger’s mask and imagining that he can’t be recognized.
As long as AIG promotes young-earth creationism as science, they can’t fool anyone into thinking they’re a a serious and scholarly outfit merely because they reject a handful of idiotic arguments — certainly not when, at the same time, they’re clinging to and promoting so many other idiotic arguments. Their little list of lies they won’t use is a pathetically ineffective gesture, given the immense quantity of lies they routinely do use.
Today they’re playing with their little list again. Check out this new article at their website: Didn’t Darwin Call the Evolution of the Eye Absurd?
We find this one especially interesting because AIG used that very argument about Darwin and the eye less than five months ago. We wrote about it here: Answers in Genesis: Shameless Chicanery.
Now — at least for the moment — AIG is apparently abandoning the “eye” argument. Here are some excerpts from their article, with bold added by us:
Many people today insist that even Charles Darwin did not really believe his own ideas about evolution. They claim that he saw many flaws in the idea of natural selection as the agent of evolution, and that in his writings he expressed these misgivings. Some even claim that Darwin’s own words show he ultimately abandoned his belief in evolution. This is plainly not the case.
Yes, whenever we see creationists purporting to quote Darwin’s own words as “evidence” against Darwin’s theory, it’s an absolutely perfect indication that they’re either crazy or else shamelessly quote-mining. Let’s read on:
One very frequent “evidence” used to show that Darwin did not believe his own theory involved the human eye. In The Origin of Species, we read:
[Quoting Darwin:] To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.”
That’s the quote they all use — including AIG. It’s the way Darwin starts his section on explaining eye evolution. Now what? Are they finally going to give it up? We continue:
If our reading stopped here, then yes, we might argue Darwin had given up on his theory. However, reading further we find the following:
Amazing! It only took 150 years, but they actually got around to reading Darwin’s next paragraph. But how should we react when a creationist — after generations of error — finally figures out one obvious fact about which they’ve been wrong? We can’t really rejoice, because at this rate the sun will burn out before they’ll make any serious progress. Well, let’s at least give them credit where it’s due, right?
Here’s how they quote Darwin’s next paragraph, and we’ll put some of it in red for a reason which will soon be explained:
When it was first said that the sun stood still and the world turned round, the common sense of mankind declared the doctrine false; but the old saying of Vox populi, vox Dei, as every philosopher knows, cannot be trusted in science. Reason tells me, that if numerous gradations from a simple and imperfect eye to one complex and perfect can be shown to exist, each grade being useful to its possessor, as is certainly the case …
That first sentence — the one we put in red — isn’t in the first edition of Origin of Species, it shows up in the 6th. We hadn’t seen it before, but Darwin was right to add it because it improves his argument. The “common sense” method of thinking — used for millennia to support the geocentric view of the universe — was eventually proved to be unreliable. Moving along in the AIG article:
Now we see, by reading Darwin’s entire statement in context, that he in no way abandoned his theory. He did, indeed, indicate that the evolution of the eye was “absurd.” Nonetheless, his “reason” led him to accept that this “absurd” thing could actually occur by means of natural selection.
Aaaargh!! Those people are bathing in their own vomit — and loving it. Even while rejecting a bad creationist argument they can’t resist lying about Darwin’s work. Here are a few more excerpts from their article:
Darwin indicated that even though he was troubled by this concept, his “reason” would prevail. … His presupposition that evolution was true, led him to believe that the increasing complexity of the eye was due to natural selection, and he left it at that. … Darwin did describe the concept of human eye evolution as seemingly “absurd,” but his worldview caused him to accept natural selection as an adequate explanation.
Then — to no one’s surprise — they cite some of their own essays which claim that the evolution of the eye really is impossible — so they’re not conceding that at all. Well, what are they conceding? Their final sentence tells us:
Did the eye cause Darwin to doubt evolution? No, it didn’t. The “doubtful Darwin” is another argument Christians should not use.
So there you are, dear reader. If you didn’t already have good reason to be contemptuous of AIG and all its works, now you do. After this, there are no excuses. There really never were any.
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