Thanks to the latest lull in our kind of news, we decided to assemble a few resources in one convenient place — and this is the place.
We’ll start with our once-formidable List-O-Links. We developed that resource at another website, and there was a time when it was just about the best thing going (he modestly said). Alas, we haven’t kept it up, but there’s still a lot of good information there.
For a far more sweeping resource, about which you probably already know, don’t overlook the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims. With a bit of searching, you can find pretty much anything you need there.
Along the lines of the TalkOrigins index, but far less ambitious, is our own Common Creationist Claims Confuted.
But the creationist probably won’t answer your questions. Instead he’ll ask you a question. Usually, that will be something like a demand for the evidence that proves evolution. If you’re faced with that, direct him to this: Where’s the Proof — Evolution’s “Smoking Gun”?
If you find yourself in a debate with a creationist, which is never a good way to spend your time (see Debating Creationists is Dumber Than Creationism), you should first read this and the articles linked at the end: Debating Creationists: The Big Lie. If you’re still going to proceed, here are some responses to the typical creationist nonsense. Oh, as a precaution against quote-mining, our paragraph leads aren’t confessions, they’re just topics. Okay, here we go:
Evolution is atheism. That’s rubbish. First, see The Clergy Letter Project, which now has almost 13,000 Christian clergymen who strongly endorse the theory of evolution. Then see the National Center for Science Education’s list of Statements from Religious Organizations supporting evolution. It’s true that some denominations, including a few big ones, see things differently — but their anti-science posture is denominational, not scientific.
There are no transitional fossils. That’s idiotic. Send the creationist to Wikipedia’s list of transitional fossils.
The Founding Fathers were creationists. Well, duh! Considering that Charles Darwin wasn’t born until 1809, and didn’t publish his theory until 1859, it’s not surprising that the theory of evolution wasn’t very prominent in Philadelphia in 1776. The Founders didn’t even have the science of geology at their disposal to establish that the earth is far older than Genesis suggests. James Hutton, the father of modern geology, had only begun to publish in 1788. Nevertheless, although the information to refute creationism wasn’t then available, the Founders were rational men. Jefferson, for example, rejected the notion of a global deluge (see The Founders Rejected Evolution?).
Historical science can’t produce reliable information about the past. Oh really? Our favorite demonstration to the contrary is The Lessons of Tiktaalik.
That’s enough for now. We may add more to this post from time to time. Someone may find such a collection useful.
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