If we’re exaggerating when we say we just read the most bizarre post ever to appear at the blog of the Discoveriods — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page — then it’s an unintentional exaggeration. Anyway, that’s how it seems to us.
Wells is a Moonie, who has previously described the motivation for his biology career as follows [note that “Father” is Sun Myung Moon, the leader of the Unification Church]. The source of what follows is here: Darwinism: Why I Went for a Second Ph.D., by Jonathan Wells. [The bold is from us.]
Father’s words, my studies, and my prayers convinced me that I should devote my life to destroying Darwinism, just as many of my fellow Unificationists had already devoted their lives to destroying Marxism. When Father chose me (along with about a dozen other seminary graduates) to enter a Ph.D. program in 1978, I welcomed the opportunity to prepare myself for battle.
Now you know that — for religious motives — Wells has decided to devote his life to “destroying Darwinism.” Here is the beginning of his article, titled Why Does the History of Life Give the Appearance of Evolution? The bold font was added by us:
Fossil evidence suggests that life on earth originated about three and a half billion years ago, starting with prokaryotes (single-celled organisms without nuclei, such as bacteria). Much later came eukaryotes (cells with nuclei), which included algae and single-celled animals (protozoa). Multicellular marine animals appeared long after that. Then came land plants, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, primates, and finally humans.
It’s quite unusual to find a creationist talking like that. Most of them just ignore all that evidence, or they dismiss it as being based on unbiblical assumptions. But Wells goes even further:
Not only did living things appear in a certain order, but in some cases they also had features intermediate between organisms that preceded them and those that followed them. Kenneth R. Miller challenges critics of Darwinism to explain why we find “one organism after another in places and in sequences… that clearly give the appearance of evolution.”
Wells not only lays out all that evidence, he even quotes a challenge from Kenneth R. Miller, who was a lead expert for the winning side in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. You’ve got to be wondering: What’s going on here? Is Wells coming over to the good guys’ side? Well, not quite. He responds to Miller’s challenge with an explanation for all that evidence. Let’s read on:
The answer is found in various religious traditions, especially Christianity. “Far from denying life’s progression, tradition provides a reason for it,” wrote Huston Smith in 1976.
Wikipedia has an article on the authority Wells is citing: Huston Smith. He’s a philosopher and theologian with wide-ranging interests. Wells purports to quote from one of Smith’s books, which provides the answer to Miller’s challenge. You gotta read this:
“Earth mirrors heaven. But mirrors, as we have noted, invert. The consequence here is that that which is first in the ontological order appears last in the temporal order.” Smith explained: “In the celestial realm the species are never absent; their essential forms or archetypes reside there from an endless beginning. As earth ripens to receive them, each in its turn drops to the terrestrial plane.” But “first a viable habitat must be devised, hence the inorganic universe is matured to a point where life can be sustained. And when living beings do arrive, they do so in a vaguely ascending order that passes from relatively undifferentiated organisms… to ones that are more complex.” Thus “man, who is first in the order of worth on the terrestrial plane, will be last in the order of his appearance.“
Now you know why there’s so much apparent evidence for evolution. It’s a mirror of heaven — inverted, of course. Isn’t creationism grand?
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