The blaring sirens and flashing lights were going wild and the blinking letters of the wall display of our Retard-o-tron™ said WorldNetDaily. WND was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus that jolly logo displayed above this post.
We were directed to a WND post titled Adam and Eve – just an allegory? It’s by Jerry Newcombe, a preacher who used to work with James Kennedy, the now-deceased televangelist who made the influential “documentary” Darwin’s Deadly Legacy, based on the book From Darwin to Hitler by Discovery Institute “fellow” Richard Weikart.
Newcombe’s article has a sub-title: “Exclusive: Jerry Newcombe battles those who pooh-pooh Genesis, embrace Darwin.” You know this is going to be fun. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Were Adam and Eve real people? I’m not a scientist, and I don’t play one on TV. But I believe they were. Why? Because I believe Jesus was who He said He was – God’s only begotten Son, and clearly He believed they were real.
The next few paragraphs are all scripture stuff. We’ll skip that but you’ll certainly want to go to WND to read it for yourself. Then he says:
John Hancock, John Adams and Ben Franklin learned their ABCs with the New England Primer, which says for the letter A: “A, In Adam’s fall, we sinned all.”
That’s certainly persuasive. Let’s read on:
How are we to understand claims of overwhelming “scientific facts” backing up the theory of evolution? Well, there are minor biological changes in nature. Some people call this “micro-evolution” (if you will), which simply refers to a limited range variation within a species or kind.
Then he dances the micro-macro mambo for a couple of paragraphs. We’ve debunked that in Common Creationist Claims Confuted.
After that he cites Jonathan Wells as an authority for the claim that “evidence for macroevolution is missing.” We won’t waste your time. Instead, see Discovery Institute: The Genius of Jonathan Wells. Then it gets good:
The late Dr. Colin Patterson, paleontologist at the British Museum, wrote a letter in 1979 saying in effect there are no definitive transitional forms in the fossil record chronicling evolution …
Wow — we haven’t seen the Colin Patterson maneuver lately. That’s really ancient quote-mining. Patterson himself has rebutted it (see this at Talk.Origins: Patterson Misquoted). Newcombe continues:
I called Dr. Patterson in 1987, and he verified the authenticity of the letter. … He told me on the phone that the letter was accurate (there are no definitive transitional forms between species in the fossil record); nonetheless, he still believed in evolution. He said we just haven’t discovered yet the right mechanism to prove evolution.
How very convenient that Patterson verified the quote in a phone conversation in 1987. It’s too late to ask him about it now because he died in 1998. But surely, a good man like Newcombe wouldn’t make stuff up. Here’s more:
In 1912, scientists discovered in England a human skull with a jaw like an ape. They named him Piltdown Man. This was, they said, evidence of true evolution in progress – a real ape man. He was in the textbooks, encyclopedias, museums and even the dictionaries. Finally, the missing link was no longer missing. But, of course, Piltdown Man turned out to be a deliberate hoax.
Amazing. Absolutely amazing. Newcombe’s still talking about Piltdown Man. See Piltdown Man: The Creationists’ Savior.
Rev Newcombe goes on a while longer, but we think this post is long enough. Click over to WND to read it all. Perhaps you’ll be persuaded that Adam and Eve were real people. Our opinion is that the rev needs to polish his argument a bit. It hasn’t been updated for decades.
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