Because today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Robert. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Presidential candidate neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson does not agree with the theory of evolution. This has brought out the usual discussion and confusion. The confusion arises because there are two different types of evolutionary changes. One is both scientific and Biblical, and the other is neither. Carson talked about micro vs. macro, which has to do with size of changes, but a better differentiation is limited vs. general theory of evolution.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Robert leads off with the micro-macro mambo (discussed in Common Creationist Claims Confuted), and he provides his own label to the long-term results of incremental changes — the “general theory of evolution.” This is a great beginning. Then he says:
Limited changes are those within the created kind, which is roughly the taxonomic classification of family. They require no new outside information and generally lose information. The changes utilize the genetic variation designed in by God. The change processes are natural selection, adaptation and speciation, which are directly scientifically observable, repeatable and consistent with the Bible.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Micro-evolution utilizes divinely built-in information, but that process has divinely built-in limitations. As for “information,” see Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information. Robert continues:
The general theory of evolution loved by atheists involves changes from one kind/family into another. They require new information from the outside, which requires a natural process violating a law of science. Evolutionists’ proposed mechanisms are Neo-Darwinism and punctuated equilibria.
Huh? Those are the “proposed mechanisms” for “macro evolution”? Actually, the mechanism (mutation and natural selection) is the same as for small changes, but it’s a process that continues to occur, eventually resulting in a species with a gene pool significantly different from the ancestral stock. Here’s more:
The proponents of each tell us scientifically why the other does not work.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Robert thinks we deny “micro evolution.” What goes on in his mind? He seems to be saying that we think only large scale changes occur, all at once. Oh yeah, that’s evolution! Robert doesn’t know that every act of reproduction results in mutations. Moving along:
Changes like dinosaurs into birds are speculative beliefs, have no evidence in the fossil record, and have never been directly observed, which puts them outside the traditional definition of science. They violate the Biblical statement that everything reproduces after its own kind.
No one has ever observed a dinosaur evolve into a bird? Yeah, okay. Another excerpt:
Belief in the general theory of evolution impacts several issues. Carson related abortion to slavery. Evolution is the pseudo-scientific excuse for slavery, abortion and the Holocaust.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Robert thinks there was no slavery or abortion before Darwin. As for the Holocaust, see Hitler and Darwin. And now we come to the end:
Sinful people claim that blacks, babies and Jews are not fully evolved/human and therefore can be enslaved or killed. Evolution is also the basis for communism and secular humanism, which was declared a religion by the Supreme Court. We need to end the confusion about evolution.
Aaaargh!! So many clunkers, so little time. Slavery and racism existed long before Darwin. Regarding communism, see Marx, Stalin, and Darwin. As for secular humanism, about which we know little, see Court Rules Atheism Is a Religion?
So there you are. Robert’s letter is a massive catalog of creationist clunkers, blindly copied from creationist websites and unthinkingly repeated as if they were facts. It’s a fine addition to our collection.
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