Charles Darwin was born on 12 February 1809 — that’s 207 years ago today. His theory of evolution, in its conception and subsequent validation, is a great example of the scientific method, which liberated us from the blinders and shackles of supernaturalism. It’s one of the crown jewels of the Enlightenment, which is utterly despised by contemporary creationists. (This blog’s third post was Discovery Institute: Enemies of the Enlightenment.)
We know that creationists are feeling particularly ornery today, because we’ve seen it before — but this time it’s likely to be even worse for them. Or it certainly should be.
Why? Because in the past few days, the news has been all over the place that, in the words of PhysOrg’s headline: Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction. You already know about this, so a couple of excerpts should be sufficient:
For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window to the cosmos.
“This detection is the beginning of a new era: The field of gravitational wave astronomy is now a reality,” says Gabriela González, LSC spokesperson and professor of physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University.
Nothing like that has ever happened regarding creationism. That’s because religion and theology appeared millennia before the scientific method was developed. They do different things and they use different methods, so the achievements of science are and will remain outside the experience of religion. Creationists will never — we repeat, never — have a moment like the one which just occurred regarding gravitational waves. They must forever sit on the sidelines, watching science go from triumph to triumph, while they take comfort in believing that we’re bound for the Lake of Fire.
And so, dear reader, your Curmudgeon wishes you a Happy Darwin Day!
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