In the Gainesville Sun of Gainesville, Florida, home to the University of Florida, we read Gainesville’s evolution vs. creation saga. It was written by Andrew Scholberg, described as “a freelance writer [who] is a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Gainesville.” The newspaper has a comments feature. Here are some excerpts from Scholberg’s long article, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
A remarkable event happened in the 1980s on the University of Florida campus: a public debate on evolution vs. creation between two intellectual heavyweights on the UF faculty.
Representing the creation side in this monumental clash of minds was Dr. David Kaufmann, Ph.D., one of the few creationist scientists ever to be awarded tenure and a full professorship at a large secular research university. He taught human anatomy, kinesiology, exercise physiology and biomechanics at UF. Since 1986 he has also served as the secretary on the Creation Research Society’s board of directors. Kaufmann, who retired from UF in 1999, is a Lutheran.
We went to the university’s website to look up David Kaufmann, the “intellectual heavyweight” who participated in that “remarkable event” over thirty years ago. All we found there was a reference to a physical education professor by that name. However, at the website of the venerable Creation Research Society we found his biography. They describe him as “Professor of Exercise Science, University of Florida (l970 -l998) [sic]: degrees – B.S. Math & Physical Education (Slippery Rock University, l955) [sic]; M.A. Physical Education (University of Iowa, l958) [sic]; Ph.D. Human Anatomy (University of Iowa, l969) [sic].” An “intellectual heavyweight” indeed! Who was on the other side? We’re told:
Representing the evolution side was the late Dr. Robert Primack, Ph.D., of UF’s philosophy department. Dr. Primack was a Unitarian Universalist. The debate in Norman Auditorium was jam-packed with students eager to hear both sides of this controversy, most of whom had never heard the case against evolution.
It must have been an amazing debate! This is Scholberg’s description of that long-ago “monumental clash of minds.” He says:
I interviewed Kaufmann about the debate, and he told me that Primack put his foot in his mouth when he asserted that his “evolutionary presuppositions” were “factually true.” When it was Kaufmann’s turn to give a rebuttal he told the students they should take up a collection to buy his opponent a dictionary so he could look up the definition of presupposition, which means “a preliminary assumption, something that is not known.”
When the debate ended, Primack immediately slipped out through a stage door with his tail between his legs while Kaufmann stayed in the auditorium to answer questions from the students who surrounded him, eager to hear more of his thoughts.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Let’s read on:
After the great evolution debate, the students were asking for more debates. But none of the UF evolutionists dared to debate Kaufmann, who told me, “They were hiding under their desks!”
University students are unlikely to hear another creation vs. evolution debate on campus ever again because UF and other American universities have shut down freedom of speech: They only allow the pro-evolution viewpoint to be heard. The rigid, draconian enforcement of this censorship is well documented in Ben Stein’s movie, “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.”
At last, dear reader, we are learning about the sordid history of the evolutionists’ effort to suppress The Truth™. Scholberg continues:
Darwin’s life-by-chance theory can’t be defended as scientific because 1) it can’t account for the evolution of the first life from dead matter (See Pasteur’s law of biogenesis), 2) it can’t account for the information in the biological cell, which includes complex programming, 3) it can’t account for the irreducible complexity of the biological cell (i.e., the cell is non-viable without all of its parts properly assembled and therefore never could have evolved from the “building blocks of life”).
Yes — oh yes! Here’s more:
Those who still believe in evolution might as well believe that the same person could keep on winning the Powerball lottery year after year after year. Similarly, the odds against life-by-chance are so overwhelming as to be impossible. Therefore, evolution has no legitimate place in any science textbook, science class or science lecture. Darwinism is a false worldview: philosophical materialism (atheism) dressed up to look like science.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Darwinism is dressed up to look like science. Moving along:
Kaufmann told me he’s still available to represent the creationist viewpoint in a public debate. Does any Darwinist at UF have the courage to debate him, or are they still hiding under their desks?
We know the answer, don’t we? Another excerpt:
The science of genetics explains the origin of new varieties within species. Contrary to what the “Darwin fish” car emblem suggests, no fish has ever morphed into a quadruped mammal in a line of descent. That’s science fiction. Proof that a fish sprouted legs, fur and mammary glands, and became warm-blooded is lacking. By contrast, the hypothesis of intelligent design squares with common sense because the design in nature is obvious. Equally obvious is that this design points to a designer.
Evolution is science fiction! Okay, but what’s the real deal? Scholberg tells us at the end of his article:
If the researchers sincerely want to find answers to the “big questions,” they’re going to have to open a book that begins with the words: “In the beginning …”
At last, dear reader, everything has been revealed to us. Now you know why there are no evolution-creation debates. Go forth, and spread the word.
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