All my Canadian friends are chattering about James Lunney right now, a member of parliament who resigned from his party because people were making fun of his deeply held and cherished beliefs…like his views on evolution.
Mr. Speaker, recently we saw an attempt to ridicule the presumed beliefs of a member of this House and the belief of millions of Canadians in a creator. Certain individuals in the media and the scientific community have exposed their own arrogance and intolerance of beliefs contrary to their own.
Any scientist who declares that the theory of evolution is a fact has already abandoned the foundations of science. For science establishes fact through the study of things observable and reproducible. Since origins can neither be reproduced nor observed, they remain the realm of hypothesis.
In science, it is perfectly acceptable to make assumptions when we do not have all the facts, but it is never acceptable to forget our assumptions. Given the modern evidence unavailable to Darwin, advanced models of plate techtonics, polonium radiohalos, polystratic fossils, I am prepared to believe that Darwin would be willing to re-examine his assumptions.
The evolutionists may disagree, but neither can produce Darwin as a witness to prove his point. The evolutionists may genuinely see his ancestor in a monkey, but many modern scientists interpret the same evidence in favour of creation and a creator.
The origin of all life may have occurred 4 billion years ago, but it’s an ongoing process, so we can reproducibly observe evolution now, and even test it experimentally. And of course, when we can document this process, and see snapshots of it in the fossil record over hundreds of millions of years, and see shared properties in the molecular biology of extant organisms that push knowledge of common descent back billions of years, we can make solid inferences about origins…inferences that contradict the Bible stories.
His little misspelled roster of evidence against evolution consists only of sloppy creationist rationalizations that have all been debunked. See the Talk.Origins index of creationist claims — they’re all in there. If Darwin were here, he’d be impressed with the additional data that reinforces his ideas, and would be giving those wacky creationists the side-eye.
I’m more than a little tired of the standard Answers in Genesis lie, that we’re all looking at the same evidence, and only differing in our interpretation. It’s simply not true. Creationists selectively ignore 99% of the evidence.
What a hoser.