Why 'Darwin Day' Passed without Fanfare | The Institute for Creation Research

Why 'Darwin Day' Passed without Fanfare

Charles Darwin was born February 12, 1809, but not many people celebrated "Darwin Day" on February 12 this year. One Texas columnist lamented this lack of festivity, as well as polls showing that 40 percent of Americans believe in creationism and about a third of Texans believe that humans and dinosaurs co-existed.

In an opinion piece for the San Marcos Mercury, Lamar Hankins wrote:

I look to the consensus among experts to decide what is true…. Evolutionary biologists and those in related fields understand that the theory of evolution is indeed proven beyond any reasonable doubt. Since I am not a biologist, I think it is rational to accept the scientific consensus that evolution is true.1

He added, "No one can test the belief that God created the earth and all of its inhabitants in six days 10,000 years ago. What we know is that the available empirical evidence establishes that organisms have existed on earth for 3.5 billion years."1

But history has shown that the consensus of experts can be wrong. Plus, Hankins' statements ignore the fact that many researchers openly recognize the host of scientific problems that evolution has.2

If the belief that "organisms have existed on earth for 3.5 billion years" can be tested, then why not also "the belief that God created the earth" thousands of years ago, using the same techniques? Researchers would need a time machine to prove by repeated observation one theory over the other. But their associated scientific models can be tested indirectly, side by side, without a time machine. Many Americans, like the many researchers who signed A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism, have tested the evolutionary model and found it wanting.2

If evolutionists were to admit that the creation model can be tested, examined, or considered, then they relinquish the "upper hand" in the debate and risk losing their "aren't you ashamed of your ignorance?" tactic. Evolutionists choose to ridicule creation rather than investigate it, and based on the statistics Hankins cited, thoughtful Americans may recognize this fact. Perhaps more of these Americans would more readily believe evolutionary claims if sufficient evidence supported them.

But a stream of doubts rightly plagues the secular origins story. It posits that everything came from nothing for no reason, that stars and planets were organized from dust clouds with nobody there to organize them, and that living cells emerged from chemicals despite the fact that life never arises from chemicals in either natural or well-designed laboratory settings.

Why was Darwin Day not widely celebrated in America? It's not because of what Americans don't know about evolution. It's because of what they do know about it.

References

  1. Hankins, L. W. Freethought San Marcos: A solution to the post-Super Bowl blahs. San Marcos Mercury. Posted on smmercury.com February 7, 2012, accessed February 13, 2012.
  2. A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism. Discovery Institute. Posted on discovery.org, accessed February 13, 2012.

* Mr. Thomas is Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.

Article posted on February 23, 2012.

The Latest
NEWS
Webb Telescope Continues to Challenge Big Bang
Data obtained by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continue to challenge expectations of Big Bang proponents.1,2 The JWST is designed...

CREATION PODCAST
The Truth About the Chimp Genome (Humans & Chimps: Part 2) |...
Have scientists proven human evolution from a "common apelike ancestor," or are we being told a clever, confusing story filled with farcical...

NEWS
World's Oldest Meal
The Ediacara biota is a sporadic faunal (animal) stage containing unique soft-bodied fossil creatures in sandstone from the Ediacaran System dating...

NEWS
No Microbes on Mars
Mars is a lifeless world. But those holding to a naturalistic worldview continue to have hope—even faith—that the Red Planet was at...

NEWS
Flood Explains Grouping of Ichthyosaurs
The discovery of dozens of ichthyosaur fossils in Nevada was announced in the journal Current Biology.1 Seven 50-foot long ichthyosaurs of...

NEWS
Frog Stripe Evolution?
Color patterns in animals, whether vertebrates or invertebrates, are designed by the Creator for camouflage, warning, courtship, or, simply, for the...

CREATION PODCAST
They Lied to Us? (Humans & Chimps: Part 1) | The Creation Podcast:...
Back in the nineteenth century, Charles Darwin promoted the supposed similarity between humans and chimpanzees. Later DNA studies seemed to support...

NEWS
The Importance of Context in Sound Biblical Interpretation
During World War II, fighter planes often returned from battle riddled with bullet holes. The Allies analyzed the litany of data and mapped the areas...

NEWS
Bird Beaks: Modern and Ancient
Science is dynamic. What was considered incontrovertible for decades can be overturned with a simple discovery or more research. So it is with the...

NEWS
January 2023 ICR Wallpaper
"But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They...