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Friday, January 09, 2009

Darwinists' "growing stridency and unabashed dogmatism"

An article on the Answers-in-Genesis website says,

The basic strategy of evolutionists over the last 50 years has been to ensure that evolution is the central theme of nearly every chapter of biology textbooks. Toward this end, the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) was established in 1959 through a federally funded grant from the National Science Foundation. The BSCS continues to produce several versions of evolution-laced high school biology textbooks, published by textbook publishers throughout the world.

The principal goal of BSCS is clearly stated in the first edition of their Biology Teachers’ Handbook: “It is no longer possible to give a complete or even a coherent account of living things without the story of evolution.” By 1975, nearly half of America’s high schools used BSCS textbooks, and most other biology textbooks and curricula in America were deeply influenced by BSCS. That happened overseas as well: in 1975, AiG founder Ken Ham was required to teach from a BSCS biology textbook as a public school teacher in Australia.

A disturbing trend throughout the past 50 years has been the growing stridency and unabashed dogmatism of evolutionists. In 1973 evolutionist Theodosius Dobzhansky declared that “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution”— a dictum repeated in nearly every school or textbook controversy where Darwinian dogma is called into question. If this claim was to be taken seriously (as indeed many academics do), Bible-believing Christians (along with all others who dare to doubt Darwin) could be excluded from learning, teaching, or doing anything related to life science.
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America’s most distinguished body of scientists, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), in their widely distributed book, Science, Evolution and Creationism, carries things a step further by declaring that those Americans who doubt evolution have “turned away from science itself.” The NAS even goes so far as to suggest that this threatens our very survival as a nation.

But is a knowledge or belief in evolution really essential for a proper understanding of biology or even of science itself?

Some evolutionists have frankly conceded that most scientists pursue their research with little regard for evolutionary dogma. Evolutionist Adam Wilkins, for example, has noted that “most can conduct their work quite happily without particular reference to evolutionary ideas. ‘Evolution’ would appear to be the indispensable unifying idea and, at the same time, a highly superfluous one.”

Dr. Marc Kirchner, a member of the NAS and chairman of the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School, declared: “In fact, over the last 100 years, almost all of biology has proceeded independent of evolution, except evolutionary biology itself. Molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology, have not taken evolution into account at all.”

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