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Silly Things Christians Say

May 21, 2010

I could almost have titled this one “Does Higher Criticism Attempt To “Destroy the Bible”? Addendum B” as the argumentation and ‘thought’ process is so similar. Basically, a rhetorical device is employed that encourages the audience that an investigation of the evidence is unnecessary.

I thought of this statement that I heard often in my youth when I was reading Eugenie Scott’s critique of Ray Comfort yesterday.

“There is absolutely no evidence for evolution…”

As opposed to this view, I thought the words of an actual scientist to be quite intriguing. What’s more, he’s a creationist, but Todd C. Wood is a trained scientist. And as such, he recognizes that the scientific basis of evolution is strong:

Evolution is not a theory in crisis. It is not teetering on the verge of collapse. It has not failed as a scientific explanation. There is evidence for evolution, gobs and gobs of it. It is not just speculation or a faith choice or an assumption or a religion. It is a productive framework for lots of biological research, and it has amazing explanatory power. There is no conspiracy to hide the truth about the failure of evolution. There has really been no failure of evolution as a scientific theory. It works, and it works well.

“There is absolutely no evidence for evolution…” Unless of course, you actually examine the evidence.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 21, 2010 1:25 pm

    Anytime anyone uses a term like “absolutely” in an argument, the prudent man checks to make sure he still has his wallet.

  2. Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
    May 22, 2010 1:29 pm

    “There is absolutely no evidence for evolution…”

    Ees Party Line, Comrade!

  3. May 23, 2010 8:02 am

    The problem is that many of the people having this conversation aren’t open minded, presenting the latest data (both sides in spades), or not vested in the answer in some way.

    I wonder if there’s any evidence of society or christianity devolving though. Never mind – I watched the “christian” TV video.

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