Wednesday, November 10, 2004

The American Spectator - Beacon of Scientific Knowledge

The American Spectator: "Wills takes as his measure of enlightenment a Darwinian theory that most scientists don't even bother to defend anymore. Complexity through chance -- random selection -- requires more faith than the virgin birth."

The problem is, Darwin never hypothesized "random" selection. In fact, the theory of "natural" selection is quite clear that there is no randomness involved - it is specific heritable variations to an environment that produce evolution. Man evolved from apes because there was an organism that was basically an ape that had something specifically that other apes didn't - could be the larger brain, maybe opposable thumbs.

Granted, evolution is a theory of science, not a law; a sober interpretation of evidence. An alternative explanation, that addresses the same evidence, could certainly be put forward and accepted, if it arrived at logically. Evolution doesn't contradict everything we know about human development, so it doesn't require a great deal of faith.

Virgin birth requires a leap of faith because it's a miracle that contradicts everything we know about science and reproduction. The flip side to this is: if we don't know or understand that virgin birth is scientifically possible, then it's not a miracle anymore, because science can explain it. What's so special about Jesus and Mary, if all kinds of women can have virgin births under controlled conditions?

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