With next Tuesday marking the 150th anniversary of the
publication of Darwin's momentous work, tensions are high between the
scientific community and anti-evolution activists. Some of
these critics argue that the Earth is as little as 6,000 years old.
Others argue that the Earth is older, but that evolution never
occurred -- that life on Earth merely appeared.
theories have been given a voice by actor Kirk Cameron, who is best
known for his role in the 1985 sitcom "Growing Pains".
Mr. Cameron has taken a curious tactic, touring the country handing
out 100,000 free copies of Darwin's On the Origin of Species
on college campuses, with one significant catch -- the book comes
with a critical 50-page introduction co-written by Mr. Cameron.
Cameron recently popped
up on Purdue University's campus, handing out copies with
California-based Christian minister Ray Comfort. States Mr.
Cameron to People, "Atheism has been on the rise for
years now, and the Bible of the atheists is The Origin of
Species. We have a situation in our country where young
people are entering college with a belief in God and exiting with
that faith being stripped and shredded. What we want to do is have
student make an informed, educated decision before they chuck their
Local pastor Jared Brothers of Stringtown Church
of God in Covington, an Indiana church, helped with the
distribution. He stated, ""I don't believe in
evolution. I am all about a personal relationship with God. The main
thing is to get some literature into people's hands and to get God's
word out. That's the goal."
introduction claims Darwin's work fathered Nazi eugenics and overall
misogyny. Describes Mr. Cameron, "You can see where
[Hitler] clearly takes Darwin's ideas to some of their logical
conclusions and compares certain races of people to lower
evolutionary life forms. If you take Darwin's theory and extend
it to its logical end, it can be used to justify all number of very
Scientists on campus rallied against
the handout with a handout of their own, passing out pro-Darwin fish
stickers emblazoned with "I Support Science." And a
significant book summarizing the collected visual results of
evolutionary biologists has also been launched in support of the
theory, written by Mary Ellen Hannibal and featuring photography by
The book titled, Evidence
of Evolution, is not free -- it costs $29.95 (though it's
available for just under $20 on Amazon.com). It features
collections of photographed animal specimens of closely related
animals, tracing the path of evolution through the world's jungles
and forests. Many of the specimens photographed look similar,
but have been shown to be different species, thanks to evolutionary
subtleties inside their bodies. The book focuses primarily on
such examples of microevolution, but also offers photographic
evidence of macroevolution.
quote: At best, the theory of evolution is incomplete; and in that it is no different than the theories of gravity, genetics, quantum mechanics, or geology.
quote: Gravity is a "tested theory" too but no sane individual would try to tell you that, if you let go of your pen while sitting in your office, it isn't going to fall.
quote: The statement I made in the post above is still true. Evolution can be considered a fact by the layman until a better "tested theory" comes along.
quote: Demanding blind obedience to more knowledgable conduits of truth.
quote: People have their own paths to follow even if those paths are produce negative results, no matter how painful it is.
quote: This earth will never be truly at peace until religion no longer has the power to make otherwise normal, thinking people shut off the reasoning portion of their brains.
quote: Evolution is not a theory, it is a fact!
quote: Last time I checked a cat was still a cat, a dog was still a dog.
quote: Another thing: Evolution and abiogenesis are two completely different subjects and, while natural unguided abiogenesis has been demonstrated to be plausible in multiple experiments, evolution does not EVER attempt to make ANY claims as to the beginning of life on this planet! NONE! ZIP! ZERO!
quote: Why is that exactly? Why do the two get separated? If evolution stemmed from a single celled organism, why is the appearance of that single celled organism ignored in the evolutionary debate?
quote: I submit that the two are very related and abiogenesis is very relevant to the evolutionary debate.
quote: 61% of Professors are Athiests
quote: At least the brain dead religious right finally gave up on the Big Bang model. There is so much supporting evidence that they finally now say, "well of course there was a big bang, that's how god did it."
quote: However, only evolution is so advance[d], that only the enlightened ones can perceive it.
quote: We have a situation in our country where young people are entering college with a belief in God and exiting with that faith being stripped and shredded
quote: I wonder if someone would please make a post explaining where evolution started. If its the big bang theory then what caused the big bang? How did nothing make a big bang?
quote: If God used evolution then he's not interested in a personal relationship with humans and he doesn't care what we do. This is actually oposite of what happened and what he inteded for us.
quote: One last thing to remeber is that evoluation is a theory and will always be a theory. It takes just as much faith to believe in evoluation as it does creationism.
quote: What we want to do is have student make an informed, educated decision before they chuck their faith.
quote: The controversial introduction claims Darwin's work fathered Nazi eugenics and overall misogyny
quote: I saw that being a christian took faith and that faith required me to be blind and closed minded.
quote: It is almost like a scientific theory is something completely different than inbred country bumpkin morons like yourself make it out to be.
quote: There can never be "proof" that there is a god or vice versa.
quote: If God were omnipotent and omnipresent it would be a trivial matter to prove his/her/it's existence.
quote: Silly statement. One could always say that if God didn't WANT proof of his existence, there would be none. After all, we're talking omnipotence aren't we ?
quote: Go into Times Square and say that you're an atheist and you see absolutely no proof of God and you might as well be Osama Bin Laden. What's wrong with that picture?
quote: Funny, I'm pretty sure my post conveyed little to no emotion. I was simply providing you a reasonable, well-thought out, and logical argument. Clearly you failed to comprehend that.
quote: And that is what one would call a religious cop-out. There's no proof of God's existence because he/she/it doesn't want there to be any. Sorry, that doesn't work. I can't see or touch gravity, but I know, and can prove it's there. Can you do the same with God? Oh, that's right, he doesn't want you to, right? How then do you know he even exists if he wants to hide his very existence from you? It's the strength of your beliefs and your faith, right? Completely illogical and irrational argument, buddy.
quote: Oh, and as much as you may hate the "imaginary persons" argument, it's valid. Why should I give God anymore credence than all of the other mythical creatures created throughout history?
quote: It's funny how religion, so-called faith, and the belief in God are the only areas completely devoid of logic, reason, and rational thought processes, and the only aspects of humanity that have not evolved out of the Dark Ages.
quote: Go into Times Square and proclaim that Neptune rules the seas and you'll be thought of as a raging lunatic. Go into Times Square and say that you feel the Lord's presence within you and within Times Square and no one would think anything was wrong.
quote: I have better things to do with my life then demand someone "prove" their faith to me.
quote: I giggle with joy when The Universe or something amazing on The Science Channel or Discovery comes on.
quote: Religion pulls people apart, science brings them together.
quote: Every scientific theory is "just a theory." Gravity is just a theory. Basic physical laws of motion and inertia are just a theory. Don't let the word "theory" fool you. In the scientific community "theory" means something has relatively solid evidence in support of it. If it's pure conjecture without backing evidence it's not even a theory.
quote: It takes just as much faith to believe in evoluation as it does creationism.
quote: This is actually oposite of what happened and what he inteded for us.