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.