IN the creation-evolution debate there are a number of popular myths which prevent a proper debate taking place. It’s high time these myths were shattered and the truth revealed. Let’s have a look at a few of them.
‘ALL SCIENTISTS ACCEPT EVOLUTION’
The fact is that there are at least several thousand scientists, representing every major discipline, who reject evolution in favour of Biblical creation, and there are thousands more who admit there are problems with evolution. Most important scientific discoveries were made by people who believed in a Creator, and many modern discoveries have been made by creationists. We will name just two. The MRI scanner, which has been so valuable in detecting cancer, was invented by convinced creationist Dr Raymond Damadian . He received a number of awards, including the President’s Medal, but did not receive a Nobel Prize. Even some evolutionists have admitted that this was probably because of his beliefs.
Another notable scientist who rejects evolution is Dr John Sanford, a researcher in genetics, and former atheist. As an inventor he holds more than 25 patents, including the biolistic process known as the "gene gun.” He has written a book entitled Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome.
‘CREATIONISTS DON’T DO RESEARCH’
We have already mentioned two examples of creationists who have undertaken research, and there are many more. Professor Andy McIntosh, professor of thermodynamics and combustion theory at the University of Leeds, regularly speaks and lectures on creation around the UK and overseas. He led a team of scientists from the University who developed a technology based on the spray mechanism of the Bombardier Beetle. In December 2010, this team’s work received the Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology title at the Times Higher Education awards in London.
UK geologist Paul Garner, with several other qualified geologists, undertook extensive field work on the Coconino Sandstone in the Grand Canyon, USA, and found convincing evidence that this was not laid down in desert conditions, as popularly believed, but by the action of water. Their findings were presented at a meeting of the Geological Society of America.
‘EVOLUTION IS ESSENTIAL TO SCIENCE’
Even some convinced evolutionists don’t subscribe to this claim. Dr Marc Kirschner wrote, “In fact, over the last 100 years, almost all biology has proceeded independent of evolution, except evolutionary biology itself. Molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, have not taken account of evolution at all.”1 Larry Witham wrote, “While the great majority of biologists would probably agree with Theodosius Dobzhansky’s assertion ‘Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution’, most can conduct their work quite happily without particular reference to evolutionary ideas.”2
It is clear that many scientists — even some who believe in evolution — carry out useful and beneficial research without needing to take the theory into account at all. This is because facts are facts, whatever a person’s world-view happens to be. However, a scientist’s belief about origins does affect their conclusions. In spite of the lack of hard evidence, an evolutionist will attribute the origin of a living organism to a gradual evolutionary process, whereas the creationist will attribute it to the work of a Creator. Some evolutionists will continue to propagate popular myths, such as the ones we have considered. Is this because they feel threatened by any suggestion that there may be a Creator to whom they are answerable? Yet “what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain.” (Romans 1: 19)
1. Boston Globe, 23rd October 2005.
2. Where Darwin meets the Bible, 2002, p. 43.