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April 18, 2006

True Evolution has not been Observed

True evolution, in the macro-sense, has never been observed, only inferred. A population of moths that changes from light to dark based upon environmental pressures is not evolution -- they are still moths. A population of bacteria that become resistant to antibiotics does not illustrate evolution -- they are still bacteria. In the biological realm, natural selection (which is operating in these examples) is supposedly the mechanism by which evolution advances, and intelligent design theory certainly does not deny its existence. While natural selection can indeed preserve the stronger and more resilient members of a gene pool, intelligent design maintains that it cannot explain entirely new kinds of life -- and that is what evolution is. - Dr. Roy Spencer

Morphological similarity cannot be directly tied to common ancestry but instead are assumed to be an indication of an evolutionary relationship.

The fossil record is virtually, if not completely devoid of transitional life forms. This fact motivated Stephen Gould to develop his theory of punctuated equilibria.

This has led many scientists to understand that the theory of evolution is a belief system, resulting in a model for explaining the development of organisms. As such, it is no less faith-based than any other religion. Spencer notes the obvious:

It is already legal to teach intelligent design in public schools. What is not currently legal is to mandate its teaching. The Supreme Court has ruled that this would violate the First Amendment's establishment of religion clause.

But I have some questions relating to this: Does not classical evolutionism, based almost entirely upon faith, violate the same clause? More importantly, what about the establishment clause of the First Amendment, which states that Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion?

Posted by Blogorithm at April 18, 2006 10:51 AM

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