February 02, 2013
Top Problems with Evolutionary Teaching Today
"Unlike anyone before them, they [including Darwin] provided explanations of our universe that completely rejected supernatural agents."
Contrary to Dawkins' claim, it is a matter of the most obvious historical record that Darwin's own explanation of life and evolution did not reject supernatural agents. Quite the opposite, Darwin made it clear in his final quintessential 6th edition of On the Origin of Species that he believed there must have been divine agency involved in the origin of life. And, well, there could not have been any form of evolution if there was no life to begin with.
Contrary to Dawkins' claim, Darwin's theory promoting macro-evolution was presented in a pro-theistic context. Both the introduction and the conclusion of the 6th edition of On the Origin of Species promulgate the opinion that the theory of evolution is dependent upon God's existence as a metaphysical starting place. For specific quotes and page references regarding these issues, see article, "How Dawkins Reinvents Darwin".
We not only have problems today with historical revisionism and the context of evolutionary teaching, we also have serious problems with the content of evolutionary teaching. I outlined in a previous article, "Why Atheists Fear Debate", how Ernst Haeckel's 19th Century erroneous drawings and theories are still being supported in public school textbooks and by university teachers such as P.Z. Myers.
But, these issues are just the beginning of the problems. Evolutionary News and Views has summarized a number of foundational problems in their article, "What Are the Top Ten Problems with Darwinian Evolution?" I prefer to discuss and debate more philosophical types of questions. But, if you like discussing scientific issues related to evolution, I suggest you go to their website and post some comments. Also, Bob Sorensen welcomes civilized debate on evolution at The Question Evolution Project Facebook Page.
There are a number of foundational problems with evolutionary teaching today and one of the main problems is that students in public schools and in many colleges and universities aren't permitted to point out such problems. This is not to mention the fact that students are not permitted to discuss Darwin's belief in God. In my opinion, political correctness and secular atheist hegemony in academia are perhaps the biggest problems of all.
Note: Bob Sorensen explained that the Question Evolution Project centers around 15 Questions for Evolutionists and will include a recorded oral debates which would be distributed to tens of thousands of people. Bob said, "If you are confident in your evolutionary beliefs, please make the necessary arrangements via this free chat room. You can make the necessary arrangements with the chat room moderators Shockofgod or VivaYehshua. Alternatively, you can email Shockofgod via his YouTube mail. If you want to know more about the debate, any and all questions should be directed to Shockofgod or VivaYehshua."
After posting this challenge on my blog, so far, not one ant-creationist who frequents my blog was willing to register and publicly debate. At my blog, there was the usual heckling from the peanut gallery, but not one anti-creationist was able to offer any evidence regarding the first two important questions of the fifteen. The main answer to the first two important questions has been, "We don't know yet..."
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