Evolution has a problem, and I think it’s a big problem. If I expose this problem, think of the acclaim I’ll get. Move over, Einstein. Meyer's law will be bigger than E=mc2. My mug will be pasted all over the blogs, websites and news shows. I'll have honors and awards at conventions and ceremonies. I’ll have halls named after me at colleges and universities. With all the royalties, speaking fees, and grants I'll receive, I'll be set for life. My kids will be rock stars and celebrities, spending their time on reality TV like the Kardashians.
Oops! Maybe I went too far.
But that exposes the big problem with evolution. Darwin first published his theory in November of 1859. That was over 150 years ago. Evolution has been studied, critiqued, attacked, picked apart and lambasted more than any other theory in the history of the world. And yet it still stands strong. This isn’t because of some sinister scientific conspiracy. Scientists might collaborate, but don’t let that fool you. It’s a competitive sport. Every young scientist wants to make a name for herself. They all want to make the big breakthrough, grab the big headlines, and be the big rock stars. No, the most obvious reason no one has proved Darwin wrong after more than a 150 years is because he was right. If it were even remotely possible to show that evolutionary theory was wrong, someone would have done it by now. The big problem with evolution is that it’s the truth.
Yes, I’ve heard all about the Kent Hams, the Ken Hovinds, and the other opposition groups. But these people are entertainers. They are not scientists and what they do cannot be called science. They have not formed hypothesis, performed controlled experiments, published their results in a valid scientific journal, and allowed for corroboration by their peers. Nobody intimately involved with the scientific process takes them seriously.
But there’s an even bigger problem. It’s a problem of the truth itself. Sooner or later, truth has a way of being found out. Those who find themselves on the wrong side of that truth have a tendency of disappearing from history. And unfortunately it’s even worse than that. The fallout from theologians contesting evolutionary theory has been a dramatic rise of atheism among young people. I really believe religious institutions are responsible, not the culture. The culture accepts evolution; places of worship are in denial. If religions insist on denying evolution to those who sit in the pews, eventually there will be nobody left in the pews, young or old. Religion will lose an entire generation or more. That is the big problem with evolution.
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