Sunday, September 2, 2012

Crocaducks and Crackpots


Where creationists go wrong in their opposition to evolution and their support for Intelligent Design is their failure to understand that the natural process of evolution and the theory of evolution are two entirely separate things. 

The theory of evolution is the attempt by scientists to explain the process of evolution. It’s an incomplete and ever improving theory. There may be better explanations for evolution but so far none have been put forth that can explain evolution as well as the theory first proposed by Charles Darwin and that can be successfully defended by the scientific method. 

The process of evolution has been observed in nature and replicated in the lab. It’s a natural process that practically every biologist understands and relies on to explain the changes in populations over successive generations. 

The ID crowd errs in offering a replacement explanation for those changes without ever attempting to explain the observed phenomena known as evolution. They simply want to ignore evolution and suggest another unproven and untestable idea instead. 

Creationists often say evolution requires faith, that they can’t believe in evolution. That’s like saying they don’t believe in gravity. While it’s true to a degree that one can believe or disbelieve the theory of gravity, one would be a fool to say they don’t believe in gravity. It’s no different for evolution. Both are observed and documented natural processes. The theories of both gravity and evolution are simply our best attempts to explain how those processes work. The theories could be wrong, there could be better explanations that account for the observations. But neither creationism or ID attempt to provide a better explanation, they want to offer an entirely unique process that hasn’t been observed in nature and can’t be replicated in the lab.