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Archive for Tuesday, June 15, 1999

EVOLUTIONARY FACT?

June 15, 1999

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To the editor:

This is in response to Krishtalka's opinion column on 6/8/99.

I was recently in London and saw the British Museum of Natural History, which contains one of the largest collections of fossils on the planet. By coincidence, I recently found that the senior palaeontologist of that museum, Colin Patterson, offered the following viewpoint during a keynote address at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, 5 November 1981.

"One of the reasons I started taking this anti-evolutionary view, or let's call it a non-evolutionary view, was last year I had a sudden realization for over twenty years I had thought I was working on evolution in some way. One morning I woke up and something had happened in the night, and it struck me that I had been working on this stuff for twenty years and there was not one thing

I knew about it. That's quite a shock to learn that one can be so misled so long. Either there was something wrong with me or there was something wrong with evolutionary theory. Naturally, I know there is nothing wrong with me, so for the last few weeks I've tried putting a simple question to various people and groups of people. Question is: Can you tell me anything you know about evolution that is true, any one thing that is true? I tried that question on the geology staff at the Field Museum of Natural History and the only answer I got was silence. I tried it on the members of the Evolutionary Morphology Seminar in the University of Chicago, a very prestigious body of evolutionists, and all I got there was silence for a long time and eventually one person said, 'I do know one thing -- it ought not to be taught in high school'."

If such a leader in the field of evolution isn't even convinced that it offers a stable hypothesis, why is it still being presented everywhere as scientific fact? Is it because it allows people to dismiss the idea of a Creator and that He might actually care where our society is headed after 30+ years of Naturalistic/Atheistic education?

Wes Ryan,

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