Fact a Day: August 10th - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: August 10th

The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 25-26

 

Are there scientists who believe evolution has hurt the cause of science?

 

Despite its monopoly on the scientific world, a significant number of noted scientists have felt that, whatever benefits it may have, the theory of evolution has also been harmful to the cause of science.

Dr. A. E. Wilder-Smith emphasizes that the “dead hand of Darwinism” has “weighed heavily on [scientific] progress for over one hundred years.”* J.W. Fairbairn of the University of London asserts that evolutionary thinking has had “a deleterious effect on practical taxonomy.”*

Dr. W. R. Thompson, the noted entomologist, in his introduction to the centenary edition of Darwin’s Origin of Species, observed that Darwinism has had a wasteful influence in numerous scientific disciplines including genetics, biology, classification, and embryology.* He argued that because evolution had become an indefensible dogma to be defended at all costs, the cause of science itself had suffered:

This situation, where scientific men rally to the defense of a doctrine they are unable to define scientifically, much less demonstrate with scientific rigour, attempting to maintain its credit with the public by the suppression of criticism and the elimination of difficulties, is abnormal and undesirable in science.*

*For documentation see The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution

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