NEWS & VIEWS
Creation Update is our quarterly full-colour, 4-page magazine containing news and articles on creation/evolution. It is sent out on a donation basis. On this page are some items from the latest issue, No. 104
EVERY February people from around the world gather to celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthday. The British Humanist Association has organised a “Darwin Day” lecture in London every year since 2003. The guest speaker at the 2017 event was American theoretical physicist and cosmologist Laurence Krauss (right), whose latest book The Greatest Story ever told — so Far is published this spring. The book’s subtitle is “Why are we here?” According to Scientific American columnist Michael Shermer, Krauss’s new book, together with his earlier book A universe from Nothing “should be placed in hotel rooms across America, in the drawer next to the Gideon Bible.”
In 1959, at a special celebration in Chicago to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species, the late Sir Julian Huxley (left) declared, “The first point to make about Darwin’s theory is that it is no longer a theory but a fact… We are no longer having to bother about establishing the fact of evolution.” The following year, Huxley wrote: “Darwinism removed the whole idea of God as the creator of organisms from the sphere of rational discussion.” (Issues in Evolution (1960) p.45). Huxley, who died in 1975, would never have imagined that in the 21st century God would still be very much part of “rational discussion” about the origin of life, and that arguments about “the fact of evolution” would still be taking place.
CONCERN ABOUT “ANTI-SCIENCE” VIEWS
Some evolutionists are very concerned about what they regard as “anti-science” views. The journal Scientific American has just published a book entitled “Evolution vs. Creationism: Inside the Controversy.” (Lower left) This is a compendium of articles from the journal, including one from 2002 entitled 15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense, which is a total parody and misrepresentation of creationist beliefs. One article claims that “without evolution it would be impossible to explain why the living world is the way it is. Students who are not given the chance to acquire a proper understanding of evolution will not achieve a basic level of scientific literacy.” Another article accused creationists and proponents of Intelligent Design of “sneaky little backdoor approaches to stuffing God into kiddies' skulls.”
Much was made of the fact that articles questioning evolution don’t appear in main-stream science journals. However, we know full well that this is because any such article would be censored and never appear. A quote from a 2002 Scientific American article clearly underlines the philosophy behind this publication: “A central tenet of modern science is methodological naturalism — it seeks to explain the universe purely in terms of observed and testable mechanisms.” (emphasis added).
Unfortunately for these concerned evolutionists, God will go on being part of the discussions, as more and more scientists become aware of evolution’s flaws, and the facts which support creation and intelligent design become more widely known.
"Darwin’s theory of evolution is the great white elephant of contemporary thought. It is large, almost completely useless, and the object of superstitious awe."
—Dr. David Berlinski. (Discovery Institute statement, 2005)
Creation Ministries International is launching the “Prehistoric Preachers Dinosaur Roadshow”— a series of family events about dinosaurs. This will include Valentino, a larger-than-life Velociraptor. Small children will be able to sit astride Alexis, the friendly Allosaurus!
On 19th January at the University of Kent, Canterbury, Professor Andy McIntosh debated Professor Richard Norman, Vice Chairman of the British Humanist Association and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kent. Kent Debating Society came in force and there were about 75 – 80 present. Andy reported: “It was one of the best debates I have had and Richard engaged very well with the Christian position.”
Krao was an abnormally hairy young woman found in the jungles of Laos in 1885 by Carl Bock. This poor woman was brought to London and exhibited as the “missing link” at the Royal Aquarium Exhibition Hall, Westminster on March 25th 1887, cashing in on the publicity of Darwin's evolutionary theory and the Victorian/Edwardian fascination with freak shows. The handbill (left) reads: “Living proof of Darwin’s theory… A perfect specimen of the link between man and monkey.”
This was one of many shameful attempts to portray non-Europeans as “less evolved.” Krao was just as human as the people who so cruelly exploited her.