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Understanding evolution is important

This letter responds to the Feb. 12 letter regarding Charles Darwin, evolution, natural selection, and the mutation of the coronavirus over the past year. Charles Darwin proposed that evolution is the origin of life on this planet, in that simple atoms developed into more complex molecules which developed into living cells which developed into plant kinds, animal kinds, and ultimately mankind. The writer states, “What we’ve learned about new strains of coronavirus” is evidence for evolution as fact. It is not, nor do all scientists believe evolution describes the origin of life on this planet.

Evolution has been presented as fact, rather than theory, in textbooks and TV documentaries since the mid 20th century, yet no physical evidence for evolution has yet to be observed by scientists, in my view. The public is given beautiful drawings, dioramas and models of “transitional” creatures said to be ancestors of all kinds of living things, but most of these are based on a few bones and a lot of artistic imagination. Evolution is a theory based on historical science which is entirely different from observational science. Observational sciences uses testing and repeatability to verify ideas. Historical science deals with the past and is not observable or testable; it cannot be repeated. Highly educated and trained individuals use observational science to provide technology, medicine, and other beneficial inventions enjoyed by society.

The letter states, “Natural selection has — in a period of one short year — evolved at least three (probably more) new variants of the deadly disease.” If he is using the term “evolved” to mean simple change, his statement would be acceptable. However, natural selection is not part of molecules to man evolution. Natural selection is a process that allows organisms to adjust to and better survive when changes occur in their environments. Natural selection is real, it’s observable. Darwin’s finches are examples of natural selection. Their beak size changed as their environments changed, but in the end, the finches are still finches.

The coronavirus has changed through mutation and possibly natural selection, but it has not evolved because, in the end, the medical and scientific communities are still dealing with a coronavirus, not a new bacteria, not an amoeba, not a different virus.

Regarding a regular charge that scientists who do not accept evolution as fact are not “real” scientists, I would encourage those interested in the subject to read Michael Behe’s book, “Darwin’s Black Box, The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution” and William A. Dembski’s “Intelligent Design, The Bridge Between Science and Theology.” These are not theologians but working scientists who recognize numerous problems attached to the current definition of evolution.

The term “science” simply means “knowledge.” Today’s culture has elevated science to a divine level even as “scientific” information and advice regularly changes. Two thousand years ago, the Apostle Paul warned his young friend in 1 Timothy 6:20, O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge.”

Finally, in today’s society of racial tension, I wonder why Charles Darwin is still held in such high esteem. Darwin’s many quotes identify him as a 19th century racist who believed that evolution, as he defined it, has occurred in the human race. Two examples:

“At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races.” Charles Darwin, “The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex” and “I look at this process as now going on with the races of man; the less intellectual races being exterminated,” letter to Charles Lyell in “The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin.”

Charles Darwin should not be held up as an icon of human progress nor should evolution be taught as truth.

HOLLY WEBSTER

Montoursville

Submitted via Virtual Newsroom

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