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The challenge to Darwin’s theory of evolution – Part 3
World Peace Herald ^ | October 16, 2006 | Sekai Nippo

Posted on 10/16/2006 8:10:58 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger

TOKYO -- To understand ID theory, we have to review Darwinism, and its founder.

English naturalist Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) conducted a scientific survey while aboard the British warship HMS Beagle from 1831 to 1836. Based on his encounter with diverse forms of life on the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador, Darwin wrote “The Origin of Species” in 1859. The central focus of the book was the theory of natural selection.

The natural selection theory is remarkably simple. It proposes that individual organisms gradually mutate and that those with favorable traits for adaptation are more likely to survive. It claims that the organisms evolved transcendent of species by the repetition of mutation and natural selection.

According to Darwin, “Natural selection acts only by the preservation and accumulation of small inherited modifications, each profitable to the preserved being; and as modern geology has almost banished such views as the excavation of a great valley by a single diluvial wave, so will natural selection banish the belief of the continued creation of new organic beings, or of any great and sudden modification in their structure.” (Origin of Species)

Mutation and natural selection are both gradual processes. Today researchers have made advances in population genetics, biochemistry, and neo-Darwinism (modern evolutionary synthesis) that explain DNA mutations which Darwin referred to as random. However, the basic concept is no different from the one established by Darwin.

Darwinism claims that all evolution of life can be explained by accidental mutation and natural selection, and implies that evolution has no purpose. It claims that humans are an extension of apes, and that human intelligence and language ability are accidentally acquired abilities.

Importantly, ID theory does not question the history of evolution as a process of life becoming more complex and advanced. Rather, it raises the question of why it evolved. It claims that the concept of an intelligent designer’s involvement can better explain the evolution of complex life forms.

A drastic change of world view

The legacy of Darwin is not limited to the interpretation of evolution. “Great scientists before Darwin, including Newton, considered that the universe and life are designed in some way,” (Dr. Paul Nelson), but the birth of Darwinism drastically changed the world view and value system of the Western world.

Darwinism came to be considered a truth rather than a hypothesis. Naturalism, which claims that the universe and life can be explained by materialistic factors alone, (Materialism and Darwinism can be considered forms of naturalism) became the mainstream thought and teaching around the world.

On the other hand, ID theory emerges as a new paradigm to interpret complex life, fossils and facts observed in the universe, challenging science’s old materialistic framework that has been sustained for almost 150 years since Darwin’s “Origin of Species.”

For this series of articles, Sekai Nippo interviewed leading scientists of the ID movement. These scientists include Stephen Meyer, director and senior fellow of the Center for Science and Culture (CSC) of the Discovery Institute, Jonathan Wells, senior fellow of CSC, Scott Minnich, associate professor of microbiology at the University of Idaho, senior fellow at CSC, Michael Behe, professor of biological sciences at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, and Guillermo Gonzalez, assistant professor of astronomy at Iowa State University.

These scientists embrace different faiths, and their articles do not state the identify of the designer. They are engaged in a scientific debate and they think it is not the role of science to answer who the designer is.

Later in this series, we will introduce the core concepts of ID theory, irreducible complexity in the area of biochemistry, specified complexity in the area of logics, and the correlation between habitability and measurability in the area of cosmology and astronomy.

Cambrian fossils are a major issue for Darwinism. ID advocates stress that they prove the role of a designer.


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1 posted on 10/16/2006 8:10:59 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
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2 posted on 10/16/2006 8:13:03 AM PDT by Liberal Classic (No better friend, no worse enemy. Semper Fi.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

> Cambrian fossils are a major issue for Darwinism.

Indeed so. "Major issue" as in "hey, look, here's even *more* evidence for undirected evolution in the natural world."


3 posted on 10/16/2006 8:13:32 AM PDT by orionblamblam (Prayers... give people the feeling they're doing something without making any real effort.)
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This series seems to be focusing more on intelligent design, and right now it's focusing on the basics (WHICH, as a good citizen of FR, you already know) but I think we'll stick with it a ways and see where it goes. Be nice, or I shall tie your shoe strings together. WHILE they're on your feet.
4 posted on 10/16/2006 8:13:35 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Lord, help me to be the Christian conservative that liberals fear I am.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Darwinism came to be considered a truth rather than a hypothesis.

The theory of evolution is a theory and this article is from a Moonie newspaper

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5 posted on 10/16/2006 8:14:37 AM PDT by Coyoteman (I love the sound of beta decay in the morning!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

It is not the role of science to prove or disprove whether a designer exists. Science tests educated guesses through observation.

To introduce ID in a science class is absurd (I understand the article was not doing this).


6 posted on 10/16/2006 8:15:10 AM PDT by Tulane
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To: orionblamblam
Prayers... give people the feeling they're doing something without making any real effort.
I gotta hand it to you for not coming into the debate with any prior bias against Christianity or faith.
7 posted on 10/16/2006 8:15:25 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Lord, help me to be the Christian conservative that liberals fear I am.)
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To: Coyoteman

Like The Washington Times. According to your definition, that is also a Moonie newspaper.


8 posted on 10/16/2006 8:16:39 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Lord, help me to be the Christian conservative that liberals fear I am.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger; PatrickHenry

Creationism/ID....just so much dino coprolite.


9 posted on 10/16/2006 8:16:54 AM PDT by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

If one is intellectually honest, they must look at the assumptions that evolution makes, if one does this, they could never support this lie (evolution).


10 posted on 10/16/2006 8:20:04 AM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: Vaquero
**BZZZZ**

I'm sorry, but you've exceeded the once daily limit on the word "coprolite." Please wait a day before using it again.
11 posted on 10/16/2006 8:20:29 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Lord, help me to be the Christian conservative that liberals fear I am.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

The ID movement does that itself.


12 posted on 10/16/2006 8:21:32 AM PDT by orionblamblam (Prayers... give people the feeling they're doing something without making any real effort.)
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine

> If one is intellectually honest, they must look at the assumptions that evolution makes...

...and come to the conclusion that evolution is the only rational explanation.


13 posted on 10/16/2006 8:22:41 AM PDT by orionblamblam (Prayers... give people the feeling they're doing something without making any real effort.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Wow.
For this series of articles, Sekai Nippo interviewed leading scientists of the ID movement. These scientists include Stephen Meyer, director and senior fellow of the Center for Science and Culture (CSC) of the Discovery Institute, Jonathan Wells, senior fellow of CSC, Scott Minnich, associate professor of microbiology at the University of Idaho, senior fellow at CSC, Michael Behe, professor of biological sciences at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, and Guillermo Gonzalez, assistant professor of astronomy at Iowa State University. (emphasis mine)

He conveniently leaves out the fact that both Michael Behe and Guillermo Gonzalez are senior fellows of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. Wonder why?

Five persons interviewed, and all five from the same organization. Interesting that all the "leading scientists of the ID movement" are from the same advocacy group, isn't it?

14 posted on 10/16/2006 8:30:12 AM PDT by highball (Proud to announce the birth of little Highball, Junior - Feb. 7, 2006!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Like The Washington Times. According to your definition, that is also a Moonie newspaper.

No, Dave. This paper is a Moonie front!

A Google search for the name of the author attributed to this article, "Sekai Nippo", reveals that it is not a person, but an organ of the Unification Church.

http://www.tparents.org/library/religion/cta/ch/ch4/ch41.htm

Media Projects



It was early in his ministry that Reverend Moon perceived the importance of the media in the realization of an ideal world, and he has since continued to invest in and develop his work in this field. The media projects have made a notable contribution to the task of informing humankind of his thought and work. A variety of daily newspapers, as well as weekly and monthly news magazines, have communicated his ideas and expanded a movement for a moral awakening throughout the world.

These publications, directed to the fulfillment of God's will, have paved the way for people to participate in the providence of God. Daily newspapers include the Segye Times (Segye Ilbo) in Korea, its sister paper the Segye Times in New York, the Sekai Nippo in Tokyo, the Washington Times and Noticias del Mundo in the United States, and Ultimas Noticias in Uruguay. In addition, a news wire service, the Free Press International (FPI), accelerates the communication of global news.

For heaven's sake will you people please stop shilling for the Moonie cult?

There are thousands and thousands of Christians and Jews working in science and engineering disciplines who understand exactly what evolutionary theory is and how it is appiled. Science is not evil. Science is a tool. People on these threads are calling mainstream Christians and Jews things like heretics, apostates, idolators, or worse, but at the same time stumping for the Moonie cult.

The Moonies are a mind-control sex-cult. They worship their false Christ in the so-called Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Sun Myung Moon is evil! His cult is evil! His followers are deceived. Opinion pieces coming from media organs of his cult should be viewed with suspicion.

Jim, what on earth is going on with your website?

15 posted on 10/16/2006 8:31:04 AM PDT by Liberal Classic (No better friend, no worse enemy. Semper Fi.)
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To: Liberal Classic; DaveLoneRanger
A Google search for the name of the author attributed to this article, "Sekai Nippo", reveals that it is not a person, but an organ of the Unification Church.

For heaven's sake will you people please stop shilling for the Moonie cult?

Wow. That also tells us a lot, doesn't it?

16 posted on 10/16/2006 8:32:53 AM PDT by highball (Proud to announce the birth of little Highball, Junior - Feb. 7, 2006!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

As has been pointed out to you already, there is no person with the name of the "author" on your post.

You're quoting from a Moonie propaganda organ. Why?


17 posted on 10/16/2006 8:37:37 AM PDT by MineralMan (Non-evangelical Atheist)
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To: Tulane
When the first computers appeared during WW2,
it was Newman who developed the concept of the
stored program. And, of course, assemblers &
compilers shortly became available.

What a simple breaktrough. Now we had a methodology
that allowed programmers the ability to develop
computer applications rather than manually hardwiring
a computer.

Don't you agree that the designer is far more complex
than what he/she designs.

Think. If you were going to create a universe, one way
would be to develop everything piecemeal. But, an ID
would design humans with the brain and its inherent
ability to conceive,design,and build what is needed.
e.g a 747, sky scrapers, medicine, vaccines etc.

That would be a stretch for evolution. wouldn't it?

18 posted on 10/16/2006 8:40:05 AM PDT by cliff630 (whwn)
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To: orionblamblam
Prayers... give people the feeling they're doing something without making any real effort.

Does "real effort" exclude mental effort? Try this mental exercise: See if you can conceive of something/anything beyond your limited awareness based upon the physical senses and grossly incomplete scientific information. If you have trouble with that, you might try a little more "real effort".

19 posted on 10/16/2006 8:41:36 AM PDT by Semper
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Here's your leader. He doesn't believe in evolution, either:


20 posted on 10/16/2006 8:42:48 AM PDT by MineralMan (Non-evangelical Atheist)
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