[Sun Myung Moon]'s words, my studies, and my prayers convinced me that I should devote my life to destroying Darwinism -- Jonathan Wells
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THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT JONATHAN WELLS
Overview: Since the publication of Icons of Evolution (2000), biologist Jonathan Wells hasbeen subjected to a smear campaign by Darwin-only lobbyists, who have attacked everythingfrom Dr. Wellss integrity as a scholar to his personal religious beliefs. This fact sheet rebuts some of the most outrageous smears.
1. Is Jonathan Wells a genuine scientist?
Dr. Wellss scientific credentials are impeccable and speak for themselves.Dr. Wells earned his Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of Californiaat Berkeley, one of Americas top research universities.Dr. Wells engaged in further research as a postdoctoral research biologist at the Universityof California at Berkeley. (Beware of false information about Dr. Wellss post-doc put outby the National Center for Science Education. See Truth Sheet, #03-2, How the NCSEMisrepresents Jonathan Wellss Science Credentials.)
Dr. Wells has published articles in a number of leading scientific publications, includingDevelopment, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, BioSystems, TheScientist, The American Biology Teacher, and Natural History.
2. Has the Scientific Community Refuted Icons of Evolution?
While Darwin-only activists shrilly denounce Dr. Wellss book, they hardly speak for theentire scientific community.Findings presented in Icons of Evolution draw on the latest scientific research, and Dr.Wells includes more than 70 pages of documentation containing citations to the peer-reviewed scientific literature.Chapters of Icons of Evolution were peer-reviewed before publication by several scientists(including one Nobel laureate) to ensure their accuracy. These reviewers includedscientists who support Darwins theory of evolution and were therefore critical of Dr.Wells overall point of view.According to one biologist, Wells has brilliantly exposed the exaggerated claims anddeceptions that have persisted in standard textbook discussions of biological origins formany decades. (Dean Kenyon, Emeritus Professor of Biology, San Francisco StateUniversity)
Another biologist writes that Wells has done a great public service by writing his book,adding that the books extensive coverage of all the icons of Darwinism
with extensiveresearch notes, makes this volume a valuable reference for a professional biologist. (PaulChien, Professor of Biology, University of San Francisco)
Since the publication of Dr. Wellss book, some textbooks have started to correct theerrors he identified. For example, Holt, Rinehart and Winston recently acknowledged thatit re-evaluated the use of the peppered moth and Haeckels embryos icons in its latesttextbook and decided against their use. If the problems identified by Dr. Wells are non-existent, why are some textbook writers already making changes?
3. Is Icons of Evolution refuted by Dr. Wellss religion?
Unable to disprove the science in Icons of Evolution, some Darwinists have resorted toattacks on Dr. Wellss religion instead. For example, more than 40% of the book review ofIcons by by evolutionist Jerry Coyne in Nature was devoted not to the content of the bookbut to outing Dr. Wells as a member of the Unification Church.Trying to shift the focus onto Dr. Wellss religion is bigotry, not science, and it ought tooffend thoughtful Americans who support religious liberty.Purporting to refute Dr. Wellss scientific views by attacking his religion is a cynicalrhetorical ploy that has no place in legitimate scientific discourse. Darwinists who attack Dr. Wells and other scientists on the basis of their religion arehypocritical. While these Darwinists complain about supposed religious motivations ofscientists critical of Darwinism, they never object to the anti-religious motives of leading Darwinists.
For example, Darwinists Francis Crick and James Watson, co-discoverers of the structureof DNA, are outspoken atheists, and Crick has indicated that his scientific research wasmotivated by a desire to undermine belief in religion.
Similarly, Darwinist Richard Dawkins asserts that faith is one of the worlds great evils, comparable to the smallpoxvirus but harder to eradicate.
When is the last time you heard a Darwin-only activistclaim that the scientific views of Crick, Watson, and Dawkins should be ignored becauseof their anti-religious views?
4. Does Dr. Wells misquote evolutionists?
Darwinists frequently claim they are being misquoted by scientists critical ofDarwinismeven when they arent. This is a debating trick employed by Darwin-onlylobbyists who dont want to answer the scientific arguments being raised against neo-Darwinism. While Darwinists have sometimes tried to make this allegation against Jonathan Wells, the allegations arent supported by the evidence.
One example: In oral testimony before the Texas State Board of Education in July, 2003,biologist David Hillis complained that Dr. Wells quoted him extensively in Icons ofEvolution and alleged that the quotes were taken completely out of context.o In reality, Dr. Wells quoted a mere four sentences from Prof. Hillis on a singlepage in Icons, and none of the material was taken out of context.o
The quotes cited by Dr. Wells came from a chapter by Prof. Hillis in the book, Homology: The Hierarchical Basis of Comparative Biology, edited by biologistBrian K. Hall.
Ironically, Dr. Hall also peer-reviewed the chapter in Icons ofEvolution that quoted Prof. Hilliss comments. Is Prof. Hall guilty ofmisunderstanding what Prof. Hillis was saying as well?o For a detailed refutation of Prof. Hilliss spurious misquotation claim, seeReponse to Dr. David Hillis by Jonathan Wells, available at www.discovery.org/crsc.