Creationists’ invalid excuse for not accepting evolution – it’s only a theory

sorry-its-the-lawIt’s very easy to understand the reason monotheistic religions reject the theory of evolution. If evolution is accurate, the religions are inaccurate. They can’t both be true at the same time. And if evolution is accurate, our worst fears are realized – we are indeed mere mortals. (Footnote – Catholics have fairly recently accepted evolution but I believe they have done so at the expense of ignoring their Bibles.)

The problem creationists face is that there is a lot of evidence supporting evolution and less than none supporting Noah’s ark/flood. In my experience,creationists do not argue against the evidence specifically and facts individually (or they would lose and have lost historically), rather they straw-man it. They talk about hoaxes and Piltdown man, etc. But they almost always revert to what they believe to be their best argument – evolution is ‘just a theory.’

Eugenie Scott has described this problem of theory vs law as follows:

“Theories are the most important things in science. What a lot of, unfortunately, textbooks lead people to misunderstand is that a really good theory grows up into a law. As if theories are refined and then become laws and laws are somehow more important than theories.”

But what if evolutionary theory did have as much weight as creationists apparently give ‘laws’ in science? Would they accept it?

Absolutely not! And I can prove it easily in one belief – miracles. Here we are in a universe acting perfectly in accordance with the laws of physics. We have no documented example ever in reproducible experiment of these laws being thwarted. But at will and on thousands of occasions, according to the holy texts, God has thwarted these laws of physics (and continues to do so every day). Every miracle, by definition, is a refutation of the laws of physics. And yet, religious believers almost universally easily accept miracles.

So if evolutionary theory did grow up to be a law – which of course it won’t by definition, that would that convince any creationist of it’s validity? No, again it’s just a straw man argument meant to denigrate the mountains of evidence science has discovered about the world.

If the facts are on your side, pound the facts into the table. If the law is on your side, pound the law into the table. If neither the facts nor the law are on your side, pound the table.

Alan Dershowitz



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