Science or Creation Story Evolution: Science or Creation Story?
Evolution as Fact and Theory by Stephen Jay Gould irtley Mather, who died last year at age ninety, was a pillar of both science and Christian religion in America and one of my dearest friends. The difference of a half-century in our ages evaporated before our common interests.
The most curious thing we shared was a battle we each fought at the same age. For Kirtley had gone to Tennessee with Clarence Darrow to testify for evolution at the Scopes trial of According to idealized principles of scientific discourse, the arousal of dormant issues should reflect fresh data that give renewed life to abandoned notions.
Those outside the current debate may therefore be excused for suspecting that creationists have come up with something new, or that evolutionists have generated some serious internal trouble.
But nothing has changed; the creationists have presented not a single new fact or argument. Darrow and Bryan were at least more entertaining than we lesser antagonists today.
The rise of creationism is politics, pure and simple; it represents one issue and by no means the major concern of the resurgent evangelical right. Arguments that seemed kooky just a decade ago have reentered the mainstream.
The basic attack of modern creationists falls apart on two general counts before we even reach the supposed factual details of their assault against evolution. First, they play upon a vernacular misunderstanding of the word "theory" to convey the false impression that we evolutionists are covering up the rotten core of our edifice.
Second, they misuse a popular philosophy of science to argue that they are behaving scientifically in attacking evolution. Yet the same philosophy demonstrates that their own belief is not science, and that "scientific creationism" is a meaningless and self-contradictory phrase, an example of what Orwell called "newspeak.
Thus creationists can and do argue: Indeed, President Reagan echoed this argument before an evangelical group in Dallas when he said in what I devoutly hope was campaign rhetoric: It is also a fact. And facts and theories are different things, not rungs in a hierarchy of increasing certainty.
Theories are structures of ideas that explain and interpret facts. Facts do not go away when scientists debate rival theories to explain them. Evolutionists make no claim for perpetual truth, though creationists often do and then attack us for a style of argument that they themselves favor.
In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent. Evolutionists have been clear about this distinction between fact and theory from the very beginning, if only because we have always acknowledged how far we are from completely understanding the mechanisms theory by which evolution fact occurred.
Darwin continually emphasized the difference between his two great and separate accomplishments: He wrote in The Descent of Man: Hence if I have erred in. I have at least, as I hope, done good service in aiding to overthrow the dogma of separate creations.
The fruitful theoretical debate that Darwin initiated has never ceased.Creationism is the religious belief that the universe and life originated "from specific acts of divine creation", as opposed to the scientific conclusion that they came about through natural processes.
The first use of the term "creationist" to describe a proponent of creationism is found in an letter of Charles Darwin describing those who .
Creation vs. Evolution or Scientific Creation The cosmos, whether you believe in Creation, Evolution, or Scientific Creation is a very interesting subject. In examining the above beliefs, Creation, Evolution and Scientific Creation, I view Scientific Creation as an attempt to make a lateral connection between Evolution and Creation.
When talking about evolution and creation theories, there are people on both sides of the spectrum that will go crazy for or against one side. Ever since the theory of evolution was created, there have been arguments for or against it.
Evolution as Fact and Theory. by Stephen Jay Gould. irtley Mather, who died last year at age ninety, was a pillar of both science and Christian religion in . The TrueOrigin Archive is a mainly science-based response to the essentially religious trilogy of evolutionism, scientism, and naturalism which is popularly perceived as science in contemporary western culture.
Evolution: Science or Creation Story? The uninformed are sometimes of the opinion that the debate over evolution is about science versus the Bible.