Dawkins assumes that getting from a light-sensitive spot to a human eye is simple, provided small steps are taken along the way. The problem with this scenario is that natural selection is not, as Dawkins asserts, “stunningly” simple. Natural selection turns out to be, in fact, merely a too-simplistic explanation.
Every so often I read a book that just blows me away. Today it is a book by David Stove entitled Darwinian Fairytales: Selfish Genes, Errors of Heredity, and Other Fables of Evolution. When I say the book is a hilarious read and will split your sides that is an understatement! You will be rolling on the floor, trust me!
An artist’s rendering of the face of a half-monkey/half-man graced the October 9, 2006 cover story for Time magazine. Titled, “What Makes Us Different?,” the article’s tagline responded, “Not very much, when you look at our DNA.” We are told that of the 3 billion base pairs in the human genome, only 1.23 percent are different from that of the chimp’s DNA. But does this mean, as the article states, that these great apes are man’s “closest relatives on the tree of life”? Not necessarily.
Eric Cornell, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics, authored an essay in Time magazine titled, “What Was God Thinking? Science Can’t Tell.” Cornell makes the point that the idea of “intelligent design” (ID) should not be taught in science class since “science isn’t about knowing the mind of God.” Cornell’s comments are the latest salvo in the battle against introducing any competing theory to that of Darwinian evolution. Yet, there are several problems with Cornell’s thesis.
A student recently emailed with the following question: “Isn’t it true that Darwin admitted before he died that he couldn’t explain the complexity of the human eye?” Here is my answer.
There is one issue that is foundational to every worldview — the question of the existence of God. All other issues of life, from psychology to ethics to politics, are simply a postscript to how that question is answered. So the first question is: Is God real?