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Darwinism (letter)

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 Contents - May 2004AD2000 May 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: May: the month of Mary, Mother of God - Peter Westmore
New liturgy document: Rome affirms right of laity to complain about abuses - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Australian Bishops' ad limina: strong leadership needed to confront secularism
Ethics: Denial of food and water to patients is 'genuine euthanasia': John Paul II - Michael Casanova
Church in UK welcomes abortion documentary - Anthony Cappello
Priesthood: Pope's World Day of Prayer for Vocations - Fr Paul Stuart
Events: Brisbane Corpus Christi Procession - Josie Mangano
Education: The religious character of Catholic schools: how can it be enhanced? - Br Paul Macrossan CFC
Poetry: Come As You Are (revised version) - Bruce Dawe
Art: Beauty is very much an attribute of God - Sister Wendy - Sarah Macdonald
Liturgy: Cardinal George of Chicago examines post-Vatican II liturgical reforms - Michael Gilchrist
Letters: God's house (letter) - Melanie Costabile
Letters: Timely article on reverence (letter) - Name and Address Supplied
Letters: Reverence at Mass (letter) - Shirley Vaughan
Letters: Eucharistic reverence (letter) - Carmel Strong
Letters: Vocations guide (letter) - Patrick Ryan
Letters: 'The Passion' (letter) - Bob Denahy
Letters: Catholic schools (letter) - Elizabeth Alderton
Letters: No laughing matter (letter) - Dr Lance Eccles
Letters: Personhood (letter) - Dr Brian Pollard
Letters: Darwinism (letter) - Michael Griffiths
Events: Wagga Wagga Seminary Open Day 16 May
Books: Marriage and Family in the Biblical World, edited by Ken Campbell - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: Why Must I Suffer?, by Francis Remler - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: ANGLICANS AND ORTHODOX: Unity and Subversion (1559-1725), by Judith Pinnington - Tracey Rowland (reviewer)
Books: AD Books - More new titles for 2004 - Anthony Cappello
Reflection: Why the world needs Jesus Christ and Christian models - Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM

Brian Detheridge wrote (AD2000, August 2003): "That humanity and other animals are close kin, as species, there can be no serious doubt." This seems to imply that Darwin's theory of evolution is indisputable - a view I wish to reject.

Since Darwin's theory has been falsely used by enemies of the Church to attack fundamental Christian teaching, I submit some general observations about Darwinism.

The original theory submitted by Darwin was incomplete, and cannot properly be called scientific. His presentation was heavily and critically dependent upon fossil evidence which had not, and still has not, been discovered. The fossils of missing links, or intermediate species, whose discovery was confidently awaited, are still undiscovered. A study of the abundant fossils available today consistently shows that species suddenly appear - some die out, some still survive - but none branch off into other species.

About the middle of last century the absence of missing links was ingeniously explained by suggesting that evolution proceeded when, from time to time, a pregnant member of some species or other unexpectedly gave birth to an offspring of a different species. The newborn creature obviously had the problem of finding a mate. This theory was, I think, unique for two reasons: the only evidence in its favour was the lack of evidence, and it demanded a miracle for its explanation.

Over many years there have been proposed some twenty different, and conflicting, lines of evolution of the horse. Some decades ago all these lines were discarded by evolutionists themselves, but they have continued to appear in text-books.

Scientist Fred Hoyle, investigating the mathematical probability that life began in a primordial soup, concluded that the chance that life began in this way was similar to the chance that a tornado blowing through a junk yard would produce a modern jet-liner. Also, recent discoveries have shown that the simple cell, the smallest unit of life, is so complex, and its countless parts are so interdependent, that it can exist only in its complete form, and could not have come into existence by Darwinist gradualism.

The implications of this for Darwinism have been largely ignored by scientists. My reasons for writing are my love of science and the hope that others, especially students, might choose to look up the evidence for themselves. There are many books on Darwinism, and many sites on the internet under the heading "theory of evolution".

Glenroy, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 4 (May 2004), p. 16

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