Exploring the Many Fallacies of Evolution
Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
“You doubt Darwin? Then we won’t hire you!”
Evolutionists get all worked up when academic freedom, the First Amendment, open debate and critical thinking threaten their grip on power. We see that repeatedly in many ways – in discrimination against scientists who cast doubt on evolution, in secular academic forums, in claims about fossil finds and in many other circumstances.
This month another Christian is taking a case of religious discrimination to trial. Astronomer Martin Gaskell of the University of Texas is suing the University of Kentucky (UK) because he was dropped from consideration as an applicant to head the new student observatory at the UK. Apparently, his peers openly worried that he was “something close to a creationist” and “potentially evangelical.”Science professors at UK cited a lecture Gaskell had given at the university back in 1997 – “Modern Astronomy, the Bible, and Creation” – in which he mentioned in his lecture notes that evolution was a theory with “significant scientific problems” and with “unwarranted atheistic assumptions and extrapolations.” It came up in his job interview, and several UK professors voiced in e-mails that he would damage the university’s image … even though in the same lecture notes he distanced himself from young earth creationists.
The problem for them was that he was a Christian with skepticism toward evolution. And that was enough. Gaskell has said, “I think if I had a document for the lecture in which I was advocating atheism … I don’t think it would be an issue.”
Here again we see worldly, anti-Christian bias at work. And we see evolutionists applying logic fallacies to advance their arguments and retain their monopoly. What should religious belief have to do with presiding over a new observatory?! Throwing out a “red herring” is to throw the argument off-track, as the scent of an over-ripe fish may throw-off the dogs chasing an escaped convict. Such fallacious ploys are common with evolutionists. The fallacies are often subtle and, therefore, throw people off-track.
Evolutionists like to say “all legitimate scientists believe in evolution,” while at the same time saying that “unless you believe in evolution, you are not a legitimate scientist”! Note the fallacy of Circular Reasoning involved here. The sentiment is akin to saying: “Everybody who is anybody is on board with evolution, so you should be too!” Here, the argument is fallacious in that it is an appeal to conform to peer pressure and to what is currently popular – the Bandwagon fallacy. Yet, truth is not defined by popularity! Truth is truth whether popular or not, so here we can also smell a “red herring” trying to take us off the actual scent.
Evolutionists often insult creationists … and anyone who merely wants to point out the weaknesses of evolution. This is the fallacy of Personal Attack, or ad hominem, which has nothing to do with the validity of an argument! If you are tired of a legitimate argument, then insult the person with whom you are arguing. So goes the approach.
Logic fallacies are also found with the claims for fossils trumpeted by evolutionists as “missing links”. For example, they presuppose that the rock strata in which fossilized “apemen” are found have been laid down uniformly over eons in a dating system equating the deepest layers with the most ancient ages – the “geologic column”. The age of a fossil is determined by the age of the rock in which it was found … while the age of the rock is determined by the supposed age of the fossils it contains. Another example of Circular Reasoning, to be sure!
Lucy, the famous hypothetical ancestor of human beings was found in supposedly 3.5-million-year-old rock, nicely fitting their assumed timetable leading up to the pinnacle of evolution’s achievement – human life. Yet, actual human bones found in supposedly much older rock strata are dismissed. And evolutionists do not even attempt to look for human fossils in such supposed ancient rocks. Check out the DVD mentioned at the bottom of this page to find out even more about “Aunt Lucy” – one of the most famous “missing link” hoaxes of all time!
Paradigms which break the Circular Reasoning and Bandwagon logic fallacies involved in the geologic column – such as worldwide flood geology and hydrodynamics – are ridiculed. Any open debate is discouraged, and the Bandwagon fallacy leads to Personal Attack on creationists. And so it goes – open discrimination among secular scientists against anyone who disagrees with evolution.
Increasingly, evolutionists regard the progress of creationists as threatening to their existence, so they work hard to squash any debate. This is a credit to the modern creationist movement. In fact, Creation Moments was one of the first organizations in America to get involved in the battle. This was shortly after the publishing 50 years ago this month of The Genesis Flood by Whitcomb and Morris, the book that started the modern creationist movement.
Despite the mountain of evidence for biblical creation, many churches have compromised their theology to accommodate evolution. Each February, hundreds of evolution-compromised churches celebrate Evolution Sunday – where they declare their support for evolution, absurd as it may seem. Such clergy – and the seminaries which train them – have succumbed to the presuppositions and logic fallacies of the atheist evolutionists. For atheists, this is only the beginning. They hope that many, especially in the next generation, will see the inconsistency between evolution and the Bible … and that these people will eventually give up the God of the Bible and then discard the Bible itself.
At Creation Moments, we have stood for 48 years against such compromise. And we want to proactively launch further attacks against evolution – exposing its many weaknesses and fallacies to people all over the world. But we need your help. And so we ask again that you prayerfully consider what the Lord may prompt you to give to this crucial work.