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May 08, 2014

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Some scientists are like Mendel, believing that God created the orderly, understandable world. Other scientists simply believe that the world is orderly and understandable.

Some scientists are like Mendel, believing that God created the orderly, understandable world. Other scientists simply believe that the world is orderly and understandable.

The difference is that in the former case, there's actually a reasonable defense for that claim, whereas in the latter case, there's no reason at all why one should hold that view.

There is an interesting quote that "Nothing in Biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." That sort of quote fascinates me since so much of Biology today operates through Mendel's legacy (genetically enhancing crops to provide vitamin K through rice, new patient specific cancer therapies, gene pool diversity across zoos, etc), but absolutely nothing follows in Darwin's legacy. That is, there is not a useful (using the term carefully) thing or advancement in all of human history that you can point to and say "without the theory of evolution we wouldn't have this."
Another aside - the entire support for evolution has generally been described as simply an extrapolation of the changes you can see between successive generations. However, Mendel's work fully explains these difference without ever having to resort to random chance generating useful information. So the entire theory of evolution sits on evidence that is more fully explained with a well validated hypothesis that does not require evolution to function.

Deeply devoted Monk generates a correct useful theory. Atheist generates an unfalsifiable useless theory. Go figure.

True science is compatible with the Bible. Evolution is simply not science.

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