In their desire to be in harmony with science, Roman Catholicism and certain evangelicals are backing a dead horse. Growing numbers of scientists are abandoning evolution as completely untenable because the evidence against it is overwhelming. British astronomer and mathematician Sir Fred Hoyle, though he finds the idea of God creating life distasteful, admits, “The scientific world has been bamboozled into believing that evolution has been proved. Nothing could be further from the truth.” Australian biologist Michael Denton, an agnostic and former evolutionist, and author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, says science has so thoroughly discredited Darwinian evolution that it should be discarded. Mathematics professor Wolfgang Smith says evolution is a “metaphysical myth…totally bereft of scientific sanction.”
When in 1952 Stanley Miller introduced simulated light into an atmosphere of methane, ammonia, water vapor, and hydrogen and seemingly produced several kinds of amino acids (the building blocks of living creatures), the scientific world was sure it could create life in a laboratory. The pursuit f this chimera, however, has only revealed greater problems. Klaus Dose, a prominent evolutionist, shares his disillusionment:
“More than 30 years of experimentation on the origin of life in the fields of chemical and molecular evolution have led to a better perception of the immensity of the problem of the origin of life on Earth rather than to its solution. At present all discussions on principal theories and experiments in the field either end in stalemate or in a confession of ignorance.”
Colin Patterson, Senior Paleontologist at the British Museum of Natural History, confessed: “I had been working on this stuff for more than 20 years, and there was not one thing I knew about it. It’s quite a shock to learn that one can be misled for so long.” Patterson “started asking other scientists to tell him one thing they knew about evolution.” Biologists at the American Museum of Natural History in New York had no answer. Continues Patterson:
“I tried that question on the geology staff at the Field Museum of Natural History and the only answer I got was silence. I tried it on the members of the Evolutionary Morphology Seminar in the University of Chicago, a very prestigious body of evolutionists, and all I got there was silence for a long time and eventually one person said, ‘I do know one thing—it ought not to be taught in high school.’”
Evolution is taught as fact in Catholic schools, where, as the New York Times noted, evolution is “a standard part of the curriculum.” Leonard DeFiore, president of the National Catholic Educational Association in Washington D.C., says, “We start with the premise that all creation came from God. Beyond that it’s a scientific issue.” As cited in the beginning of the chapter, Roman Catholic Stephen F. Smith writes, “In Catholic school here in the archdiocese of Washington, D.C., we were taught that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution was gospel truth.” Lehigh University biochemist Michael J. Behe writes of his days in Catholic schools:
“I don’t remember exactly what was said about life, other than it came from God, and that…the leading scientific explanation for how He did it was Darwin’s theory of evolution.”
Nothing could be more in opposition to Christian belief. Oxford University zoologist Richard Dawkins demonstrates that evolution allows atheists to justify their unbelief. Ironically, however, Dawkins, a leading evolutionists, admits in his book The Blind Watchmaker that “biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.” Isn’t it amazing how everything “chance” produces always looks as though it had been designed!