It was a big week for creationists trying to comment on this website (there was lots of other craziness too), so I can present only a short selection:
From creationist dentist Don McLeroy, once head of the Texas State Board of Education when it was trying to purge evolution from state biology textbooks. I asked him to present the evidence he had for the existence of God. Here’s his answer, in an attempted comment on my post “The New Cosmos”:
Sorry for not getting back sooner. For a starter I will give you the first apologetic (EVIDENCE) that I teach my fourth grade Sunday School class: Look at the Jew. There is no naturalistic explanation for their prominence in world affairs today. Check out Deuteronomy 28-30–especially “That then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee.” Deu 30:3 This is pretty amazing!
Yeah, look at the Jew! No naturalistic explanation for their prominence in world affairs? What about the cultural emphasis on education and achievement?
A reader commenting on the post “The tracks of a ghost“:
where is the recantation by the faithful followers of Darwinian evolution?
the Tiktaalik was hailed as the “missing link” of transitional form from sea creature to land animal by Darwinian evolutionary scientists (oxymoron). Now that tetrapod tracks were found “20 million years before the Tiktaalik”, proof to a Darwinian evolutionary scientist that the Tiktaalik was NOT “the missing link”, and that Tiktaalik was just a fish similar to fish in our days (just as it was Designed), we can confirm again that there is No evidence for Darwinian evolution.
Darwinian evolution is just a Non-Scientific Belief of no God, with No Observable Scientific Evidence, created by the imagination of men to avoid their accountability to our Creator.
We’re not sure about those earlier tetrapod tracks, and even if they are real, Tiktaalik wasn’t touted as the one species all of whose descendants were the tetrapods, but simply as a transitional form that may have been related to that one common ancestor. But surely Tiktaalik was more than a fish; if you don’t see its transitional features between fish and amphibians, you haven’t read Shubin’s book Your Inner Fish. And “Spike’s” claim that there is no evidence for Darwinian evolution shows him to be profoundly ignorant. To fix that, all he has to do is read either my book or Dawkins’s on this topic.
A reader commenting on, ironically enough, March 29’s “Weekly craziness from readers“:
Evolution has many logical gaps that science ignores in their overly zealous energy to promote atheism.
Science is about visible, physical evidence, while we live and die for the invisible and abstract ideas. This is obvious to anyone which is why the world looks to religion for answers.
Most know that science left objective reporting long ago. Real facts have been filtered by Liberalism before reaching the public. While the physical sciences have performed miracles in pharmaceuticals evolutionists have lost credibility in explaining the human condition. Our humanity and psychologism tell us that evolution is misleading if not wrong altogether. (Where are all the missing links)
Yeah, where are all the “missing links”? What you mean, John, is “transitional forms,” and there are plenty of them. Have you done the slightest bit of investigation, or has your religion blinded you to their existence. If you’re open-minded, try here. I’m curious, though, how our “humanity and psychologism” show that evolution is misleading.
A reader commenting on “Trigger warning for EVOLUTION at children’s science center“:
I believe that evolution is science trying to explain what GOD does. And as far as atheists go: they don’t believe that God exists. But as far as God is concerned, atheists DON’T EXIST!!!
I don’t know; I just looked in the mirror and I’m pretty sure I’m here. Can’t God see me? I’ve heard this comment before about God not believing in atheists, and I’ve never understood it.
Finally, a reader concerned with the afterlife comments on “‘In Heaven, everybody’s young’: a new movie proving Heaven“:
I’ve read several accounts where in Heaven everyone is young? The exact age is unknown? But I am with you, Liz! I am looking forward to seeing my loved ones again, no matter what age we are. Thank you very much for sharing Joe’s book as well. Looks fantastic.
The common theme of these and many creationist comments seems to be the lack of “missing links”, which of course are nearly impossible to find because they represent a single species whose descendants split into the two “linked” groups: say, humans versus other apes. But we don’t need to find a single species. As I discuss in my book, “transitional forms” that occur at the right time, and combine the characteristics of the two linked groups, are great evidence for common ancestry. And those we have in surfeit: intermediates between early fish and amphibians (e.g., Tiktaalik), between early amphibians and reptiles, between early reptiles and early mammals (the “mammal-like reptiles”), between theropod dinosaurs and early birds, between ancient artiodactyls and early whales, and, of course, between early humans with characteristics intermediate to those of ancient apes and modern humans. Australopithecus, for instance, had a head with the brain about the size of a modern chimp sitting atop a postcranial skeleton that was distinctly similar to that of modern humans. How often do I have to say this, and show the fossils, before people listen?
But of course their ears are stopped with verses from the Bible. ~