Any scientist who supposes that new species evolve from old--in the sense of
a difference in kind and not only degree--then the leap to assume that
living beings evolved from non-living matter is a trivial one. One cannot
stop the chain of reasoning at an arbitrary point and be consistent in one's
methodology. That is why I am somewhat critical to those who "mix" in
scriptural passages in an attempt to unify evolutionary theory with
Scripture--a sort of theistic evaluation. My point remains that the Big Bang
theory has no bearing on most of the physics that physicists do and I
believe it is the same with evolutionary theory.
>> Evolutionary theory is not a science like physics but it is very much like
>> forensic science. One can know all the science one needs to know to
>> understand all the physical aspects in a crime scene without being concerned
>> on who committed the crime. In fact, the criminologists do the science and
>> the prosecution seeks to find the criminal who committed the crime.
>> Therefore, the prosecutor is the evolutionary scientist; however, the good
>> science is done by the criminologists and not the prosecutors.
>That I would agree with, by and large. All historial sciences operate in this
>manner. But what do you conclude from that?
>> The relevance of evolutionary theory to the teaching of biology can be
>> attested as follows: Suppose we took any biology textbook and would delete
>> any reference to evolutionary theory or evolution from it, I can assure you
>> that the text would make just as much sense if not even more.
>Yes, you already said this and I already agreed with it. It is possible to
>biology without teaching evolution. But is it a good idea? Would it give
>accurate picture of biology without being taught about the central unifying
>Should we teach biology by rote memorization and remove science from its
>goals? This was my argument, which you have not addressed.
I have a qualm with the claim that evolutionary theory is the central
unifying theory of biology. One can classify all living things in terms of
their DNA, etc. yet stop short of placing the whole thing in some sort of