Re: It's the Bible or evolution

From: Ted Davis <>
Date: Thu Sep 29 2005 - 19:24:52 EDT

Cornelius Hunter writes:

Dick, no one is making this confusion. Of course evolution has sub theories
that are not claimed to be facts. But the overarching idea, that
naturalistic processes are sufficient to explain all the species, is
essentially universally claimed to be a fact.

Ted responds:
In Ken Miller's testimony Monday, much time was spent on this very point.
Miller repeatedly called evolution a "theory," not a "fact." In fact (my
deliberate choice of phrase), "facts" are more likely to change than
"theories", according to Miller. Theories organize facts into larger
explanations. Evolution, heliocentrism, gravitation, germ theory, atomic
theory--Miller identified these as examples of theories. None of them has
been shown to be absolute truth, he made clear, but all have empirically
verified and verifiable consequences. For evolution, he gave several such
examples, esp the recent discovery of pseudogenes in identical locations for
humans and some other primates--a "fact" that favors the "theory" of
evolution over a theory of a common design plan, since the genes have no
known functions and thus a designer would have no reason to give them to all
of these organisms.

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