Are Young People Losing Their Faith Because of Science?

SUMMARY: Young people leave their faith for a variety of reasons, but for a significant number of them beliefs about science play an important role. These beliefs are often formed before young people enter college, which means that churches need to address the relationship between science and faith when young people are in middle school and high school, if not earlier. …

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Specious Speciation

The TalkOrigins Speciation FAQ, titled “Observed Instances of Speciation1 (herein “FAQ”), claims it “discusses several instances where speciation has been observed.” For years, this FAQ has been cited by pro-Darwin internet debaters as allegedly demonstrating that neo-Darwinian evolution is capable of producing significant biological change. However, an analysis of the technical literature regarding many of the examples discussed in the FAQ2 reveals that such claims are clearly incorrect. This assessment finds:

  • NOT ONE of the examples demonstrates the origin of large-scale biological change.
  • The vast majority of the examples do NOT even show the production of new species, where a “species” is defined according to the standard definition of a“reproductively isolated population.” Only one single example shows the production of a new species of plants via hybridization and polyploidy, but this example does not entail significant biological change.
  • Only one of the examples purports to document the production of a reproductively isolated population of animals—however this example is overturned by a later study not mentioned in the FAQ.
  • Thus, not a single bona fide example of speciation in animals—e.g., the establishment of a completely reproductively isolated population—is given in the FAQ.

I should note from the outset that my purpose is not to deny that speciation can occur in nature, especially when speciation is defined merely as a reproductively isolated population. When trying to assess the creative power of the Darwinian mechanism, that definition is trivial. Rather,my purpose is to test the FAQ’s claims. In that regard, if the FAQ is correct that “Many researchers feel that there are already ample reports [of speciation] in the literature,” then ananalysis of the literature cited in the FAQ suggests those researchers are wrong.

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“The Need for a New Economics”, Knowledge and Power (Chapter One)

Most human beings understand that their economic life is full of surprises. We cannot predict the value of our homes or prices on the stock market from day to day. We cannot anticipate illness or automobile accidents, the behavior of our children or the incomes of our parents. We cannot know the weather beyond a week or so. We cannot predict …

The Untold Story of the Kitzmiller Trial

On December 20, 2005, Judge John E. Jones, III handed down his decision in the widely publicizedKitzmiller v. Dover case.1 At the heart of his decision was a flawed narrative about the intelligent design textbook Of Pandas and People (Kenyon and Davis, 1993).2 The following report is not the place to discuss the provocation or actions of the Dover Area School Board and the Judge’s …

Expelled: Leader’s Guide

Despite the fact that most Americans believe that God created life, the only “origin of life” theory taught in the majority of American schools is Neo-Darwinism, which at its core holds that a random undirected process has led from non-life to all of the marvellous complexity we see in the living world. Recent scientific discoveries have raised serious questions about …

God and Evolution

This book seeks to analyze “theistic evolution,” to critique various attempts to reconcile Darwinism with traditional theistic religion, and to respond to criticisms of intelligent design. Contributors include William Dembski, Logan Gage, David Klinghoffer, Stephen Meyer, Denyse O’Leary, Jay Richards, Jonathan Wells, John West, and Jonathan Witt. Edited by Jay W. Richards.

Truth or Dare with Dr. Ken Miller

Brown University biologist Dr. Kenneth Miller is the kind of person you naturally want to believe. He has a charismatic personality and a fast- paced, upbeat, and energetic lecture style. On top of all that, he umpires softball, rides horses, and is undoubtedly an all-around nice guy. Ifyou’re in college, Dr. Miller makes you wish you’d taken him for introductory biology rather …

Blown Away

When I learned that Dr. Stephen Meyer had written a new book on the evidence of design displayed in living cells, I expected to be impressed by it. I wasn’t prepared to have my mind blown — which is what happened.

A Scientific History – and Philosophical Defense – of the Theory of Intelligent Design

In December of 2004, the renowned British philosopher Antony Flew made worldwide news when he repudiated a lifelong commitment to atheism, citing, among other factors, evi- dence of intelligent design in the DNA molecule. In that same month, the American Civil Lib- erties Union filed suit to prevent a Dover, Pennsylvania school district from informing its stu- dents that they could learn about the theory of intelligent design from a supplementary science textbook in their school library. The following February, The Wall Street Journal (Klinghoffer 2005) reported that an evolutionary biologist at the Smithsonian Institution with two doctor- ates had been punished for publishing a peer-reviewed scientific article making a case for in- telligent design. Read More ›

A Brief History of Discovery Institute

Discovery Institute was founded in 1990 by Bruce Chapman and George Gilder. Chapman had a long background in public life, having served as America’s Ambassador to the United Nations Organizations (UNO) in Vienna, director of the United States Census Bureau, and Washington State’s Secretary of State. Gilder was the best-selling author of Wealth and Poverty and The Spirit of Enterprise, two path-breaking books …