Friday, September 1, 2017

Book Review: 'Icons of Evolution' by Jonathan Wells

"A faithful witness does not lie,
But a false witness will utter lies." -- Proverbs 14:5 (NKJV)

Many people have told me that they began to lose their Christian faith after encountering their first biology class, reading a text filled with "scientific" statements about how life began, evolved, and that it was all a result of meaningless chance. Such people should read Dr. Wells' book in which he takes the best known of those text book examples and points out how they distort the objective reality. He has a bit of fun in the process that makes the book more entertaining than most on the subject of how reliable Darwinism is in describing the origin of species (as opposed to the development within a species).

You'll read about an experiment that claims to represent how life began that's been contradicted by evidence about the early atmosphere. You'll find the "tree of evolution" poorly represents what has happened with species since the Cambrian period. Similarities in bone structures turn out to been visual coincidences, rather than being based in anything more fundamental. Drawings of how similar embryos are across species turn out to be inaccurately portrayed, and more relevant evidence is suppressed. Famous biologists know about these errors, but don't bother to point out that college texts should be corrected. There's a missing link in the fossil record that doesn't fit in with the other observations in time. Research with moths is so flawed that the results are meaningless, and the illustrations are fakes. Quality research on Darwin's finches shows that he may have been wrong about how many species there were, and frequent variations in beak size average out quite rapidly over different weather patterns. What seemed like evolution is just year-to-year fluctuations in survival patterns, not fundamental changes in the species. Fruit flies with extra wings are a freak of the laboratory, not a naturally occurring adaptation. Horse species are related much differently than portrayed.

If you add it all up, you find that there's not much evidence that random variations and natural selection lead species to be established. Wells goes on to make the point: Is Darwinism science or is it a myth? He leans towards the latter.

Even if you don't care about evolution one way or the other, you'll find this book enlightening about how carefully "science" must be kept watch on, lest its authority be overstepped.


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