“There is scientific dissent from Darwinism. It deserves to be heard.”-A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism
Darwinism is the theory of the evolution of species by natural selection advanced by Charles Darwin. There is now an ongoing claim against Darwinism from international scientists that have rallied together, despite heavy criticism. Darwinism and evolution are common creation theories that most of us were required to learn at school, but could there be another side to the story?
A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism advocates, “We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.”
The statement was released in 2001 and ever since then scientists globally have agreed to sign, people from “the US National Academy of Sciences, Russian, Hungarian and Czech National Academies, as well as from universities such as Yale, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley, UCLA and others.” Sarah Chaffee, a program officer for the Discovery Institute stated “There are 1,043 scientists on the ‘A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism’ list. It passed the 1,000 mark this month.” The scientist must have a Ph.D. or a specialized MD to be eligible to sign.
There is a cost and fear related to those that signed a statement like this. But simply put the letter just challenges Neo-Darwinism as the source of evolution for this complex world. The statement expresses the “skepticism about modern Darwinian theories central claim that natural selection acting on random mutations is the driving force behind the complexity of life.” As Christians, we believe in intelligent creation and world order established by our God, as laid out in Genesis chapter 1.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”-Genesis 1:1-2
It is within our core beliefs to acknowledge God as creator, which debunks the evolutionary theory. Science is highly respected in the Christian community but we differ in the interpretation of our origin story from Darwinism. Darwin Day was celebrated on February 12th, his theory of evolution is only slightly over 150 years old.
Learn more about the “Scientific Dissent From Darwinism” here.