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  Clearly the author of this passage must have been a rabid support of Darwin and Evolutionism, and an opponent of specific creation according to Genesis, just as so many creation scientists assure us he was:

Everybody who has the right kind of feeling for his country is solemnly bound, each within his own denomination, to see to it that he is not constantly talking about the Will of God merely from the lips but that in actual fact he fulfils the Will of God and does not allow God’s handiwork to be debased. For it was by the Will of God that men were made of a certain bodily shape, were given their natures and their faculties. Whoever destroys His work wages war against God’s Creation and God’s Will…

Walking about in the garden of Nature, most men have the self-conceit to think that they know everything; yet almost all are blind to one of the outstanding principles that Nature employs in her work. This principle may be called the inner isolation which characterizes each and every living species on this earth.

Even a superficial glance is sufficient to show that all the innumerable forms in which the life-urge of Nature manifests itself are subject to a fundamental law–one may call it an iron law of Nature–which compels the various species to keep within the definite limits of their own life-forms when propagating and multiplying their kind. Each animal mates only with one of its own species. The titmouse cohabits only with the titmouse, the finch with the finch, the stork with the stork, the field-mouse with the field-mouse, the house-mouse with the house-mouse, the wolf with the she-wolf, etc…

From where do we get the right to believe, that from the very beginning Man was not what he is today? Looking at Nature tells us that in the realm of plants and animals changes and developments happen. But nowhere inside a kind shows such a development as the breadth of the jump, as Man must supposedly have made, if he has developed from an ape-like state to what he is today.

porphyry: (Mackensen)
 This from Panda's Thumb today:

I [...] make a prediction:

When confronted with evidence for evolution powered by natural selection, the creationist will select some sub-heading in the evidence and ask for further evidence about that. On being provided with it, he or she will simply repeat the process with the new evidence. This repetition can, in principle, be infinite. But human knowledge of anything is finite. Therefore, if the process is repeated sufficiently, the boundary of what is known will eventually be found, and the only honest answer will be “That is unknown at present”. The creationist will then smirk and declare himself the winner.

It’s simple, foolproof, and inevitable, and it impresses fools. A sufficiently adroit shyster can even succeed in presenting it as genuine enquiry, for a while. Most scientists have enormous goodwill about appears to be scientific enquiry. But of course, there is no intention to enquire, and their goodwill is being abused. It’s nothing but a scam, dishonest and mendacious from the start.

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