Textbook author Douglas Futuyma has allowed us to know many of Darwin’s supposed truths over the years. Predictably, in an interview with Live Mint & The Wall Street Journal, Futuyma is allowed to get away with saying he “isn’t a believer” but making false statements about the beliefs of others.
Here’s the Live Mint/WSJ question:
Are you a believer?
And Futuyma’s response:
I’m not going to answer that. If I did then that would tend to colour the issue in a particular way and affect people’s reactions to whatever I have to say.
Now, why didn’t the interviewer (Jacob B. Koshy) stop it right then and there, and say: You tell me what you believe about whether this universe shows evidence of design or this interview ends. Now.
Why? Because his Live Mint/Wall Street Journal editor would never let him just confront profitable pop Darwin.
So Futuyma is allowed to burble on:
The point is that as an empirical fact, people are able to reconcile evolution and religion. Usually, the way this is done, is the way the Roman Catholic Church does and that is to say there is a God and he created the rules and gave energy and he left it to develop on its own.
No, sorry, Koshy, that is deism. Not even theism, let alone Roman Catholicism.
A person cannot even be declared a saint in the Catholic Church unless God is believed to have suspended the rules of the universe at least once as a result of that person’s prayers.
This isn’t even some kind of hidden doctrine. It is conventional Roman Catholic belief. Maybe you missed it if you listen to “religion” journalists who got trained in a typical J-school (and decided not to embarrass the Catholic Church by pointing out that it is not materialist, as if the Church would care).
So Futuyma burbles further, unhindered by fact,
These are the rules that science then tries to discover. I really don’t know if any religious person really believes that every biochemical reaction which is happening in my body is being controlled by God.
Most people worldwide believe that. Otherwise, why would they pray for healing? How could healing occur otherwise when all human efforts are exhausted?
It is a disgrace that so many legacy media still front stuff by people like Futuyma with reverence instead of questions. No wonder legacy media are declining. They should.