It begins to sound like that after a while:
At almost every step in Darwin’s theory of evolution someone has to pull a rabbit out of a black box. Darwin’s theory of evolution might as well be called Merlin’s theory of evolution. It is long on fantastic narrative and magic tricks and short on empirical evidence. So far no substantial and enduring evidence of one species evolving into another species has ever been produced.
But Darwin’s theory pleased many men. It freed them from guilt and fear of a God they preferred to ignore and reject.
Many others, however, found Darwin’s theory implausible. They just couldn’t accept Darwin’s fantastic creation narrative of fish flopping on a sandy beach until the fittest developed suitable lungs and became reptiles or of lizards falling out of trees until the fittest developed wings and became birds. They just couldn’t see how unguided mutations resulted in lungs or wings instead of dead fish and lizards. It did not mesh with common sense and a basic understanding of probability. Still others recognized that the theological implications of Darwinism were incompatible with revealed religion and any solid anchor of right and wrong.Mike Scruggs, “Darwin’s Magic Evolutionary Ideology ” at The Times Examiner
Whatever one might think of Scrugg’s religious theories, he is right to focus on the essentially magical character of Darwinism. For one thing, it is immune to probability issues. When brand new complex systems are found in living organisms, no matter how many of them or how complex and interlocking they are, well, we are told, that just shows the awesome power of natural selection acting on random mutation.
When life forms of great and probably irreducible complexity appear at over half a billion years ago, that just shows the awesome power of natural selection acting on random mutation.
The Darwinian may as well have said, that just shows the awesome power of magic.
It’s a point of view anchored in an enforced ideology (powerful Darwinists can wreck the careers of critics), not in a strong sense of reality. Nor in any need for a strong sense of reality.
Hat tip: Philip Cunningham