A reader alerts us to “Biblical Problems with the BioLogos Version of Theistic Evolution” (Focus Online, May 15, 2012). It is an interesting and useful summary for the layperson of the discussion between Biologos head Darrel Falk and our blog’s founder Bill Dembski.
Falk denies being a Darwinist but no one here has been able to discover an explicit point at which he does not agree with Darwinism. For example, he says,
If we recognize that human specialness rests on God’s fellowship with and call upon us, and that we—alone of all creatures—are enabled by God to bear his image in the world, then anything Darwin said about the physical continuity between humans and animals is irrelevant.
Then what does Falk think about questionable, scandal-ridden research claiming that chimpanzees have police or that monkeys have human-like levels of cognition? Research that flows directly from what Darwin asserted and Falk denies.
The explicit purpose of all such research is to show the continuity he denies. And to operate in complete oblivion of the blunt fact that those life forms are still screeching in the trees after all this time and we are not.
Worse, it is not clear that we ever were. That is assumed, not proved. An honest courtroom (English comon law rules of evidence) would make mincemeat out of most claims about human evolution.
The few claims for which we have hard evidence are stuff like cave art (which went downhill over the millennia) and temple complexes (Gobekli Tepe, about 12000 years old, went down over the millennia too), which doesn’t support Darwin’s gradual ascent thesis at all.
But Falk knows that if he denounces any nonsense explicitly, every Darwin hand would be against him. He’d need a troll monitor as much as we do.
Memo to Darrel Falk: Take the ghost of Darwin out and shoot it. Dawn.
Yes, you can shoot a ghost. It doesn’t affect the ghost, but it sure makes a difference for you.