In recent years, the ever-compliant US evangelicals have been making nice with the Darwinians* (nature read in tooth and claw, and all that). Casey Luskin did not get the memo.
Luskin: One of the largest difficulties with evolution is the word itself. Supporters of Darwinian theory love to switch the word around so the average person can never be sure what they are talking about.
After an interview between Luskin and Cassell, the cyber-floor will be opened for the audience to ask Cassell questions about his ideas.
Long a defender of orthodoxy, Craig seems to want to prune the orthodoxies he is expected to defend. But the pruning process in which he is engaged can never really stop. The “sensible God” is most likely the one looking back at us from our medicine cabinet mirrors.
Whatever else Craig’s view is, as Luskin notes, it is a far cry from the Scriptural traditional assumption that the unfallen Adam and Eve were our betters and that we have all deteriorated as a result of sin. Adopting Craig’s view is bound to have worldview consequences.
Casey Luskin: Craig continues to rely upon BioLogos arguments that pseudogenes are “broken” and non-functional junk DNA that we share with apes, thereby demonstrating our common ancestry. Those arguments are increasingly contradicted by evidence presented in highly authoritative scientific papers which find that pseudogenes are commonly functional, and they ought not be assumed to be genetic “junk.”
DI Channel: Does the fossil record prove humans developed from ape-like ancestors? Or does it reveal that humans had a unique origin? In this lecture, geologist Casey Luskin offers some surprising evidence about the fossil history of humanity.
Luskin: “Evolution moulded our minds and bodies to the life of hunter-gatherers” (p. 378) — then there’s no reason to expect that we should need to evolve the ability to build cathedrals, compose symphonies, ponder the deep physics mysteries of the universe, or write entertaining (or even imaginative) books about human history. Why should these things evolve? He said it, not me: “Frankly, we don’t know.”
Klinghoffer: It “cuts to heart of the mystery of human origins. “Human Evolution: The Monkey Bias” features geologist Casey Luskin and biologist Jonathan Wells, showing that materialism is wed to ape origins for humans because the philosophy’s whole picture of reality demands it.”
Luskin: “these authors remember a day when ‘the common doctrine was that the nonprotein coding part of eukaryotic genome’ consisted of ‘“useless sequences, often organized in repetitive elements.’” Good. Keep the history alive. It won’t be very long before Darwinians start claiming that they never thought it was junk. Then they will start insinuating that WE said it was junk. No, that doesn’t make any sense but if the history is forgotten, it doesn’t need to either.
From the show’s description: He contends that Darwin-doubting scientists are hounded out of academia, schools refuse to acknowledge peer-reviewed science that contradicts the standard evolutionary paradigm, and Big Tech obscures accurate information about intelligent design.
Casey Luskin: The problem with these claims? That’s right, folks — they didn’t find any of the fossil’s legs. Everything you just read about this fossil is the product of imagination. In fact, if you check the technical paper you’ll learn that they found very little of the fossil at all.
Veristasium probably MUST front some Darwin nonsense to stay in good with the main people in charge of pointing others to their site. Focus on the real stuff, like the remarkably complex cell machinery and ask: Randomness?
Casey Luskin looks at the controversy, in part based on time he has spent in Africa, working on South African fossils.
Just let the paleontologists keep on making design inferences… Don’t spoil the fun.