Rodney Stark (Baylor University) has written an article very critical of Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley and the other early promoters of evolution, and their modern counterparts, in American Enterprise Online. Stark claims that Darwin never proved his central thesis, the origin of species, and was well aware of the problems in his thesis even while he promoted it. It succeeded in spite of the problems because of propaganda tactics used by the early Darwinians. They used evolutionary theory to bolster their atheism by promoting the science vs. religion stereotype. The Huxley vs. Wilberforce debate in which Darwin’s bulldog Thomas Huxley supposedly trounced Wilberforce is also shown to be a myth. Yet it has served as a warmed-over symbol of scientific progress over obscurantism for over a hundred years, even though Wilberforce’s trenchant criticisms of Darwin’s theory had Darwin himself backpedaling on some of his views.
At the end of Stark’s editorial, there is a short interview with Freeman Dyson, who makes startling comments about the fine-tuning of the universe being almost miraculous. He reinforces his well-known quote, “as we look out into the universe and identify the many accidents of physics and astronomy that have worked together to our benefit, it almost seems as if the universe must in some sense have known that we were coming.” He denies that this was just a “playful suggestion,” and agrees it expresses religious sentiments.
Well worth reading; take a moment to check this one out. It unmasks the smear tactics of the Darwin Party, their attempts to silence the opposition, and the fear of insiders to cross them. Stark quotes Everett Olson who admits that there is a generally silent group of biologists who tend to disagree with much of the current thought about evolution, but who remain silent for fear of censure. If so, how long can that silence be enforced? If the occasion arose for them to feel free to speak their minds, would Darwinism be poised for a monumental collapse?
Dyson’s comments almost sound like something written by Jay Richards or Guillermo Gonzalez. This is all the more surprising since Freeman Dyson has no pedigree within the intelligent design movement, to say nothing of creationism or Biblical theology. His visionary fancies about extraterrestrial life have often been more bizarre than anything coming from the SETI institute, but as a physicist, he cannot deny what he knows about natural laws. Having enough eminence and age not to fear censure, he tends to speak his mind.