Friday, September 10, 2021

“Evolution’s Achilles’ Heals"


A week ago I got into a short on-line conversation with a Young Earth Creationist. Jon Hambridge is British, and works in quality control.

As anyone who has read anything on this blog, or anywhere else I have published, this was not the first time I have interacted with a YEC.

In this case the creationist wrote that he was particularly impressed by a book, “Evolution’s Achilles’ Heels: 9 Ph.D. scientists explain evolution’s fatal flaws – in areas claimed to be its greatest strengths” It was produced and published in 2014 by none other than the old crew from Answers in Genesis, now known as “Creation Ministries International.” I didn’t detail to him how AiG was basically stolen from the original crew by Ken Ham. (But that is how it went, See “Creation Ministries International Formerly Answers in Genesis)” by John Stear, May 2006 for all the gory details ).

After a bit of back and forth I suggested to Jon that I’d order the book (if there was a used copy on-line as I will not buy new copies of creationist books that pay the publishers) and we could follow up later. I ordered a nicely discounted used copy that came just the other day.

The text and authors are as follows.
 

Introduction was by Carl Weiland,

Natural Selection, Don Batten,

Genetics and DNA, Robert W. Carter,

The Origin of Life, Jonathan Sarfati,

The Fossil Record, Emile Silverstru,

The Geological Record, Tas Walker,

Radiometric Dating, Jim Mason,

Cosmology, John Hartmett,

Ethics and Morality, David Catchpole, Mark Harwood.

 

So what I suggest is that I take the various topics as the spirit moves me. I’ll post here and then invite Jon to comment. For the time being, I’d like the comments to be restricted to just Jon and I.

We shall proceed in full cognizance that, “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.” – Charles Darwin “The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex” (John Murray, London, 1871) vol. 1, p. 3, and the stark reality of Brandolini’s law (also known as the Bullshit Asymmetry Principle): “The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than that needed to produce it.