I read with interest your article on David Attenborough’s evolutionary beliefs (Jan 27th). Interestingly he said ‘Evolution is not a theory; it is a fact” Which of course is true. It can be scientifically proven that variations can occur within a species over time (Micro evolution). However followers of evolution then take a huge step of faith and claim that over time species have changed into something completely different and have over eons of time eventually become a new species (Macro evolution). If this is true we should have evidence of trillions of transitional forms, not just a handful of doubtable ones. Even Darwin admitted "Not one change of species into another is on record ... we cannot prove that a single species has been changed." (Charles Darwin, My Life & Letters).
David Attenborough is well respected in his field however in the scientific community there are many macro evolutionary dissenters. Unfortunately when discovered they often find there funding reduced or at worse they loose their position. This has been particularly highlighted in the recent US Documentary by Ben Stein called ‘Expelled.’ This excellent film highlights the negative effect evolution has had in history.
Adolf Hitler for instance believed he was doing the world a favour by ridding the planet of the weak and ineffectual. Modern racism also has its root in the theory of evolution in that there are perceived weaker and less evolved races. Many of the early settlers of Australia considered the Australian Aborigines to be less intelligent than the “white man,” because aborigines had not evolved as far as whites on the evolutionary scale.
Abortion and euthanasia are also tolerated because of the belief that man came about by random acts of nature and therefore is expendable. Many will remember being taught at school that as an embryo develops in its mother’s womb it goes through a fish stage with gill slits, etc., and other evolutionary stages until it becomes human.
Shockingly this theory was later proven to be a fraud and yet is still taught in schools and universities. The result being as people were told that the child growing in a mother’s womb was just an animal reflecting its evolutionary ancestry, there was less of a problem about destroying it.
Paradoxically schools will continue to teach children they evolved from pond scum, are here merely by a freak of nature, and then wonder why they suffer from low self esteem.
Charles Darwin undoubtedly handed the Humanists and Atheists followers a perceived weapon in which to attack faith in God. However the selfish and uncompassionate use of that weapon is now evidenced in the downfall and folly of many. As we remember Charles Darwin’s legacy, I for one shall not be celebrating.