Evolution Misconception #6 – Sacred Cow
Evolution is a sacred cow in the scientific world. It is assumed to be correct and no one is allowed to question it.
Scientists who dare to question evolutionary theory will be ostracised and cast out of the scientific community.
Evolutionary theory is far from being a hallowed institution. Assuming something to be correct without questioning is NOT how the scientific community conducts itself.
The opposite is true. A robust scientific community thrives on new discoveries and challenges to long-held beliefs and ideas. But these challenges must be presented through the proper channels that are recognised by the scientific community. Making movies, CDs, self-published written materials, seminars to religious groups, etc may persuade the general public, but will not win any points in the scientific community.
Crying ‘unfair!’ and playing the victim will not win any respect either.
The hypocrisy of young-Earth Creationists who make this claim is stunning. Young-Earth Creationists hold a literal reading of the Creation account in Genesis to be factual and not to be questioned.
The next time you come across the idea that the theory of evolution is sacrosanct, tell yourself and your children, ‘No, it isn’t. Like all scientific theories, the theory of evolution is not exempt from close examination and questioning and testing.’