Evolution Misconception #10 – Assumptions

Assertion:

Evolutionary scientists base their conclusions on assumptions.

Answer:

Good scientists are not biased and good scientists base their conclusions on evidence.  Sometimes this means having to let go of previously held beliefs.

This assertion, when made by young-Earth Creationists, is great evidence of hypocrisy.  This hypocrisy cannot be overstressed.

Consider the following statement from Answers in Genesis’ Statement of Faith:

By definition, no apparent, perceived or claimed evidence in any field, including history and chronology, can be valid if it contradicts the scriptural record.

In other words, the Bible is always right.

The next statement states:

Of primary importance is the fact that evidence is always subject to interpretation by fallible people who do not possess all information.

So, AiG acknowledges that evidence is subject to interpretation by fallible people who do not possess all information.  But, it does not apply when talking about Biblical interpretation.

Or, consider this statement by the Institute for Creation Research in their tenets:

The creation record is factual, historical and perspicuous; thus all theories of origins or development which involve evolution in any form are false.

So, Creationists also have assumptions, namely that anything that smacks of evolution must be wrong.  Evidence that does not support a literal reading of Genesis MUST be wrong.

Application:

The next time you hear/read the statement that evolution is based on assumptions, tell yourself and your children, ‘No, scientific conclusions – including evolution – are based on evidence.

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Posted on Sunday, March 27th, 2011, in Evolution, Misconceptions. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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