Dr Jerry Coyne, professor of ecology at the University of Chicago, says that: “I agree that to do this on Ham’s home turf was a mistake, and indeed it is almost always a mistake to give wingnuts the oxygen of publicity, and the respectability of being seen on a platform with a real scientist, anywhere.” The response from the evolutionist side is clear: let’s not give creation any exposure.One wonders, if creationism is not science and can be easily debunked, what are they afraid of? creation scientists on staff, and the leading lights in atheism would be converging in one place, it seemed to be an ideal time to match up.Are faith and belief in evolution necessarily at odds? Indeed, the pope recently reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s view that “evolution in nature is not inconsistent” with church teaching on creation, pushing the debate on human origins back into the news. The Roman Catholic Church has long accepted – or at least not objected to – evolutionary theory. Catholics accept the idea of evolution in some form, a substantial percentage of American adults reject the scientific explanation for the origins of human life, and a number of religious groups in the U. maintain that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution through natural selection is not correct because it conflicts with their views of creation.And it always starts with the same feelings of confusion, hesitation and attraction.And women, by nature are completely helpless in such circumstances.Some have noted that neither Ken Ham nor Bill Nye are scientists.But they are a good pairing; both are scientifically-minded laypeople who have spent the better part of their careers arguing for the account of origins that they believe is true.
And this cycle of happiness and pain repeats itself until you can’t take it anymore.
The observation of evolutionary processes occurring (as well as the modern evolutionary synthesis explaining that evidence) has been uncontroversial among mainstream biologists since the 1940s.
Since then, most criticisms and denials of evolution have come from religious groups, rather than from the scientific community.
The overall reluctance of atheists to debate creationists was never more evident than in 2009 when the World Atheist Convention in Melbourne, Australia rejected CMI-Australia’s challenge to debate, as documented in this article. But as one commenter on notorious atheist PZ Myers’ blog said at the time: “I think the extreme emotional reaction …
to the idea of debating Creationists shows that the debate really isn’t about science vs.