Destroying the unqualified and unjustified myth that "only religious fanatics oppose Darwinism", Dr. William Dembski's
collection of essays presents a powerful and convincing case that exposes the many flaws and problems of Darwinism.
Rather than having an agenda, the intellectuals that contributed to
Uncommon Dissent exemplify the objective,
rational, and scholarly manner in which they have both examined the various evolutionary theories and exposed
these theories' many inconsistencies, oversights, and errors.
The eloquence and thoroughness with which these essays critically analyze the Darwinian dogmas reveal that fanatical
devotions to unproven theories are prevalent mainly in the mainstream secular scientific community - not among the
many scholars and scientists who dare question the veracity and universality of various evolutionary models.
One of Dembski's key objections to the assertion that random changes created the vast complexity of life is a
fitting summary of the structural problem of evolutionary thought. Dembski notes that "this blind process,
when coupled with another blind process, is supposed to produce designs that exceed the capacities of any
designers in our experience." This theoretical and chaotic process has been proposed and promoted by
Darwinists as fact without the required scientific evidence to back it up. Furthermore, the intolerance shown
to dissenting voices that question evolutionary theories reveals a dangerous pattern of repression and
censorship within the scientific establishment.
The missing fossil data needed to support evolution is a crucial argument expressed by many of the book's
contributors. If Darwin was correct, then scores of transitional animal forms must exist in the geological
record. However, as Phillip E. Johnson points out:
The fossil evidence is very difficult to reconcile with the Darwinist scenario. If all living species descended
from common ancestors by an accumulation of tiny steps, then there once must have existed a veritable universe
of transitional intermediate forms liking the vastly different organisms of today… with their hypothetical
Such evidence simply does not exist. According to Cornelius G. Hunter:
The observed fossil pattern is invariably not compatible with a gradualistic evolutionary process. The fossil record
does not reveal a pattern of accumulated small-change.... New species appear fully formed, as though planted
there, and they remain unchanged for eons.
In the face of such convincing evidence, one would expect evolutionary scientists to acknowledge some serious
flaws in their theories. After all, science should be about searching for the truth. Unfortunately, Johnson notes:
When the fossil record does not provide the evidence that naturalism would like to see, it is the fossil record,
and not the naturalistic explanation, that is judged to be inadequate.
Instead of admitting the problems and allowing for criticism, the Darwinist establishment ignores the data and
muzzles the dissenters, choosing to discredit the messengers rather than face reality. As Dembski observes:
Darwinism has achieved the status of inviolable science, combining the dogmatism of religion with the entitlement of science.
Michael J. Behe's "irreducibly complex" organisms present yet another stumbling block for Darwinists. He observes
that most organisms are "irreducibly complex, meaning they need several parts working together in order to
function." According to Behe, this creates "headaches for Darwinian theory because they are resistant to
being produced in the gradual, step-by-step manner that Darwin envisioned." For evolution to work, all the
complex biochemical systems needed for an organism to live must "evolve" simultaneously and in perfect
synchronization so this new creature can eat, remove waste, move, and survive. Since evolutionists maintain
this must all happen by chance, only an enormous miracle (or an intelligent designer) can explain these
countless chaotic processes instantly coming into existence -- with just the right fine-tuning
and harmonization -- to allow even the simplest organisms to stay alive. Darwinism's gradual steps and
trial and error explanations simply do not suffice.
Uncommon Dissent promises to
not only "detail the weaknesses of Darwinian evolutionary theory," but to also show that
"the preponderance of evidence goes against Darwinism." In both respects, the essays meet and
exceed these expectations. Given Dembski's own impressive academic credentials and the solid intellectual
qualifications of his contributors, this book provides a strong dissenting voice to challenge the
many half-truths, obfuscations, and mistakes of mainstream evolutionary thinking.
The central weakness or "fatal flaw" of Darwinism is its inability to explain the existence of both rational
thought and the origins of the inherent complexity of life evident in the huge variety of organisms and
their immensely intricate DNA code. The very existence of such a "code" implies that a rational force
was needed to encode it. Creationists like to call this God, while Darwinists call it chaos.
While Darwin's theory seems to explain how small-scale evolutionary changes or limited natural selection
processes could operate within certain species, it fails miserably to describe, as Robert Koons observes,
how such functional forms and processes "came to be there in the first place" and, as Edward Sisson notes,
it "tells us nothing about when and how the genes we see today first came into existence." The cavernous
gap that exists in the scientific evidence purporting to prove how one-celled organisms "evolved" into man
remains an immense and significant problem for Darwinists. As James Barham so eloquently notes:
Epic poems and Boeing 747s do not come into existence by themselves, no matter how much time is
available - and neither do cells, or even proteins.
Darwinists demand a bigger miracle than any creationist could ever claim, as they assert that "only matter
in mindless motion" gave birth to intelligent life and consciousness. Indeed, the faith required to believe
that chaos allowed inanimate matter to become alive and to eventually develop into rational beings is
far greater than the faith needed to acknowledge that an intelligent Creator designed it all from the
beginning. Dembski is quite correct when he concludes, "Getting design without a designer is a good trick indeed."
Chris Banescu is an attorney, entrepreneur, and university professor. His business, ethics, and management articles and podcasts can be found on ChrisBanescu.com. He is a regular contributor to
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