Pictorial propaganda aside, if this was the best they had, then the Darwinian theory of evolution is in worse shape than most of us imagined. The splash was big, but the story between the lines is even bigger. The November 2004, cover story for National Geographic was titled: “Was Darwin Wrong?” The accompanying article immediately and forthrightly answered that question in 250-point bold type: “No.” The subtitle (in 72-point bold type) declared, “The evidence for Evolution is overwhelming.”
And what, exactly, was this “overwhelming evidence?” The author David Quammen, used warmed over, antiquated arguments such as:
- horse evolution (Eohippus to Equus)
- embryologic recapitulation (bringing to mind Ernst Haeckel’s falsified embryos)
- natural selection
- Archaeopteryx as a reptile-to-bird transitional form
- mutating viruses and antibiotic-resistant bacteria
- vestigial organs
Interestingly, Mr. Quammen is not a biologist (nor a scientist of any sort). His specialty is—literature (which might explain his poor choice of “overwhelming evidence”). National Geographic published and lauded an article—consuming over thirty pages of the magazine!—that is so filled with time-worn canards that long ago were discarded as “proofs” of evolution, even stalwart evolutionists must be shaking their heads in disbelief and hiding under laboratory benches out of embarrassment.
This issue of National Geographic was an obvious attempt to perpetuate the myth that evolution is a “fact.” However, using bigger font type and gorgeous pictures will not make the woefully weak case for organic evolution somehow “stronger.”
We have written an extensive response to Quammen and National Geographic that we invite you to read. Quammen may have flowery words and pretty pictures, but we can prove that his scientific assessment of evolutionary theory leaves much to be desired. We encourage you to read our response, and then decide for yourself.
The rebuttal can be found at: http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/2644. While you’re at it, why not bring this information to the attention of friends and coworkers as well?
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