Evolution may or may not be true, but it is not a scientific fact. No one knows for certain whether evolution is true or not, but we certainly do know what is the state of our knowledge. The claim that evolution is a scientific fact is a claim about the state of our knowledge. And while there is uncertainty about evolution, there is no uncertainty about our knowledge.
We all know what the state of our knowledge is and, from a scientific perspective, that knowledge does not indicate evolution to be a scientific fact. Not even close.
We do not know evolution to be an obvious, compelling explanation of the data—beyond any shadow of a doubt. Yet this is precisely what evolutionists claim.
This simply is not the case. In fact, truth be told, there are tremendous scientific problems with the theory of evolution. We can argue about just how badly evolution fares on the evidence, but the evolutionary claim that it is a scientific fact is an obvious misrepresentation of the science.
But of course the evolutionist’s claims do not stem from science in the first place. For centuries evolutionists have presented a metaphysical—not scientific—certainty. You can find this in the seventeenth century literature, you can find it in today’s literature, and you can find it anywhere in between. Here, for example, is what one professor recently wrote to me:
An omnipotent god could do anything (we guess), but one who is omnipotent, serious, and thoughtful (at least as serious and thoughtful as an exemplary human) would not route wiring from giraffe’s larynx around its aorta
Such truth claims are standard amongst evolutionists. They rush in where wise men fear to tread. They do not hesitate to make claims that no one can demonstrate to be true or false. Such claims are metaphysical, and they are unfalsifiable.
How does the professor know that an omnipotent, serious, and thoughtful god would not route wiring from the giraffe’s larynx around its aorta?
What does the professor know about omnipotent, serious, and thoughtful gods? And what does the professor know about creating giraffes? Precious little, I’m afraid, in both cases.
Evolutionary thought is the height of hubris. It would be difficult to imagine a more anti intellectual tradition within the history of thought.
Of course evolutionists do not know that the many ultimate truth claims they make, which motivate and justify their thinking, are true. Obviously for them evolution must be a no-brainer—their theology demands it. Given such metaphysical axioms then, yes, evolution is a fact. But evolution is not a scientific fact, and that is a fact.