here and here Randy Moore and Sehoya Cotner, in their new book Arguing for Evolution: An Encyclopedia for Understanding Science, list altruism as an evidence for evolution, make the typical religious arguments that prove evolution, and say that evolution predicts “There will be anatomical similarities among related organisms.” That religion is doing the heavy lifting behind the phony science is not news, but Moore and Cotner’s book gives us yet another example of this hypocrisy.
In fact the book begins with yet another silly claim that evolutionists find to be significant. In 1862 Darwin examined an orchid, originating from Madagascar, with an incredible foot-long nectary. How could an insect reach all the way down to the base of the tube where the nectar was? The logical conclusion was that there must be a moth species, somewhere in Madagascar, with a very long proboscis with which to pollinate the freak orchid. Darwin may have been an evolutionist, but he could also come to common sense conclusions.
Such a moth was eventually found, and of course evolutionists interpret the orchid-moth pair as a result of evolutionary change. But Darwin’s successful prediction was hardly an evolutionary one. One need not believe orchids and moths (and everything else) just happened to spontaneously arise due to chance in order to reason that for every orchid there must be a pollinator.
Moore and Cotner, however, tell the reader otherwise. They begin their volume with this example on arguing for evolution as though it is an example of the success of evolutionary thinking. This is not unusual. Evolutionists often claim, as successes, predictions and findings where evolution is, in fact, gratuitous. This is understandable if one begins with the assumption that evolution, one way or another, must be true.
Religion drives science and it matters.