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‘We are Distant Cousins to Bananas and Turnips’ Says Richard Dawkins

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Evolution by natural selection is “the only game in town, the greatest show on Earth,” asserts Richard Dawkins. We have come to expect claims like this from Richard Dawkins, perhaps the most famous defender of Darwinian evolution alive today. Unlike many intellectuals, Dawkins manages to stay singularly focused and on message. He is the planet’s foremost evangelist for evolution, and he is absolutely certain that the evolutionary worldview is indeed “the only game in town.” He is clearly frustrated that so many dwellers of the Earth refuse to accept his message.

In The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, Dawkins sets out to present his most compelling case for evolution. He is — make no mistake — an ardent enthusiast for his argument. Seldom do we read a book written with such fervor and certitude, with an amazing amount of condescension and anger added to the mix, as well.

“Evolution is a fact,” he asserts. “Beyond reasonable doubt, beyond serious doubt, beyond sane, informed, intelligent doubt, beyond doubt evolution is a fact. The evidence for evolution is at least as strong as the evidence for the Holocaust, even allowing for eye witnesses to the Holocaust.”

Note that this means, by obvious implication, that all objections to evolution are insane, unintelligent, and uninformed. Read his words carefully. Richard Dawkins is so bold as to assert that anyone who disagrees with him on such a controversial issue is insane, unintelligent, and uninformed, because any sane, intelligent, and informed person would have to agree with him.

He minces no words. “It is a plain truth that we are cousins of chimpanzees, somewhat more distant cousins of monkeys, more distant cousins still of aardvarks and manatees, yet more distant cousins of bananas and turnips … continue the list as long as desired.”….

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  • dale

    Oh, he’s just ‘monkeying around’ with us! He is trapped by his own analogy. When you back many animals into a corner then they defend themselves. Humans fight physically or with words. He has to believe what he believes because his whole life is fully committed to this belief. When you get desperate you can acknowledge truth or else you defend what you believe with even more fervor.

    I feel sorry for him and hope that truth can penetrate his mind and change his heart. More and more people in world often either wants to trivialize God, ignore Him, or defy Him. God saved the world through Jesus death, burial, and resurrection. Only God could save mankind by coming as a man and doing all that Jesus did. Many want to save themselves, if they believe in God – anything to save people.

    Evolution is an escape system to justify some people’s defiance to God. If everything came into existence by accident over millions of years then there is no Creator.
    True evolutionist radicals ignore DNA findings that show that life is ‘programmed’ and such programs could not exist without a programmer.

    When evolution loses total credibility then people will have Extra-terrestrials to turn to. Then a question will arise to the wise, ‘who created ET?’

  • ned kelly

    Dork may be right my cousin d—– is a little bananas’s and smart as a turnip .

  • Mark

    The problem with evolutionists is they are unwittingly worshipers of the creation rather than the creator, exchanging the truth for the lie.
    Evolution is a matter of faith not based on any scientific observation. Forming a theory based on observation should be the method, not form a theory and try and fit the evidence to the theory.
    Evolution is unscientific because of this

    The “scientific method” is as follows: Observe what happens; based on those observations, form a theory as to what may be true; test the theory by further observations and by experiments; and watch to see if the predictions based on the theory are fulfilled. Is this the method followed by those who believe in and teach evolution?

    Astronomer Robert Jastrow says: “To their chagrin [scientists] have no clear-cut answer, because chemists have never succeeded in reproducing nature’s experiments on the creation of life out of nonliving matter. Scientists do not know how that happened.”—The Enchanted Loom: Mind in the Universe p. 19.

    When you look at the coding in DNA there is not enough time in the ages of billions of hypothetical universes to produce one usable protein or one gene even if all the planet earths atoms were arranged in sets of all the amino acids that are used to produce a protein and each chain were forming chains and breaking the chains apart and reforming new ones at a rate of 30 billion chains a second.

    To put it simply a monkey tapping a keyboard every second at random would take 3 billion years just to get the first 10 letters in the alphabet in order.

    When we are talking about the information needed and the sub cellular processes and machinery which have to work in harmony with the information to create the simplest proteins, when we are talking about producing an eye a brain an ear and all the diverse life on this planet. It is plain to see you need to be very committed to your cause or just in plain denial or alternately insane! to believe in such a fantasy as evolution. There is no evidence of it and there never will be, it is simply impossible. The only evidence they put forward is microevolution which is not a change of genetic material from one species to another it is just a variation of the same species like there are many wonderful and varied dog or cat forms, but there is never and never will be change of genetic information evolving from one species to another, the odds are impossible and when you add genetic chaos, entropy, and genetic debris to the equation you see the idea is the greatest fraud and lie ever to influence mankind. It reminds me of the scripture

    Matthew 8:44
    YOU are from YOUR father the Devil, and YOU wish to do the desires of YOUR father. That one was a manslayer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own disposition, because he is a liar and the father of [the lie].

    Evolution is Satanic propaganda which only has the effect of turning many away from searching for the true God and the wonderful future he holds out for mankind. Which is un deniable in scripture Psalms 37:29 Isaiah 65:22-24

    Rev 21:3,4
    With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

    Notice it is mankind’s future not in heaven but God fulfilling his purpose on earth restoring the paradise that is lost, what all mankind yearns for under his Kingdom under Jesus Christ not far away now.

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