Robert B. from the United States writes in response to the article: Ernst Haeckel: a hostile witness to the truth of the Bible. The article’s author and CMI supporter E. van Niekerk responds, and shows why Ernst Haeckel, though he was a very prolific and influential scientist, is far from deserving the epithet of ‘great’—even ‘for his time’.

This is hardly the only thing Haeckel was wrong about. He was a great scientist of his time, a time when biologists were sorting out many aspects of the science. His statement about blacks and whites appeared rooted largely in his interpretation (or misinterpretation) of cultural differences, not biological ones, and could hardly be supported by any rational biologist today. I see no sensible way for you to use his statements to make a case against evolution, and no reason for evolutionists not to dismiss his misperceptions or any argument using them in any case.

Dear Mr. B.

Thanks for writing in, as it gives me the opportunity to talk about this important figure in the history of evolution. See my comments interwoven with your remarks:

This is hardly the only thing Haeckel was wrong about …

I am quite aware of that, yes. But there is a difference between making honest mistakes (which can happen to all human beings), and propagating things which are wrong, in spite of the truth being available, or contrary to the evidence. To take a simple, hypothetical example: A person accidentally injuring a family member while cleaning a gun (due to negligence or whatever), for example, is a serious but an honest mistake….

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