Charles Darwin was born February 12, 1809, but not many people celebrated “Darwin Day” on February 12 this year. One Texas columnist lamented this lack of festivity, as well as polls showing that 40 percent of Americans believe in creationism and about a third of Texans believe that humans and dinosaurs co-existed.

In an opinion piece for the San Marcos Mercury, Lamar Hankins wrote:

I look to the consensus among experts to decide what is true…. Evolutionary biologists and those in related fields understand that the theory of evolution is indeed proven beyond any reasonable doubt. Since I am not a biologist, I think it is rational to accept the scientific consensus that evolution is true.1

He added, “No one can test the belief that God created the earth and all of its inhabitants in six days 10,000 years ago. What we know is that the available empirical evidence establishes that organisms have existed on earth for 3.5 billion years.”1

But history has shown that the consensus of experts can be wrong. Plus, Hankins’ statements ignore the fact that many researchers openly recognize the host of scientific problems that evolution has.2….

 

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