Darwin, Evolution and the Implications
Ever since Charles Darwin published his book The Origin of Species, there has been a great debate in the fields of religion and science. The side that Michael Behe and Fred Hoyle support states that there are holes in the theory of evolution and that science points to and intelligent “creator” or “designer. The other side, supported by Philip Kitcher affirms that Darwinian evolution is true science. This debate over the origins of humans is a relevant rhetorical situation in the realms of science and religion today. Michael Behe, author of “Molecular Machines: Experimental Support for the Design Inference” is a scientist whose research supports the theory of Intelligent Design or ID.
Proponents of ID use scientific evidence to support their concept of an “intelligent creator” who designed life. Behe uses a term called irreducible complexity. He states that there are components in life that could not have developed through evolution because one part is not missing, the system will not function. Behe cites the immune system and the bacterial flagellum
as examples of irreducible complexity. Critics of ID label it as modern day Creationism. Fred Hoyle, author of “Born Again Creationism,” is a proponent of Darwin’s theory of evolution and believes that Intelligent Design has no scientific evidence for support. Hoyle acknowledges that there are indeed holes in the theory of evolution. When Darwin wrote The Origin of Species in the 19 th century, biochemistry and molecular biology were unexplored topics
in science. Scientists have not yet uncovered the puzzle of evolution from a microbiological perspective. It is unknown how features such as the bacterial flagellum evolved, but Hoyle states that this is not enough to conclude that it was designed by an intelligent being. To support Darwin’s theory of evolution, Hoyle explains the remarkable similarities in DNA between seemingly unrelated members in the circle of life. The debate over the validity of Intelligent Design will surely be a predominate issue in the scientific community for many years to come. There are many credible scientists who are not religious fanatics that strongly support the theory of intelligent design. At the same time, there are volumes of research and hundreds of years of testing that supports the theory of evolution as proposed by Charles Darwin. Evolutionists do not believe that it is possible to jump to the
conclusion of intelligent design without sufficient research on the topic of molecular evolution. Only time will tell what will be considered as science and what will fall by the wayside.