Jan 27, 2009

Intelligently Refuting Darwin’s Theory

by Daniel Martinez, News Reporter

In a February expected to be an important month for the science community, Liberty is planning a number of events focused on biblical creation, prominent among them the Liberty Law Review’s second annual symposium.

Evolutionists are expected to rally around the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, Feb. 12, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of “Origin of the Species,” in order to promote their ideas of evolution and natural selection.

So, the Liberty Law Review, “a scholarly journal presenting issues of law,” according to the School of Law’s Director of Public Affairs Christopher Breedlove, is holding its second symposium with the plan of answering that movement.

The primary focus of the symposium will be the legal issue of whether public schools can teach intelligent design alongside evolution.
Additionally, the biology department and Thomas Road Baptist Church (TRBC) are co-hosting two events which will be “discussing the problems with evolution and how creation provides a better explanation for life on earth,” Biology Professor Dr. David DeWitt said.

One of the major theories creationists support is the theory of irreducible complexity.

“Irreducible complexity,” DeWitt said, “refers to biochemical systems that require many different components simultaneously for the system to function.”

Natural selection, in the Darwinian sense, refers to keeping systems that work, and without every part, those systems do not work, DeWitt explained. Thus, irreducibly complex systems cannot be produced by natural selection. It points out the need for an intelligent design perspective.

The symposium, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 6, will feature “writers present(ing) their articles and answering questions,” Breedlove said.

Those writers will include Casey Luskin of the Discovery Institute, Professor Jay Wexler of Boston University and John Calvert of the Intelligent Design Network. The chief guest will be the symposium dinner’s speaker Dr. Michael Behe.

Behe, a biochemist, is the author of the book “Darwin’s Black Box.”

“He argued that irreducible complexity poses a serious challenge to Darwinian evolution,” DeWitt said. “His book played a major role in promoting intelligent design.”

Besides the symposium talk with Behe, Liberty has other events planned for next month, including a seminar entitled “Whatever Happened to Darwin’s Tree of Life” that will take place on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in DeMoss 1113. Dr. Paul Nelson, a fellow of the Discovery Institute, will tackle the issue of genomic data that calls into question the common ancestry of life.

On Feb. 15-17 at TRBC, Liberty is holding the Answers for Darwin Conference. DeWitt and Professor Marcus Ross will give talks on biology, and geology and fossils, respectively.

“It will be imperative for us to get the word out about these events in media venues,” DeWitt said. “Because of the media fury that will be occurring during the next month, it would be great if they (the media) know that there are credentialed scientists who reject molecules-to-man evolution.”

For more information about these events, contact the School of Law at 434-592-5300. Attendance for the symposium itself is free.

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