We are often told that “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” The statement was first made in 1973 by neo-Darwinist Theodosius Dobzhansky. (Neo-Darwinism is the view that evolution is due to the natural selection of variations that originate as gene mutations.) Dobzhansky’s statement is false. Nevertheless, it has become the majority opinion (“consensus”) of the scientific establishment. Sometimes, it is carried to absurd extremes.
For example, in a blog post last week defending that reliability of “scientific consensus,” theoretical astrophysicist Ethan Siegel wrote:
[E]volution was the consensus position that led to the discovery of genetics…
What a hoot! The truth is that Gregor Mendel discovered genetics with no help from evolution. Mendel published his theory…
For too many people truth is “what I say,” as if they are the final authority in life. What people believe to be true, and what is reality are two different things.
1. Truth corresponds to reality. This would be seen when a cashier hands you the wrong change. Immediately people will say, “Wait a minute. This is not the correct change.” No theories allowed here; it is reality.
2. Truth is fact. An example of this would be 1+1=2. No theory really needed. Someone may explain it away, but 1 $(USA) plus 1 $(USA) does equal 2 $(USA).
An article on truth.
Christian and non-Christians understand this.
1. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” Mark Twain
2. “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays 2, 1926-29
3. “In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell
4. “Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.” G. K. Chesterton
5. “The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted: precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden.” G. K. Chesterton
6. “Never speak against the truth, but be ashamed of your ignorance.” (Sirach 4:25 NRSVA)
7. “A reliable witness always tells the truth, but an unreliable one tells nothing but lies.” (Proverbs 14:5 GNB)
The above article explores what is true. It is a good read for sure. Check out the facts before you believe something.
Let us not be led away by “experts,” government, salespeople, or someone we know.