It should be of some interest to folks to know how evolutionists’ claims in the past have been shown to be false.
For example, there was Piltdown man that turned out to be a hoax. In 1912, Charles Dawson found skull fragments in the Piltdown quarry in England. He turned these over to scientists, some of whom were convinced it was part of the missing link between apes and men.
A few years later there were further findings that helped allay the suspicions of some scientists.
In 1921, Henry Fairfield Osburn, president of the American Museum of Natural History, examined those findings and declared they were authentic. It was not until 1953 that it was determined that Piltdown man was a hoax. During that 41 years there were many evolutionists who considered these findings validated the evolutionary theory.
One of the classic cases of concepts held by evolutionists that was demolished by a determined investigator took place right here in Washington state. This was in an area known as the Channeled Scablands.
A geologist, J. Harlen Bretz, in 1923 developed the idea that the Scablands took only a short time to be formed rather than millions of years. His concept was fiercely opposed by evolutionary geologists who were convinced changes of that magnitude had to have taken ages of time.
However, Charles Darwin was so deeply influenced by Sir Charles Lyell’s concept on uniformitarianism that he envisioned evolution as a sort of biological uniformitarian construct.
Uniformitarianism is the notion that long periods of years — millions or billions — were needed to account for the current and past geological features of Earth. It had no room for catastrophic activities such as a worldwide flood. However, in more recent years evolutionists have been forced to recognize catastrophic changes such as the Channeled Scablands of Eastern Washington..
Bretz persisted with his studies and was finally in 1979 publicly awarded by the geological establishment the Penrose Medal — the most prestigious honor in the field of geology. By that time he was in his late 90s.
Is it possible evolutionists are so anxious to see their concepts validated that they buy into false findings?
Bretz fascinating story can be read here.
Donald E. Casebolt