Union-Bulletin readers must be weary of the evolution vs. creationism debate continued by yet another letter promoting creationism by Donald Casebolt. Those who support science and the massive scientific evidence supporting evolution have remained silent, so once again I’ll take up the cudgel for evolution.
Casebolt cites Dean Kenyon, Ph.D., to support his religious view of the origin of life. While Kenyon has a doctorate in biophysics and co-authored a proevolution text, “Biochemical Predestination,” he never “was at one time one of the leading evolutionary biologists in the world” as Casebolt describes him.
Kenyon has published no scientific papers since 1976 and none of his eight published scientific papers contributed to evolutionary science. He was the lead author on only three of those papers. At that time he abandoned research but stayed on as an assistant professor of biology at San Francisco State University and began to incorporate creationism into the evolution course he taught, creating considerable antagonism from colleagues.
In September 1993, Percival Davis and Kenyon published “Of Pandas and People, a Creationist textbook.” Kevin Padian, biologist at UC Berkley called it “a wholesale distortion of modern biology.” Michael Ruse, professor of biology at UC Berkley wrote “this book is worthless and dishonest.”
Gerald Skoog, professor of education at Texas Tech University, declared the book was “being used as a vehicle to advance sectarian tenets and not to improve education.”
In 1992 Kenyon became a fellow of the Discovery Institute, which is the driving force behind the intelligent design movement (formerly creation science). Also Kenyon is a board member of the Kolbe Center, a Catholic fringe group espousing a young Earth (6,000 years old) creationist philosophy.
The second scientist Casebolt cites is John C. Sanford, who received his Ph.D. in plant biology/plant genetics in 1980 from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served as an assistant and associate professor of horticultural sciences at Cornell University from 1980-1998, retiring then after selling his biotech companies.
Casebolt cites Sanford’s book “Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome” published in 2005. Casebolt sums up Sanford’s message by saying, “In other words there are not enough beneficial mutations to support the evolutionary theory.” Sanford conducted no research to support that thesis. Other research negates it.
Sanford is also on record claiming that the age of the Earth is “less than 100,000 years old.”
Casebolt sums it up nicely when he says, “Sanford believes the biblical account of creation is correct and that ‘Jesus is our one true hope.’”
When you accept the dogma of biblical inerrancy and insist on a literal interpretation of the Bible, you leap into a whirlpool and grasp at straws for survival.
Thomas H. Reed