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Willful ignorance of science

Jordan Jay April 3rd, 2013

Rev. Kern, your March 13 letter, “What evolutionists fear” (Oklahoma Gazette), betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of evolutionary theory. Spontaneous generation was an incorrect scientific hypothesis that Louis Pasteur did, indeed, disprove. However, to equate spontaneous generation and the current definition of abiogenesis is disingenuous. Spontaneous generation referred to the idea that individual present-day organisms could arise from nonliving matter, such as maggots seeming to arise from rotten meat out of thin air.

Modern abiogenesis hypotheses are much more complex. Regardless, evolution itself has nothing to say on the subject of abiogenesis. It is, to put it simply, the gradual change of organisms over time, not the theory of how those organ isms came to being. Creationists like yourself would understand these important distinctions if their willful ignorance of modern science could ever be defeated.

—Jordan Jay, Oklahoma City

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