TSoA: Chapter 3: EVIL-ution
During Murphy’s phone conversation with Our Isis, Shari takes the opportunity to run out of the room in a snit. Turns out that all the lying and manipulating and plying-with-puppies had distracted Shari from what was really on her mind: an argument with her “boyfriend,” Paul Wallach.
Yes, Paul Wallach, Poor Little Rich Boy turned Poor Little Poor Boy from Babylon Rising, is still with Shari.
Why? Hell, I dunno. Self-destructive tendencies? Low self-esteem? (Remember, his daddy never hugged him enough, and never took little Paul to church.)
This whole relationship just bugs the hell outta me. Paul, from the beginning, was interested in and attracted to Shari. Shari, however, only ever seems to see him as a conversion prospect. To add insult to injury, when Paul accepts her invitation to church, it just so happens to be the evening that THE CHURCH IS BOMBED, injuring Paul to the point that he is in a coma for days.
And then Shari is a total jerk to him as he recovers.
And yeah, I can see how a guy with really low self-esteem, who has never known real nurturing and has no other family or friends (remember that he transferred to Preston just that semester, so he hasn’t had time to make new friends) would cling to this relationship long after it should have been declared dead in the water. “She took care of me! She must love me, even though we disagree on almost everything and she doesn’t respect me at all!”
I mean, we know why Shari is sticking with this relationship—Paul hasn’t said the Magic Words and become a full RTC yet.
In fact, he’s dancing with the devil.
Worse yet, he is CONSORTING WITH ATHEISTS
“I don’t know who he’s been talking to, but he’s been reading some books. He keeps quoting someone called Dawkins.”
Wait…Paul has been betraying his Good Christian Girlfriend by reading the writings of Richard Dawkins???
I KNOW, RIGHT???
And undoubtedly he has been “talking to” people. You know how those perfidious atheists are, talking to people … writing books.
(And I find the other implication of the “who he’s been talking to” line to be very creepy—that Shari seems to think that Paul should be socializing with ABSOLUTELY NOBODY AT COLLEGE EXCEPT HER. Seriously, very disturbing idea.)
And it’s all the work of Satan, no doubt about that.
“He had a copy of Darwin’s The Origin of Species…”
That’s On the Origin of Species, Shari. Since this is your Most Despised Work and all, you may want to know the actual title.
Okay, before we get into the meat of Shari’s arguments (so to speak), let me express my doubt that Shari would call The Evil One “someone called Dawkins.” Going to the church she goes to, working for the guy she works for, Shari would no doubt be well-versed in RTC propaganda about Richard Dawkins and his lies (LIES, I TELLS YA) about evil-ution.
To the “meat”!
“I mentioned that my research into the early pioneers of evolution showed that many of them were simply trying to force science to fit in with their preconceived view that God didn’t exist. So they came up with this theory that species somehow transformed themselves into other species, in order to take God out of the equation. Yet not one valid transitional fossil has ever been found, despite claims to the contrary. And with the discovery of the DNA code, which actually prevents one organism from changing into another organism, the theory of evolution today is in shambles…Although I doubt you’ll hear too many evolutionists admit it, especially after all the trouble they’ve gone through to get it taught in schools.”
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: The Gish Gallop.
So, since we have Shari’s official Gallop here, let’s take the points one at a time:
I mentioned that my research into the early pioneers of evolution showed that many of them were simply trying to force science to fit in with their preconceived view that God didn’t exist.
Hmmm…early pioneers of evolution, eh?
(Oh, and as for Darwin himself, although he became a self-described agnostic later in life, his religious views were complicated and changed many times throughout his life. He could hardly be described as someone with a “preconceived view that God [doesn’t] exist.”)
So they came up with this theory that species somehow transformed themselves into other species, in order to take God out of the equation.
But of course, creationists would never latch onto the “theory” of creationism because it allegedly squares with what the Bible tells them. No, sirree.
Yet not one valid transitional fossil has ever been found, despite claims to the contrary.
This is just lying bullshit on Shari’s part, unless you believe in Our Buck’s definition of a “transitional” form:
And with the discovery of the DNA code, which actually prevents one organism from changing into another organism, the theory of evolution today is in shambles…
Well, except for silly Christian scientists like Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute and an Evangelical Christian, who points out that DNA is actually better evidence for evolution than fossils:
And it’s breathtaking that you can actually look now at the DNA sequence, which is a fossil record of its own, of an organism that we’re all descended from. And so are all the other mammals because we have enough evidence from today that we are able to look back through history to see what that must have looked like.
Maybe because I’m a geneticist and I’m particularly interested in genomes, but that is more interesting to me than having a fossil record of that individual common ancestor because the genome is much more detailed and gives you a richness of information about that organism. And we can do that. So that fills in a lot of the holes. Again, evolution may seem from the outside to have a lot of complexities and components and, certainly, lots of details—some of which we haven’t worked out—and for anybody to say there are no arguments would be a total mistake. There’s lots of stuff we don’t agree upon. But we do agree upon descent from a common ancestor, gradual change over a long period of time, and natural selection operating to produce the diversity of living species. There is no question that those are correct. Those are three cardinal pillars of Darwin’s theory that have been under-girded by data coming from multiple directions and they are not going to go away. Evolution is not a theory that is going to be discarded next week or next year or a hundred or a thousand years from now. It is true.
-Francis Collins, quoted at The BioLogos Forum, Francis Collins and Karl Giberson Talk about Evolution and the Church, Part 2
So, frankly, I don’t know what Shari is on about with the “DNA disproves evolution” argument. Unless, of course, she is still talking about crocoducks.
And honestly, creationists are in worse shape than I thought if crocoducks are their A-game.
Although I doubt you’ll hear too many evolutionists admit it, especially after all the trouble they’ve gone through to get it taught in schools.
Yeah, really! Those silly evolutionists, trying to make sure that science is taught in SCIENCE CLASS.
And creationists never care about getting the Bible taught in science class!
Murphy responds to Shari’s Gallop as follows:
“That’s a great answer, Shari. Paul’s still unsure of where he stands.”
1. That is not a great answer. It is just standard creationist anti-science.
2. Murph has no idea if Paul is “unsure of where he stands” because Shari doesn’t tell Murphy what Paul said in response. If Paul has been reading Dawkins and the original On the Origin of Species, I think the odds are pretty good that Paul had a better answer for Shari’s speechifying than, “Duh…”
And here is the point of the whole thing:
“Let’s wait and see what Isis McDonald can tell us about our little piece of wood. If I’m right, it could open Paul’s eyes in a big way.”
This is the crux of the matter, the theme of the book: Noah’s Ark disproves EVIL-ution. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, Shari, those puppies aren’t going to housetrain themselves, you know.