Wednesday, April 18, 2007

So who REALLY hijacked Louis Pasteur ?

THE CHALLENGE:
I recently received an email from an evolutionist friend who expressed grave doubt at the idea that Louis Pasteur was a creationist. From his (European) life sciences education, he was sure this was incorrect. He suggested that the eminent scientist had been "hijacked" by (the late) Henry Morris of the Institute of Creation Research (apparently to further the sinister dark cause of creationism).

BUT LOUIS PASTEUR HELD TO GOD AS "AUTHOR OF LIFE"
First, at the most basic level, Pasteur believed in God as "Author of Life", a quotation from the Bible. I found this quote: "As Pasteur put it, if we accept spontaneous generation, 'God as author of life would then no longer be needed. Matter would replace Him.'" (The Soul of Science, Pearcey and Thaxton, Crossway Books, 1994, p. 105). Interested friends could maybe find the original source of this quote.

WHERE IS HONESTY TO BE FOUND?
Secondly, I have not so far observed any failures of integrity by H Morris. But the history of fraud, deceit, and rank intellectual dishonesty litters the history of the evolution myth, right up to the present-day Richard Dawkins, whose obviously flawed "Blind Watchmaker" can only be swallowed by the willingly blind or the intellectually feeble.

ANYONE GOING TO 'FESS UP?
So where is the acknowledgment by evolutionists of the very ugly history of the evolution myth? The typical evolutionist approach seems to be like the 3 monkeys who "Hear no .., see no ..., speak no ...." Like if you just ignore it long enough, maybe it will go away. But those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it, I am told.

SOME REGRET THEIR (MIS)EDUCATION:
An interesting read is Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome by John Sanford (one of the inventors of the gene gun). Sanford expresses regret that, as a grad student, he uncritically (naiively) accepted stuff in population genetics that he now realizes was based on flawed (maybe actually dishonest) assumptions.

DR. HENRY MORRIS WAS A STRAIGHT SHOOTER, SO WHO IS SPINNING WHOM?
So my friend, from what his prior education had taught him, thought Henry Morris was spinning Louis Pasteur. But, really, who is spinning whom? Consider the following quote:

"...it was a distortion for Vallery-Radot to assert that Pasteur was favorable to ideas of evolution. John Hudson Tiner said, “Pasteur rejected the theory of evolution for scientific reasons. He was the first European scientist to do so. He also rejected it on religious grounds”
(History of Medicine, p. 81). Creation Safaris: World's Greatest Creation Scientists."

It appears that instead of conducting a hijack, Henry Morris was merely reading The History of Medicine.

And the beat goes on.

Respectfully submitted, D.U.

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