When the facts don’t fit the theory what do you do?

The Houston Chronicle, Thursday January 27, 2011 article “T. Rex cousin had only one finger by Simeon Bennett discusses a new find in China of a fossil dinosaur related to the Tyrannosaurus Rex. It seems the new find had only one finger. Unfortunately that finger was shorter. Scientist had thought that the loosing of the two outer fingers would result in the elongating and strengthening of the remaining finger. The scientists would have expected the finger to be longer or at least remain to same proportional size.

This small dinosaur, about eight inches tall, would have feed on termites and ants and would use the middle finger to dig. Evolutionary theory would suggest that the middle finger, the most used, would grow stronger and the outer two would diminish and eventually disappear. The outer two did as expected and disappeared, but the middle shrunk.

Now, with most scientific theories scientists would adjust the theory to fit the facts. Evolution is different. It does not change. Scientists have so much invested in the theory of evolution that they are not capable of changing it. This is not science; it is closer to a religion. Scientific theories are supposed to change as new facts are discovered. A new or revised theory would incorporate the new findings into the old and a new theory is born. Evolution is stuck as it was first put forth by Charles Darwin over a hundred years ago.

Science makes a big deal about how science is based on fact and logic and religion is based on personal feeling and a disregard for the facts. But in the case of evolution facts that do not fit are disregarded or ignored. We are asked to wait as new facts are just around the corner that will put all the debate to rest and evolution will reign triumphant over religion.

The problem is the new discoveries and facts don’t fit the theory.

David

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The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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One Response to When the facts don’t fit the theory what do you do?

  1. humblesmith says:

    I’ve concluded that to the committed evolutionist, no amount of data will cause them to change the theory. Whatever data comes along must fit into “it enhances survival.” If more toes are found, they enhance survival. If fewer toes are found, why, that enhances survival too. Find a big one? A small one? Both help survival. Blind ones? Multiple eyes? Yep, everything found enhances survival. If they’re found, they must have evolved, because we found them. In the end, the evolutionist accepts no disproof.

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