The diversity of life on earth is the outcome of evolution: an unsupervised, impersonal, unpredictable and natural process of temporal descent with genetic modification that is affected by natural selection, chance, historical contingencies and changing environments.
- “Evolution is not goal oriented” (Campbell and Reece, AP Edition Biology, 2005, p. 486).
- “But all researchers agree on certain basic facts. We know, for example, that humans evolved from ancestors we share with other living primates such as chimpanzees and apes” (Miller and Levine, Biology, 2000, p. 757).
In today’s science textbooks, students are being forced, tricked, or misled into believing there is real, observable evidence to support evolution.
Textbooks—Teaching or Indoctrinating?
Claim #1: All scientists agree.
“Virtually all biologists consider evolution to be a fact” (Campbell and Reece, AP Edition Biology, 2005, p. 272).
Claim #2: Dinosaurs evolved.
“For roughly 150 million years, dinosaurs dominated life on land. They evolved from the thecodonts, an extinct group of crocodile-like reptiles” (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston,Biology: Principles & Explorations, 2001, p. 740).
Claim #3: Birds evolved from reptiles.
“By 150 million years ago, feathered theropods [dinosaurs] had evolved into birds” (AP Edition Biology, 2005, p. 693).
Textbooks that hail evolutionary claims as fact fail to mention that these claims are merely interpretations based upon flawed, naturalistic assumptions.
Claim #4: The mechanism for evolutionary change is natural selection.
“Natural selection results in the evolution of offspring that are better adapted to that environment” (Johnson and Raven, Biology, 2006, p. 291).
Claim #5: Vestigial organs are organs that have lost their original purpose.
“Structures, which are considered to be evidence of an organism’s evolutionary past, are called vestigial structures” (Johnson and Raven, Biology, 2006, p. 286).
Claim #6: Early embryo development is similar in most organisms with backbones.
“In their early embryonic stages, fish, turtles, chickens, mice, and humans all develop tails and gill slits” (Audesirk, Audesirk, and Byers,Biology: Life on Earth, 2005, p. 276).
Claim #7: Abortion is acceptable.
“When contraception fails, pregnancy can be terminated by abortion” (Biology: Life on Earth, 2005, p. 739).
The Turning of the Tide
Falling on Deaf Ears