Wired has a report on the attempt by Kenyan Pentecostals to get an exhibit of hominid fossils removed from the national museum there. It contains this idiotic quote:
“We are objecting to the message that the fossil exhibits represent the scientific evidence of human evolution,” said Bishop Boniface Adoyo, chairman of the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, which claims to represents churches of 35 denominations with 9 million members. “They do not. Human evolution is still a theory and this cannot be called as evidence.”
I swear, every time I hear that “still a theory” crap I want to strangle a kitten. All theories are “still theories” and they will never be anything but theories. Theories don’t turn into something else, they just continue to be viable and well supported explanations or they fade away and are replaced by theories with more explanatory power. And I love this logic:
It’s not the exhibit itself the alliance opposes, Adoyo told Wired News, but rather its interpretation. A satisfactory solution, he said, would be to remove the words that would classify the fossils as “scientific evidence,” displaying them instead as a history of other creatures, without connecting them to human beings.
“When you use evolution as God’s tool in creating man in his image, you have to reckon with the fact at what stage in the evolution process does man attain to that image?” he said. “The conclusion is either God’s image is evolving or God Himself is evolving or every creature has God’s image. God could be anything and I’m afraid I cannot put my faith in a ‘changing God’ or an ‘anything God’.”
No, Bishop Adoyo, you’re completely missing the point. The probem is not for science, the problem is for your religious views. How does a creationist explain the series of hominid species that has been found over the last century? They appear in precisely the right temporal and anatomical sequence that evolution predicts, showing a gradual development of all the key diagnostic traits of humans – brain size, dentition patterns, bipedal adaptation, use and increasing sophistication of tools (indicating increasing intelligence, of course), and even the complexity and sophistication of their cultural attributes. Was God just practicing, working his way up to the task of making human beings? It is just a coincidence that he created all those species of hominids from almost-almost-almost humans to almost-almost humans to almost humans to humans in precisely that order? Or was he trying to mimic evolution to fool us or test our faith? Pick any of those explanations, they are all equally ridiculous.