Darwin’s Finches: Unstable Ground for Evolutionary Theory

“This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being… This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all.”  Isaac Newton

“The ground finches of the Galapagos Islands… more than anything else persuaded Darwin of the fact of evolution.”  Julian Huxley

“With Darwin’s finches selection oscillates with climatic fluctuations, and does not exhibit long-term evolutionary change.”  Jonathan Wells

“To my [Darwin’s] surprise, I learn that the evolutionary changes in the beaks of the Galapagos finches proved reversible.  When the islands experienced seasons of heavier rainfall, propagating more and smaller seed varieties for the several finch species to feed upon, the evolutionary trend in those wet years was reversed to favor individuals with more pointed beaks.  Natural selection here was an oscillating phenomenon.  While species had evidently diverged, contingent on dry-wet weather cycles, they could apparently also merge, and indeed were doing just that.  Speciation does not occur when exclusive mating behavior—the true identifier of a separate species—proves flexible.”  Nickell John Romjue, I, Charles Darwin, p. 12

“I must ask, why do your textbooks ignore the empirical, contradictory evidence made manifest in the intensively measured observations of the merging and oscillating species of the Galapagos finches? Nickell John Romjue, Ibid., p. 13

Note:  Dr. Romjue has written a book that brings Charles Darwin back to earth to witness the results of his theory of evolution.  It is not a pretty picture and proves that his wife Emma was much closer to the truth than her husband.  It also proves that Adam Sedgwick (1785-1873), a professional geologist, was also right in his disapproval of Darwin’s “amoral and materialistic nature of the theory.”

“With me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy.  Would any one trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind if there are any convictions in such a mind.”  Charles Darwin’s letter to William  Graham, July 3, 1881

“Nietzsche, Nagel, Stroud, Churchland, and Darwin, nontheists all, seem to concur: (naturalistic [unguided]) evolution gives one a reason to doubt that human cognitive faculties [the mind]  produce for the most part true beliefs.”  Alvin Plantinga, Where The Conflict Really Lies:  Science, Religion, & Naturalism, p. 316

“The thought seems to be that one who participates in the modern world of science both intellectually and existentially cannot help believing that God (if there is such a person) never acts specially or intervenes in the world… First, I personally have met people—physicists, for example—who participate in the modern world of science intellectually and existentially, but nevertheless believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, that Jesus fed the five thousand and turned water into wine, that there are miraculous healings, that both angels and even Satan and his minions are active in the world, and so on.” Alvin Plantinga, Ibid., p. 73

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