Young Earth Creationist Quote of the Day (Todd Wood)

I already had a “quote of the day”, but John M. Lynch pointed out this striking honest quote from young-earth creationist Todd Wood, and I had to share it:

Evolution is not a theory in crisis. It is not teetering on the verge of collapse. It has not failed as a scientific explanation. There is evidence for evolution, gobs and gobs of it. It is not just speculation or a faith choice or an assumption or a religion. It is a productive framework for lots of biological research, and it has amazing explanatory power. There is no conspiracy to hide the truth about the failure of evolution. There has really been no failure of evolution as a scientific theory. It works, and it works well.

Go read the whole thing. It is interesting.

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  • Eamon Knight

    Wood has previously conceded that the fossil and modern equids — long a target of creationist denial — are, after all, related. See this old thread at; thanks for posting that, as Lynch is one of the many worthy bloggers that I don't have time to read. Wood's admission that he clings to creationism because of dogma, not evidence, is consistent with something I saw at Ham's Folly.

  • smijer

    This is reminiscent of similar words from his mentor, Kurt Wise, who earned his PhD under Stephen Jay Gould at Harvard and currently teaches science a few miles up the road from me at Bryan College. I'll take it. That kind of honesty beats anything the big money creationists put up any day of the week.

  • Joshua

    At some level that sort of honesty is refreshing. At another level it is even more disturbing. Wood doesn't even have the need to defend his beliefs by telling himself that he has evidence on his side. I can understand what the Sarfatis and Ken Hams of the world are thinking, somewhat. I really can't understand how a human could really think this way though.

  • Eamon Knight

    Wood doesn't even have the need to defend his beliefs by telling himself that he has evidence on his side.But is he consistent about that? I don't know about Wood, but ISTM some of these folks play a bit of a bait-and-switch — one minute it's all about presuppositions (and by implication, not about the evidence), the next they're telling you about thermodynamics, irreducible complexity, lack of transitional fossils, etc, etc….If I can blog-whore a little more here: compare the post I link above, with part 3 of the same series.

  • Jonathan Bartlett

    I think you all are reading a little too much into it. He did not say that there is no evidence for creation. He also did not say that there is no evidence against evolution. He merely pointed out that (a) there is evidence for evolution, (b) it isn't going away any time soon, and (c) his mind isn't made up on the basis of current evidence, but rather scripture.One of his books, Plant and Animal Baramins, actually has a really interesting piece of evidence for creation – the diversification of animals. He showed that the diversification within created kinds which were ark-based was smaller than non-ark-based kinds.The goal of creation science, from this point of view, is not to disparage evolution (at least not as a primary goal), but rather to build together a consistent framework for creation. This work has only recently begun in earnest.