Rives on Darwin’s ‘Gravest Objection’

Rives on Darwin’s ‘Gravest Objection’ December 3, 2012

The Worldnutdaily loves putting up “articles” with these short little video clips from David Rives, a bad creationist evangelist and even worse singer. The latest one is just Rives quoting a famous passage from Darwin and offering his take on it, without a shred of evidence or even an attempt at an argument. Here’s the passage:

Why then is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graduated organic chain; and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory. The explanation lies, as I believe, in the extreme imperfection of the geological record.

Rives ignores the obvious fact that Darwin wrote this in 1859 and we’ve had more than 150 years now to find new fossils. I’m sure well over 99% of all the fossils we have were found after that date, and they include a great many intermediate forms. Of course, then you run into the standard creationist tactic of moving the goalposts. They demand to see an intermediate between Species 1 and species 2. So you find one, species 1.5, and they demand the ones from 1 to 1.5. And when you find that, they want the one between species 1.25 and 1.3. The decimal point can move forever. Nothing short of every single species that has ever lived will satisfy them, and even that wouldn’t do it; they’d just say, “Well there’s no proof that one actually evolved from the other.”

But there is a long history of them making very specific claims about intermediate forms, openly mocking the idea that there could possibly be marine mammals with feet and legs as evolution demands. Then those forms were, in fact, found. But no number of false predictions for creationism or accurate predictions from science will ever satisfy them because evidence is quite irrelevant to them. Faith trumps all.

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