Seeing the book title Darwin's Doubt at the library, I just had to check it out. Well, it didn't take long to become seething with fury.

The authur, Stephen C. Meyer, is a "creation scientist". Need I say anymore? He spends over 400 pages trying to disprove Darwin or expounding an alternative theory to evolution--"intelligent design".

Admittedly, I skimmed through much of his detailed analysis and conjectures, picking it apart in my mind. I'm a former earth and biology science teacher, and I know a few things about the subject.

One of his prime targets was the Cambrian explosion of life (back 660 mil yrs. And at least, he didn't say the earth was made in 6 days.). Even the great Stephen Jay Gould has written about the bizarre animals of the Burgess shale formation (Wonderful Life), questioning Darwin's slow, steady progression of life forms through natural selection. The bottom line is that Meyer says "God did it". That's his "logical explanation" of punctuated life form changes.

My thought (besides him being ridiculous) is why in the world would some god make so many different Cambrian creatures? What is the purpose? And how about all the rest of the plant and animal kingdom(s)? Nothing is said of the ape to man path, by the way.

So, unless you want a laugh or two, don't bother with reading it. Plus, it'll only make you mad.

PS: I'm off the computer for 17 days--going on vacation down south where it's warm, hopefully. Comments still welcomed and appreciated.

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Comment by Christine on January 17, 2014 at 9:01pm

UGH, how low does one have to be to start making vapid claims about deathbed confessions?!!

If atheists weren't above these things, we should start similar rumors: Jesus' last words on the cross were, "Hope you enjoyed my magic shows! Don't take any of it seriously or believe anybody who does!"

Oh and right before the pope died, he said it's all a huge con game, and that he really enjoyed the hookers and blow.

Some wackos on another website even speculated about Christopher Hitchens' deathbed last words, and concluded that he probably believed right before he died. HITCHENS!!!!

Just more proof that they make sh!t up as they go along, in spite of evidence to the contrary, and choose to believe it.

Comment by Dustin Roy on January 16, 2014 at 11:35pm

Luckily I don't read books often anymore. If I find anything that has to do with religion it is going in the fire.

Comment by Michael Penn on January 14, 2014 at 7:47am

I believe that Darwin and Edison's "deathbed conversions" were made up by the fundy preachers that I heard tell them years ago. No way at the time of checking anything quickly. No Internet, etc. so why not "lie a little bit for god." Others have done it repeatedly.

Other stories that I heard at the time is the smoker who was out hunting with his friend. He's coughing and coughing, then says "thse cigarettes are going to kill me, " and he fell over dead!

Then there's this smoker during the war that carried his pack of cigarettes in his left pocket everywhere he went, just as if it was a New Testament. During battle he found that he had been hit, and the bullet lodged in his cigarette pack, just missing his heart.

No, wait! That last one was a skit from years ago on SNL!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 13, 2014 at 10:50am is also VERY handy for debunking crap like this, though oddly, neither Darwin's nor Edison's deathbed conversions are listed there.

Comment by Michael Penn on January 13, 2014 at 10:36am

I agree with Daniel, but it's amazing just what kind of nonsense you can find that goes against evolution or atheism. I'm more amazed when I find once again that they just made it all up!

In my church days I had preachers tell stories about how Darwin cried on his deathbed because he had made a mistake. Evolution was a lie and god was true. It's all bullshit!

The next bullshit story was Edison on his deathbed and his daughter asks him should she be a chrisitan like her mom, or an atheist like him. The preacher has Edison saying it is better to be a christian.

Stories like this abound, and in my day and time people believed them. Even today many say it is best to believe just to be on the safe side. Maybe they never read that scripture that said "if you are lukewarm I will spew you out of my mouth." Thank Thor we live in the information age today.

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