Evolutionists are going bananas on the net. They all seem to be so thrilled because of a very short clip where David Barton seems to have his American history wrong and each hopes to beat the others with the story.
In the clip, Barton states that the founding fathers had already had the Creation/Evolution debate long before Darwin was born. Is David Barton really stupid or is he right? Could it be that evolutionists are actually being stupid to believe a person of his prominence would make such a mistake? Below is the video clip AND the explanation that Panda’s Thumb, Religion Dispatches, Daily Kos, The Sensuous Curmudgeon, and so many others were either too obtuse or too ignorant to find and print. Actually, there would have been no story and it is obvious that Barton is the only one who really knows the true history, unless of course someone was trying to intentionally deceive their readers?
It wasn’t hard to find out what Barton actually said. I could not find the entire video, however I found a close transcript and his teaching concerning Creation/Evolution on Wallbuilders. Among other things, he says:
While uninformed laymen erroneously believe the theory of evolution to be a product of Charles Darwin in his first major work of 1859 (The Origin of Species), the historical records are exceedingly clear that the evolution-creation-intelligent design debate was largely formulated well before the birth of Christ. Numerous famous writings have appeared on the topic for almost two thousand years; in fact, our Founding Fathers were well-acquainted with these writings and therefore the principle theories and teachings of evolution – as well as the science and philosophy both for and against that thesis – well before Darwin synthesized those centuries-old teachings in his writings.
Please do not take my word for it. Go to the link and read for yourself. Read the quotes he has there including a Thomas Paine quote.
Here is another example of what David Barton had to say:
In the theistic camp, Anaxigoras (500-428 B.C.) was the father of intelligent design; that same belief was also expounded by such distinguished scientists and philosophers Descartes (1596-1650), Harvey (1578-1657), Newton (1642-1727), Kant (1729-1804), Mendel (1822-1884), Cuvier (1769-1827), Agassiz (1807-1873), etc. Significantly, even Charles Darwin (1809-1882), strongly influenced by the writings of Paley (1743- 1805),7 embraced the intelligent design position at the time that he wrote his celebrated word, explaining:
Another source of conviction in the existence of God, connected with the reason and not with the feelings, impresses me as having much more weight. This follows from the extreme difficulty, or rather impossibility, of conceiving this immense and wonderful universe, including man with his capacity of looking far backwards and far into futurity, as the result of blind chance or necessity. When thus reflecting I feel compelled to look to a First Cause having an intelligent mind in some degree analogous to that of man; and I deserve to be called a Theist. This conclusion was strong in my mind about the time, as far as I can remember, when I wrote the Origin of Species. 8
There are those who owe David Barton an apology, but I do not expect it to be forthcoming.