Mortimer Adler's Anti-Darwinism Crusade
Many atheists and evolutionists claim that creationists are anti-science. Well, let's see how well that claim holds up by looking at the life of one man.
Are you familiar with the name Mortimer Adler? No? Well, I'm quite sure you have heard of the Encyclopedia Britannica. For many years, Adler was chairman of the encyclopedia's board of editors. He is also the man behind the best-selling 54-volume Great Books of the Western World.
The reason I'm telling you about Adler today, however, has to do with his half-century-long crusade against Darwinism. Based on his understanding of what constitutes real science, Adler contended that Darwinism was nothing but a myth and wild speculation. Adler observed, "Darwin himself is partly responsible for much of this speculation. The Origin of Species is full of guesses which are clearly unsupported by the evidence."
Adler added that "these guesses … are not in the field of scientific knowledge anyway…. Evolution is not a scientific fact, but at best a probable history, a history for which the evidence is insufficient and conflicting."
In his book, Slaughter of the Dissidents, Dr. Jerry Bergman points out that Adler was born of Jewish parents and became a "religious scoffer" when he was a young man. However, it was his acceptance of the cosmological argument for God – that a creation needed a Creator – that eventually caused Adler to believe in God.
Mortimer Adler died in 2001 at the age of 98 – a Darwin-denier until the end.
Notes: Dr. Jerry Bergman, Slaughter of the Dissidents, Volume 1, pp. 277-281 (Leafcutter Press, Second Edition, 2012).
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