Todd on Dr. Bert/Blyth controversy!
- Hi, Robert.
Randy Crum's comments seem on target, and I think you guys are getting
somewhere. I've been quite busy with programming work this week, and
haven't had much time to dig into this, though I've looked at a few
I did notice that the Apologetics Press article that you linked to was
quite lengthy, and actually had several rabbits in it
scattering in all directions, the Blyth/Darwin misrepresentation being
only one of the many rabbits. Apparently creationists feel they are
under pressure to challenge the recent issue of National Geographic
about evolution, and I see that at least the Bert Thompson/Brad Harrub
attempt is pretty lame with the typical worn-out YEC/anti-evolutionist
One thing that I can say about Edward Blyth right now with respect to
how the Thompson/Harrub article portrays him is that Blyth was NOT a
young earth creationist, and I specifically checked to see if
Thompson/Harrub pointed this out, and they did NOT. So in this case it's
lying by omission, typical Thompson tactics.
(You are quite correct to question Thompson/Harrub's representation of
With respect to how Blyth's views developed in later years (post-1859
publication of *Origin of Species*) I don't know yet, and I'll have to
dig into more details.
I'll also mention here that oddly enough Buff Scott Jr.'s *Reformation
Rumblings* began showing up in my email again a few weeks ago, and his
Dec. 1, 2004 issue contains some of his typical silly nonsense about
evolution. But my comments on that are for another post.
Thanks for your time and interest in considering and commenting on my
little effort to "dig into the details" a bit on what Dr. Bert said
about Blyth, and John Wilkins rebuttal.
I haven't heard anything from Buff Scott. I guess you are more worthy
Last I checked Buff's website, he was still promoting that faulty Mt.
St. Helens thing we spent so much time and effort trying to get him to
fix. I guess, however, he's got a long way to go before he matches Dr.
Bert's 12 year record for evading his responsibilities on even the
simplest of matters.
I'll look forward to any further information you can add to the matters,
and John Wilkins promised reply regarding his sources; he appears to be
somewhat of a Darwin scholar.