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.