CBNNews.com - Scientist Charles Darwin is credited as the founder of the theory of evolution. He was born 200 years ago on February 12, 2009. Abraham Lincoln was born on the same day, but millions think Darwin was the more heroic.
John West is author of Darwin Day in America. He said, "It's almost like Christmas for atheists. They sing holiday songs, sometimes mocking Christmas songs, in honor of Darwin."
Click the player to watch the report from CBN News Science & Medical Reporter Gailon Totheroh.
There are events like biological arguments against the existence of God, birthday cakes, Darwin impersonators, game shows, and Darwin concerts in some places.
One popular song at such events is "Randomness is Good Enough for Me" playing off the song "Old Time Religion." Darwinists might be less likely to make fun of it if they knew the song's roots are in an African-American spiritual, especially given the link of Darwin's ideas to racism.
Growing Number of Critics
Darwin is more widely accepted than ever, especially among scientists. But there are a growing number of critics.
Biologist Jonathan Wells, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design is one of them.
He says Darwinism just doesn't line up with the facts.
"The myth is that Darwin provided all kinds of evidence for his theory in 'The Origin of Species.' Actually he didn't provide any at all or just about none at all," he said.
Darwin Admitted No Evidence for Natural Selection
Wells says Darwin admitted he had no evidence for natural selection, a cornerstone of his ideas. Darwin provided, in his own words, "imaginary illustrations."
Wells rejects Darwinism and its randomness and unguided processes in favor of intelligent design. That theory looks at the scientific evidence for processes that couldn't reasonably have taken place by chance.
Scientist Stephen Meyer says he finds plenty of evidence in the detailed complexity of all life.
He makes a scientific argument that, "What we know from experience, our uniform and repeated experience which is the basis of all scientific reasoning is that those forms of technology and information technology, and informational coding, invariably arise from one and only one type of cause," Meyer said.
Meyer says that cause is intelligence.
Still, science documentaries persist in speculations portrayed as evidence. In a BBC special, Sir Richard Attenborough offered comments about Darwin's "revolutionary" book.
"It enables us to construct with confidence the complex tree that represents the history of life. It began in the sea, some three thousand million years ago. Complex chemical molecules began to clump together to form microscopic blobs: cells," he said.
Critics point to the fact that Darwinists themselves don't agree on the tree of life because there are so many gaps. The confidence in this as truth appears unfounded.
Promoting Theory of Evolution by Social Pressure
West says that lack of evidence fuels events like Darwin Day a way to promote the theory by social pressure. He says many Darwinists have become even more adamant as challenges to standard Darwinism increase.
Meyer, director of Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, is one of the authors of "Explore Evolution: The Arguments For and Against Neo-Darwinism." He finds the real power of Darwin Day resides not in its science, but actually in its philosophy.
As a scientist and historian of scientific thought, Meyer describes it as a way of thinking.
"That dispenses with the need for God, that supports an atheistic perspective, and which suggests that the universe is essentially purposeless and undirected," he said.
At the same time, he describes that worldview as "one where people have perfect moral freedom to do exactly what they want because there's no higher purpose to which they are accountable."
*Originally aired February 11, 2009