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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Darwinism and popular culture: - The Haeckel embryo files - Yes, Reverend, textbooks can and do lie

Binks, at Free Canuckistan, draws my attention to this item at Orthodoxy Today on Haeckel's fraudulent drawings of embryos perpetrated in endless textbooks for many decades. They were intended to underwrite Darwinian evolution.

Generally, he made the embryos look much more similar than they do, and engaged in various other manipulations. Here's more background.

The important thing to see is that for over a century these fakes or their facsimiles were reprinted in textbooks - even when embryologists had to know that they were fakes.

You will also find many defenses or minimizations of Haeckel's famous fakes on the internet, authored by Darwinism's modern day supporters. It hardly inspires confidence.

It's good to see a religious publication addressing specific, real issues around Darwinism, instead of just piously spouting that "there is no conflict between science and faith." No, of course not, but there is a conflict between science and fraud. And it's time more people knew about the latter, especially if it finds its way into textbooks they or their kids learn from.

Find out why there is an intelligent design controversy:

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