Eratosthenes was the first scholar to suggest that the world was round. After making measurements of the earth around him and measurements of the path of the sun, he made an estimate of the size of the earth, and that estimate was darn close to the figure which is agreed upon today.I suggest evos’ faith is that dead elements can organize themselves into complex factories of reproduction without intelligent assistance ...[/|QUOTE]
Your suggestion is based on the assumption that all Evolutionists declare that there is no God—which is a false assumption.
The leading Creationist propagandists want you to keep on believing that. Duane Gish began every debate with a description of the Big Bang. He knew that a lot of Christians hate atheists. He wanted to capitalize on that hatred by making the audience hate his opponent. That way, they would refuse to listen to anything his opponent had to say.
Evolutionary theory, on the other hand, presupposes nothing about how the Universe began, how the earth began, or how life began. In fact, I have never even seen an Evolutionist bring up the subject. I challenge you to find any place on this entire Website where an Evolutionist brought up the subject.
[QUOTE]... and have faith in what researchers that are consistently wrong have to say as flavour of the month.
So why don’t we thumb our noses at Eratosthenes for not arriving at the exact figure? Because he did the best he could with what was available to him at the time.
It seems that paleontologists had not done much exploration as deep as the Cambrian layer in Darwin’s time. In Origin of Species, Darwin hints at a Silurian Explosion.
So why don’t we thumb our noses at Darwin for not knowing about the findings in the Cambrian layer? Because he did the best he could with what was available to him at the time.
Austrian zoologist Konrad Lorenz thought that our prehistoric ancestors created the domestic dog by crossing a wolf with a jackal. Subsequent research, however, showed that they captured runts from wolf litters and mated them with runts from other wolf litters.
So why don’t we thumb our noses at Lorenz for not arriving at the right answer in the first place? Because he was the one who sparked the discussion.
So you see that an announcement from a reputable scientist may not always bring us to our destination, but it usually brings us a step forward. We can see this illustrated in the technology around us. We know a lot about printing presses which Gutenberg didn’t know. We know a lot about telephones which Alexander Graham Bell didn’t know. We know a lot about televisions which Lee de Forest didn’t know. None of these improvements would be possible if everyone were content with a flat earth standing on four pillars.