|A reproduction of a 1900 William H. West minstrel show poster. |
30 years ago Neo-Darwinism (aka “the modern evolutionary synthesis”) was the most fashionable of the evolutionary theories then in existence. In fact, for most evolutionists it probably still remains the preferred theory of evolution.
Against the backdrop of the apparently high level of acceptance of Neo-Darwinism among scientists, lay people often felt that Neo-Darwinism was a robust explanation of the origins of various kinds of living things.
Yet, the real explanatory power of Neo-Darwinism was (and still is) far more modest than was claimed, taught and believed. A number of specialists, including Dr. Jerome Lejeune, openly said that it was flawed:
‘We have no acceptable theory of evolution at the present time. There is none; and I cannot accept the theory that I teach to my students each year. Let me explain. I teach the synthetic theory known as the neo-Darwinian one, for one reason only; not because it’s good, we know it is bad, but because there isn’t any other. Whilst waiting to find something better you are taught something which is known to be inexact, which is a first approximation …’
Please, remember, the theory in question was and still is dogmatically taught in our schools!
I want you to see the gap, the chasm between the real and the proclaimed. Some scientists and especially educators claim that science has long proven that evolution has occurred on the Earth. They further claim that they have a scientific explanation, a theory which shows why, how and when various living things came into being. I want you to engrave it on the tablets of your heart, that such claims are only a facade for the non-initiated.
 Dr. Jerome Lejeune, a lecture given in Paris, March 17, 1985. Translated by Peter Wilders of Monaco.