ST. GEORGE – A St. George man will be presenting a creationist view on how life originated at the Santa Clara Library on Jan. 23.
Ever since its embrace by academia and injection into popular culture, the theory of evolution is considered by many, particularly scientists, to be the reality behind life’s origin. Chance, adaptation and natural selection rule the day in the theory proposed by Charles Darwin, which was introduced to the world in his book “Origin of the Species” in 1859.
Since then, the sometimes heated debate between Darwinists and Creationists has raged on. Was it chance that created man, or were humans the product of some intelligent design?
Darren Deveau believes that a higher power created life, and said that view is one often shoved aside by academics.
“Evolution seems to be taught as fact when it is not,” Deveau said.
In his presentation, Deveau said he will present scientific evidence that disproves the theory of evolution. He also added there would be no pointing to the Bible beyond its being the source of creationists’ beliefs.
“There will be no religion whatsoever,” Deveau said. “It will be science and science only.”
Previously, Deveau made arrangements to show his presentation at the Dixie Forum at Dixie State College, but said he was dropped once college staff learned more about his subject matter.
Marius vanderMerwe, an associate professor of biology at Dixie State College (who is also in charge of the Dixie Forum), said the college was not the proper venue for Deveau’s presentation.
“The real goal [of the Dixie Forum] is to get students exposed to world views that have academic merit,” vanderMerwe said.
As intelligent design is not accepted by a sizeable portion of the academic community, vanderMerwe noted; he did not feel comfortable with the nature of Deveau’s program.
“Why not teach honest science in school?” Deveau said.
Despite the setback, Deveau has pressed forward and will now be presenting his program on creationism, which he titles “Doubting Darwin,” at the Santa Clara Library on Monday, Jan. 23, at 5 p.m. for anyone interested in learning more.
Though not a biologist himself, Deveau said he has spent “thousands and thousands of hours” over the last 20 years studying evolution and creationism.
Anyone with questions for Deveau can reach him at [email protected]
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