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Paleoanthropologist: End Times near for evolution debate

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 29, 2012 | 10:44 am

Richard Leakey. Photo by Wikipedia/Ed Schipul

Richard Leakey doesn’t have the name recognition of many contemporary atheists. He’s not a New Atheist like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, the late Christopher Hitchens. But Leakey, a paleoanthropologist, is getting some attention for recently telling the Associated Press that the pace of scientific discoveries will continue to accelerate at such a rate that over the next 15 to 30 years, the evidence for evolution will become overwhelming:

“If you get to the stage where you can persuade people on the evidence, that it’s solid, that we are all African, that color is superficial, that stages of development of culture are all interactive,” Leakey says, “then I think we have a chance of a world that will respond better to global challenges.”

Frankly, I already thought that it was.

The “debate” over evolution isn’t that old—at least not relatively. And the evidence is difficult to deny.

That, of course, does not automatically take God’s hand out of Creation. There are a number of exceptional scientists who, like me, think that evolution and Creation are both right. And, no, these scientists do not work at the Institute for Creation Research; these scientists don’t believe in a literal, 24/7 Genesis story. They believe that evolution was the mechanism by which God created.

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