In is new book- The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution- Richard Dawkins now claims that evolution is not a theory but a scientific fact:
“This book is my personal summary of the evidence that the ‘theory’ of evolution is actually a fact – as incontrovertible a fact as any in science.”
Further, he now says that he will not debate a creationist or any supporter of Intelligent Design:
“If a real scientist goes onto a debating platform with a creationist, it gives them a respectability, which I do not think your people have earned.”
In a recent appearance on the Michael Medved radio show, Dawkins said that ‘Intelligent Design’ as just another version of creationism and an idea unworthy of discussion when asked why he wouldn’t debate Intelligent Design proponent Stephen Meyer:
“I will have a discussion with somebody who has a genuinely different scientific point of view,” “[But] I have never come across any kind of creationism, whether you call it intelligent design or not, which has a serious scientific case to put.”
Response: I suppose that he never will come across a creationist with “a serious scientific case to put” either, since he refuses to even enter a discussion with another scientist that may hold creationist views of any type.
At least Dawkins is being totally truthful in his approach to evolution. He accepts it as ‘fact’ and refuses to even consider any alternatives. So many in the scientific community hide behind the ‘theory’ designation but go on and treat evolution as if it were a fact anyway.
It is amazing to me how Dawkins and others have closed the debate and have made infallible ex cathedra statements about evolution even though it can’t possibly be proven.