A thought while listening to Josh and Axe (Axe and Swamidass: Should Christians Embrace Evolution?):
Something that grates on me is the assertion that we (biologists, scientists, whomever) are not Darwinists. When made, the term ”Darwinism” is almost a pejorative. Well, I most heartily disagree.
For me, Darwin’s theory is elegant, simple, and to the point. Basically, Darwin’s theory holds that 1. All life shares a common ancestry; and 2. All the different forms of life we see on earth arose via descent with modification, with natural selection acting on heritable variation. That’s really it in a nutshell.
Of course today, the theory of evolution is different. NOT so different as to discard Darwin, but different nonetheless. To phrase things the terms from the preceding paragraph: 1. All life shares a common ancestry; and 2. All the different forms of life we see on earth arose via descent with modification, via the dual processes of random genetic drift and natural selection acting on heritable variation.
So, when Josh asserts that he is not a Darwinist, what I hear is that he does not agree with common ancestry, and also not with descent with modification. I am sure that is not what he means, but this is what I hear, and suspect that is what a lot of other people hear. I cannot understand why ascribing to the theory of evolution as I try to summarize it here means rejection of Darwin, or that Darwin was wrong. This makes no sense.
Feel free to call me a Darwinist. I embrace the compliment. Just sayin’ ……