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Extra info for Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution
Do we see evidence in the fossil record for the kind of change he sketched in his diagram? And can we see evidence of species today that sit at the branching-points he considered critical to the origins of new species? The answer to each question is an unequivocal yes. The fossil record first. As Darwin himself observed, the fossil record is terribly incomplete. Preservation is haphazard, and is strongly skewed in favor of marine organisms. The art of finding anything is the art of knowing where to look.
It may change form or shape, it may move, it may even undergo a chemical reaction, but matter persists, and that means that the present always contains clues to the past. A FIRE IN THE SKY An example of how the scientific method can be applied to an object well beyond our reach rises every morning in the eastern sky. Aside from the earth itself, no object in our tiny corner of the universe commands human attention and awe more than the sun. For many peoples, the sun was a God itself to be feared and worshiped.
Still others maintained that all fossils were the remains of organisms that had perished in the Flood of Noah. That view, incidentally, held sway despite the ingenious demonstrations of Leonardo da Vinci that fossils had not been formed simultaneously. Or we could visit southwestern England in 1794, watching a young man named William Smith supervising the construction of a ditch that was to become known as the Somerset Canal. Unlike the gentleman naturalists of the day, Smith was a person of modest means from a family of farmers.