Imagine taking your family to a museum where you are transported back to prehistoric times. In every direction are recreations of creatures you’ve only seen in books. Unfortunately, in every direction there are placards informing your family that fossil succession, biogeography, homology, and natural selection prove that evolution is responsible for these amazing creatures and their modern day counterparts…including you.
Now imagine that standing right next to you is Stephen Meyer, author of Darwin’s Doubt. He overhears your children’s questions and can’t contain himself. He tells you that the sudden appearance of the Cambrian creatures cannot be explained by Darwinian evolution. Rather, the reams of information needed to create these novel life forms point to intelligent design. You’ve never heard of this theory before, but his explanation makes total sense.
This was a real-life experience for one family at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta — a life-changing experience.
Of course, Stephen Meyer can’t show up at every family’s side in every museum that’s pushing evolutionary propaganda. But his excellent work can reach many families through your gift to Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture.
Through your generous support you can impact the lives of countless young people who learn the positive case for intelligent design through our educational outreach. Who knows how many more families will benefit because of you?
Later on in their visit, the same family crossed paths with Discovery Society member Natalie Porter. She recalls:
While we were resting on a bench in the Cretaceous Garden exhibit, a family came and sat near us. The father said, “Excuse me, ma’am, I saw your name badge — what group are you with?”
“We’re with a group from Discovery Institute. There are about 90 of us…”
He interrupted me excitedly, “Are you here with that guy who wrote the book?”
I smiled and thought for a few seconds, then took a stab in the dark, “Are you possibly referring to Stephen Meyer?”
“Well, my son just had his picture taken with him!” A little boy with an eager face and a headful of blond hair sat there next to his dad, listening intently to our conversation. The man continued, “You tell him we just love his ideas!”
I agreed with him that Steve’s ideas help make sense of a lot of important questions surrounding the origin and development of life.
“In fact,” he said thoughtfully, “Those ideas change everything, don’t they?”
That encounter illustrates something easy to forget. Not everyone is either a die-hard design enthusiast, or a stubborn Darwinist. Many just haven’t thought much about it, but are open to the case for intelligent design. We just need to reach them. Through your support, you do!
You see, you are the lifeblood of our educational resources such as Explore Evolution, Discovering Intelligent Design, and — yes, Evolution News. You also make stunning documentaries such as Journey Inside the Cell and Information Enigma available at no cost on our Discovery Science News channel on YouTube. Your gifts mean those films are being widely shared on Facebook and other social media — families sharing with families sharing with families. This means you are vital to countering the dogma of evolution.
Everyone should know about the positive case for intelligent design. Whether you give $50, $500, or $5,000, you can be an agent of change, just as Stephen Meyer was that day in the museum. Just imagine the lives you will impact!
Photo: Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, Drumheller, Alberta.