We don’t find the “pattern” that evolution predicts “should be found in the fossil record at certain times.” Rather, we find that truly aquatic whales appear abruptly.
Venema seems much more interested in pursuing longstanding debates with intelligent design and with certain ID proponents.
Recently Dennis Venema joined with Scot McKnight to publish a book, Adam and the Genome, in which they claim that there never was an original pair of humans like Adam and Eve.
We have our Kremlinologists who observe the BioLogos website for hints of what ideas, and which people, are up or down in the world of theistic evolution.
Genuine scientific debate on fundamental issues that real people care about is such a rarity that when it happens, you almost want to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming.