Jerry Coyne recently wrote:
And it’s important to realize this: the great importance of Darwin’s theory of natural selection is that an unguided, purposeless process can nevertheless produce animals and plants that are exquisitely adapted to their environment. That’s why it’s called natural selection, not supernatural selection or simply selection. (emphasis not added)
Er, according to John Wilkins:
Darwin coined the term ‘natural selection’ because had made an analogy with ‘artificial selection’ as done by breeders, an analogy Wallace hadn’t made when he developed his version of the theory.
It’s called natural selection to distinguish it from artificial selection, not supernatural selection. Even Wikipedia gets it right:
The term “natural selection” was popularized by Charles Darwin who intended it to be compared with artificial selection, what we now call selective breeding.
Check this one out:
Theistic evolution, then, is supernaturalism, and admitting its possibility denies everything we know about how evolution works. It waters down science with superstition. It should be no crime—in fact, it should be required—for teachers to tell student that natural selection is apparently a purposeless and unguided process (I use the word “apparently” because we’re not 100% sure, but really, do we need to tell physics students that the decay of an atom is “apparently” purposeless?).
What a strange set of sentences.
“I use the word “apparently” because we’re not 100% sure”
Which would mean that you have to acknowledge the possibility of being wrong and the possibility that God has guided evolution which would be admitting the possibility of theistic evolution. But:
Theistic evolution, then, is supernaturalism, and admitting its possibility denies everything we know about how evolution works.
So when Coyne uses the word “apparently” he, according to his own logic, is also denying everything we know about how evolution works.
And then there is this:
Give me allies who favor pure, unsullied science, a science in which God isn’t directing things behind the scenes. For that, after all, is how things appear to be.
To those who disagree I say, “Sorry, but that’s the way things appear.” We have to live with unguided evolution, unpalatable as it may be to the faithful, in the same way we have to live with the unpalatable knowledge of our own mortality.
I see. We can know that evolution has always been unguided because it looks that way.