The Model T and the Cadillac

by Neil Rickert

Whenever farmer Brown drove his old model T into town, the manager of the general store would make fun of it, pointing out its deficiencies.  It was noisy; the exhaust was smoky; the seats were uncomfortable; the ride was harsh; its fuel efficiency was poor.  But farmer Brown always shrugged it off.  After all, he needed that model T to get into town.  One day, when farmer Brown arrived in town, the store manager offered him a Cadillac as a replacement for the old model T.  Farmer Brown was not too sure about that.  The Cadillac handled differently, so he would have to learn how to drive all over again.  And it was a lot more complicated, so it would be harder to keep the Cadillac in good mechanical condition.  But, after experimenting with it for a while, farmer Brown recognized that the Cadillac offered him a number of advantages over his model T.  So he set nostalgia aside, and went with the newer car.

In a recent post at the Uncommon Descent blog, Barry Arrington comments that Newton’s theory of gravity has been replaced by Einstein’s general relativity, while Darwin’s theory of evolution continues to be accepted.  I’m not at all sure that’s a correct conclusion, for the modern theory of evolution is significantly different from what Darwin originally proposed.  However, even ignoring that, there’s another important point that is being missed.  Einstein gave us his general relativity as the Cadillac to replace the older Newtonian model T.  By contrast, the critics of evolution are just criticizing Darwin’s model T, but they have failed to provide a Cadillac that could replace it.

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4 Comments to “The Model T and the Cadillac”

  1. Yes, Intelligent Design should not be called a “theory” as much as it should be called a “critique”.

    If all information relating to evolution disappeared overnight, ID would be left with nothing to talk about.

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  2. “By contrast, the critics of evolution are just criticizing Darwin’s model T, but they have failed to provide a Cadillac that could replace it.”

    I think you are being unfair. They do have something to replace it – it’s a 1970 Pinto. OK, yes, it is prone to spontaneously burst into flame, has bald tires, and can’t go faster than 40 miles an hour…

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  3. Jane,

    The Pinto evolved into the Crown Victoria which also burst into flames but was much faster, clearly showing that evolution is truly unintelligent. 🙂

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