Darwin’s Critics

I’m reading through Michael Behe’s Darwin’s Black Box for a course that I’m taking right now. It turns out that the substantial criticisms of Darwin that exist today were very similar to those in the late 1800s.

Here’s St. George Mivart, writing in 1871, sounding eerily like modern critics:

What is to be brought forward (against Darwinism) may be summed up as follows: That ‘Natural Selection’ is incompetent to account for the incipient stages of useful structures. That it does not harmonize with the co-existence of closely similar structures of diverse origin. That there are grounds for thinking that specific differences may be developed suddenly instead of gradually. That the opinion that species have definite though very different limits to their variability is still tenable. That certain fossil transitional forms are absent, which might have been expected to be present … That there are many remarkable phenomena in organic forms upon which ‘Natural Selection’ throws no light whatsoever.