[Lawrence] Lerner asserts: ‘… creationists have made no contribution to the progress of biology or any other of the historical sciences.’ This is a blatantly false claim, not just a matter of opinion or interpretation. Many key aspects in biology (as well as the other major branches of modern science) were discovered by creationists! For example, Louis Pasteur discovered that many diseases were caused by germs and showed that life comes only from life, Gregor Mendel discovered genetics, and Carolus Linnaeus developed the modern classification system…
Also, people whom Lerner praises for their contribution to astronomy — Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo and Newton — were also young-earth creationists, but he doesn’t inform his readers of this!
My two cents
As far as anti-Christian—and especially anti-creationist—canards go, this one turns up reasonably often. I’m glad there is a rebuttal like this that people can lean on. It saves having to reinvent the wheel. I also like how Conservapedia’s front page often links to articles from Creation Ministries International.
Sarfati, J. (2000). Who’s really pushing ‘bad science’?. Available: http://creation.com/whos-really-pushing-bad-science-rebuttal-to-lawrence-s-lerner. Last accessed 19th Feb 2012.