A few years ago, my wife was preparing to give a talk in the Theocratic School. So, she ran through it for me before the meeting. Her talk was based on page 124 of the Reasoning book, which quotes Carl Sagan saying something very unsupportive of evolution. Well, I just happen to be a big Carl Sagan fan, and something didn't sound right. The reference was from the book Cosmos, and the Society quoted it like this:
?Carl Sagan, in his book Cosmos, candidly acknowledged ?The fossil evidence could be consistent with the idea of a great designer.?? - Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1985, p124
Now, I just happened to have the book Cosmos in the basement, so I trotted downstairs and looked it up. Here is what it really said:
?The fossil evidence could be consistent with the idea of a great designer; perhaps some species are destroyed when the Designer becomes dissatisfied with them, and new experiments are attempted on an imperfect design. But this notion is a little disconcerting. Each plant and animal is exquisitly made; should not a supremely competent Designer have been able to make the intended variety from the start? The fossil record implies trial and error, an inability to anticipate the future, features inconsistent with an efficient Great Designer (although not with a designer of a more remote and indirect temperment).? - Cosmos, p29
The bastards had taken a fraction of a sentence out of context, thereby reversing the actual point he was trying to make.