The tales of the Wild West tend to be mostly fiction. There are more gunfights in some movies than we can document in fifty years of Western US settlement history. The Gunfight at the OK Corral is genuine. Pretty much the rest of it is just a chance for Clint Eastwood or John Wayne or whomever to give us entertainment at the expense of some fake blood packs and careful staging. Sure, there were murders and there was violence. But the idea of a few expert gunslingers wandering the countryside to be hired for bad or good, even the Gunfighter-As-Knight Errant aka Paladin played by Richard Boone in Have Gun, Will Travel back in the earlier days of television is as unrealistic as are the dark-but-fascinating characters of Unforgiven, a movie that deserved awards for artistry but would flunk reality 101.
Richard Boone as Paladin
In the world of Biology and related fields, there is the Bible and there is the work of Charles Darwin. Just as the vast majority of cowboy flicks are wildly fictionalized, the ideas of Darwin were hopeful fancies of a man who did not believe God was just and therefore wished to remove God from society. His studies of nature with 19th Century knowledge and thought were based on the broken and discarded idea of Uniformitarianism and gladly received by Humanists whose worldview could not tolerate God and were looking for every means by which God could be officially ignored.
It is God did it or *Poof* did it, but God is a much better solution than nothing made everything by no means for no purpose. Such is the foundation of Darwinism.
While there are some scientists and academics who are true Intelligent Design guys, not necessarily ascribing to any particular God at all, we find that in science all scientists are standing on the Bible or Darwin, one. My recent post on the deliberate fraud of Ernst Haeckel and the absolute scandal that is any 21st Century support for his deliberately faked Embryo Chart actually got a comment defending Haeckel!!! You have to be one very brainwashed Darwinist indeed to defend THAT!