Are Christians bonkers to believe in the Creation story?
I heard a young person say the other day that if anybody didn’t believe that Evolution was right must be bonkers.
Creation or Evolution; do we believe that God made mankind and the animals as separate, individual kinds, or do we believe that everything came from single celled organisms?
Does it matter, do we have to choose?
There is so much evidence for Evolution!
Christians are getting less and less confident with the Creation story, almost on a weekly basis we are told on TV programmes that such and such is millions of years old and this is a constant voice that tells us that the Bible is not reliable.
Let’s look at the Khan Academy website [ii] that is explaining how Evolution is true:
The writer (does not provide their name) states that the evidence for evolution comes from many different areas of biology:
- Anatomy. Species may share similar physical features because the feature was present in a common ancestor (homologous structures).
- Molecular biology. DNA and the genetic code reflect the shared ancestry of life. DNA comparisons can show how related species are.
- Biogeography. The global distribution of organisms and the unique features of island species reflect evolution and geological change.
- Fossils. Fossils document the existence of now-extinct past species that are related to present-day species.
- Direct observation. We can directly observe small-scale evolution in organisms with short lifecycles (e.g., pesticide-resistant insects).
Anatomy proves Evolution?
We are told quite convincingly that there are different human skulls which prove the evolution from ape type people to humans.
But is it that clear cut? Carl Wieland says:
where once evolutionists could talk of Homo ergaster, erectus and sapiens as three separate Homo species, now these are reduced to erectus and sapiens.“Skull wars: A recent skull find in Africa made many think that it somehow ‘proved evolution” by Carl Wieland [vii]
Study leader Dr Tim White, co-director of the Laboratory for Human Evolutionary Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, points out the widespread occurrence of what’s known as taxonomic splitting:
‘There’s been a recent tendency to give a different name to each of the fossils that comes out of the ground, and that has led to what we think is a very misleading portrayal of the biology of human evolution.’ [iii]
Other evolutionists are not convinced that H. ergaster and H. erectus are the same species, despite the evidence confirming the tight anatomical overlap of features.
However, this only highlights how all such matters involving classification of fossil bones are, by their very nature, highly subjective.
It is not at all unreasonable, in the light of that subjectivity, for the creationist to maintain that there should really only be one Homo species acknowledged, namely Homo sapiens.
This is actually consistent with what certain evolutionary paleoanthropologists, most notably Milford Wolpoff of the University of Michigan, have been saying for some time now.
They do believe that the individuals whose bones have been labelled erectus were the evolutionary ancestors of modern people (as were Neandertals, in their view).
But they seem to believe that the similarities are such that all Homo erectus specimens, along with Homo neanderthalensis and others, should really be called Homo sapiens—which means, in a nutshell, people. [iv] [v]
And recently, Wolpoff et al., showed that the features of various human skulls indicated that there must have been interbreeding among modern-looking Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals and even Homo erectus—thus making them the same biological species, by definition. [vi]
Milford Wolpoff (mentioned above) is an Evolutionist and is a leading proponent in the Multiregional origin of modern humans, but he believes:
subsequent human evolution has been within a single, continuous human species.Wikipedia [viii]
This species encompasses all archaic human forms such as Homo erectus and Neanderthals as well as modern forms, and evolved worldwide to the diverse populations of anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens)…
that while Neanderthals were different subspecies, they were still human and part of the same lineage.”
Many Evolutionists say that these differences in skulls prove Evolutionary changes, but another group of Evolutionists say that they are all from the same species.
You can see how speculative it all becomes.
Within this section on anatomy let’s look at Homologous features, the Khan Academy states:
If two or more species share a unique physical feature, such as a complex bone structure or a body plan, they may all have inherited this feature from a common ancestor.Khan Academy [ii]
Physical features shared due to evolutionary history (a common ancestor) are said to be homologous.
To give one classic example, the forelimbs of whales, humans, birds, and dogs look pretty different on the outside.
That’s because they’re adapted to function in different environments.
However, if you look at the bone structure of the forelimbs, you’ll find that the pattern of bones is very similar across species.”
Just because there are similarities of design does not mean that they have all evolved from the same original creature, but rather there are similar design elements that have been used in a number of different species.
Take for example the Ford dashboard and switches on one of their cars compared to the Ford Transit, it just shows that certain features have been designed by the same company.
What’s the more logical conclusion from observing bone patterns and other examples of homology: that they descend from a common ancestor, or they were designed according to a common plan?
In many cases, either explanation will work, and both may seem reasonable.
But at times, only creation according to a common design works, see the next section:
Molecular homology proves Evolution?
Homology is the state of having the same or similar relation, relative position, or structure.
Dr. Gary Parker wrote:
Actually, studies of molecular homology have produced major controversies within the evolutionists’ camp, since DNA trees frequently disagree with evolutionary trees based on fossils and/or on comparative anatomy.by Dr. Gary Parker on February 13, 2016 [ix]
The evolutionist split is greatest when it comes to conflicting attempts (based on dubious, compounded assumptions) to use molecular homology as some sort of ‘evolutionary clock.’
After documenting the misfit of molecular data with both of two competing evolutionary views, Michael Denton writes this summary…”
Below is this summary from Michael Denton who “described himself as an agnostic… argued that evidence of design exists in nature… an evolutionist and he has rejected biblical creationism” [x]
The diﬃculties associated with attempting to explain how a family of homologous proteins could have evolved at constant rates has created chaos in evolutionary thought.Denton, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, p. 306.
The evolutionary community has divided into two camps—those still adhering to the selectionist position, and those rejecting it in favor of the neutralist.
The devastating aspect of this controversy is that neither side can adequately account for the constancy of the rate of molecular evolution; yet each side fatally weakens the other.
The selectionists wound the neutralists’ position by pointing to the disparity in the rates of mutation per unit time, while the neutralists destroy the selectionists’ position by showing how ludicrous it is to believe that selection would have caused equal rates of divergence in ‘junk’ proteins or along phylogenetic lines so dissimilar as those of man and carp.
Both sides win valid points, but in the process the credibility of the molecular clock hypothesis is severely strained and with it the whole paradigm of evolution itself is endangered.”
So again Evolutionists are divided and can’t agree on molecular homology and yet we are repeatedly told that Evolution is a complete, scientifically based concept.
Biogeography proves Evolution?
The Evolutionist Khan Academy states:
most of the mammal species in Australia are marsupials (carry young in a pouch), while most mammal species elsewhere in the world are placental (nourish young through a placenta). Australia’s marsupial species are very diverse and fill a wide range of ecological roles.Khan Academy [ii]
Because Australia was isolated by water for millions of years, these species were able to evolve without competition from (or exchange with) mammal species elsewhere in the world.
The marsupials of Australia, Darwin’s finches in the Galápagos, and many species on the Hawaiian Islands are unique to their island settings, but have distant relationships to ancestral species on mainlands.
This combination of features reflects the processes by which island species evolve.”
Creationists believe that a lot of the questions can be answered by referring to a wide world flood.
Dr. Andrew Fabich wrote about macroorganisms (which is: ‘an organism large enough to be seen by the normal unaided human eye’):
all macroorganisms must have descended from the ark and dispersed across the planet.‘Living Evidence of a Global Catastrophe: How Microbial Biogeography Supports Noah’s Flood’ by Dr. Andrew Fabich on October 17, 2018 [xi]
In doing so, the creationist bears the responsibility of describing a mechanism for how all macroorganisms arrived at their current location.
The only remaining issue, then, is where macroorganisms lived before the Flood.
The only record we have of where most macroorganisms lived before the Flood is trapped in the fossil record…
Dr. Andrew Fabich continues and mentions the word: ‘Speciation’ which is the evolutionary process by which populations evolve to become distinct species:
In this post-Flood world, we observe macroorganisms dispersed in unique ecosystems.‘Living Evidence of a Global Catastrophe: How Microbial Biogeography Supports Noah’s Flood’ by Dr. Andrew Fabich on October 17, 2018 [xii]
Dispersal of macroorganisms to unique ecosystems is a difficult topic for both the evolutionist and creationist alike and has been reviewed elsewhere (Statham 2010).
Suffice it to say that the creationist interpretation of biogeography makes more sense out of coordinating where macroorganisms are found in the fossil record and on which continent we find macroorganisms today.
One difficult issue surrounding the fact that there was a Flood still remains this idea of how did macroorganisms get to their present day locations.
For example, how did the marsupials end up predominantly on Australia?
The factors in place providing for movement of macroorganisms across the globe include transoceanic transport on vegetation mats, transport by man, migration and partial extinction, and speciation (Statham 2010; Wise 2002).
These mechanisms are powerful for explaining modern day biogeography.
What is key to realize about the macroorganism biogeography is that we have macroorganisms living in distinct habitats/ ecosystems even in a post-Flood world.
We even have remarkable evidences of recolonization after modern day catastrophes like Krakatoa or Mount St. Helens that highlight the ability of macroorganisms to regain access to a decimated ecosystem as what happened after the Flood (O’Malley 2008; Thorton et al. 1988)…
One intriguing idea is that the macroorganisms inhabited distinct ecosystems before the Flood for the same reasons that they inhabit distinct ecosystems after the Flood (Snelling 2008b).
This argument is made from the observations that fossil strata represent the ecosystems that organisms lived in before the Flood—hence there is the idea that they lived in separate ecosystems.
This idea about distinct ecosystems before the Flood makes sense both in light of the fossil record and in modern day observations.
While we see distinct ecosystems filled with distinct macroorganisms today, this is not the case at the microorganism level…
Several modern approaches to answering this biogeographical question have involved collecting soil samples across four continents to demonstrate that various Pseudomonas species (that is, a diverse group of predominantly environmental bacteria that are widely found across soil and water) are present on all continents, but that they are not necessarily the same species (Cho and Tiedje 2000).
So Biogeography does not prove Evolution or Creation, both have their answers and difficulties.
Fossils prove Evolution?
The Khan Academy states:
Fossils are the preserved remains of previously living organisms or their traces, dating from the distant past.Khan Academy [ii]
The fossil record is not, alas, complete or unbroken:
most organisms never fossilize, and even the organisms that do fossilize are rarely found by humans.
Nonetheless, the fossils that humans have collected offer unique insights into evolution over long timescales.
Earth’s rocks form layers on top of each other over very long time periods.
These layers, called strata, form a convenient timeline for dating embedded fossils.
Strata that are closer to the surface represent more recent time periods, whereas deeper strata represent older time periods.
Fossils found in different strata at the same site can be ordered by their positions, and ‘reference’ strata with unique features can be used to compare the ages of fossils across locations.
In addition, scientists can roughly date fossils using radiometric dating, a process that measures the radioactive decay of certain elements.
Creationists would disagree with the layers being laid down over a long period of time.
The world wide flood caused massive damage where all the rocks, soil particles, debris and creatures were buried in the maelstrom.
The marine animals and smallest land creatures would have been buried first and the most mobile ones last.
Under huge pressures and pockets of extreme temperatures as the earth’s plates moved and the mountains were pushed up, many of those creatures were either fossilised or totally destroyed.
The quote above also mentions Radiometric dating which isn’t as accurate as many people make out, there are discrepancies.
This is a huge subject and space prevents me from going into that.
The bottom line is that fossils don’t prove that there was Evolution from small celled creatures to the ones we know now.
Dr. Gary Parker had given a lecture at the Tennessee University when one of the professors approached him afterwards and challenged him on a comment about mutation-selection and they got into conversation:
Then I asked if he, as an evolutionist, believed that there was a time in the earth’s past when the most complex forms of life were bacteria.by Dr. Gary Parker on March 28, 2016 [xiii]
He said, ‘Yes, of course.’
Then I asked if he believed there was a later time when life on earth included bacteria but also a wide variety of invertebrates (clams, snails, worms, etc.), but no vertebrates.
Even though he now knew where I was going, as an evolutionist he still had to say, ‘Yes.’
He had to agree that later still the earth included a wide variety of vertebrates (fish, dinosaurs, people) in addition to invertebrates and bacteria.
So, I concluded for him, earth’s history involved a progression from a few simple life forms to many complex ones.
But, as he himself had stated in challenging me, there is nothing about mutation-selection (time, chance, struggle, and death) which explains that kind of progression.
Mutation-selection (TCSD), yes; evolution, no.
Much of the public accepted that evolution had occurred in the past because they were taught to see mutation-selection at work in the present.
Nobody (except creationists) told them that professional scientists in the second half of the 20th century seriously challenged or even abandoned mutation-selection as a mechanism for molecules-to-man evolution.
Discoveries in computer-assisted math, cell ultrastructure, DNA, and molecular biology during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s forced a ‘revolution in evolution’ when the world’s leading experts on evolution met in Chicago in 1980.
As summarized professionally by Lewin in Science1 (and popularly by Adler and Carey in Newsweek2),
The central question of the Chicago conference was whether the mechanisms underlying microevolution * [mutation-selection] could be extrapolated to explain the phenomena of macroevolution **…
Can changes from molecules-to-man (macroevolution) be explained by (extrapolated from) the process of mutation-selection (microevolution)?
You know my answer; how did the world’s leading evolutionists answer that question?
At the risk of doing violence to the positions of some of the people at the meetings, the answer can be given as a clear, No.
Just plain NO.
Experts from around the world looking at supposed evidences for evolution in their own scientific disciplines reached the same conclusion for the same reasons creationists had already cited.
You just can’t get from microevolution (mutation-selection) to macroevolution (molecules-to-man), no matter what the time involved.”
* Microevolution is defined as changes in allele frequency (or gene frequency) that can be observed within a population, ie the fraction of all chromosomes in the population that carry that gene frequency.
Microevolution can be observed and measured in short periods of time, even within a single generation.
** macroevolution refers to the large-scale differences that can be observed between different species and cannot be observed and measured in short periods of time.
An accumulation of changes resulting from microevolution will eventually lead to macroevolution through the process of speciation. In this way, they are essentially the same process, although on a different time scale. [xiv]
Fossils can show minor changes but they cannot prove that new ‘kinds’ ever evolved.
Can Evolution be proved by direct observation?
Many Evolutionists believe that when pesticides are used and the pests start to get resistant to the chemical, this proves evolution because they have evolved:
In some cases, the evidence for evolution is that we can see it taking place around us!Khan Academy [ii]
Important modern-day examples of evolution include the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria and pesticide-resistant insects.
For example, in the 1950s, there was a worldwide effort to eradicate malaria by eliminating its carriers (certain types of mosquitos).
The pesticide DDT was sprayed broadly in areas where the mosquitoes lived, and at first, the DDT was highly effective at killing the mosquitos.
However, over time, the DDT became less and less effective, and more and more mosquitoes survived.
This was because the mosquito population evolved resistance to the pesticide.
What is not understood is that the pests that are resistant to that chemical are ALREADY EXISTING, but are a few in number.
The resistant ones then breed and the population rapidly increases with pest resistant offspring:
For example, when researchers exposed the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans to the widely used nematicide Levamisole, they reported that resistance to that pesticide “accumulated within very few generations”.‘Pesticide resistance is not evidence of evolution’ by David Catchpoole [xv]
The researchers explained that this rapid adaptation was likely due to the ‘standing genetic variation’ of the nematode population, i.e. that the genes conferring resistance were already present in the population, but at low frequency…
In all of the above examples, we’re not seeing the genes, the information, for complex new functions appearing out of nowhere, i.e. by evolution.
Instead we’re seeing either possible ‘amplification’ of genes (i.e. additional copies of existing genes) or, more usually, a loss-of-control over regulation of genes.
In other words, the mechanisms for pesticide resistance are not from new genes but from existing genes—and especially from damaged versions of existing genes. There has been no increase in meaningful genetic information but rather a loss of information.”
The Bible tells us that creation was instantaneous
If the first chapter or so in Genesis was a nice story and not true, why would God want to start His ‘God breathed’ book with that?
Why do I say that the Bible is God breathed?
The Apostle Paul tells us that:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”2 Timothy 3:16-17
Surely if everything evolved into more and more complex creatures, then He would want to say that.
Why would He describe in detail something that was not true – Him creating things instantaneously out of nothing?
Is the Creation story in Genesis a parable?
Some people say that this is like a parable, but the wording sounds too definite – as if it is describing something that really happened.
Parables tell a story about something which is fundamentally true – it is not based on anything which is untrue.
If the Creation story in Genesis was a parable, then it would be fundamentally untrue if humans had evolved.
The Bible tells us when something is a parable or a prophetic, symbolic vision, etc.
For more details on this see: The Garden of Eden. A parable or real?
Also, why would He reinforce the notion that each section was a day?
He elaborates the meaning of the days, reinforcing the point that it was a day; evening and morning, twenty four hours:
God called the light ‘day’, and the darkness he called ‘night’. And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day…Genesis 1:5-13
…And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day…
…And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day…” (etc.)
For more detail on this see: Does Genesis fail scientific study? Day 1 Part 1
But there are many scientific facts that support a young earth.
Also there are many flaws in the Evolution theory.
Many people don’t realise that Evolution is a theory – it is not rock solid fact (excuse the pun!)
When people marvel at Evolution they are not giving praise to God.
Creation is part of the glory of God.
By explaining that all of this world evolved we remove giant Evangelists for God. What do I mean?
These ‘natural’ Evangelists speak every language in the world, they speak about God day and night and are in every country and sea.
They are described here:
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.Psalms 19:1-4
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”
Yes, God’s created heavens and skies (and the whole of creation) speak about God – they are His Evangelists, but unfortunately their voices have been rendered almost obsolete by the voices of Evolution.
References open in new windows:
[i] Curved Fossil Lobster. [fossils, stone]. Retrieved from Artstor
[ii] Khan Academy
[iii] ‘Fossil skull fuels debate over human origin’, cnn.com, 21 March 2002
[iv] Thorne, A. and Wolpoff, M., ‘Conflict Over Human Origins’ Search, 22(5):175, July–August 1991
[v] Thorne, A. and Wolpoff, M., ‘The Case Against Eve’ New Scientist, pp. 33–37, 22 June, 1991.
[vi] Wolpoff, M.H. et al., ‘Modern human ancestry at the peripheries: a test of the replacement theory’ Science 291(5502):293–297, 12 January 2001.
[vi] Dr Carl Wieland M.B., B.S. at Creation.com
[vii] Skull wars – creation.com
[viii] Wikipedia ‘Multiregional origin of modern humans
[ix] ‘Comparative Similarities: Homology’ Answers in Genesis
[x] Wikipedia Michael Denton
[xi] Ammonite Fossil. [stone, fossils]. Retrieved from Artstor
[xii] ‘Living Evidence of a Global Catastrophe: How Microbial Biogeography Supports Noah’s Flood’ Answers in Genesis
[xiii] ‘The Fossil Evidence—Introduction’ by Dr. Gary Parker Answers in Genesis
[xiv] Biology Dictionary