Arguments Creationists Should Not Use Friday, April 6, 2007Posted by henry000 in anti-creationism, evolution, religion, science.
This post links to a list of arguments not to be used by creationists – recommended by a reputable fundamental Christian website, Answers in Genesis. As mentioned in my previous post, lately I have been spending quite a bit of time reading through some 350 comments posted by readers regarding a map showing the teaching of evolution in the US on a state-by-state basis. Inevitably, the comments ended up becoming a debate on evolution vs. creationism and God vs. atheism.
What surprises me in reading the anti-evolution comments is that many of the “arguments” are still extremely ignorant. They tend to be of sweeping generalisations without any understanding of evolution. These are precisely the false claims that we need to take actions to stamp out completely, because they add absolutely no value to anything, dangerous to the general public, and are a giant waste of resources.
Some of my favourite ones include:
- the misunderstanding of the word theory (these people argue the theory of evolution is more like scientific speculation – that is, it has not been proved)
- evolution is a theory of chance (well it is not – in fact, the opposite is true! Quoting Richard Dawkins: “It is grindingly, creakingly, crashingly obvious that if Darwinism was really a theory of chance, it could not work.”)
- we evolved from monkeys (no we did not – we share a common ancestor).
So instead of debating from scientific and reason-based views, I thought how about get these ignorant anti-evolution people to read up on the compiled list before they write anything of any value.
Here are some of the “arguments”:
- Darwin recanted on his deathbed.
- Moon-dust thickness proves a young moon.
- NASA computers, in calculating the positions of planets, found a missing day and 40 minutes, proving Joshua’s “long day” [Joshua 10] and Hezekiah’s sundial movement [2 Kings 20].
- Woolly mammoths were flash frozen during the Flood catastrophe.
- The Castenedolo and Calaveras human remains in ‘old’ strata invalidate the geologic column.
- Dubois renounced Java man as a ‘missing link’ and claimed it was just a giant gibbon.
- The Japanese trawler Zuiyo Maru caught a dead plesiosaur near New Zealand.
- The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics began at the Fall.
- If we evolved from apes, apes shouldn’t exist today.
- Women have one more rib than men.
- Archaeopteryx is a fraud.
- There are no beneficial mutations.
- No new species have been produced.
- Earth’s axis was vertical before the Flood.
- Paluxy tracks prove that humans and dinosaurs co-existed.
- Darwin mentioned the absurdity of eye evolution in The Origin of Species.
- Earth’s division in the days of Peleg (Gen. 10:25) refers to catastrophic splitting of the continents.
- The Septuagint records the correct Genesis chronology.
- There are gaps in the genealogies of Genesis 5 and 11, so the earth may be 10,000 years old or even more.
- Jesus cannot have inherited genetic material from Mary, otherwise He would have inherited original sin.
- The phrase ‘science falsely so called’ in 1 Timothy 6:20 (KJV) refers to evolution.
- Geocentrism (in the classical sense of taking the earth as an absolute reference frame) is taught by Scripture and heliocentrism is anti-scriptural.
- Ron Wyatt has found much archeological proof of the Bible.
- Some of Carl Baugh’s “evidences” for creation.
- Missing solar neutrinos prove that the sun shines by gravitational collapse, thereby proving a young sun.
- Einstein held unswervingly, against enormous peer pressure, to belief in a Creator.
- Canopy theory
- There was no rain before the Flood.
- Natural selection is a tautology.
- Evolution is just a theory.
- There is amazing modern scientific insight in the Bible.
- The speed of light has decreased over time.
- There are no transitional forms.
- Gold chains have been found in coal.
- Plate tectonics is fallacious.
- Creationists believe in micro-evolution but not macro-evolution.
- The gospel is in the stars.