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Replacing Darwin Made Simple by Nathaniel T. Jeanson PhD

Replacing Darwin Made Simple by Nathaniel T. Jeanson PhD

Author:Nathaniel T. Jeanson PhD
Language: eng
Format: mobi, epub
Tags: evolution, DNA, Science, mitochondria, created kinds, genetics, Darwin, creation science
Published: 2020-01-08T13:29:03+00:00


Chapter 13

Impossible

If you’re a creationist parent or grandparent reading this, what would you do if the previous chapter came, not from me, but from your child or grandchild? How would you answer the evolutionary claims? Would you have any answers? Would you feel overwhelmed? If you’re a veteran to the debate, are you up to speed on the changes of the last 40 years?

In the next several chapters, we’ll embark on a brief survey of the creation science changes of the last 100 years, and especially in the last 40 years. I intend to show you that creation science has matured to such an extent that all the major arguments for evolution have been turned on their head.

1. Evolution is impossible

To Darwin’s credit, when he wrote On the Origin of Species, he proposed a testable hypothesis. He met the gold standard of science by giving us predictions which future observations could reveal to be true or false:

If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.83

At the time, Darwin was confident that such tests would fail to disprove evolution:

But I can find out no such case.84

Yet, as we observed earlier, Darwin took a gigantic risk. He proposed a fundamentally genetic hypothesis long before genetics was even a field of science. Indirectly, Darwin admitted as much:

Our ignorance of the laws of variation is profound. Not in one case out of a hundred can we pretend to assign any reason why this or that part differs, more or less, from the same part in the parents. But whenever we have the means of instituting a comparison, the same laws appear to have acted in producing the lesser differences between varieties of the same species, and the greater differences between species of the same genus.85

Since genetics wasn’t even a field of science in 1859, this quote is about as close as we’ll be able to get to Darwin’s views on it. Appropriate for the Victorian era, Darwin conceded that ignorance, not hard and fast laws, was the rule of the day.

In the 150 years since Darwin’s work, we have made profound advances in our knowledge of the mechanics of inheritance. Rather than help Darwin’s case, they have effectively falsified it. For example, how could “numerous, successive, slight modifications” lead to the origin of male and female? By definition, sexual reproduction requires the existence of both genders. For sake of argument, let’s say that, millions of years ago, a female evolved. How would she have passed on her “female-ness” to her offspring, if offspring are impossible without a male partner? How will she maintain this evolutionary advance if males are millions of years away in the evolutionary future?

This description of sexual reproduction represents a gross oversimplification. Once modern genetics are brought to bear on the question, the origin of male and female presents even more challenges to evolution. For example, we now know some of the precise molecular mechanisms by which sperm and egg meet, and by which sperm penetrates egg.



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