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27. Is Speciation Evidence for Creation or Evolution?

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Chapter 27

Is Speciation Evidence for Creation or Evolution?

Dr. Gary Parker

In a debate at a major Texas university, the creationist was challenged with this claim: Hawaiian fruit flies that could once all interbreed had changed into numerous reproductively isolated species, and that, said the challenger to considerable applause, proved evolution. The creationist responded (also to considerable applause) that such a change would be the opposite of evolution. Losing the ability to interbreed, each new species would have less genetic variability, less ability to meet changes in its existing environment, and less ability to explore new environments all suggesting decline and demise rather than the expansion of genetic potential required for what Darwin called the production of higher animals.

Which of these views is more consistent with our present understanding of genetic science and with the biblical record of earth history?

Basic Genetics

The Bible records several key events in early earth history that suggest concepts geneticists can test scientifically. Genesis 1 states that God created many distinct kinds. We infer from a plain reading of Scripture that animals and plants were created to reproduce within the boundaries of their kinds (Genesis 1, 6, and 8). A created kind is typically equivalent to the level of family in modern classification schemes as many members of a family can interbreed and produce offspring. The kinds were also to fill (scatter, move into) earths varied environments (Genesis 1:22, 8:17). Multiple biological mechanisms accounted for this filling and resulted in variation within kinds, or speciation. Do these fundamental concepts in Gods Word discrete created kinds, or baramins (Hebrew: bara = create and min = kind), having broad but limited variability help scientists understand the genetic changes in organisms and speciation found in Gods world? Indeed, they do!

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5. Are There Gaps in the Genesis Genealogies?

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Are There Gaps in the Genesis Genealogies?

Larry Pierce & Ken Ham

Most of us love to read portions of Scripture that give accounts of victories, miracles, and drama. We enjoy far less the Scriptures that outline a certain person begat a son or daughter, who in turn begat a son, thus beginning a long list of begats. Most people believe the genealogies contain only dull details, but those of us who keep in mind that "every word is given by inspiration of God" see that even these so-called dull passages contain vital truth that can be trusted.

Genesis 5 and 11 contain two such genealogies. It may be hard to believe, but Genesis 5 and 11 are actually two of the more controversial chapters in the Bible, even in Christian circles.

Because so many Christians and Christian leaders have accepted the secular dates for the origin of man and the universe, they must work out ways that such dates can somehow be incorporated into the Bible’s historical account. In other words, they must convince people that the Bible’s genealogical records do not present an unbroken line of chronology. If such an unbroken line exists, then we should be able to calculate dates concerning the creation of man and the universe.

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12. What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?

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What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?

Ken Ham

Dinosaurs are used more than almost anything else to indoctrinate children and adults in the idea of millions of years of earth history. However, the Bible gives us a framework for explaining dinosaurs in terms of thousands of years of history, including the mystery of when they lived and what happened to them. Two key texts are Genesis 1:2425 and Job 40:1524.

Are Dinosaurs a Mystery?

Many think that the existence of dinosaurs and their demise is shrouded in such mystery that we may never know the truth about where they came from, when they lived, and what happened to them. However, dinosaurs are only a mystery ifyou accept the evolutionary story of their history.

According to evolutionists: Dinosaurs first evolved around 235 million years ago, long before man evolved.[1] No human being ever lived with dinosaurs. Their history is recorded in the fossil layers on earth, which were deposited over millions of years. They were so successful as a group of animals that they eventually ruled the earth. However, around 65 million years ago, something happened to change all of this the dinosaurs disappeared. Most evolutionists believe some sort of cataclysmic event, such as an asteroid impact, killed them. But many evolutionists claim that some dinosaurs evolved into birds, and thus they are not extinct but are flying around us even today.[2]

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13. Why Don't We Find Human & Dinosaur Fossils Together?

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Why Dont We Find Human & Dinosaur Fossils Together?

Bodie Hodge

Biblical creationists believe that man and dinosaurs lived at the same time because God, a perfect eyewitness to history, said that He created man and land animals on Day 6 (Genesis 1:2431). Dinosaurs are land animals, so logically they were created on Day 6.

In contrast, those who do not believe the plain reading of Genesis, such as many non-Christians and compromised Christians, believe the rock and fossil layers on earth represent millions of years of earth history and that man and dinosaurs did not live at the same time.

Old-earth proponents often argue that if man and dinosaurs lived at the same time, their fossils should be found in the same layers. Since no one has found definitive evidence of human remains in the same layers as dinosaurs (Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic), they say that humans and dinosaurs are separated by millions of years of time and, therefore, didnt live together. So, old-earth proponents ask a very good question: Why dont we find human fossils with dinosaur fossils, if they lived at the same time?

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15. How Should a Christian Respond to "Gay Marriage"?

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