A Sunday guest post by my brilliant husband, Gregg.
Every Sunday, my clever husband offers me a “day of rest” by taking over the homemaker duties here. His primary topic, the Biblical Truth of Creation vs. Darwinism, is a subject that has broad reaching scientific, social, and metaphysical implications and is gaining more and more attention in our modern culture. For believers and non-believers alike, the primary purpose is to present scientific, historical, logical, and/or sociological data in an empirical and defensible fashion, as much as possible written in layman’s terms, and in a format suitable for supplementing any homeschool curriculum whether you choose to believe the Biblical account — or secular guesses — about the origins of human life on earth.
Is Natural Selection Really Darwinian Evolution?
Question number 4 in Creation.Com’s Question Evolution Campaign is, “Why is natural selection, a contradictory and subjective principle that is nevertheless recognized by believers in the Biblical account of creation, taught as ‘evolution’, as if natural selection explains the origin and the diversity of life?”
By definition, natural selection is a selective process (selecting from already existing information), so it’s automatically not a creative process. While it might in very specific cases under narrowly and subjectively defined parameters explain the survival of the fittest (why certain genes benefit creatures more in certain environments), natural selection is not any kind of explanation for the arrival of the fittest (where the genes and creatures came from in the first place).
What is Natural Selection?
Natural Selection is generally defined as the process whereby organisms better adapted to their environment tend to survive and produce more offspring. Darwinists arbitrarily apply the term to both peripatric and allopatric speciation events.
Suppose a bunch of monkeys were isoloated from the main group and they continued to bring forth within their kinds seperately. Eventually, they might look different and Darwinists would claim they were seperate species. Somehow, they rationalize equivocating this very obvious and perfectly normal process with natural selection. I suppose because this is actually observable and quantifiable in the field of operational science.
Anyway, natural selection is often referred to as the principle of the survival of the fittest. The iconic demonstration of this principle in action is when the ram mountain goats fight each other for the right to breed with nanny goats. But is this principle of the survival of the fittest really even the case in all circumstances?
After all, how do you know which organisms are the fittest? Well, that’s easy. The fittest are the survivors. Right?
Or is that too circular and absent logic even for the most ardent Darwinist?
Consider the following scenarios and ask how well this principle applies. Should we rename it to something more appropriate and descriptive?
What is in dispute is that natural selection by itself generates absolutely no new genetic information. It cannot be said to be a causefor the type of macro-evolution Darwinists claim commonly occurs that would require the infusion of massive amounts of highly specific and specifically complex information into the genes. Natural selection does not do that. It only ever successfully reduces the amount of information present in the genes.Any adaptations that are purely the result of natural selection acting on pre-existinggenetic information are not changes in the right direction to drive primordial ooze to become astronomers. Therefore — and this is the very easy part for folks who either possess common sense or are not afflicted with Darwinism or both– natural selection is not the same thing as “evolution” in the way Darwinists would like that much more grand process defined.
One major problem, of course, is that while some Darwinists privately admit that natural selection cannot account for large scale evolution ala pond scum to people, most lapse into equivocation. They use the terms evolution and natural selection interchangably, as if one equals the other.
In theory, Darwinists look to mutations as being responsible for generating the new genetic information required, which new information is then sorted by natural selection.
In reality, does that ever even really happen? And the answer, of course, is no.
Whenever asked to provide specific evidence or even theoretical examples of any mutations that increase the information in the genome, Dawkins and similar atheist/secular humanist cohorts of his ilk cannot provide even a single coherent answer or point to a single documented case. By now, Darwinists ought to be able to point to hundreds of examples of such mutations. But they can’t. There is a tiny handful —- one or two at best -— which could even possibly represent a modicum of information increase, and the lead candidate, the ability of a single strain of laboratory grown bacterium to digest the man-made substance nylon, involves considerable doubt.
There is, in effect, no smoking gun. There isn’t even a burnt out matchstick.
For more information about question number four, visit creation.com/defining-terms.
The truth is that to believe in the Darwinist myth, there is only one thing a person must accept as patently impossible. It isn’t impossible, believes the Darwinist, that the universe was a bunch of nothing that decided to create everything one day. It isn’t impossible, believes the Darwinist, that “proto-stars” can explode over and over until they become actual stars. It isn’t impossible, believes the Darwinist, that they can explode so often and so hot that they can fuse past mass gap 3 or 8. It isn’t impossible, believes the Darwinist, that the laws of nature can be utterly ignored with respect to the orbits of planets and stars and the placement of moons and galaxies. It isn’t impossible, believes the Darwinist, that dirt and rocks can decide to create a living cell. It isn’t impossible, believes the Darwinist, that mutation and other assorted malignant and reductive processes can infuse unbelievable amounts of specific and complex information into living things.
In fact, the only thing a Darwinist ardently claims is impossible is that God might actually exist.
But He does. God exists as surely as other non-material things such as thought, consciousness, information, love, and hope. It is not a gigantic leap of faith to understand that God created the universe and it belongs to Him along with everything and everyone in it. It takes considerably more faith to believe in the patent impossibilities that Darwinism requires.
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God Bless you and yours.
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