The Problems with Evolution, Part 1: Misunderstandings
This blog posting was written by Steve Risner and is used with his permission. Steve is a member of the Creation Moments group on Facebook. He wrote this as a letter to the editor of his local newspaper. We have broken up the letter into four parts and are posting it on successive days.
I have been involved with the study of creation and evolution for about 15 years. I love the study of science and am fascinated by nature. I’ve seen the Church struggle with the idea of evolution and felt it would be beneficial for those who are interested to see some of the troubles the theory of evolution has. But first, I think it necessary to address key misunderstandings in the debate.
This is not a science vs. religion debate by any means. Creationists use science all the time. In fact, most major divisions of science were founded by creationists. The debate is based on worldview and presuppositions. Many suggest science is unbiased. Science is unbiased, but scientists cannot be. He/she will always bring presuppositions to the table. This is evidenced by the fact that many finds have been pushed aside because they do not support old earth presuppositions or the evolutionary model. In fact, many of the so-called “evidences” for evolution require you to first believe it before you view the evidence. There is no such thing as facts that support evolution and facts that support creation. Creationists use the same facts that evolutionists use. We just interpret them differently.
Another misunderstanding is that creationists deny that populations of organisms change over time. This has been observed. However, a small change over time is not the same thing as very large changes over time. If a bird develops a sharper beak, it’s still a bird. If a moth develops a different color scheme on its wings, it’s still a moth. Creationists do not deny change but its extent. The Darwinist is generally talking of an innumerable amount of change from the first, single living thing into all the 3,000,000+ known species of organisms on the planet. Creationists refer to this as “molecules to man” evolution. However, evolutionists generally use information that suggests organisms can change slightly over time and make a giant leap to say this shows large changes will take place. There are numerous hurdles involved in this process that no one has yet to explain. Most of them have to do with functional anatomy. There is no way to explain major gaps between organisms. The Darwinian tree of ancestry doesn’t exist in real life and never has. As I hope to show, there is little support of Darwinian evolution and several very large problems that have yet to be explained.