Christians are terrified of evolution because they have been told it is synonymous with devil worship. If they ever read Darwin’s Origin Of Species they would discover he never even once mentioned the devil. Christians think they don’t believe in evolution, but that is only because they do not know what it is.
Consider a litter of puppies. They will not all be identical. They will have different patterns of spots. Some will be bigger. Some will be more active. Some will be friendlier. There will probably be a runt of the litter. Some will sleep more. Some will like to fight with their mates. What caused these differences?
- Each puppy got a random selection of half his father’s genes, and half his mother’s.
- Each puppy has small bits of damage to its genes.
Evolutionists refer to this as random variation. Even creationists agree that litters of puppies are not identical and it happens because the puppies are not genetically identical. This is half of the theory of evolution. Bloody obvious, eh?
Let’s imagine distemper infects the puppies. It is a horrible thing to behold. However, typically, some of the puppies will survive. Why? Some have better immune systems. Some are better at staying hydrated. Some are just generally stronger. These traits are controlled by their genes. Evolutionists refer to this horrible winnowing as natural selection the other half of the theory of evolution. Bloody obvious, eh?So lets imagine the puppies grow up and have puppies of their own. When distemper strikes the new batch of puppies, a greater proportion of them will survive because they are offspring of dogs that survived distemper, and probably passed on the genes for that resistance. The effect confers better and better resistance with every successive generation. We have seen the same thing happen with humans with extremely virulent diseases. Evolutionists refer to this gradual improvement over generations as evolution. If you are a creationist, what in any of this do you deny?
Creationists often deny that small changes could not possibly add up to anything significant, no matter how many changes. They don’t understand that the creation of new species usually requires billions of generations. Imagine the difference between two clam species. Imagine you create a morph of a billion intermediates between them. The intermediates would look absolutely identical. Morphs on TV are done with perhaps only ten intermediates. Nothing detectable changes at each generation, but after a billion generations you have a whole new species that looks quite different.
Imagine evolution were slowed down by a factor of 100 million, so a that a billion years of evolution occurred in ten years. If one clam species morphed into another, it would be still way way too slow to see anything happening. No matter how big a change you need, if you have enough tiny changes, if you are patient, you will reach your goal. Consider the mere 80 million sediment layers of the Grand Canyon add up to quite an impressive gorge. An inch is pretty small, but a billion inches is 15,783 miles. Even a whale is composed of microscopic cells. A second tick is insignificant, but you if add up 31,540,000 of them you get a year.
If you read Evolving: The Human Effect and Why It Matters by Dr. Daniel J. Fairbanks you will discover that new species appear all the time, even if you refuse to acknowledge the evidence from the fossil record. The only reason I can think to ignore the fossil record is because you have predecided there is no evidence for evolution because it threatens your archaic religious beliefs.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)