Three Questions

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The grey areas of evolution are little known. This will therefore be the topic of some of these writings. The purpose of this is not to attack the theory of evolution (or theistic evolution for that matter). Neither is there a need to convert Christians to either creationism or theistic evolution.

It is only hoped that these articles will be informative to those who have little knowledge in this regard. Those Christians who are daunted by the acceptability of evolution and its association with the atheistic mindset, may find this information reassuring. Perhaps these thoughts may also raise a question in the minds of those who see evolution as unquestionable science, and who hold to the atheistic world-view that so often accompanies it.

Now that all these disclaimers and qualifications are over, let us briefly look at three simple questions you could ask of someone with some knowledge of evolution1. If you ask for the answers to these questions in simple layman’s English, you may get some insight of just how grey and fuzzy evolution can be.

They go something like this:

1. How did flight evolve?

2. How did mammals evolve from reptiles?

3. Where do whales come from?

The answers may go something like this:

Insect eating reptiles would have had to jump to catch their flying quarry. A mutation2 of their forelegs into wings facilitated flight and their ability to catch food. This mutated ‘wing’3 occurred in one generation and was developed enough to ensure that it was beneficial to the animal. Nature ‘naturally selected’ this mutated animal because of its increased ability to survive. The mutation was a success because of the needs and habits of the animal.

Much the same would be said of the development of the mammary glands in reptiles. In this case, however, what was the need for teats to form? It is theorised that the forming of teats resulted from the offspring sucking on the skin of the mother’s abdomen.

As for mammals taking to water again, evolutionists suggest that whales could have descended from the cow. The feasibility of that transformation and the need for cows to mutate features suitable for an aqueous existence takes some imagination.

The ‘chance’ mutation and reproduction of well developed wings in reptiles, reptilian offspring ‘spontaneously’ sucking off the bodies of their mothers and cows with an affinity for water…does this sound like science to you?

All this could only seem likely if deliberated by a creative, sustaining power. If that should be the case, one could just as easily conceive the creation of fully formed species.

  1. These ideas are those Rev. Mark Dickson. He is very knowledgeable in many aspects of evolution and creationism.

  2. There is very little experimental evidence of mutations that advantage an animal.
  3. A study of the complexity of the wing will help you appreciate the miracle of such a mutation.

Becky Conolly

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