Problems from Unexplained Anomalies
- The Problem of Sexes
- The Problem of the Kanapoi Elbow Fossil
- The Problem of Geologic Catastrophes
- The Problem of Young Earth Evidence
Top of page The Problem of Sexes
Advanced organisms have two sexes. Gradual evolution could not have produced sexuality. To say that it could have done so is to assume that both sexes evolved from the same ancestor. Even if one sex of a species evolved, it would have died without a mate. As put by Parker, "...we can't even imagine that males evolved from females, or vice versa, or that human beings evolved from some animal that had only one sex." (14, pg. 41)
Top of page The Problem of the Kanapoi Elbow Fossil
This fossil, known as KP 271 is strikingly like modern humans. It is the oldest hominid fossil ever found to date, dated at 4.5 million years ago (on the evolutionist's time scale). This puts it before any other supposed "ape-men," including the australopithecines ("Lucy"). If this is true, evolution cannot be true. As put by Lubenow, "The concept of human evolution decrees that it is impossible for true humans to have lived before the australopithecines—even though the fossil evidence would suggest otherwise—because humans are supposed to have evolved from the australopithecines." (9, pg. 57) While Lubenow's conclusion about KP 271 being human is questioned by some evolutionists, it is just another example of how the evolutionists are now constantly trying to swim upstream against the evidence challenging their theory.
Top of page The Problem of Geologic Catastrophes
Evolution demands long, uninterrupted spans of time. Yet the geologic record is one of catastrophes that interrupted life on earth. Gould admits that these "great dyings" are a problem because "our strong biases for gradual and continuous change force us to view mass extinctions as anomalous and threatening." (5, pg. 57)
There are numerous evidences from geology that support the biblical flood account. Examples are petrified logs and polystratic trees (extending through several layers of strata). Indeed, the mere existence of fossils confirms the flood account. If the Bible, or at least the young earth creationists' view of the Bible, is accurate as to history, what we would expect to find is billions of dead things found in rock layers, laid down by water, all over the earth. Indeed, that is precisely what is found. (4, pg. 26)
Top of page The Problem of Young Earth Evidence
Probably a majority of creation scientists accepts an old earth view. But some believe in a relatively young earth. While we at Faith Facts lean toward the old earth view, the young earth view is worth considering.
In either case, the evidence presented shows that evolution could not have happened no matter how much time we give it. But here is another problem for the theory. Evolution requires huge amounts of time. Of the hundreds of dating methods or evidences of the age of the earth, "young earth creationists" are convinced that the preponderance of evidence supports a young earth—at least far too short amount of time for evolution to have happened.
Some of the evidence offered includes: the decay of the earth's magnetic field, influx of minerals and sediment into the ocean via rivers, decay of natural plutonium, decay of lines of galaxies, the slowing rotation of the earth, the moon's recession rate from earth, the amount of atmospheric helium, pleochroic halos, the existence of comets and meteors, population growth, the "Poynting-Robertson effect", the existence of star clusters and super stars. (See Morris' book in the Resource List.)
An interesting piece of evidence came from the aftermath of the 1980 Mt. St. Helens volcanic eruption, the most extraordinary geologic event of the Twentieth Century. When one looks at strata of rock layers, for example in the Grand Canyon, evolutionists assume that each small layer of rock was laid down over millions of years. But scientists witnessed similar layers of sedimentary rock laid down by water flooding and lava flows caused by the Mount St. Helens eruption-proving that it doesn't require millions of years, but merely hours in catastrophic conditions. (See 13, video listed in Resource List.)
Young earth scientists argue that some popular dating methods that evolutionists use to suggest an old earth are subject to critical analysis, as they often give questionable and inconsistent results. For example, carbon 14 dating, contrary to popular belief, is only workable for a few thousand years of age. Radioisotope dating gives inconsistent results and is subject to various questionable assumptions. (12, Chapter 5)
There is strong evidence that the much quoted age of the sun of 4.5 billion years is a number not based on adequate science, but rather is a biased number based on how much time the evolutionists feel they need to support their theory. When "unacceptable" dates for rocks are encountered, geologists use their evolutionary assumptions about the presumed age of the fossils in the rock layers to date the rock. Since the rock layers in turn are used to date the fossils they contain, this is circular reasoning. (See chapter 18 and the appendix of Lubenow's book for a fascinating description of this problem.)
For websites of young-earth creationists, see www.icr.org or www.answersingenesis.org. For websites from the perspective of old-earth creationism, see www.reasons.org or www.leaderu.com/offices/bradley.
- Problems w/Darwinian Mechanism
- Problems of Building Consistent Evolutionary Tree
- Problems from Unexplained Anomalies
- Is Darwinism Good Science (or Bad Philosophy)?