Origins Archive

Do Naturalists Consider Chance the Singular Cause of Evolution?

In a word—no! The more sophisticated naturalists readily admit that the chance-alone hypothesis is at best far-fetched. Thus, they posit that natural selection* or some other unintelligent nonrandom mechanism is involved in the process. This, however, hardly limits the liabilities of the evolutionary hypothesis. First, it should be noted that there is no evidence for […]

Is Punctuated Equilibrium Legitimate Science?

Harvard’s Stephen Jay Gould posited that “a species does not arise gradually by the steady transformation of its ancestors; rather, it appears all at once and ‘fully formed.’ ” In other words, species remain relatively unchanged for long periods of time (equilibrium) followed by intervals of evolutionary change too rapid to be captured in the […]

What Is the Cambrian Explosion?

The Cambrian Explosion* is biology’s version of the Big Bang. Just as cosmology’s Big Bang undid the dogma of an eternal universe, biology’s Big Bang uprooted Darwin’s Tree of Life. First, if all of geological history were compressed into a twenty-four-hour clock, most of the distinct animal forms the world has ever known would appear […]

Can Aliens Account for the Origin of Life?

While panspermia is dispensed in different varieties, the basic notion is that life came to earth via aliens (directed) or meteorites (undirected). No less an authority than Darwinist Richard Dawkins considers the notion “an intriguing possibility.” In reality, panspermia—literally, “seeds everywhere”—does little to solve the naturalistic conundrum concerning the origin of life. First, while Dawkins […]

Did God Use Evolution As His Method of Creation?

Under the banner of “theistic evolution,” a growing number of Christians maintain that God used evolution as his method for creation. This, in my estimation, is the worst of all possibilities. It is one thing to believe in evolution; it is quite another to blame God for it. First, the biblical account of creation specifically […]

Is It Possible for a Protein Molecule to Come into Existence by Chance?

Evolutionary theory concerning how the first organized form of primitive life evolved hardly corresponds to reality. First, there is not the slightest evidence for an evolutionary sequence among the unimaginably varied cells existing on our planet. Furthermore, no living system can rightly be called primitive with respect to any other. Consider, for example, that life […]

Is the Mind Identical to the Brain?

Did God create us as body-soul unities, or are we merely material beings living in a material world in which reason is reduced to a conditioned reflex? First, logically, we recognize the mind and the brain to be different in that they have dissimilar properties. A moment’s reflection is sufficient to convince a thinking person […]

Are Ape-Men Fictions, Frauds, and Fantasies?

As has been well said, there is no business like bone business. Pithecanthropus erectus, Piltdown man, and Peking man are prime exemplars. First and perhaps best known among the ape-men icons is Pithecanthropus erectus. What is not as well known is that this fictional transitional form* between apes and humans is based on nothing more […]

Did Hippos Evolve into Whales?

In The Origin of Species, Darwin speculated that bears might well evolve into whales: “I see no difficulty in a race of bears being rendered by Natural Selection*, more and more aquatic in their structure and habits, with larger and larger mouths, till a creature was produced as monstrous as a whale.” In stark contrast, […]

Is It Reasonable to Believe That Scales Evolved into Feathers?

A primary evolutionary contention is that, in the course of merely millions of years, reptilian scales became more and more like feathers until, one day, the perfect feather emerged. Is this reasonable or ridiculous? First, as science advances, it has brought to light an unanticipated world of enormous complexity that requires the evolutionist to take […]

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