Complex designs require a Designer to produce them. This is the Argument from Design, a powerful argument for the existence of God that has convinced countless people throughout history. It is also used throughout the Bible.
Evolutionists promote the view that scientists support Evolutionism and reject evidence for design. But this is false. Many eminent scientists accept the Argument from Design. This article and its prequels/sequels present quotations from a number of prominent scientists who have been convinced by the Argument from Design.
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson
Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Ben Carson (1951– ) is a distinguished scientist who rejects evolution and believes in creation.
This third article looks at Carson’s views on
3. Micro-evolution vs. Macro-evolution
Carson illustrated the difference between micro-evolution and macro-evolution this way:
“Imagine if you only got fed if you could dunk a basketball. Only tall people would be fed and would survive. They would pass on their tall genes to their offspring. Is this evolution or adaptation? Obviously it’s the latter. But evolution means one organism eventually changing into another quite different, and there’s no evidence for such change. God allowed for adaptation, which speaks of a wonderful Creator who gave His creatures a genetic structure flexible enough to adapt. But that’s not evolution.”
(From “Evolution? No. I don’t have enough faith. A conversation with Dr. Ben Carson,” interview by Jonathan Gallagher in the Adventist Review, February 26, 2004.)
Here Carson distinguishes between observable micro-evolution (minor changes within a kind) and macro-evolution (change from one kind of life form to another entirely different kind). Evolutionists like to ignore the distinction between the two types of evolution. They present evidence for change within a kind and wildly extrapolate it to say this proves one kind can change into another given enough time. However, as Carson points out, there’s no evidence for one kind changing into another.
Creationists agree with change within a kind. God created the original kinds to possess wide variability of traits within their genome to facilitate adaptation to a broad variety of conditions and environments.
Evolutionists trumpet the spurious idea that man evolved from single-celled life through innumerable small changes, each conferring a survival advantage on the organism. They assert this is true not only of man but of all animals and plants.
If this were so, the vast majority of all living organisms that ever existed were “intermediates.” To get from a single living cell to man would require trillions upon trillions upon trillions of distinct intermediate organisms in the evolutionary chain from cell to man.
But then where is the evidence of these trillions of transitions in the fossil record???
There is no evidence of transitions in the fossil record. Fossils of organisms appear suddenly in rock strata fully formed. Fossils of intermediates leading up to the fully-formed organism do not exist.
For example, we don’t find the pictured RoosterCat in life or in the fossil record. Chickens always produce chickens and cats always produce cats because the Creator specified that life reproduces “after their kind” (Genesis 1:11-12, 21-25). This was His original design, and this is the design we see in nature. There are no intermediates between kinds, neither in the fossil record nor in life–only in pictures.
Where’s the evidence? The extraordinary claims of evolutionists require extraordinary evidence. And extraordinary evidence is completely absent. In fact, even routine evidence is nowhere to be found.
There is no evidence of evolution in the fossil record because evolution of one kind into another kind never happened.
For an excellent treatment of the lack of fossil evidence for evolution in the case of dinosaurs, see Dr. Jerry Bergman’s article The Evolution of Dinosaurs: Much Conjecture, Little Evidence. Bergman says,
Review of the known fossils provides no evidence for dinosaur evolution from non-dinosaurs, despite the excellent and abundant dinosaur fossil record. … Dinosaurs appear abruptly in the fossil record and disappear just as suddenly.
Over 30 million dinosaur bones and parts, some in excellent states of preservation, have been identified, and although much speculation exists, not a single documented plausible direct ancestor has yet been located. All known dinosaurs appear fully formed in the fossil record. As Forster (2000, p. 42) admits, “much mystery remains about the origin of the dinosaurs.”
In conclusion, no credible evidence exists for dinosaur evolution from a primitive precursor animal, supporting the creation model. Dinosaurs appear suddenly and evidently also went extinct rather suddenly.
Dr. Ben Carson is a world-renowned neurosurgeon who has advanced medicine in many fundamental ways. He is someone who “understands science,” as his dozens of honorary doctorates and tremendous achievements in medicine demonstrate. Yet he vigorously and rigorously disputes evolutionism. He says there is no evidence of one kind of life ever changing into another kind.
The next article on Carson will discuss what Carson says about the design and order of the cosmos.
Questions to Ponder
- If you make random changes in the source code for a computer program, will the program gradually get better and better or will it stop functioning? Do you think such a process could ever turn a bare-bones notepad program into a full-fledged word processor program?
- Can you give just a single example of one kind of animal changing into another kind through the process of evolution? This question asks for an example of macro-evolution (change from one kind of life form to another entirely different kind), not micro-evolution (minor changes within a kind) which everyone acknowledges.
Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.
Soli Deo Gloria.
This is the 32nd article in the Evidence for God series that discusses the question,
“Is There Evidence for God?”
Read the prequels:
1. Evidence for God – Can You Answer a 6th-Grader?
2. Evidence for God – Design
3. Evidence for God – Experience
4. Evidence for God – Can You Prove God Exists?
5. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – Simple
6. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – Logical
7. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – Biblical
8. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – Old Testament
9. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – New Testament
10. Evidence for God – Stephen King & the Argument from Design
11. Evidence for God – Astronomy Quiz
12. Evidence for God – Astronomy Quiz Answers 1
13. Evidence for God – Astronomy Quiz Answers 2
14. Evidence for God – Astronomy Quiz Answers 3
15. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 1 – Ben Franklin
16. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 2 – Isaac Newton
17. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 3 – Johann Kepler
18. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 4 – Robert Boyle
19. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 5 – Albert Einstein
20. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 6 – Fred Hoyle
21. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 7 – Harold Urey
22. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 8 – Charles Townes
23. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 9 – A. E. Wilder-Smith
24. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 10 – Robert Millikan
25. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 11 – Rick Smalley
26. Evidence for God – Paul Walker & the Argument from Design
27. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 12 – John Eccles
28. Evidence for God – Polls Say People Don’t Believe in Evolution
29. Evidence for God – Why Don’t People Believe in Evolution?
30. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 13 – Ben Carson 1
31. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 14 – Ben Carson 2
Read the sequel:
33. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 16 – Ben Carson 4
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Wednesday April 9, 2014 A.D.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. (Romans 1:18-23)