Bill Nye, an outspoken scientist who is vehemently against creationism, says: “Evolution is a theory, and it’s a theory that you can test. We’ve tested evolution in many ways. You can’t present good evidence that says evolution is not a fact” (“Bill Nye”). Mr. Nye, although a renowned scientist, somehow fails to see the overwhelming amount of evidence that points to a Creator. The same is true with textbooks that teach evolution as fact, such as Physical Science with Earth Science published by Glencoe and National Geographic. Creation scientists can indeed present good evidence that evolution is not a fact through the many wonders of geology.
One of the first geological wonders misinterpreted by evolutionists is the science of plate tectonics and the theory of Pangea, a mega-continent that is said to have existed millions of years ago. Physical Science with Earth Science teaches the “seafloor spreading hypothesis” as fact, claiming that the continents have been created over millions of years by the divergence of the plates in the mid-ocean ridge (Feather 356). Creationists actually do believe in the existence of Pangea (Snelling, “Can Catastrophic”). However, rather than this mega-continent being separated by millions of years of plate divergence, evidence shows that Pangea was split apart by a catastrophic event such as a worldwide flood. Dr. Andrew A. Snelling gives two main indications of this. The first is the “zebra-stiped magnetic patterns” in the seafloor that seem to point to a rapid change in magnetic polarity rather than a gradual one (Snelling, “Can Catastrophic”). The second, according to Dr. Snelling’s article, is that “slow-and-gradual subduction should have resulted in the sediments on the floors of the trenches being compressed, deformed, and thrust-faulted, yet the floors of the Peru-Chile and East Aleutian Trenches are covered with soft, flat-lying sediments devoid of compressional structures” (Snelling, “Can Catastrophic”). Pangea and plate tectonics is the first of many geological phenomenon that align perfectly with the Biblical account of a worldwide flood.
Another misinterpretation by evolutionists and secular textbooks is the theory of radioactive dating. Physical Science with Earth Science teaches that “atoms can be used to measure the age of bones or rock formations that are millions of years old” (Feather 586). Another article written by the brilliant Dr. Andrew A. Snelling explains some of the issues with this type of dating. Essentially, radioactive dating is dependent upon many assumptions. The scientist must assume that all of the parent isotope has turned into all of the daughter isotope, which, according to Dr. Snelling, requires three things: the scientist must know exactly what the parent isotope was like in the beginning (which is impossible), the parent isotope must not be contaminated, and the rate of decay must be constant (Snelling, “Radiometric”). The likelihood of all these things happening is slim to impossible. Therefore, evolutionists must not teach this misinterpretation as fact.
The dating and formation of rock has always been a hot topic of debate between creationists and evolutionists. The textbook Physical Science with Earth Science teaches that metamorphic rocks were developed over millions of years except when the changes occurred through shock metamorphism (Feather 632). Not surprisingly, however, more and more evidence points toward the rapid formation of metamorphic rock through conditions of extreme pressure and an abundance of water (Snelling, “Confirmation”). According to Dr. Snelling’s article from the Institute for Creation Research, there are actually modern examples of rapid metamorphism, such as those in Norway (Snelling, “Confirmation”). Additionally, metamorphic rock is shown to be surprisingly young through a dating method using argon 40. Even controversial subjects such as rock dating and formation point clearly to a Creator.
Land formations such as the Grand Canyon are often used as support for evolution. When it comes to the Grand Canyon, however, even Christians may be mistaken. In another revealing article from Answer in Genesis, Dr. Snelling suggests that many of the land formations formed on Earth were formed instantly on Day 3 of Creation Week, when God created land, which is thought to have come up out of the sea (Snelling, “Thirty”). Land formations such as the Grand Canyon actually line up with this theory because there are no fossils in the bottom layers of sediment, providing mankind with rich layers of minerals such as iron and gold (Snelling, “Thirty”). Therefore, land formations are yet another geological wonder that downplays the theory of evolution and promotes creationism.
Throughout land formations and layers of the Earth’s crust, fossils are found in great numbers, giving an insightful glimpse into the past. Fossils are probably the number one piece of evidence used to “prove” evolution. Yet again, however, scientists have shown that fossils can be developed rapidly rather than over millions of years. Author Heather Brinson Bruce explains that even secular scientists recognize this truth (Bruce). Of course, a worldwide flood would provide ideal conditions for rapid fossil formation of the massive number of corpses produced by the flood. Bruce says: “Massive catastrophes like Noah’s Flood would produce the conditions necessary to quickly bury and protect creatures so that they can fossilize. It appears that God wanted to leave abundant evidence of His past judgment of mankind’s sin.” It is interesting that even the weightiest “evidence” for evolution seems to provide convincing support for creation.
Evolutionists use fossils as supreme evidence for their theory. But what about the lack of transitional fossils between species? What most people fail to recognize is that the fossils evolutionists claim as “transitional” between species are greatly lacking. Even “Lucy,” the influential fossil thought to be a cross between an ape and a human, contains notable deficiencies. The bones in Lucy’s wrists, neck, shoulders, arms, fingers, and toes all point to the fact that she was indeed a chimpanzee, not a human or some sort of transitional form (Menton). Charlie Wolcott points out in his article “Show Me the Transitional Fossils!” that if the world was actually millions of years old, there would be a much larger number of fossils in general, as well as many more transitional fossils (Wolcott). Rather than providing evidence for evolution, it seems that fossils are providing convincing evidence against it.
Evolutionists are probably the best known for their belief that the world is billions of years old. This view presents some major problems. First, the microevolution seen today simply does not line up with the theory of genetic mutation claimed by evolutionists. Rather than evolving into better organisms, it seems that the human race is evolving in the wrong direction—down (Catchpoole). In his staggering article “Time—No Friend of Evolution,” David Catchpoole says:
[T]he longer that people are on the earth, the worse [mutation is] going to get, with increasing incidence of birth defects and other obvious symptoms of genetic disorders such as cancer. . . Such is the alarmingly high rate of increase in the human population’s total number of accumulated mutations (i.e. the genetic load or genetic burden) from generation to generation, that evolutionary geneticists are bewildered as to why we haven’t already become extinct. For example, evolutionary geneticist Alexey Kondrashov asked, “Why aren’t we dead 100 times over?” However, their puzzlement arises because they believe that humans have been on earth for at least 100,000 years (some would say a million years). (Catchpoole)
If the Earth was billions of years old and humans had existed for 100,000 years, then why has the human race not mutated itself to extinction? Science presents many other questions to consider as well. For example, if the Earth is so old, why do archeologists find living tissue still on the bones of fossils? D. Russell Humphreys of the Institute for Creation Research gives a long list of evidences for a young Earth in space, the ocean, the atmosphere, and more. One of his most fascinating examples is the saltiness of the oceans. After all, if the Earth was as old as evolutionists claim it is, much of the world’s water would have evaporated out of the oceans, resulting in a much more saturated solution of water (Humphreys). With all of this sound evidence pointing toward a young earth, it seems that more faith is required to believe in evolution than to believe in a Creator.
Evidently, this long list of issues and solutions points distinctly to a Creator. Textbooks, scientists, and the world must take into consideration the inconsistencies in geology and be able to make an informed conclusion based on the evidence. Unfortunately, however, many people are so determined to believe in evolution that they choose to ignore the evidence and base their beliefs off mere assumptions and excuses. Mr. Bill Nye may claim that no evidence can be produced against evolution, but each person must study the evidence and conclude for themselves what is ultimate truth.
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Feather, Ralph M., Jr., et al. Physical Science with Earth Science. Columbus, OH: Glencoe/McGraw Hill, 2009. Print.
Humphreys, D. Russell. “Evidence for a Young World.” Institute for Creation Research. 2005. Web. 5 May 2017.
Menton, David and Elizabeth Mitchell. “A Look at Lucy’s Legacy.” Answers in Genesis. 6 June 2012. Web. 5 May 2017.
Snelling, Andrew A. “Chapter 14: Can Catastrophic Plate Tectonics Explain Flood Geology?” Answers in Genesis. 8 November 2007. Web. 4 May 2017.
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Wolcott, Charlie. “Show Me the Transitional Fossils!” Creation Moments. 6 August 2012. Web. 5 May 2017.