In its July, 2002 issue, the magazine
Scientific American published an article titled "15
Answers to Creationist Nonsense." Yet that aggressive piece of
writing actually contained no scientific answers to creationism at
all, and merely demonstrated the fanaticism and bigotry of the Darwinist
An interesting article appeared in the July, 2002, issue of Scientific
American, one of the prominent scientific journals. Written by editor
in chief John Rennie, "15
Answers to Creationist Nonsense" contained important examples
of Darwinist dogmatism. Beginning with its very title, the article and
its aggressive style was a living proof of something we have been stating
for years: Darwinists are tied to the theory of evolution in a totally
dogmatic manner. Their intolerant reactions to criticism are the result
of that philosophical rigidity.
In this essay, you will find the errors, misconceptions and even the
tricks in the Scientific American article in question.
Avoiding Difficult Questions
If you are going to reply to 15 questions regarding a thesis you oppose,
then you will be expected to deal with each one in a tangible manner.
If, on the other hand, you come up with imaginary questions and waste
time with the answers to them, then your readers will naturally come to
doubt your credibility. Avoiding getting to grips with the real questions
is a sign that you are trying to deceive yourself or your readers.
Scientific American's "15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense"
is just such an example of "avoiding the truth." Right from
the start, a number of those questions reveal that this is what is going
"Evolution is only a theory. It is not a fact or a scientific law."
"Evolution is unscientific, because it is not testable or falsifiable.
It makes claims about events that were not observed and can never be re-created."
"If humans descended from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?"
None of the above are objections expressed by critics of the theory of
evolution. Everyone who offers serious criticism knows what the concept
of "theory" actually means, and accepts that scientific research
into events in the past cannot be carried out by means of observation
and recreation. In the same way, no scientists who seriously criticize
the Darwinist thesis as regards the origin of man would ever offer such
a ridiculous objection as "If humans descended from monkeys, why
are there still monkeys?"
John Rennie, the author of the article, should no doubt be well aware
of this. Yet the way that he puts the above three statements forward as
"creationist objections" and imagines that he has given satisfactory
replies to them shows that he is "tilting at windmills." If
he really wants to "reply to the creationists" then he needs
to reply to such real questions as how it is that nearly all animal phyla
suddenly appeared in the Cambrian without any trace of evolutionary ancestors;
why not one example of a mutation that developed the genetic information
of living things has ever been encountered; or why no trace has been found
of the billions of intermediate form fossils that Darwin anticipated.
The truth about the questions that Rennie has tried to reply to, most
of which can again be seen as "easy questions," is set out below.
Rennie's Misconception About Natural Selection - I (Question
Two of John Rennie's questions are to do with the concept of natural
selection. In the first of these, (Question 2) he tries to respond to
the objection that natural selection is a tautology. In the second, (Question
11) he tries to reply to the objection that natural selection can bring
about micro-evolution but not macro-evolution.
In the first case, the only reference Rennie is able to provide is Peter
P. Grant's well known observations of finches in the Galapagos Islands.
Rennie describes this example as "population shifts in the wild,"
and counts it as evidence for evolution with natural selection. However,
Grant's studies demonstrated only that the finch populations in the Galapagos
Islands "fluctuated" according to the changes in natural conditions,
in other words, that they did not develop in any particular direction.
Furthermore, they also revealed that the 13 different species identified
in the finch population actually came under a far smaller number of species,
and that the different species in question were tending to converge. That
means that natural selection has not brought about evolution (in other
words development in one particular direction and thus the emergence of
a new species) on the Galapagos Islands.
In his meticulous book Icons of Evolution, biologist Jonathan
Wells considered all the details of Grant's work and came to the conclusions
we have outlined above. The fact that Rennie is nevertheless still doggedly
putting forward Grant's Galapagos observations is nothing less than an
admission of despair.
Rennie's Misconception About Natural Selection - II (Question
The sleight of hand in Rennie's second question on natural selection
is particularly noteworthy. The question reads,
"Natural selection might explain microevolution, but it cannot
explain the origin of new species and higher orders of life."
Rennie's response to this rests on the concept of "allopatric speciation"
put forward by Ernst Mayr.
In order to clarify the error here, we need to define the concept of
"allopatric speciation" and its basic concept, "geographic
isolation." It is well known that every living species has within
it differences stemming from genetic variation. If a geographic obstacle
arises between members of a species, in other words if they are "isolated"
from one another, then it is very probable that different variations will
begin to predominate in the two groups that are now separated from each
other. Despite being from the same species, such variations with specific
morphological differences between them (name them as "variation A"
and "variation B") are called "sub-species."
The claim of speciation that Rennie talks about enters the equation after
that point. Sometimes, variations A and B that have split from one another
due to geographic isolation are unable to reproduce when they are brought
back into contact again. According to contemporary biology's definition
of "species," since they are unable to reproduce, they are no
longer different "sub-species," but 'different species.' This
is called speciation.
Two important points arise here:
1) Variations A and B, isolated from one another, may not be able to
reproduce when brought together. Yet this generally stems from "reproductive
behavior." For that reason, they are still, genetically speaking,
members of the same species. (In fact, for that reason, the concept of
"species" continues to be a matter of debate in the scientific
2) The really important point is that the "speciation" in
question means a loss of genetic information rather than an increase.
The cause of speciation is not that new genetic information has been acquired
by one or both variations. There is no such addition of genetic information.
On the contrary, instead of a population that previously had a larger
gene pool, there are now two different populations with reduced gene pools.
That is why the "speciation" that Rennie refers to as an example
of evolution actually offers the theory of evolution no support at all.
The theory of evolution claims that all living species developed by chance
mutations and natural selection from the simple to the complex. In
order for the theory to be taken seriously, therefore, it needs to propose
"mechanisms that create and increase genetic information."
Having dealt with that matter, let us now turn to Rennie's second error
(or rather deception).
You will notice that Rennie expresses the "creationist question"
11 in these terms, "Natural selection might explain microevolution,
but it cannot explain the origin of new species and higher orders of life."
In other words, he is speaking about the origins of both species and "higher
orders of life."
Yet in his reply, he only mentions the origin of species! (And that,
as we saw above, is a totally inadequate account) Rennie never mentions
the origins of genera, families, orders, classes or phyla, all of which
are higher categories than species, and offers no explanation at all.
This is in all probability intended to convince less careful readers.
People who read the "15 questions" but cannot bring themselves
to read the long (but empty) answers that follow them will imagine that
Rennie has actually responded to them all.
The way that the proponents of Darwinism resort to such methods once
again reveals the terrible straits the theory finds itself in.
Rennie's last account on the subject of natural selection suggested that
there could be evolutionary mechanisms outside natural selection. The
only example he gave consisted of speculation on the origin of mitochondria
that evolutionists have long been engaged in. The fact that he resorts
to speculation and not evidence to support the theory of evolution, which
is itself speculation, is self-explanatory.
The Origin of Man and the Evolutionary Impasse (Question
In the third question, John Rennie touches on the origin of man, and
... evolution implies that between the earliest-known ancestors of humans
(roughly five million years old) and the appearance of anatomically modern
humans (about 100,000 years ago), one should find a succession of hominid
creatures with features progressively less apelike and more modern, which
is indeed what the fossil record shows.
However, the fact that evolutionists can place creatures that lived in
the past in an order to suit their theory does not demonstrate that those
living things actually underwent such a process of evolution. That opinion
is shared by Nature magazine editor Henry Gee, one of John Rennie's
fellow evolutionists. In his book In Search of Deep Time, (1999)
Gee points out that all the evidence for human evolution "between
about 10 and 5 million years ago-several thousand generations of living
creatures-can be fitted into a small box." He concludes that conventional
theories of the origin and development of human beings are "a completely
human invention created after the fact, shaped to accord with human prejudices",
To take a line of fossils and claim that they represent
a lineage is not a scientific hypothesis that can be tested, but an
assertion that carries the same validity as a bedtime story-amusing,
perhaps even instructive, but not scientific. (1)
Recently, Gee also made a very important comment on the
new skull fossil found in Chad (Sahelanthropus tchadensis) and
its implications for the theory of evolution. According to Gee, "Whatever
the outcome, the skull shows, once and for all, that the old idea of
a 'missing link' is bunk".(2) He also explains
that the there is no evidence for the idea of human evolution in the fossil
record; It is simply a projection created according to evolutionist assumptions:
It is suspected that the last common ancestor of humans
and our closest living relatives, the chimpanzees, lived around 7m years
ago. We know this not from direct fossil evidence, but from studying
the small differences in the otherwise similar genes of humans and chimps,
and estimating the time needed for these differences to accrue. Looking
at the fossil evidence itself, we see a huge and frustrating gap.
The closer one examines John Rennie's words, the more evolutionist frustrations
Why Just A Few Dare to Speak Out? (Question 4)
Another argument offered by Rennie as he tries to defend Darwinism is
that the theory of evolution is widely accepted by the scientific world.
There are generally two different reasons for an opinion's commanding
widespread support. Either there is a great deal of evidence for it, or
else the system somehow imposes it on people. It is the second of these
that applies in the "widespread scientific support" behind the
theory of evolution. The academic world is laboring under a heavy misconception
in believing that science is equivalent to materialist philosophy. The
leaders of the scientific establishment impose that error on other scientists.
In such an environment that regards opposing evolution as opposing science,
then how are scientists to offer any free criticism of the theory?
Even John Rennie's own writing bears the traces of this ideological dictatorship.
The title of his article refers to creation as "nonsense." When
a scientific journal employs a headline of that sort, can one really say
that the matter in question is being treated in a climate of free debate?
Rennie grows even more aggressive in the introduction, and says that defending
creation is as unscientific as defending "flat earth cosmology."
In the body of his article, he speaks in terms of "dishonest creationists."
(Page 65) In such a climate of ideological pressure, how can scientists
criticize Darwinism when they have to publish their articles in scientific
magazines? How many people can take the risk to say "The emperor
has no clothes"?
Consequently, the graph in Rennie's article which purports to show that
belief in creation declines with peoples' educational level (Page 65)
is nothing more than a statement of the dictatorship of Darwinist thought.
Nothing could be more natural than for an education system dominated by
Darwinists to produce Darwinist individuals.
Yet one good thing about science is that such dogmatism never succeeds
for long. The cracks in the foundations of the Darwinist temple are a
sign that free science will soon tear that dogma down.
Why do Evolutionists Confess? (Question 5)
As John Rennie tries to remove all doubts about Darwinism from his readers'
mind, he brings up the subject of quotations taken from evolutionist authorities
by creationists, and claims that these are invariably distorted. In Rennie's
view, scientific authorities whose works are quoted are always evolutionists,
but that "dishonest creationists" try to portray these people
as being opponents of evolution.
Whereas the truth of the matter is very different. Creationists do not
try to portray the evolutionist authorities from whom they take extracts
as being opposed to evolution. Stephen Jay Gould, Alan Feduccia or Henry
Gee… Nobody claims such scientists are opposed to evolution. Yet these
and many other similar supporters of evolution have seen and spoken about
the deficiencies in the theory of evolution. Nothing could be more natural
than for their comments on such matters to be made use of.
The reason for the great number of such quotations is that the theory
of evolution is a mass of speculation. Since there is no concrete evidence
for the theory, evolutionists engage in speculation on just about every
aspect of it. Since that speculation does not conform to the available
facts, gaps keep emerging, and various scientists report on the fact.
This is the reason of why we have so many quotes doubting evolution in
a committed Darwinist establishment.
The Origin of Life and John Rennie's Wriggling (Question
Following all the speculation in the first six of his 15 questions, Rennie
finally comes to an important matter in Question 7; The Origin of Life.
How did the first living thing emerge?
All that Rennie does in the face of that question is to sum up in a few
sentences the scenario that evolutionists have been putting forward ever
since the time of Alexander Oparin in the 1920s. After admitting that
"The origin of life remains very much a mystery," Rennie tries
to make the scenario credible by saying, "... but biochemists have
learned about how primitive nucleic acids, amino acids and other building
blocks of life could have formed and organized themselves into self-replicating,
self-sustaining units, laying the foundation for cellular biochemistry."
Rennie is quite right to gloss over such an important subject as the
origin of life in this superficial way, because he has no way of going
into details. If we analyze the above statement, we can see just how unrealistic
Rennie's claim actually is:
1) First of all, contrary to what Rennie claims, the question of how
"primitive nucleic acids, amino acids and other building blocks of
life" emerged in the primitive atmosphere on earth is a terrible
dilemma for evolutionists. They used to think the problem had been resolved
in the primordial atmosphere experiments by Stanley Miller and his successors.
Yet in the 1970s it was realized that the primordial atmosphere was not
based on methane-ammonia and that it contained large amounts of oxygen,
for which reason it emerged that it was impossible for even the simplest
organic molecules, such as amino acids, to be synthesized.
2) If we assume that simple building blocks such as nucleic acids or
amino acids did somehow synthesize in the primitive atmosphere (or had
come from outer space, as Rennie claimed after the above lines), that
hypothesis still does not benefit the theory of evolution in any way.
The problem is one of how these simple organic compounds came to turn
into a living cell of incredible complexity and containing genetic information?
Contrary to Rennie's claim, organic molecules have never been observed
to "organize themselves" and turn into self-reproducing, living
organisms. No observation, experiment or even theoretical study has ever
been performed that might suggest that could ever happen.
In short, Rennie's argument about the origin of life is quite worthless.
Moreover, the following lines from the end of the topic are of great interest,
both as an admission of defeat and an indication of his prejudice against
"Creationists sometimes try to invalidate all of evolution by
pointing to science's current inability to explain the origin of life.
But even if life on earth turned out to have a nonevolutionary origin
(for instance, if aliens introduced the first cells billions of years
ago), evolution since then would be robustly confirmed by countless
microevolutionary and macroevolutionary studies."
Interesting truths begin to emerge when we analyze these lines:
The Darwinist camp can not go further than
Miller's now refuted experiment.
1) Rennie talks about a "current inability to explain the origin
of life". In other words, he hopes that the problem is temporary
and one day in the future, facts in favor of evolution will be discovered.
Giving such a hostage to future confirms that belief in evolution stems
not from scientific discoveries but philosophical assumptions. This attitude
of Rennie's is no different to that of the dogmatic Marxist who sees that
Karl Marx's theories totally fail to fit the current social and political
facts, but who nevertheless expects the awaited "proletarian revolution"
to happen one day in the future.
2) Rennie admits that intelligent design could account for the origin
of life and that science may well reach that conclusion, but for some
reason he chooses to suggest aliens as the source of that design. The
"aliens" theory turns up again in Rennie's article (in his reply
to Question 3). The interesting thing is that Rennie is quite happy to
admit the possibility of the existence of an intelligent design created
by aliens, but totally rejects the intervention of a metaphysical Creator.
This once again reveals that Rennie's devotion to Darwinism and his reaction
to the concept of creation actually stem from his philosophical prejudices
3) Rennie's acceptance that intelligent design might be behind the origin
of life but his rejection of it during the subsequent course of natural
history is a thoroughly prejudiced and unscientific position. That is
because there is just as much evidence for intelligent design in the origin
of very many other complex organic systems as there is for that of life
itself. Rennie's use of such expressions as "robustly confirmed"
in order to gloss over these facts but still to impress his readers, are
no solution at all.
Rennie's Dawkins-Style Tricks (Question 8)
The theory of evolution's greatest error of all is the idea that living
things are the product of unconscious natural mechanisms. Rennie attempts
to deal with that objection in Question 8, but merely ends up disappointing
himself. Rennie's response to the objection that the complexity in living
things cannot be explained by chance takes this form:
"Chance plays a part in evolution (for example, in the random
mutations that can give rise to new traits), but evolution does not
depend on chance to create organisms, proteins or other entities. Quite
the opposite: natural selection, the principal known mechanism of evolution,
harnesses nonrandom change by preserving "desirable" (adaptive)
features and eliminating "undesirable" (nonadaptive) ones."
That is no answer at all, since it is something known to everyone. According
to the theory of evolution, all living things were produced by "chance"
(mutations) and natural selection, which is presumed to select the most
beneficial of these.
The problem is this: Natural Selection is not a conscious mechanism.
If it is therefore to select a chance change, this has to provide the
organism with an effective advantage. Yet many complex organs in living
things provide no advantage at all unless they are fully formed. It is
therefore impossible for natural selection to make a selection in that
direction. (It also remains to say that natural selection played no part
in the origin of life because there was no life or competition around
in the so-called "prebiotic soup".)
Rennie tries to cover up this gaping hole in the theory of evolution,
and employs the same trick as those of Richard Dawkins. The example he
gives is that the phrase 'TOBEORNOTTOBE' was formed by a computer using
the selection method in 336 goes.
Do evolutionists really believe in such examples? Or are they compelled
to employ them in order to save face in front of not well informed readers?
One wonders ... The above example is banal and based on an evident deception.
The computer that came up with 'TOBEORNOTTOBE' was programmed to do so.
The ultimate result was predetermined from the start. The programme places
letters into 13 blank spaces at random, but it selects a letter when it
moves into its pre-ordained position. In other words, it knows that the
first letter is T before 'TOBEORNOTTOBE' comes into being, selects T when
one appears in that position, and leaves it there.
In short, there is a predetermined plan and a selection mechanism working
consciously according to this plan. However, the theory of evolution maintains
that living things emerged with no predetermined plan and by an unconscious
selection mechanism. Therefore, Rennie's argument is, at least, ridiculous.
Rennie's Misconceptions About The Second Law of Thermodynamics
Evolutionists' claims regarding thermodynamics are based on a classic
case of error and deception, and John Rennie repeats them.
The first error consists of ignoring the difference between ordered and
organized systems. Rennie cites the examples of mineral crystals and snowflakes,
and says that these "complex structures" emerge spontaneously
through natural processes. Yet these are not complex systems, but organized
We can make this clear with an example. Imagine a completely flat beach
on the seashore. When a strong wave hits the beach, mounds of sand, large
and small, form bumps on the surface of the sand. This is a process of
"ordering". The seashore is an open system, and the energy flow
(the wave) that enters it can form simple patterns in the sand, which
may look regular. From the thermodynamic point of view, the wave can set
up order here where before there was none. But we must make it clear that
those same waves cannot build a castle on the beach. If we see a castle
there, we are in no doubt that someone has constructed it, because the
castle is an "organized" system.
Charles B. Thaxton, Walter L. Bradley and Roger L. Olsen, in their book
titled The Mystery of Life's Origin, explain why analogies from
self-ordering cases (like the snow flake) does not account for the origin
of biological complexity:
... such analogies have scant relevance to the origin-of-life
question. A major reason is that they fail to distinguish between order
and complexity... Regularity or order cannot serve to store the large
amount of information required by living systems. A highly irregular,
but specified, structure is required rather than an ordered structure.
This is a serious flaw in the analogy offered. There is no apparent
connection between the kind of spontaneous ordering that occurs from
energy flow through such systems and the work required to build aperiodic
information-intensive macromolecules like DNA and protein. (4)
John Rennie's claim regarding open systems is also a classic evolutionist
error. Yes, entropy may decrease in open systems that receive energy from
the outside, but specific mechanisms are needed to make the energy functional.
For instance, a car needs an engine, a transmission system, and related
control mechanisms to convert the energy in oil to work. Without such
an energy conversion system, the car will not be able to use the energy
stored in oil.
The same thing applies in the case of life as well. It is true that life
derives its energy from the sun. However, solar energy can only be converted
into chemical energy by the incredibly complex energy conversion systems
in living things (such as photosynthesis in plants and the digestive systems
of humans and animals). Without an energy conversion system, the sun is
nothing but a source of destructive energy that burns, parches, or melts.
The Ultimate Problem About Mutations (Question 10)
In question 10, John Rennie tries to give the appearance of having answered
one of the most fundamental questions facing the theory of evolution.
The problem is that mutations never increase living things' genetic information.
Rennie, naturally enough, maintains the opposite, and suggests that mutations
can bring about such an increase (and therefore evolution itself). Of
course he needs to find examples if that is to be taken seriously, but
the ones he comes up with are not valid.
Rennie's first example is bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
That is in any case one of the most popular themes in evolutionist propaganda.
But it is flawed. It is true that bacteria can sometimes develop a resistance
to antibiotics by means of mutations, but these mutations do not add the
bacteria any new genetic information. On the contrary, they lead to morphological
degeneration in them. As with the case of immunity to streptomycin revealed
in great detail by the Israeli biophysicist Dr. Lee Spetner: Bacterial
resistance to streptomycin stems from a mutation that affects the ribozome
and structurally damages it. Even if this mutation benefits the bacteria
in terms of antibiotic immunity, it nevertheless represents a genetic
reduction that reduces the functioning of the ribosome. As Dr. Spetner
has made clear, mutations such as these are not what the theory of evolution
The invalidity of Rennie's second example on the subject of mutations
can be seen from his own words:
"In fruit flies, for instance, the mutation called Antennapedia
causes legs to sprout where antennae should grow. These abnormal limbs
are not functional, but their existence demonstrates that genetic mistakes
can produce complex structures, which natural selection can then test
for possible uses."
Everybody is aware that mutations can bring about major morphological
changes in living things. The question is this: Do the morphological changes
brought about by these mutations grant living things any increase in genetic
information and beneficial features? No! There are no such examples. In
fact, Rennie confesses that, and says that the mutations in question produced
non-functional (in other words crippled) legs growing from where the antennae
should have been in flies. How can anyone believe that a process that
cripples creatures could have led them to evolve? And how can Rennie suggest
that as evidence for evolution?
In his last paragraph on mutations, Rennie speaks of greater genetic
changes going beyond point mutations. Yet the question is still the same.
Such changes have never been observed to increase the genetic information
in a living thing. In this case, Rennie does not even try to offer an
What he has to say about globin is nothing but a reflection of evolutionist
speculation. This speculation begins with comparative analyses of the
DNA in living things, and comes up with an evolutionary connection in
their globin structures. On close inspection however, this turns out to
be circular reasoning. The evolutionary family relationships built on
these comparative DNA analyses rest on the assumption that living things
descended from a common ancestor. Portraying these theoretical relationships,
which are constructed on the assumption that evolution is true, as evidence
for evolution is simply expressing the same claim in another way, a tautology
The Question of Transitional Forms (Question 13)
In question 13, John Rennie attempts to deal with the problem of transitional
forms, one of the major stumbling blocks facing the theory of evolution,
and is similarly unable to provide a satisfactory response. The following
shows the true position of the "intermediate forms" he suggests:
Archaeopteryx: Rennie writes that Archaeopteryx, a candidate
for the title of the greatest transitional form of all time, was an intermediate
form between reptiles and birds, but that "creationists" refuse
to accept this, calling it "just an extinct bird with reptilian features."
The fact is, however, that it is not only "creationists" who
say that, but also world-renowned ornithologists who have examined the
matter in great detail. Alan Feduccia, one of the foremost names in ornithology,
shares that view regarding Archaeopteryx.
"Feathered Dinos" were not feathered
at all, like the fossil forgery above, Archaeoraptor
In fact, a considerable body of evidence has emerged to demonstrate the
invalidity of the claim that Archaeopteryx was a transitional form.
As Feduccia has stated, "Most recent workers who have studied various
anatomical features of Archaeopteryx have found the creature to
be much more birdlike than previously imagined," and "the resemblance
of Archaeopteryx to theropod dinosaurs has been grossly overestimated."(6)
Another problem regarding Archaeopteryx is that the theropod dinosaurs,
which many evolutionists regard as its ancestors, emerge after Archaeopteryx
in the fossil record, and not before it.
On the other hand, the tale of "feathered dinosaurs"
that John Rennie refers to is nothing more than evolutionist speculation.
All of the fossils that have been put forward as "feathered dinosaurs"
in the last 10 years are debatable. Detailed studies have revealed that
the structures portrayed as "feathers" are actually collagen
fibers.(7) Such speculation all stems
from evolutionist prejudice. As Feduccia has said, "Many dinosaurs
have been portrayed with a coating of aerodynamic contour feathers with
absolutely no documentation."(8) (One
of the so-called 'feathered dinosaurs' in question, namely Archaeoraptor,
turned out to be a fossil forgery). Feduccia sums the position up in these
terms, "Finally, no feathered dinosaur has ever been found, although
many dinosaur mummies with well-preserved skin are known from diverse
Horse Series: The horse series that John Rennie
portrayed as an important proof of evolution is actually a terrible blunder
on his part. That is because the horse series that makes up a so-called
evolutionary process from Eohippus to the present-day horse (Equus)
has actually been accepted as erroneous by a great many evolutionist authorities.
For example, evolutionist science writer Gordon R. Taylor acknowledged
that "… the line from Eohippus to Equus is very erratic. It
is alleged to show a continual increase in size, but the truth is that
some variants were smaller than Eohippus, not larger. Specimens
from different sources can be brought together in a convincing-looking
sequence, but there is no evidence that these were actually ranged in
this order in time." (10)
The Origin of Whales: Rennie also includes the scenario concerning
the evolution of whales as an example of proven evolution. Yet that, too,
is nothing more than evolutionist speculation. There are great morphological
differences between the land mammal Ambulocetus and such archaic
whales as Rodhocetus, the alleged descendant of the former. The
details of the matter were examined in my article "A
Whale Fantasy from National Geographic"
The Origin of Molluscs: This, also glossed over
by Rennie as an example of evolution, is actually another dilemma facing
the theory. These shelled creatures that make up the phylum Mollusca
are divided into eight separate classes, and all of these emerged suddenly
in the Cambrian Period, just like most living phyla and classes. Even
the determinedly evolutionist Encyclopedia Britannica accepts that
there is no fossil evidence for the evolution of molluscs in the words:
"The fossil record gives little clue as to how the molluscs originated
and how the eight classes differentiated in Precambrian times. The evolutionary
pathway must thus be largely inferred from comparative anatomy and development."
The Origin of Man: Rennie claims that 20 or more hominids fill
the gap between Lucy and modern man. Yet the truth is that there is no
line from Australopithecus to man (Homo sapiens).
One indication of this is that the categories between
Australopithecus and Homo sapiens (like Homo habilis, Homo rudolfensis
or Homo erectus) are exceedingly speculative and debatable. An
article by the evolutionary paleoanthropologists Bernard Wood and Mark
Collard, published in Science in 1999, maintained that the Homo habilis
and Homo rudolfensis categories were imaginary, and that the fossils
ascribed to them needed to be transferred to the genus Australopithecus.(12)
Milford Wolpoff of the University of Michigan and Alan Thorne of the University
of Canberra are of the belief that Homo erectus is an imaginary
category, and that the fossils ascribed to it are actually variations
of Homo sapiens.(13) This means that there are
no other hominids between Australopithecus, an extinct species
of ape, and Homo sapiens, including modern man and his racial variations.
In other words, mankind has no evolutionary origins.
Another fact that invalidates the claim of a direct
line between Australopithecus and modern man (Homo sapiens), is that the
categories alleged to have followed one another actually lived at the
same time. The latest evidence to demonstrate that was the discovery published
in Science magazine that fossils named as Homo habilis, Homo
ergaster and Homo erectus have lived at the same time. Reid
Fleming, of the University of North Texas, who led the research, sums
up the significance of that discovery in this way, "This was completely
unexpected, because until now, prevailing scientific views placed habilis,
ergaster and erectus into an evolutionary sequence." (14)
Molecular Biology and the Evolutionary Family Tree: Rennie must
have been aware of the feeble nature of his claims on fossils, since he
then sought to find support from molecular biology in his search for evidence
of evolution. His argument was based on genetic similarities and he claimed
that, "structures of these genes and their products diverge among
species, in keeping with their evolutionary relationships."
Yes, that is indeed what evolutionists expect from molecular biology
- in other words that living things closely related according to the theory
of evolution will have very similar molecules. Yet the facts demonstrate
the exact opposite. Recent molecular discoveries have produced results
totally at odds with the 150-year-old evolutionary family tree.
According to a 1999 article by French biologists Hervé
Philippe and Patrick Forterre, "with more and more sequences available,
it turned out that most protein phylogenies contradict each other as
well as the rRNA tree." (15)
Neither the comparisons that have been made of proteins, nor those of
rRNAs or of genes, confirm the premises of the theory of evolution. Carl
Woese, a biologist from the University of Illinois, admits that;
No consistent organismal phylogeny has emerged
from the many individual protein phylogenies so far produced. Phylogenetic
incongruities can be seen everywhere in the universal tree, from its
root to the major branchings within and among the various (groups) to
the makeup of the primary groupings themselves. (16)
The fact that results of molecular comparisons are not
in favor of, but rather opposed to, the theory of evolution is also admitted
in an article called "Is it Time to Uproot the Tree of Life?"
published in Science in 1999. This article by Elizabeth Pennisi states
that the genetic analyses and comparisons carried out by Darwinist biologists
in order to shed light on the "tree of life" actually yielded
directly opposite results, and goes on to say that "new data are
muddying the evolutionary picture" (17)
In short, molecular comparisons between living things all work against
the theory of evolution, in total contrast to what John Rennie claims.
The Origin of the Eye and the Non-Evolution of the Evolutinary
Theory (Question 14)
In Question 14, Rennie enters the field of irreducible complexity and
mentions the origin of the eye, which has always been an unsurpassable
hurdle for evolutionists. Rennie's account is nothing but a repetition
of speculation put forward by Charles Darwin 150 years ago: The claim
that "primitive" eyes with very poor vision existed in nature
and that more complex eyes might have evolved from these.
However, clear evidence to disprove that claim has emerged since Darwin's
Evolutionists are still leaning on Darwin's
arguments on the complexity of nature.
1) Natural history reveals that the first eye identified
on earth was not primitive at all, but actually had an extraordinarily
complex structure. That eye structure in question was the double-lens
compound eyes of the trilobites. The nuclear physicist and trilobite aficionado
Levi-Setti states that: "the refracting interface between the
two lens elements in a trilobite's eye was designed in accordance with
optical constructions worked out by Descartes and Huygens in the mid-seventeenth
century".(18) The most striking feature of
these eyes, described as a marvel of optical design, is that they have
no primitive form behind them, but rather emerged suddenly.
2) Even light-sensitive cells that Darwin referred to
as "primitive eyes" actually possess an extraordinarily complex
structure. Even the most "primitive" eye is an irreducibly complex
system requiring a light-sensitive cell, extraordinarily complex biochemical
mechanisms within that cell,(19) nerves linking that
cell to the brain, and a visual center to interpret these. That cannot
come about in stages. For that reason, the theory of evolution is unable
even to account for the origin of the most "primitive" eye,
let alone use that as a basis to account for more complex ones.
Rennie writes that "Today's intelligent-design advocates are more
sophisticated than their predecessors." Yet the sad fact is that
the proponents of the theory of evolution are still leaning on Darwin's
invalid theses from 150 years ago. The fact that they still put forward
the myth that the origin of the eye lies in "evolution from primitive
eyes" shows that the theory of evolution has not evolved at all in
the last 150 years.
Helplessness in the Face of Irreducible Complexity (Question
In the final section of his article, John Rennie attempts to criticize
the evidence put forward by such proponents of intelligent design as Michael
J. Behe and William Dembski. The first thing he does is to cite the objections
of evolutionists Kenneth R. Miller and Russell F. Doolittle, who are critical
of Behe. The fact is, however, that Dr. Behe has comprehensively responded
to and refuted these objections. (See Behe's
responses to critics)
The paragraph that really shows Rennie's total helplessness in the face
of irreducible complexity reads:
The key is that the flagellum's component structures, which Behe suggests
have no value apart from their role in propulsion, can serve multiple
functions that would have helped favor their evolution. The final evolution
of the flagellum might then have involved only the novel recombination
of sophisticated parts that initially evolved for other purposes.
In short, Rennie is saying that the flagellum might have come about "with
the recombination of parts that initially evolved for other purposes."
Yet that is the whole essence of the matter. What are those "other
purposes"? For what purposes could the molecules that make up the
flagellum have come about? Saying that "might have come about in
other stages we are unaware of" without clearly defining these stages
is simply a repetition of Darwinist dogma.
Rennie's effort to portray the organelle that Yersinia pestis uses to
inject toxins into cells, which partly resembles the flagellum, or flagella
with simpler structures as evolutionary stages of the flagellum itself
is also hopeless. That is like using a car or a glider to account for
the alleged "evolutionary" origins of a jet plane. There may
be certain similarities, but that does not show that the vehicles in question
evolved from one another as the result of blind coincidences. They are
all separately designed structures.
When we come to Rennie's objection to Dembski's thesis,
we see that it only consists of reference to studies by the Santa Fe Institute.
Yet just like those of their precursors such as Ilya Prigogine, these
theoretical studies do not carry the concept of "self-organization"
any further than merely being a materialist belief. (The invalidity of
the idea of self-organization is set out in detail in Dembski's 2002 book
No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot be Purchased Without
Intelligence). It must nevertheless be made clear that the evolutionists
from the Santa Fe Institute display more common sense than John Rennie
does. While Rennie tries to portray the concept of intelligent design
as an unscientific thesis, Stuart Kauffman, the pre-eminent self-organizational
theorist of the Santa Fe Institute, publicly admitted that intelligent
design was a legitimate intellectual and scientific project. (20)
Rennie's Dogmatic Commitment to Materialism
Following his objections regarding intelligent design, Rennie unwillingly
admits that the complexity in nature cannot be accounted for by evolutionary
mechanisms, and to resolve this he elects to give a hostage to future:
"Some of the complexity seen in organisms may therefore emerge
through natural phenomena that we as yet barely understand. But that
is far different from saying that the complexity could not have arisen
Rennie's logic displays a blind dogmatism. If he thinks that he can account
for the biological complexity in nature by means of evolution, then he
needs to identify these mechanisms. When he is unable to find any mechanism,
he suggests the existence of mechanisms that "we as yet barely understand."
Yet if these mechanisms are not understood, then how can Rennie be sure
they actually exist? What difference is there between believing in the
existence of such mysterious evolutionary mechanisms and believing in
an "alchemical mechanism" that can turn base metals into gold?
What difference, therefore, is there between believing in evolution and
believing in alchemy?
All these questions demonstrate that Rennie's and other
determined Darwinists' belief in the theory of evolution is the result
of their dogmatic belief in materialism. Even Darwin behaved in a less
biased manner when he said, "If it could be demonstrated that any
complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous,
successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down."(21)
John Rennie and other contemporary Darwinists choose to give hostages
to future rather than accept the collapse of the theory when faced with
just the kind of irreducibly complex organs described by Darwin.
When one examines Rennie's article, one sees that one fundamental idea
underlies all this dogmatism. The following lines are particularly enlightening:
"...science welcomes the possibility of evolution resulting from
forces beyond natural selection. Yet those forces must be natural; they
cannot be attributed to the actions of mysterious creative intelligences
whose existence, in scientific terms, is unproved."
In the first sentence here, Rennie says that certain forces, the existence
of which is quite unproven, may contribute to evolution. Yet he imposes
a condition in the sentence that follows: These forces must be natural.
Therefore, he rejects the existence of a conscious Creator, because the
existence of a conscious Creator is, in scientific terms, "unproven."
Yet in the previous sentence, Rennie admits the possibility of unproven
forces. Elsewhere in his article, as we have seen above, he also speaks
of evolutionary mechanisms that have not yet been discovered, but which
he hopes will be in the future. This means that Rennie's problem is not
one of whether the existence of intelligent design has been proven or
not, but that such design conflicts with the materialist philosophy he
Rennie is of course free to believe as he wishes. Some people believe
in materialist philosophy. Others believe in astrology, and others in
alchemy. The problem is that Rennie and materialists like him are trying
to portray their dogma as actual science. That is a hypocritical deception.
But one whose days are numbered.
Conclusion: Congratulations to John Rennie
John Rennie deserves appreciation for displaying
Actually, we should be congratulating Scientific American editor
John Rennie on his article. By failing to provide any response to the
proofs of creation, by ignoring a great deal of that important evidence
as he flounders, and by exhibiting nothing but rage and fanaticism, he
has only served to highlight the collapse that Darwinism is currently
In the collapse of Lamarckism, as well as the successes of such great
scientists as Mendel, the terrible fiascoes of such Lamarckists as Lysenko
also played a major role. In the same way today, alongside the successful
work of scientists who support the idea of intelligent design, the logical
and scientific rout of dogmatic Darwinists will also play a major role
in the collapse of Darwinism.
Those who read about these debates in a few decades' time will see the
truth of this much clearer, and will be amazed that so many people from
the scientific community could have been taken in by such a myth as Darwinism.
(1) Henry Gee, In
Search of Time: Beyond the Fossil Record to a New History of Life,
New York, The Free Press, 1999, p. 126-127.
(2) "Face of yesterday : Henry Gee on the
dramatic discovery of a seven-million-year-old hominid", The Guardian,
July 11, 2002
(4) Charles B. Thaxton, Walter L. Bradley & Roger
L. Olsen, The Mystery of Life's Origin: Reassessing Current Theories,
4th edition, Dallas, 1992, chapter 9, p. 134.
(5) Lee Spetner, Not By Chance, Judaica Press, 1997.
Also see, Dr. Lee Spetner, "Lee Spetner/Edward Max Dialogue: Continuing
an exchange with Dr. Edward E. Max," 2001, http://www.trueorigin.org/spetner2.asp
(6) Alan Feduccia, The Origin and Evolution of Birds,
Yale University Press, 1999, p. 81
(7) Ann Gibbons, "Plucking the Feathered Dinosaur",
Science, volume 278, Number 5341 Issue of 14 Nov 1997, pp. 1229 - 1230
(8) Alan Feduccia, The Origin and Evolution of Birds,
Yale University Press, 1999, p. 130
(9) Alan Feduccia, The Origin and Evolution of Birds,
Yale University Press, 1999, p. 132
(10) Gordon Rattray Taylor, The Great Evolution Mystery,
Abacus, Sphere Books, London, 1984, p. 230.
(11) "Mollusk", Evolution and Paleontology,
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2002
(12) Bernard Wood, Mark Collard, "The Human Genus",
Science, vol. 284, No 5411, 2 April 1999, pp. 65-71
(13) Pat Shipman, "Doubting Dmanisi", American
Scientist, November- December 2000, p. 491
(14) "Fossil Discovery Upsets Theories On Human
Origins", Associated Press, http://www.msnbc.com/news/776334.asp?cp1=1
(15) Hervé Philippe and Patrick Forterre, "The
Rooting of the Universal Tree of Life is Not Reliable", Journal of
Molecular Evolution, vol 49, 1999, p. 510
(16) Carl Woese, "The Universel Ancestor",
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 95, (1998) p. 6854
(17) Elizabeth Pennisi, "Is It Time to Uproot the
Tree of Life?" Science, vol. 284, no. 5418, 21 May 1999, p. 1305
(18) Levi-Setti, R. Trilobites. 1993. (University of
Chicago Press, Chicago). p.54.
(19) The extraordinarily complex structure of these
mechanisms is illustrated in Michael Behe's Darwin's Black Box. As Behe
maintains, even the chemical make-up in the retinal cell alone is enough
to disprove Darwin
(20) "Dembski and Kauffman Square Off in New Mexico",
Philip Johnson's Weekly Wedge Update, November 19, 2001; www.arn.org
(21) Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species: A Facsimile
of the First Edition, Harvard University Press, 1964, p. 189.