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Elizabeth C. Turner is an Earth Science professor at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. She is a geologist and paleobiologist. In a recent article, she asked the question, “Ever wonder how and when animals swanned onto the evolutionary stage?” You can read the article for yourself at: https://theconversation.com/a-new-fossil-discovery-may-add-hundreds-of-millions-of-years-to-the-evolutionary-history-of-animals-167945)
Well, to begin with, she has made a MASSIVE assumption that she has no way to support – the assumption that naturalistic evolution actually explains reality. She is, obviously, totally committed to her belief that it does, but she must do it without evidence. It is her religious belief. Look at some of the comments she actually makes in the article:
- “Although scientists have been investigating the evidence of biological evolution for over a century, some parts of the fossil record remain maddeningly enigmatic, and finding evidence of Earth’s earliest animals has been particularly challenging.” (In other words, evidence isn’t there.)
- “The seemingly sudden appearance of diverse, complex animals, many with hard parts, implies that there was a preceding interval during which early soft-bodied animals with no hard parts evolved from simpler animals.” (Notice the word “implies.” There is no actual evidence so she gets her implications from her philosophical beliefs, not from science.)
- “Unfortunately, until now, possible evidence of fossil animals in the interval of “hidden evolution” has been very rare and difficult to understand, leaving the timing and nature of evolutionary events unclear.” (Hidden evolution? Unclear? Hidden means evidence doesn’t exist. It is unclear because there is no hard evidence.)
- “This conundrum, known as “Darwin’s dilemma,” remains tantalizing and unresolved 160 years after the publication of On the Origin of Species.” (It remains unresolved because there is no hard evidence to back up the theory.)
- “There is indirect evidence regarding how and when animals may have appeared.” (Indirect evidence? May have? Indirect evidence means they have taken data and tried to interpret it using a theory that they can’t prove.)
- “It is widely accepted that sponges are the most basic animal in the animal evolutionary tree and therefore probably were the first to appear.” (Probably?)
- “Based on these reasonable assumptions, sponges may have existed as much as 900 million years ago.” (Reasonable assumptions? It can only be considered reasonable if the assumptions can be demonstrated to be true – which they can’t.)
- “I am a geologist and paleobiologist who works on very old limestone, Recently, I described this exact microstructure in 890-million-year-old rocks from northern Canada, proposing that it could be evidence of sponges that are several hundred million years older than the next-youngest uncontested sponge fossil. Although my proposal may initially seem outrageous, it is consistent with predictions and assumptions that are common in the paleontological community .... If these are indeed sponge fossils, animal evolution can be pushed back by several hundred million years.” (Could be evidence? If these are ...? There is nothing here but speculation. There is no actual science to back it up.)
- “My unusual fossil material may provide a new perspective on Darwin’s dilemma. However, radical new ideas are generally not fully accepted by the scientific community without vigorous discussion.... At some point, probably years in the future, a consensus may develop based on further work.” (May provide? Consensus may develop? Seriously?)
Good grief! All of the assumptions and speculation in this article was beginning to make my head spin.
I have read tons of articles where evolutionary scientists have put forth their ideas about how the life forms that currently exist on earth got here, and they all do the same thing this writer has done. First, they assume, without any hard scientific evidence, that naturalistic evolution is true. Then, based on that assumption, they begin speculating about what “may have” happened.
What you need to know is that there is not one bit of science to be seen. These “scientists” gather all kinds of data (fossils, anatomical studies, DNA sequences, etc.) for their studies. But data is not science. Data is data. It has to be interpreted through some philosophical lens. So what do these folks do? They pick the naturalistic lens, then begin trying to figure out how the data can support their beliefs. Did you notice? They don’t start with science. They start with their assumption that evolution is true. The truth is, though, there is no actual science that shows naturalistic evolution is even possible. There is no science able to demonstrate that less complex life forms can naturally evolve to more complex forms. It is assumed to be true, then the speculation begins as they try to figure out how it might be possible. What you are looking at here is religion, not science.
Honestly, it is easy to get intimidated by all of these academics with their advanced degrees – especially when they start blasting away at those who don’t believe in Naturalism. They are convinced that people who don’t believe like they do are ignorant oafs – and they are not shy about talking down to the “peons.”
But don’t be intimidated! When they do that, they are not sharing science, they are sharing their religious beliefs – and those beliefs are simply false. Before you allow yourself to be intimidated like that, make them show you the actual science that shows naturalistic evolution is even possible. Push back on them as hard as they push on you and make them show you the science. If you do that, they will eventually just walk away. They will walk away because there is no science to show.
Freddy Davis is the president of MarketFaith Ministries. He is the author of numerous books and has a background as an international missionary, pastor, radio host, worldview trainer, and entrepreneur. Freddy is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Communication, and holds MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a popular speaker, particularly on the topic of worldview and its practical implications for the Christian life. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife Deborah.
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