The pseudoscience of creationism

Creationism is a subject that comes up against Evolution a lot, whilst evidence for Evolution is abundant, the only attempt to provide evidence we ever get from theists is ‘The only explanation has to be God’. If God is perfect, then the suggestion of intelligent design implies perfection. As the song goes ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands’, but has he, and did he ever? I don’t know if God created everything, but it seems highly unlikely due to the multitude of errors with life. Many theists have tried to imply that diseases are man-made due to lifestyle, or pollution, and others say illness and disease is God’s punishment for sin that our ancestors committed. So whenever you’re diagnosed with a disease it’s because someone sinned, or you watch your new born baby on a life support machine because of a heart defect and that’s because someone sinned? Creationism is usually associated with Intelligent Design, but this is a common misconception, as many supporters of ID don’t refute the age of the Earth, and don’t take the Bible literally, they just believe that life is too complex to be a natural phenomena, and it must have had a helping hand. Some even accept natural selection and other processes of evolution, but it’s still ignored by most genuine scientists as merely speculation at best.

As for creationism, and consider that the Earth is 6,000 years old, yet we’ve got such cultural and ethnic diversity in such a short time. Why are there so many natural disasters if god created this perfect Earth? Why are there areas in the world that are totally hostile to life, or areas where civilisation struggles to survive due to the climate, unfit land to farm, and contaminated water supplies. Let’s consider a few illnesses and diseases humans can get: Cancer; Leukaemia; Diabetes; Alzheimer’s; Dementia; Multiple sclerosis; Crohn’s disease; Asthma; Celiac disease; Tuberculosis; Stroke; Heart disease; AIDS; Pneumonic plague; Septicaemia; Rabies; Anthrax; Smallpox; Measles; Chicken Pox; Mumps; Herpes; Meningitis; Ebola; Tetanus; Yellow Fever; Malaria; Typhoid; Whooping cough; Hepatitis; Bronchitis; Influenza

I’ve listed a handful of diseases out of thousands and thousands. Some have a cure, some don’t. Some can be controlled, some can’t. Theists claim everything is balanced, and only a God could create life. My guess is if he is responsible, he’s not very good at it. In 1918 the Earth was subject to the Spanish Flu, and it’s was the most catastrophic event in the twentieth century. It was caused by the H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin, and at the time the population on a earth was approximately 1.5,000,000,000 and a third were infected, and 50,000,000 died as a result.

There are a multitude of birth defects, or defects that can happen over time, which suggests random mutations through Evolution, not a God’s hand, but if he was responsible it begs the question, how can he love us all? Here are some examples: Hair lip; Blindness; Deafness; Spina bifida; Cleft palate; Down syndrome; Conjoined; Motor neurone disease; Eczema; Hives; Arthritis; Club foot; Psoriasis.

There are a great number of people who suffer from mental disorders that include: Personality disorders; Bipolar; Anxiety; Depression; Psychosis; Schizophrenia; Anorexia; Panic attacks; Paranoia; Learning difficulties; Autism; Bulimia.

Not an extensive list by any means, but you get the idea. If god was perfect, then we’d be perfect, but as you can see life is a tightrope and there’s a chance you will fall off. Theists will say it’s punishment for sin, but a dog dying of cancer is that because a descendant stole another dog’s ball? I’ve heard so many times that we are surrounded by miracles, and this is evidence of god’s creation, but they seldom focus on the terrible aspects of life. I saw a pastor write on Twitter once that god created hurricanes to help make us stronger and unite us. What chance have you got reasoning with someone of that ridiculous mindset?

“Intelligent design is a less comprehensive alternative to evolutionary theory. While evolution relies upon detailed, well-defined processes such as mutation and natural selection, ID offers no descriptions of the design process or the designer. In fact, proponents do not even agree among themselves as to which biological phenomena were designed and which were not. Ultimately, this “theory” amounts to nothing more than pointing to holes in evolution and responding with a one-word, unceasingly repeated mantra: “design.” But unless ID advocates fill in the details, there is no way to scientifically test intelligent design or make predictions from it for future research. In short, it is not valid science.” – Source

The religion of evolution

I’ve heard this claim more times than I can mention, and I think that it’s a feeble attempt to bring the theory of evolution down to the level of the accuser. If they believe in a religion, and they have faith that their god is the divine creator, then by the same standard any opposing theory must also be a belief, require faith, and slot into the category of religion. The first mistake that they usually make is not researching evolution enough to understand it, and fail to recognise that a scientific theory is based on gathered evidence, as opposed to a standard theory which is an idea, or a suggestion to explain an event. The second mistake is thinking that the scientific method requires faith, as it’s deeply rooted in scepticism and doubt, and unlike a religion it’s able to adapt upon discovery of new knowledge, and/or evidence.

I read a preposterous article on Answers in Genesis where the authors, both claiming to be doctors, suggest that there’s no observable evidence for evolution, but creationism has observable evidence in the Bible, as it’s the word of god. There are many examples of observed evidence for evolution, and nothing except words from the Bible and speculation on divine creation. Young Earth creationists believe that the Earth is approximately 6,000 years old.

“2,000 years from Adam to Abraham, 2,000 years from Abraham to Christ, and 2,000 years from Christ to today. – Source

Here’s the scientific version.

“By dating the rocks in Earth’s ever-changing crust, as well as the rocks in Earth’s neighbors, such as the moon and visiting meteorites, scientists have calculated that Earth is 4.54 billion years old, with an error range of 50 million years.” – Source

As you can see there’s a tremendously vast difference in the age of the Earth from both parties and it’s actually a four billion five hundred thirty-nine million nine hundred ninety-four thousand difference. So when you accept how creationists blindly believe the words of the Bible over science, then it’s of no surprise that they think that evolution requires faith to must logically be a religion, but that’s assuming that creationists are able to apply logic in the first place. The way the creationist mind works is obvious, and it’s a fear of uncertainty. The Bible maps the birth of the universe and the start of life as an encyclopaedia, a pseudoscientific one, but all of the answers that they require are there. Whereas science whilst in the search for knowledge, being derived from the Latin word ‘scientia’, literally meaning knowledge, it’s about applying reason and doubt. Both of these processes go back as far as the archaic Greek philosophers, mainly the skeptics.

‪Well I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.‬” – Socrates

Having the honesty to say ‘I don’t know, as the evidence is insufficient’ is a frightening concept to them, and it’s rare to find a sceptic person of faith, as gods require absolute belief and obedience.

Scientists claim that they think unicellular to multicellular is in principal the same as a ‘ratcheting mechanism’, in that it can only go one way. What this means is a scenario is created where it’s only beneficial to a group, and destructive to anything alone, meaning there is no reversion to the state it was in before. In other words unicellular life banded together as a group and became reliant on each other, so there was no chance of a mutation to turn multicellular life back into unicellular life. In a group state, mathematically there’s more chance of mutation, but a mutation to go forward, and not backwards. This is Microevolution at work when there are small, but significant changes at a molecular and cellular level, caused from selection, genetic drift, gene flow and of course mutation. This is certainly a possibility of how life went from unicellular to multicellular. Biologists have been studying evolution for centuries are there are several key areas, and they include:

Anatomy- which shows that species that are similar in structure ie: humans and chimpanzees. Dogs, whales and humans all have similar bone structures in the forelimbs, which suggests that not only did the whale once walk on land, which will explain why mammals live in the sea, but the development of the related bone structure developed in a common ancestor.

DNA – genetic coding that’s shared throughout species that prove a universal common ancestor. This includes the building blocks of life; amino acids.

Resistance – this is how a species evolves to survive ie: bacteria vs antibiotics, and insects vs pesticides

Fossils – that provide evidence of our long extinct relatives.

Natural selection – is the change of biological heredity of a population through generations. Considering bacteria mostly has such a short life span, then several generations can happen very fast. Some microbes can live for hundreds of years on a surface, and some, like HIV only last seconds, but most don’t last very long at all.

Convergent evolution studies how significantly distinct species have evolved the same way through evolution. The strikingly similar features of a shark and a dolphin, despite one being a fish and one being a mammal. To look at they are similar, but anatomically they are very different. A shark has gills and cartilage structure, whereas a dolphin has bones and breathes fresh air. Physically they are very similar in that they have evolved for a common goal. To swim fast and efficiently through water.

Divergent Evolution takes us back to unicellular life, and how the diversity of modern life came from it, and how life can develop from a common ancestor.

Real time observation – watching species evolve over time, and a great example of this is the Florida green lizard who over several generations evolved its feet to climb higher up trees to narrower branches to avoid competition.

Vestigiality – this is organisms that have retained redundant body parts. Did you know that snakes have pelvic bones? Creationists will argue that was god’s doing as he punished the serpent in the garden of Eden.

Biographical relations – put the same species of animals in two different environments and over time they will change to suit the habitat. This is what inspired Charles Darwin to study finches at the Galápagos Islands.

‪‪The fact is that evolutionists believe in evolution because they want to. It is their desire at all costs to explain the origin of everything without a Creator. Evolutionism is thus intrinsically an atheistic religion. Some may prefer to call it humanism, and New Age evolutionists may place it in the context of some form of pantheism, but they all amount to the same thing. Whether atheism or humanism (or even pantheism), the purpose is to eliminate a personal God from any active role in the origin of the universe and all its components, including man.” – Source

‪The above quote is taken from another creationist organisation, and this time it’s the Institute for Creation Research, and as you can see, they are as delusional as Answers in Genesis. This article, however, is extremely bitter and is a direct attack against atheism, in which because we can’t prove there’s no god, then we must have faith, thus making it a religion, and they also claim that evolution isn’t promoted as a science, it’s promoted as a secular religion. So that means that I not only practise the religion of atheism, but I also practise the religion of evolution. How do these people genuinely expect to be taken seriously when they manufacture things to suit their agenda? Because scientists can’t fully explain naturalism, or provide evidence of abiogenesis, does this mean that because we’ve an incomplete picture, then it’s obviously false? And by their standards, believing something that they claim is without evidence is a religion, then surely it’s a two way street and they are being hypocritical?

The Great Flood (myth or fact?)

We’ve all been told by a creationist that Noah lived until a ripe old age, and during that time he built an ARK, after being warned by YHWH that a global flood was coming, but is any of it verifiable, believable, practical or achievable?

“Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man.” – Genesis 7: 17 – 21

• 1: Currently scientists think there are over 10,000,000 species of life on the planet. Over 1,000,000 are animals. How would the animals have all fit on the Ark? If they didn’t, where did they go? The current life on Earth is approximately 0.01 percent of life that’s existed on Earth throughout its existence, and a mass of life has been made extinct through catastrophic world events, but none of them were because of a flood.

• 2: There are limits to how big wooden ships can be build due to structural integrity. How many animals could fit on a ship whose size is limited? The Bible says Ark, not Arks. Creationists like Ken Ham believes we coexisted with dinosaurs despite evidence showing that dinosaurs lived between 245 and 66 million years ago, in a time known as the Mesozoic Era. The dinosaurs became extinct 60,000,000 years before humans first appeared.

• 3: There are no records from any civilisation of the Biblical Flood, yet theists claim the Biblical account is factual and a relevant addition to the history of the world. Egypt is right next to Canaan, but do they ever mention that one morning they noticed that the desert was a little moist? The pyramids are worn through sand and wind erosion, and there’s no evidence whatsoever that they’ve suffered water damage.

• 4: If the world flooded it would have mixed salt water and fresh water together. How could life have survived, like Fresh water fish or plants that can’t perform osmosis because the salt would have dehydrated them resulted in their death. Plants require sunlight to perform photosynthesis, and if they are under water, this cannot happen. Yet the rainforests in South America contain billions of trees and plants, and has existed as a land mass since the Eocene epoch which ended 39,000,000 years ago.

• 5: There are currently estimated to be around 6,000 languages around the world. How did the languages survive, or develop in such a short time since the flood? Languages take a long time to develop, and some linguists claim it can be as long as a 1000 years before two languages become distinctly different.

• 6: If the Flood happened within the last 6 thousand years, and civilisations perished. Why are there Aborigines, samoans, Indian, Latino, Inuits, Arabic, African, Chinese, Japanese people who are all very distinctly different, if humanity was born from Noah’s family? The world would be Jewish, but there are currently less than 20,000,000 Jews on Earth according to a 2018 census, and in 2018 there were 7.6 billion people on Earth, which makes the Jewish population less than 3%. We are supposed to just accept that the world’s population rose to 7.6 billion from eight righteous people’, who God deemed to not be wicked.

• 7: If the water submerged everything, including Everest, where did the water go afterwards?

“and the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.” – Genesis 8.3

• 8: Why has somewhere like the Grand Canyon got evidence of ice forming valleys, but no sea water damage, or that sea water or the life in sea water was ever there? There are no marine fossils in the Grand Canyon.

• 9: Who maintained the ARK, fed all the animals, toilet facilities, laundry, storage, segregation and sanitation? Considering there were a multitude of predators, including dinosaurs, how did Noah’s family manage to contain them, and keep them free from illness and disease?

• 10: Who took all of the animals back to where they belonged? The world would be unrecognisable. How would they know where they were taking them? Did Noah have Google Maps? The Arctic and Antarctic would have melted under the water, so where did the polar bears, penguins etc all live until the ice returned? How did the natural order of the food chain and the equilibrium of life return to normal after such an upheaval? Life on Earth is categorised in 5 ways; Monera (bacteria), Protista, Fungi, Plantae, and Animalia. Only Animalia was on the ARK… Biologists estimate up to 30,000,000 species of insects. Even if the number was closer to the 900,000 currently recognised, where did they all go during the flood?