Creationists come in many flavors.Â There are the "Young Earthers" who claim that the earth is around six thousand years old, and that all living things were created at that time, as described in the Genesis Book of the Bible.Â There is so much scientific evidence that proves that this is nonsense that I will spend no more time on it here.
â€œOld Earthersâ€ take a more nuanced position, claiming that, yes, the earth is very old, and evolution happens in a limited way. Â But they still claim that God created Man, independent of any â€œnaturalâ€ processes.
It is difficult to categorize all the different sub-groups within the Old Earthers.Â This article would turn into a very long book if I tried to address all of their claims.Â So, I will concentrate on one that is central to their attack on Evolution:Â That Evolutionary theory cannot account for the Cambrian Explosionâ€¦that period about 570 million years ago when a great number of new species appeared in a relatively short time. Â I emphasize â€œrelativelyâ€ here, because the period was at least ten million years, and possibly as much as a hundred million.
But compared to the rate of evolution for the previous three billion years, it is reasonable to call it an â€œexplosion.â€ Â Creationists have pooh-poohed this for years, claiming that the sudden proliferation of species required a divine hand.
This has been studied extensively by countless evolution experts, of course.Â It is an anomaly in the evolutionary process.Â How did it happen and why?Â Scientists want to know the answer. Â Creationists claim that there is only one answer.
Here is a web site that gives the commonly accepted answer by most scientists.
But if you want a little humor, wade through this one:
Hereâ€™s another site that is a gold mine of further references for anyone who wants to understand current scientific knowledge about the Cambrian Explosion.
I must addâ€¦I do not expect to change anyoneâ€™s mind with this.Â I know that faith-based beliefs are not subject to revision, no matter how convincing the facts are.
I offer one final thought for Creationists who read this: Your criticisms of Evolution are based mostly on the premise that certain parts of the Theory cannot be supported by fossil evidence.Â You are completely correct on this.Â But I ask youâ€¦what evidence supports your theory that God did it? Â Is it only the lack of evidence for the Cambrian Explosion?
If so, your argument suffers from a fundamental logical flaw known as â€œthe A or B fallacy,â€ which claims that if A if false, then B must be true. Â It fails to address the alternative that C or D or any number of other hypotheses might be true.
To put it bluntlyâ€¦if Evolution cannot explain the Cambrian Explosion, (and I must emphasize the "if," because many think it does) that does not prove that God did it.