IN what we’ll describe as a small step for mankind but a giant leap for creationism, the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) have been researching one of the greatest questions of all time: If evolution is true, then why are there still monkeys?
That is, of course, one of the dumbest questions a creationist can ask, yet they all seem to ask it. Standard refutations abound — for example: If America was founded by England, why are there still Englishmen? Also: You agree that dogs are descended from wolves, so why doesn’t it bother you that there are still wolves? None of that has any effect. Creationists remain convinced that the persistence of monkeys refutes evolution.
But all that may change. Today, dear reader, the creation scientists at AIG have arrived at an answer to this ancient riddle — but we fear it will alienate almost all of their loyal followers. Most creationists believe that the continued existence of monkeys is proof that monkeys (or apes, or whatever) are not our ancestors, because if they were … well then, why are they still hanging around (so to speak)? Shouldn’t they all have evolved into humans?
As we’ve discussed before, AIG has a clever feature at their website to help them appear credible — it’s a small list of Arguments that should never be used. There they’ve collected a few of the absolute worst, most easily debunked creationist arguments. By rejecting them, AIG gives up relatively little, because the rest of their “science” relies on other worthless arguments, yet by pointing to their list of rejects they can claim that they don’t make nonsensical claims. Well, it’s true that they do reject a few clunkers — but they’re delusional to think that doing so gives them any cover.
Anyway, they’ve just added another argument to their little list, but this time we think they’ve gone too far. Today they’re rejecting one of the bedrock arguments that has sustained creationism through the generations. They’re being naive if they imagine their supporters can go along with this.
Judge for yourself. We present If Humans Evolved from Apes, Why Do Apes Exist Today? Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Many creationists today, sadly, demonstrate their lack of understanding of the evolutionists’ position when they ask this question.
Here is how their misguided thinking goes: “If evolution were true, then modern humans descended from apes. (After all, we’ve seen many scientific charts showing apes as man’s ancestors.) So, since apes still exist, they didn’t turn into humans, and evolutionists are being silly when they say apes evolved into humans. Case closed!”
Precisely. We’ve seen that a thousand times. It’s so pervasive that we think it’s perilous for AIG to abandon it. But that’s what they’re doing. Let’s read on:
This argument shows a misunderstanding of what evolutionists actually believe about human evolution. The evolutionary concept of the origin of humans is not based on humans descending from modern apes but, rather, argues that humans and modern apes share a common ancestor.
They expand on that a bit (their audience can’t grasp the idea all at once) and then they conclude:
[I]n reality, it is just a misunderstanding of what evolutionists’ believe. This is another argument the Christian should not use.
But AIG has given only half of an explanation — the “common ancestor” part. The rest of the explanation is that a species’ direct ancestors can indeed continue to exist (not the actual individuals, of course, but the same species). All that’s required is for a portion of the original population to become isolated from the rest so that they form a separate breeding population. In time, due to mutations occurring in the separate group, they can develop into a new species, while the parent stock continues essentially unchanged — as with wolves and dogs, or several species that were obviously descended from mainland ancestors that Darwin found on the Galapagos Islands.
Anyway, even with a partial explanation, AIG has now dismissed the “Why are there still monkeys?” issue. That’s fine with us, but will their followers be able to accept such heresy? We suspect that for most creationists, this is a step they just can’t take. So we predict that AIG may soon be receding from this radical move. Time will tell.
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