It’s from the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (ol’ Hambo’s online ministry), and the author is Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell. Her bio page at AIG says she’s a physician, board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She’s a creationist gynecologist, and she explains why Shubin is all wrong.
AIG’s title is: Review: Your Inner Fish, Episode 1. It’s rather long, and what Mitchell does is go through the whole show, describing what Shubin says, and then giving the creationist version. Because it’s so repetitive, we’ll have to skip a lot, so we give you only the goofiest excerpts. As always, the bold font was added by us for emphasis. Here we go:
Your Inner Fish, hosted on PBS by fish paleontologist Neil Shubin of Tiktaalik fame, blends fishy fables with embryology, genetics, and human anatomy. Shubin mingles observable wonders of biology with evolutionary explanations for their origin. He claims the human body itself contains the evidence for evolution and that “we are, every one of us, just a jury-rigged fish.”
“Fishy fables”? Can’t she can do any better than that? We’ll see. Here’s more:
Is there any harm in believing evolutionary “just so stories” about our bodies? There is. Blindly accepting the evolutionary explanations for why our bodies work as they do can lead to poor medical judgment. Wrongly believing that humans are just animals that go through a fish stage in the womb has tragically led many women to destroy the human life within them. And the false belief that the human body suffers from many flaws consequent to our evolutionary heritage leads to a mistaken view of the real origin of suffering and death.
That’s a new one. Now the creationists are blaming abortion on evolution. If abortions weren’t common before Darwin, why did the Hippocratic Oath, attributed to Hippocrates (c. 460 – c. 370 BC), originally say that a doctor would not help a women have an abortion? Surely such an oath wouldn’t mention a non-existent phenomenon. Never mind that. Let’s read on:
Shubin naturally spent much of the episode discussing Tiktaalik, which he found in Devonian rock deemed a little older than that in which Ichthyostega was found. Depicted walking out of the water in computer animations, Shubin opted to not discuss the anatomy needed for this feat, perhaps because Tiktaalik didn’t have it.
Despite declarations that Tiktaalik was “genuinely transitional” and had evolved “features contributing to the trend toward pelvic-propelled locomotion”4 across the terrestrial landscape, Shubin’s recent peer-reviewed writings do not make a case that it trotted out onto land.
No one claims that Tiktaalik literally walked — or trotted. It undoubtedly could only flop around with its bony fins, as walking catfish do today. We continue:
Rather than trying to make a case for Tiktaalik walking, Shubin asserts that the skeletal structure of its lobed fins pre-figured our own arms and hands.
Having now given viewers a glimpse of God’s marvelous design for the human hand, he gives the “god” of evolution the credit. He says, “So where did this marvel of evolution come from? It clearly has deep roots in the past. And you can see evidence of that in the bones of modern creatures.” Yet this is not “clear.” He simply assumes that similar skeletal patterns — common designs — demonstrate common ancestry rather than a Common Designer.
Ah yes, the designer likes to re-use his old plans — which only gives the appearance of common ancestry. But why does the designer always stick to old patterns? He never comes up with something that couldn’t be due to common ancestry — like a Pegasus or a centaur. Here’s more:
Darwin’s speculative explanation [common ancestry] remains as imaginative today as when he thought of it. Biology reveals animals vary and reproduce within their created kinds. Biological observation is consistent with the biblical account. It only makes sense that a wise Creator, the Common Designer of all living things, would use this versatile, stable skeletal pattern in countless different kinds of creatures.
The whole article is like that. Moving along:
Evolutionists can provide no mechanism for how such a trait [similar bones and muscles in the limbs] could develop through random processes in the first place nor be transferred to some new and more complex terrestrially mobile kind of animal down the road. God provided each kind of animal — and human beings — with the anatomical designs needed to function in its environment, no evolution required.
Can you handle any more? We can’t go on much longer. We’ll skip a few paragraphs about hernias, which Shubin says are due to an inherited design flaw. The creationist gynecologist disagrees. She says:
God designed a perfect human body along with a perfect world in the beginning. How do we know? He told us so in Genesis 1:31. And God warned Adam that rebellion would have consequences (Genesis 2:16–17). Adam did rebel and ever since that day the entire world has groaned (Romans 8:22) under sin’s curse. People’s bodies have worn down, gotten ill, and died. The problem is neither bad design nor evolutionary bondage, but the perversion of God’s good original designs as a consequence of man’s rebellion against the Creator.
Great, huh? The things that work are due to common design. Other things that don’t work so well are due to sin. Neat explanation! Here are the final words of her last paragraph:
We should be thankful that our bodies work as well as they do and that embryologic development usually operates as it should. Anyone who has studied human anatomy and physiology without evolutionary presuppositions — as I, a physician, have been privileged to do — should not recognize our “inner fish” but instead the hand of the Master Designer, our Creator and Savior Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:16–17), and with the psalmist declare we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).
We were expecting better, but considering how powerful Tiktaalik is as evidence for evolution, that was probably the best AIG can do.
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