If ever there were ever a location in this world that provides evidence for evolution, it’s the Galápagos Islands. As Darwin wrote in Origin of Species, Chapter 12 – Geographical Distribution continued, with bold font added by us:
The most striking and important fact for us in regard to the inhabitants of islands, is their affinity to those of the nearest mainland, without being actually the same species. Numerous instances could be given of this fact. I will give only one, that of the Galapagos Archipelago, situated under the equator, between 500 and 600 miles from the shores of South America. Here almost every product of the land and water bears the unmistakeable stamp of the American continent. … Why should this be so? Why should the species which are supposed to have been created in the Galapagos Archipelago, and nowhere else, bear so plain a stamp of affinity to those created in America? There is nothing in the conditions of life, in the geological nature of the islands, in their height or climate, or in the proportions in which the several classes are associated together, which resembles closely the conditions of the South American coast: in fact there is a considerable dissimilarity in all these respects. … On the other hand, there is a considerable degree of resemblance in the volcanic nature of the soil, in climate, height, and size of the islands, between the Galapagos and Cape de Verde Archipelagos: but what an entire and absolute difference in their inhabitants! The inhabitants of the Cape de Verde Islands are related to those of Africa, like those of the Galapagos to America. I believe this grand fact can receive no sort of explanation on the ordinary view of independent creation; whereas on the view here maintained, it is obvious that the Galapagos Islands would be likely to receive colonists, whether by occasional means of transport or by formerly continuous land, from America; and the Cape de Verde Islands from Africa; and that such colonists would be liable to modifications; the principle of inheritance still betraying their original birthplace.
The law which causes the inhabitants of an archipelago, though specifically distinct, to be closely allied to those of the nearest continent, we sometimes see displayed on a small scale, yet in a most interesting manner, within the limits of the same archipelago. Thus the several islands of the Galapagos Archipelago are tenanted, as I have elsewhere shown, in a quite marvellous manner, by very closely related species; so that the inhabitants of each separate island, though mostly distinct, are related in an incomparably closer degree to each other than to the inhabitants of any other part of the world.
The principle which determines the general character of the fauna and flora of oceanic islands, namely, that the inhabitants, when not identically the same, yet are plainly related to the inhabitants of that region whence colonists could most readily have been derived, the colonists having been subsequently modified and better fitted to their new homes, is of the widest application throughout nature.
That’s enough. We all understand Darwin’s theory, and the evidence that led him to it. But did you know that — gasp! — Darwin was wrong? Yes, dear reader, that’s what we learn today from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Hambo just posted this amazing article at his blog: Different View of the Galápagos. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The Galápagos Islands of South America have been used for so long to promote Darwin’s ideas about evolution that, to many people, these Galápagos Islands are now synonymous with evolution. But these beautiful and unique islands are actually evidence of a creator and a testament to the truth of His Word.
Wow — our teachers lied to us! Let’s read on:
AiG’s Dr. Georgia Purdom takes you on a journey through the incredible Galápagos from the biblical perspective in her book Galápagos Islands: A Different View.
Ah yes, Georgia Purdom, one of ol’ Hambo’s creation scientists. We’ve written about her before — see Vomit Opportunity: Bryan Fischer & Georgia Purdom. Then Hambo tells us even more about her book:
Filled with stunning photographs, this book will equip you to counter the claim that the Galápagos is a testament to evolutionary ideas.
Oh yeah — you’ll be equipped. After you read it, you’ll impress your friends even more than if you answer an ad in the back of a comic book and learn to play the accordion. But that’s not all:
This unique book contains articles from nearly 30 creation theologians and scientists who will strengthen your faith in God’s Word and help you develop a more biblical worldview.
Nearly 30 creation theologians — that’s very impressive! The rest of Hambo’s post is a sales pitch for Purdom’s book, which is available from Hambo’s online bookstore. This is an opportunity you don’t want to pass up!
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