We present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from The Dodo’s Posthumous Message to Mankind, which appears in The Trumpet, a publication of the Philadelphia Church of God, which has some relationship with Herbert W. Armstrong. The bold font was added by us:
In 1681, the last dodo bird on the planet breathed its last breath. But that was not the final chapter of the bird’s story. Some 300 years later, botanists on Mauritius — the island where the dodo had lived — noticed that a certain species of tree was rapidly dying off. Tambalacoque trees had historically grown in abundance on Mauritius, but by the 1970s only 13 remained. And all of those remaining were thought to be around 300 years old. Even though they were producing fruit containing seeds each year, none of the seeds were sprouting into saplings. This meant that no new Tambalacoque trees had sprouted since the late 1600s.
Aha, a mystery! When the dodo went extinct, the Tambalacoque trees stopped reproducing. Why? We’re told:
An American ecologist named Stanley Temple wondered if the dodo’s extinction 300 years earlier was connected to the Tambalacoque’s inability to reproduce, which had also set in about 300 years earlier. Temple traveled to Mauritius to study the Tambalacoque, and made a fascinating discovery: When the dodos were still alive, they would eat the Tambalacoque’s fruit, and only after the seeds had journeyed through their digestive tract could they successfully germinate.
After making this discovery, Temple found a solution to the Tambalacoque’s decline. He brought some American turkeys to Mauritius, and found that their digestive process was similar enough to that of the dodos to be able to activate the Tambalacoque seeds. Thanks to Temple and the turkeys, the Tambalacoque lives on to this day!
Very nice! It’s an interesting example of Symbiosis. The dodo fed on the seeds, and that enabled the seeds to sprout. But what does this have to do with creationism? Be patient, it’s coming:
The dodo went extinct back in 1681, but 300 years later, it delivered a posthumous message to mankind: The Tambalacoque and the dodo bird likely would had to have come into existence at the same time in order for the Tambalacoque to survive.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Let’s read on:
This message presents some potential problems for the evolutionary theory. Evolutionists say large trees evolved some 360 million years ago, while the ancestors of today’s birds “arrived comparatively late” — about 65 million years ago. That would likely have left the Tambalacoque tree with no way to germinate its seeds for some 300 million years.
Uh huh. But not every tree evolved 360 million years ago, and we’re not sure when the Tambalacoque first appeared, or how long it was dependent on the dodo. The Trumpet adds this parenthetical information:
(There is some evidence that other animals such as turtles also ate and activated the seeds, but it didn’t seem to be sufficient to offset the decline of the tree that set in after the dodo’s extinction.)
Ignoring the implications of that, the article continues:
A look at Earth’s ecosystems reveals several other instances in which one species is dependent on another for its survival, or in which the two are mutually dependent: [Examples.] In each of these cases, the brilliance of the Creator is on display. The intricacy of His physical creation is clear. And the account of how He created Earth’s sophisticated ecosystems is confirmed.
Yes, confirmed. Here’s more:
It should come as no surprise that evolutionists have different explanations for these biological relationships. There’s no shortage of dissertations explaining how such dependencies could have gradually happened over eons as the organisms evolved. … These explanations and rebuttals fit a predictable pattern of evolutionists attempting to counter any findings that contradict their theory. In many cases, their logic is remarkable, but the premise from which they start is flawed.
Ah, the evolutionists have a flawed premise. What might that be? The Trumpet discusses early conflicts between the Church and science, such as the battle over geocentrism. Then they say:
Some scientists challenged God’s very existence as a way to discredit the foundation of religion. Such reasoning spawned the evolutionary theory. Its proponents sometimes undertake studies with that conclusion already firmly in mind. Whatever they can contort into supporting the arguments for evolution, they keep. All else they often reject or downplay.
Yes, that explains it. The scientists are a bunch of closed-minded atheists! That’s their false premise. At the end, The Trumpet offers a free booklet — Does God Exist?, written by Herbert W. Armstrong himself. You may want to order that.
So, class, what did we learn today? We’ll let you tell us.
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