The fact that humans are related to all other life on this world is regarded as a blasphemous lie by creationists, and nothing is rejected more strongly than the obvious fact that we’re closely related to gorillas, chimpanzees, and the other great apes. This is a frequent topic of the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
This new essay appears at the AIG website: The Gorilla-Human “Split”: Where Do Gorillas Hang On Our Family Tree?, sub-titled “Asking how far back our kinship with gorillas goes is a question about a fictional relationship.” You know it’s authoritative because it was written by Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell, a creationist gynecologist. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
How much time separated the origin of gorillas and chimpanzees? Enquiring evolutionary minds want to know! Why? Because they think humans share the chimp branch of the evolutionary tree of life, and they want to know how long it took for humanity’s uniqueness to evolve.
The creationist gynecologist knows that those evolutionists are fools! She tells us:
Evolutionary opinions about how long each step in this process took have varied greatly. Even where they took place has been hotly debated, thanks to the dearth of ancient African gorilla fossils. The 8-million-year age now assigned to nine fairly modern-looking gorilla teeth found in Ethiopia’s Afar Rift, reported in Nature in February 2016, has fueled the suggestion that the chimpanzee-human branch diverged from its lineage shared with gorillas much earlier than previously thought — and that it did so in Africa.
This is the paper in Nature she mentioned: New geological and palaeontological age constraint for the gorilla–human lineage split. You can’t see more than the abstract without a subscription, but who cares about what they say in Nature? Let’s find out what Elizabeth says:
Ethiopia’s Afar Rift is well known as the cradle of many fossils belonging to our supposed much nearer non-human ancestors, australopithecines like “Lucy.” The Chorora Formation, composed of volcanic debris and sedimentary rock, is believed by evolutionists to be the oldest part of the Afar Rift, far older than the layer in which Lucy was found.
Yes, our “supposed” non-human ancestors. We’re skipping most of Elizabeth’s very long essay. If you’re so inclined, you can click over there to read it all. We’ll just pick out the fun parts — for instance this:
In the investigation of evolutionary puzzles, scientists burdened by an evolutionary worldview generally ask “when” rather than “if.” This narrow-minded way of looking at scientific data is beautifully illustrated by the conclusions drawn from this Ethiopian gorilla’s teeth. Discovered in 2007, the age now assigned to these teeth and other Chororan fossils is based on “geochemical, magnetostratigraphic and radioisotopic results that securely place the Chorora Formation sediments to between ~9 and ~7 [million years.]”
Elizabeth, of course, attaches no credibility to such age estimates. Skipping a few paragraphs of her reasoning on that, she declares:
Furthermore, even the degree of similarity that exists between various primate animal and human genomes — easily understood as a consequence of sharing our common Designer — are calculated on the basis of methodology biased toward an evolutionary interpretation and are likely overestimated.
Evolutionists are sooooooo biased! Here’s more:
Of course, this extinct gorilla’s teeth have nothing to do with human origins anyway, since humans and gorillas and chimpanzees do not actually share a common ancestor. Nevertheless, it is instructive to take a brief look at the methodology used to determine their groundbreaking age in order to further understand the unverifiable assumptions in which they are rooted and the biblically accurate historical alternative explanation for their modern appearance.
Ah yes, the “unverifiable assumptions” of evolution, compared to the “biblically accurate historical alternative.” Skipping another ark-load, we come to this:
When viewed in the light of biblical history, we see that the enormous age assigned to them on the basis of unverifiable, worldview-dependent interpretations of dating methodologies is off — way off — as the Flood and its aftermath responsible for burying and fossilizing these gorilla teeth occurred only about 4,300 years ago … .
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! From here on, it keeps getting better:
Furthermore, we know from God’s eyewitness account in His Word that He created all kinds of living things in the space of just three days during the week of Creation about 6,000 years ago, designing them to reproduce “after their kinds.” This is affirmed by biological observations, for animals do not evolve into different kinds of animals but only reproduce and vary within their created kinds. All the original kinds of apes were created on the same day, Day Six of Creation Week. Representatives of all the created kinds God made were taken on Noah’s Ark at the time of the global Flood, and from them all the varieties of animals we see today descended. Thus, it is no surprise that the gorilla teeth from the Afar rift look quite modern, as all gorillas are varieties of the great ape kind God created in the beginning and are descended from those representatives of this kind that were on the Ark.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Moving along:
And we do not have to wonder about the biological relationship between gorillas, chimps, and humans: there isn’t one. Humans, gorillas, and chimps do share some genetic similarities. But genetic similarities — however they are calculated — are simply evidence of our shared common Designer. They are not evidence that humans and great apes share a lineage.
As a special treat for staying with us this long, dear reader, our last excerpt is the best:
Furthermore, their presence as fossils in sediment most likely associated with the time soon after the global Flood, in layers in Africa somewhat deeper than those in which human fossils are found, merely reflects the fact that, as we understand from Genesis, animals disembarking from Noah’s Ark spread out across the world much sooner than the people who descended from Noah’s family and delayed their dispersal into Africa and elsewhere until forced to do so by the incident at the Tower of Babel. The rock layers and fossils, divested of evolutionary interpretations, are, as always, consistent with the history we read in God’s reliable Word.
See? It all fits together. There’s no way to deny it, dear reader. Creation science is great stuff!
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