This will surely convince you to abandon your foolish Darwinist beliefs, dear reader. We found it at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). Their headline is Are the Galapágos Islands a Laboratory of Evolution?
It was written by Frank Sherwin, M.A. (Note that he touts his Master’s degree.) At the end of the article he’s described as “Research Associate, Senior Lecturer, and Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
A recent Livescience article is entitled “The Galápagos Islands: Laboratory of Evolution.” [Here it is.] It addresses, among other things, “unique examples of plant and animal life.” The islands contain a variety of biota (the animal and plant life in a particular area), such as the Galápagos giant tortoise, sea lions, the varieties of finches, waved albatrosses, penguins, marine iguanas, and hundreds of native plants. A wide variety of unique species are normal for environments around the world, but where is evidence for real, demonstrative, vertical evolution that the title of the article alludes to?
Yeah, where’s the evidence? Sherwin says:
It appears Darwin’s conclusion was simply wrong. [Hee hee!] Life in the Galápagos makes far better sense from the biblical creation model. As God created animals and plants “after their kind” (e.g., Genesis 1:11), He included genetic variation and a variety of built-in adaptive mechanisms so that those initial creatures and all their descendants could move in and fill various niches in ecosystems throughout the world (Genesis 1:28). One need only look at bears in all their variation: polar, black and brown — there are well over a dozen black bear sub-species alone — but they’re all bears in the genus Ursus and can interbreed. Fruitflies have always been fruitflies, and roses have always been roses. Horizontal variation is the rule — not vertical evolution.
Darwin was a fool! Sherwin continues:
Not once did he [Darwin] actually address any origin of any species in his book, ironically entitled On the Origin of Species. He did write quite a bit regarding variation found in certain types of plants and animals selected for by human endeavors such as the common wild rock pigeon found around barns and city statues. But he never addressed vertical evolution, also commonly called macroevolution.
Actually, Darwin did address the issue — rather extensively. We wrote this back in 2009: What Did Darwin Do? Alas, our links in that post to Darwin’s text are no longer working and we haven’t yet replaced them, but you can read the whole book online here: Origin of Species (6th Edition). Let’s get back to Sherwin:
The famous Galápagos finches are usually presented as Exhibit A for Darwinian evolution [Really?], but all of the “new species” of finches are still finches and can interbreed. This is clearly not an example of real evolution, it’s an example of the variation we see in species. Different islands (e.g., James Island, Albemarle and Chatham) of the Galapagos have slightly different tortoises. Zoologists can identify the island a tortoise came from based on the shape of its carapace (shell). Again, this is just variation of the tortoise kind — the kind of variation we see all over creation. There is no evolution.
Gasp — there is no evolution! And now we come to the end:
So, although the Galápagos Islands has [sic] some unique plant and animal life, there is no real evolution occurring. Perhaps a better, more scientific title of this article could be, “The Galapagos Islands: Laboratory of Creation’s Variation.”
Think about it, dear reader. Maybe Sherwin is right!
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