This one is really painful to read. Actually, just knowing it exists is painful. It’s at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
Their headline Chapter 14: Fossil Record Evolution: Any Transitional Forms? That’s right — it’s a chapter from a creationist book AIG is selling, titled The New Answers Book 4. That link takes you to ol’ Hambo’s on-line book store, where you can buy the thing for only $11.99. It’s 380 pages of glorious creationism, and it was edited by ol’ Hambo himself.
But let’s get back to the new post at AIG. It was written by David Menton, one of AIG’s creation scientists. We’re not told, but he may have written that book chapter. Here’s AIG’s bio page for him. They say:
Dr. David Menton holds a PhD in biology from Brown University and served as an award-winning professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for 34 years. He retired as an Associate Professor Emeritus and now serves with Answers in Genesis as a speaker, writer, and researcher.
That’s enough of an introduction. Menton’s credentials don’t really matter. He works for Hambo. What else do we need to know? Here are some excerpts from his post about Chapter 14, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Is there such a thing as fossil record evolution? The central idea of evolution is that all of the kinds of living organisms on earth share a common ancestor and that over time they have evolved one from another by an unplanned and unguided natural process. This unobserved sort of “amoeba-to-man” evolution extending over hundreds of millions of years is called macroevolution to distinguish it from the relatively small-scale variations we observe among the individuals of a species.
Oh no! Menton is doing the micro-macro mambo, which we discussed in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. He says:
Evolutionists like to refer to these small variations as “microevolution” with the tacit assumption that over eons of time they add up incrementally to produce macroevolution. Thus, evolutionists look for evidence of these incremental steps, often referring to them as “transitional forms,” suggesting that they represent stages of transformation of one organism into a different kind of organism.
Those evolutionists are fools! They keep hoping to find transitional forms. And — surprise, surprise — they find them! Whenever a creationist denies the existence of transitionals, we always link to Wikipedia’s ever-growing List of transitional fossils, and also to one of our favorite posts — The Lessons of Tiktaalik.
But Menton doesn’t care about that. He tells us:
Since macroevolution is not observable in the time frame of human observers, evolutionists often invoke microevolution as both evidence for macroevolution as well as its presumed mechanism. But as any animal or plant breeder knows, the limited variation that is observed among the individuals of a species has not been observed to lead to the essentially limitless process of macroevolution.
Jeepers, he’s right! No one can get an armadillo to give birth to a squirrel. Anyway, the AIG post goes on and on — it’s probably the whole book chapter. It’s way too long and it keeps saying the same thing over and over, so there’s no reason to for us to continue with it. We’re outta here!
Addendum: AIG posted something similar by Menton two years ago — a repeat of something he wrote in 1994, and we blogged about that one too — see AIG Says There Are No Transitional Fossils.
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