We found something brilliant at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Their new post is titled Record-Breaking Mouse, Higher Than Any Mammal.
It was written by James J. S. Johnson, J.D., TH.D. He has two middle initials, which is very classy, and he not only has a law degree, but he’s also a Doctor of Theology. He’s described at the end as “Associate Professor of Apologetics and Chief Academic Officer at the Institute for Creation Research.” Here are some excerpts from his post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Recently, researchers have reported on the world’s “highest-dwelling mammal,” the yellow-rumped leaf-eared mouse, observed upon a dormant volcano 6,739 meters (22,110 feet) above sea level. While the discovery of birds at greater altitudes is not surprising, “that mammals can live at these heights is astonishing, considering there’s only about 44 percent of the oxygen available at sea level. . . . The temperature is also rarely above freezing and can drop as low as –60° Celsius.”
Jimmy was quoting from this article in Science News: A South American mouse is the world’s highest-dwelling mammal. If you prefer PhysOrg, they have an article on this mouse from back in March: Biologist discovers world’s highest-elevation mammal. Then Jimmy Johnson says:
At a record-breaking altitude for any wild mammal, the mouse was seen “scurrying across a snowfield at 6,205 m above sea level” in one video-recorded observation. Yet, this high-elevation rodent is flexible enough to also live at sea level; that’s adaptability in the extreme — fitted to “fill” many habitats!
What can a creation scientist do with this discovery? Brace yourself, dear reader. Jimmy Johnson tells us:
Once again, scientists are surprised at how well animals — even humble, little mice — are fitted to fill this present world. And it is incredible that some animals, both birds and mammals, can live at dizzying heights without passing out from the thin air. Yet Bible-believing Christians should not be surprised when God enables creatures to do amazing things.
Scientists (presumably Darwinists) are surprised by this mouse, but creationists aren’t surprised. Why? He explains:
One mammal mentioned in Scripture and known for habituating high elevations is the mountain goat, one variety of which is the Nubian ibex. Another high-altitude creature is the marmot-like “rock badger” (a rock hyrax, also referred to as the “coney”) mentioned in Psalm 104:18, which says, “The high hills are for the wild goats; the cliffs are a refuge for the rock badgers
Ooooooooooooh! The bible predicts stuff like this high-altitude mouse. That’s why creationists were expecting it. Jimmy continues:
Since the renewed Genesis Mandate (Genesis 9:1-7) [The what?] applies to all animals “filling the earth,” which includes great variety in geography and biome habitats, we can find some creatures that He fitted to live at high elevations.
We looked it up — the “renewed mandate” refers to after the Flood, when Noah and his sons were told to “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” Let’s read on:
Even though this world is fallen, it is nonetheless “filled” with God’s creatures, from sea level to some of the globe’s highest elevations. This is no accident.
Feeling foolish, dear reader? If you knew more about the bible, you would have expected that mouse to be living where it is. And now we come to the end of Jimmy Johnson’s post:
The phrase “natural selection” explains neither the biodiversity nor the biome ecology involved because “nature” didn’t “select” anything. [He’s right!] Luck (i.e., random natural processes) did not equip yellow-rumped leaf-eared mice to live at such extreme habitats; this is God’s providence on display — for those who have the eyes to see it.
Natural selection is a joke. Only the bible predicts this mouse, and you, dear reader, are a Darwinist fool!
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