Education and Current Events
Ellie and the Panda’s Thumb
I have been having a several months long e correspondence with a woman named Ellie. Such correspondence is common when evolutionists come across the web site and try to show me the light. Generally after a few exchanges the evolutionists give up when they can’t answer my questions and I point out the flaws in their reasoning. Ellie has been different than the others, she hasn’t given up. Ellie is like many people I have met who state they are Christian, but then trash every part of the Bible that disagrees with the latest evolutionary fad. Like so many others who seek to compromise the Bible with evolutionary ideas, she holds that God used evolution as His means of Creation.
Like so many before her when I asked her the three questions I ask evolutionists, she couldn’t give me answers to them. Instead she just kept on saying that evolution is science and Creation is religion. I would write back giving more evidence for Creation that she would then ignore. The whole experience has been both interesting and frustrating. I would keep bringing back to the scientific evidence and she would accuse me of just promoting religion.
Ellie is typical of most evolutionists, Christian and atheist, who are so enmeshed in an evolutionist worldview that they don’t even see it. It truly becomes a case that they are unable to see that the other side even exists. I have read innumerable statements by evolutionists that Creation/Intelligent Design is only religion without any scientific evidence. When the evolutionists are shown the evidence by Ph.D.s in the sciences involved, they simply repeat that it is only religion, not science, without ever answering the scientific challenges to evolution or the evidence for design.
Evolutionists do understand one thing very well, once people clearly see the religious nature of evolutionism, most people will reject it. That is why most evolutionists resist engaging in a genuine discussion of the issues involved.
One of the common themes that people like Ellie bring up is that if the world and specifically life was created, then why are there so many “mistakes” in the living world. Stephen Jay Gould even wrote a book on the subject concentrating on the panda’s thumb. Pandas have a bone spur that juts out their wrist, similar to a partially developed thumb. Gould wrote that the panda’s thumb is evidence that that either they weren’t created or that God made a sloppy job
of it. What Gould failed to do was to ask the pandas. While pandas are not great conversationalists, they are very good at eating bamboo. When pandas eat bamboo they use the bony spur, thumb, on their wrist to hold it steady so that they can tear it apart. The panda’s thumb to the panda is a very useful part of its anatomy.
But just suppose that the bony spur is the result of a mutation, does that show a sloppy Creator? No, it simply shows how the world we live in today is not the world that God created in the six days of Creation. The world we live in today is a world corrupted by sin and reshaped by the Genesis Flood. Seeing imperfections in the world today is exactly what we would expect to find. Those who oppose the Bible, first seek to misrepresent it.