Thursday, 20 November 2014
Fixity of Species Is a Darwinian Myth
Anti-creationists like Bill Nye often assume that a belief in creation amounts to the fixity of species. Some time ago, synthetic biologist Drew Endy suggested:
“With Darwin and the theory of evolution came a sea change in perspective. We moved from an idea of the natural world as something that doesn't change to something that does.”
There are very few, if any, creationists who believe in the fixity of species. What they believe is that living things change according to their kinds. For instance, cats change, but they will never evolve to become dogs.
The biblical concept kind does not correspond to the biological term species but is a wider concept.
Accordingly, while evolutionists were surprised to see a zonkey or a cross between a zebra and a donkey, this hybrid was to be expected in the Genesis-based model. The same applies to a liger (lion + tiger), a geep (goat + sheep) and a cross between a grizzly and a polar bear.
The change we see in these hybrids is not of the Darwinian variety. No new genetic information is added.
Heaven, Douglas. 2013. Meet the man writing a language to program life. New Scientist 2932, 28-29.