December 9, 2002
Evolutionism's Old Earth Based on Assumptions
by Donald G. Mashburn
The believers in evolution the Myth, C. S. Lewis called it never cease to parrot the unfounded claim that man and all other living species descended from a common ancestor millions of years ago.” They further compound the fraud by claiming that man and apes descended from a common ancestor.
They followers of the Myth movement recently lost one of evolutionism’s most fervent evangelists, Stephen J Gould, the late paleontologist.
But many “real” scientists, including Dr. John Morris, former professor of geology and geological engineering at the University of Oklahoma, speak regularly on a “young” earth. They believe in both a young earth and a Creator. Their credentials are at least equal to those of Stephen Gould and other doctrinaires of evolution.
“Old Earth” evolutionists need the billions of years to support their belief in a slow evolution process that, according to them, started billions of years ago, but which had, strangely, stopped by the time of modern man.
But the argument is not solely Earth’s age. It’s about the evolutionists’ belief in what C. S. Lewis called “the Myth” of evolution for that’s precisely what evolution is about, belief. Evolutionists reject the biblical account of Earth’s origin, and have become more militant in their efforts to have the Myth accepted as “science.”
Indeed, prominent evolutionists have recently called for major efforts in schools and the media to get their beliefs mentioned as “facts” as often as possible. One of the Myth’s central claims is that we are all descended from a “common ancestor,” which had its beginning in some wholly-unscientific primordial “soup” several billions of years back. Objective science, of course, will not support such a claim.
Once upon an unenlightened time, after studying under some of the sharpest minds in paleontology and geology, I accepted the Old Earth belief. In time, however, I came to see that evolutionists’ "proof" was neither scientific nor proof, but a set of beliefs. The beliefs are elastic, changing as old theories become discredited and new theories are floated in the ever-changing world of evolutionism.
Not long ago, evolutionist doctrine put the earth’s age at about four billion years. Then the number became “seven to eight” billion years, and now ranges as high as 14 and 16 billion years, depending on which “scientific” guess one comes across. Those who would settle for an earth only 4.5 years old haven’t kept up with the “imagineering” being done to all those “proofs,” as variable as they are.
In the fossil field, evolutionists continue to come up bone-dry, so to speak. Much was made of Nebraska Man, based on what turned out to be a pig's tooth, and australopithecine "Lucy," the bones of an essentially chimp-like creature found in Africa in 1974. Efforts were made to make these “discoveries” part of the Myth’s underpinning, but there have been no fossil discoveries to support the neo-Darwin (evolution) theory of man’s origin.
N. Takahata recognized the problem when he stated, “[O]bjective reconstruction of the vanished past can be achieved only by creative imagination (emphasis added)” Well, beliefs and imagination are not science. Yet the “imagineers” of evolutionism love to proclaim their beliefs as science, and deride those who refuse to accept so many theories based on so few bones.
Ask any evolutionist if he knows really knows that evolution has in truth ever occurred. You will get nothing but recycled beliefs and theories, and a denial that God created the world as we know it.
We still have not found a single transitional form, or evidence of cross-species evolution. No evidence of evolution being observed or having occurred. Yet evolutionists speak and write with great fervor, and often sophistry, on even the smallest fragment, “dated” by use of radioisotopes, a process known to be unreliable.
The shaky platform of evolution totters on the wobbly legs of Assumption, Erroneous Interpretation and Imagination. Nor does the Myth have any credible scientific support.
An objective scientist cannot study the claims of evolutionists without concluding that evolutionism is a system of beliefs. A bit more objective thought, then, leads to the realization that much larger leaps of faith are required to believe in all the assumptions implicit in the countless theories of evolution.
A belief in a Divine Creator, on the other hand, is rather straightforward, when we observe how wonderfully we, and the world we inhabit, are made.