For evolutionists, there is nothing more sacred than natural selection. This is the awesome mechanism of evolutionary theory, the process of weeding out the weak and multiplying the strong, the creator of new species, new forms, new life. Again and again its powers have been told, of how over the span of billions of years it brought through trillions of mutations the first cell into being, then sea creatures, then land dwellers, then reptiles and birds and mammals and apes and, finally, man, the ever-evolving pinnacle of its creation. It is the very Mind of Nature. Simply, it is Evolution. But for Biblical creationists, natural selection is a knife in evolution’s back.

It is not a creator, but a molder of preexisting material. Consider the classic “proof” of present-day evolutionary natural selection: the peppered moth. Before the Industrial Revolution in England, these moths were white with speckling except for a rare, entirely dark variety. Their mottled light color provided excellent camouflage against bird predators when they rested on light-colored tree trunks. But as England’s industries arose and billowed huge amounts of smoke, this smoke landed as soot on tree trunks, making the mostly white moths conspicuous prey on the darkened bark. Now the dark variety thrived with its new camouflage, in places composing up to ninety-five percent of the peppered moth population.1 This drastic change is hailed as a modern day evolution, but as Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No! declares, “these moths today not only are still moths, but they are still peppered moths” (emphasis original), having been given no new genes but experiencing a mere change in the populations of varieties.2 Natural selection brought nothing new; it only rearranged.

Because natural selection must work within the confines of an organism’s genetic code, it is limited in its abilities. This limitedness is even exhibited in artificial breeding, where human ingenuity should at least copy the evolutionary power supposedly held by nature’s chance. But repeatedly in the search for better egg production, milk production, etc., breeders have eventually slammed into walls from where no more change could be mustered.3 Whether natural or artificial, “microevolution” cannot lead to “macroevolution.” Even more damaging, the specialization or adaption of a species actually reduces its genetic information from its formerly wide variation, which then reduces the ability of the species to survive in varied environments.4 As an example, the chance of survival of a long-haired type of dog, having lost its genes for short hair in the process of adapting to a cold climate, may then be reduced if the climate warmed.5 Thus, natural selection is the slave to the already existing gene pool.

But now evolution has one last refuge in the realm of natural selection: mutation. These vastly rare genetic glitches, which occur in a gene about once in 100,000 generations,6 are now said by modern day evolutionists to occasionally improve an organism and, by providing “new” genetic information, be the key to natural selection’s creative powers. But how can errors in gene copying and injuries from radiation create any kind of new genetic material, let alone a new gene that improves an organism? Such a helpful mutation would be like a bouncing pebble improving the circuitry of a supercomputer. Mutations destroy, not create, genetic information; and observation has shown that not a single one has been witnessed to definitely improve any life form.7 So this faith in mutations reveals the extreme length to which modern evolutionists will travel to save their theory; not even Darwin and his contemporaries had imagined such unlikely occurrences as the foundation for evolutionary progress. For Darwin did not know that the variations in species are caused by a fixed number of genes in each organism but hypothesized that a creature’s characteristics were fluid, unfixed, easily changed by its environment and then easily inherited by its offspring.8 But his hypothesis was wrong. Once Gregor Mendel discovered the orderly world of genetics, eventually all of biology acknowledged its laws. Mutations cannot save evolutionists from the noose of genetics.

So natural selection is not the grand mechanism of evolution, but evidence of a fallen yet specially created world. Nature can only work within the genetic codes of creatures, but these codes have existed in all their complexity since the beginning. Through the mask of thousands of years of degeneration, the unfathomable intricacy of all creatures still testifies to the marvels of their Maker, to the One who created them all in the mere span of days. It is not nature, not evolution, but God who is the sacred and awesome Creator of Life.

Works Cited:

1Duane Tolbert Gish, Ph.D., Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No! (El Cajon: Institute for Creation Research, 1995), p. 31.

2Ibid., p. 31.

3Ibid., p. 33.

4Jonathan D. Sarfati, Ph.D., Refuting Evolution 7th ed. (Brisbane: Answers in Genesis, 1999), pp. 35-36.

5Ibid., pp. 34-36.

6World Book Encyclopedia, 1966 ed., qtd in “Scientists Speak About Mutations” (http://www.pathlights.com/ce_encyclopedia/Encyclopedia/10mut05.htm)

7C. P. Martin, American Scientist 41:100 (1953), qtd in Gish, Fossils Still Say No!, p. 37.

8Gish, Fossils Still Say No!, pp. 35-36.

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