Origin of Species

Origin of Species

Professional, peer-reviewed papers discussing the origin of species from a biblical worldview and a young earth

No Replacement of Darwin

No Replacement of Darwin

Stefan Frello • April 25, 2018

Jeanson takes on a formidable task: To show that the theory of evolution is wrong, and to replace it with biblical creation. To make it short: Jeanson fails.

Origin of Species on Answers Research Journal

How did the rich diversity of life on earth arise? What is the origin of the millions of species on our planet? Charles Darwin proposed that all life arose via natural processes from one or a few common ancestors over millions of years. Darwin’s chief mechanism was natural selection. Now, a century-and-a-half later, the modern evolutionary synthesis proposes genetic mutations in concert with natural selection as the primary driving force of evolution.

The Bible describes a very different history for species. The original text of Scripture does not use the modern term species. Instead, it speaks of kinds that God created around 6,000 years ago and which Noah took on board the Ark around 4,500 years ago. The taxonomic level equivalent to kind is still debated among creationists. Breeding studies have suggested the classification level of family as the best current approximation. This implies that new species have formed within kinds. It also suggests hard limits to biological change—a model summarized by the phrase limited common ancestry.

Current creationist research seeks to further uncover the kind boundaries. It also seeks the mechanisms by which species have formed within kinds and, conversely, the biological mechanisms limiting the speciation process. In addition, current research seeks to uncover the timeline of the speciation process. As a complement to these pursuits, creationist research also welcomes scholarly critiques of the modern evolutionary model.

Several other corollary pursuits follow from these big-picture goals. Scripture implies that all land-dependent, air-breathing kinds left the Ark and migrated to their current locations. The field of biogeography seeks to understand the timing and spread of species around the globe. Current creationist research does as well.

Scripture also implies that animal death and natural evil did not exist before Adam and Eve sinned. This raises the question of the origin of pathogens, of predator-prey relationships, of natural defenses such as the immune system, of defense mechanisms such as camouflage, and the like. Creation research pursues answers to these questions.

Finally, the Bible details an extensive anthropology. God created the first humans, Adam and Eve, about 6,000 years ago. They are the ancestors of everyone alive today. Eight of their descendants, Noah, his wife, his sons (Shem, Ham, Japheth), and his sons’ wives, were the only human survivors of the global Flood catastrophe. Everyone alive today also traces their ancestry back to this group of people. Creation research seeks to understand the alignment between the genetic history of humanity and biblical anthropology.

The aim of these peer-reviewed papers is to address some aspect of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species from a biblical creation perspective. Papers may directly interact with Darwin’s book or may consider related aspects of his work.

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