Quite often when evolutionists and creationists talk there is a plasticity involved and ad hoc explanations abound. For example a young-universe creationist, when asked to explain distant starlight, might proffer as an explanation the “mature universe,” the “decaying speed of light,” or “Humphrey’s relativity.” When an evolutionist is asked to explain the stasis and abrupt change which govern the fossil record, he might suggest the “punctuated equilibrium,” “saltationist,” or “migrational” explanation.
Yet an honest creationist would certainly have to admit that if the furthest star were only a few thousand light years away, he would not argue with the data. And an evolutionist would have to admit that if the fossil record were gradualistic and was replete with a multitude of transitions, he would not argue with the data. When historical data are to be interpreted, each side will give an explanation which fits its philosophical/religious commitment: Creationists are committed to the Creator in Genesis 1, and evolutionists are committed to explaining all science using only materialist causes.
So the discussion can be very frustrating — like trying to catch a greased pig. It is because of this frustration that I have developed a list of “quiz” questions whose answers do not depend on an historical interpretation of data, but rather on known and documented facts. I tried to pick current issues (no mention of Piltdown Man or faked embryological drawings), as well as examples that evolutionists hold up as their “crown jewels” (no straw men). I challenge any evolutionist who reads this to set me straight on any of these answers — or better yet, to come up with his 10 best “replacement facts” for the ones that are criticized here.
1. True or False: The 13 species of “Darwin’s finches” are the result of a speciation event of about 1 million years ago when a foundling stock of South American finches adapted by evolutionary processes to the different environments on the different Galapagos islands….
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