A tenet of creationist theory maintains that creatures are designed for robust speciation. Although they cannot change into fundamentally different kinds, creatures can rapidly express a wide diversity of traits to fit changing environments. “Fast evolution affects everyone, everywhere” is one headline1 from the theme of the Royal Society’s life science journal in January, 2017.2 But its content further bolsters creationist theory.
The pace of change within organisms is a keen topic of interest. One reason many people doubt evolution is that no one has ever seen one kind of creature change into another. Plant and animal breeders have never done it in thousands of years of concerted effort. Even experiments intended to force evolution along by inducing radical genetic mutations in breeding pairs result in crippled, but not basically transformed, progeny. Remarkably, both creationists and evolutionists are content with this fact.
Creation and Evolution Theory Expect Different Rates of Change
Evolutionists expect that the pace of evolutionary change will always be quite slow. No one should see it happen unless they could somehow live and observe for thousands of generations. One report accompanying the Royal Society’s latest theme says, “Twenty-five years ago, science and society’s view of the pace of evolution was not that different from the one famously espoused by Darwin more than 100 years previously: ‘We see nothing of these slow changes in progress, until the hand of time has marked the long lapse of ages….'”3 In fact, Stephen J. Gould references that same Darwin quote. Just before it he adds, “Substantial change might occur as a very rare event, but most alteration must be insensible, even on geologic scales” with which he validates that “gradualism may represent the most central conviction residing both within and behind all Darwin’s thoughts.”4
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