By R. L. David Jolly
At one time, evolutionists had a list of over 100 vestigial organs, tissues and structures in the human body. Vestigial means that they are left over from our evolutionary heritage but no longer have any use today. Over time, every one of these organs, tissues and structures have been found to have a purpose and function and the list of vestigial anything has been wiped clean.
That is until they looked at our embryonic development.
As scientists and doctors studied our development from egg and sperm to newborn baby, they began to see things in our growth that they felt was useless and left over from a long ago ancestor. Jeff Clune formerly of Michigan State University’s BEACON Center of Evolution in Action explains:
Many animals build tissues and structures they don’t appear to use, and then they disappear. It’s comparable to building a roller coaster, razing it and building a skyscraper on the same ground. Why not just skip ahead to building the skyscraper?
Clune, who is currently at Cornell University and his team of researchers, developed a concept of development that they called the development disruption force. This concepts basically states that the organism goes through the same processes as they always have, regardless of function or use of a particle stage, so as not to disrupt the entire process. So instead of shedding a useless structure or tissue, they organism will still develop it and then develop something else in its place because that’s the way it’s always been done.
However, the more they studied each phase of development and the tissues and structures that were formed, they learned that they weren’t useless after all. What they once thought to be useless actually serves as the foundation upon which the new tissue or structure is built from and upon. Once again, Clune explains:
In a developing embryo, each new structure is built in a delicate environment that consists of everything that has already developed. Mutations that alter that environment, such as by eliminating a structure, can thus disrupt later stages of development. Even if a structure is not actually used, it may set the stage for other functional tissues to grow properly.
An engineer would simply skip the roller coaster step, but evolution is more of a tinkerer and less of an engineer. It uses whatever parts that are lying around, even if the process that generates those parts is inefficient.
Based upon their findings, they then used computers to simulate different evolutionary scenarios to see how they would affect the developing embryos.
The interesting aspect of this study was the fact that nothing in the embryonic development is useless. Everything has a purpose even if it is just to lay the foundation upon which to develop the next phase, tissue, organ or structure. And they realized that the order of development was also critical and that any changes to that order would most likely disrupt anything that followed.
This helps to confirm that God, not evolution, perfectly designed us from the womb to the tomb. Scripture tells us that He knew us and formed us while still in our mother’s womb.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:13-14
Why Do Organisms Build Tissues They Seemingly Never Use?, Science Daily, Aug. 10, 2012.
It is with great sadness that we have watched the events surrounding the starvation-induced death of Terry Schiavo. At no time in modern history has it been more obvious that the salt once prevalent in American society has lost its saltiness. Basic understanding of the Scriptures and deference to the authority of God’s holy Word no longer guide the decision-making processes behind modern courts and communities, or even many Christian churches and homes.
This compelling, illustrated lecture was presented by anatomist Dr. David Menton at Answers in Genesis’ Defending the Faith conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. You have never seen a presentation regarding the value and dignity of human life that is as powerful, and as respectful as this.
Dr. Menton explains that the question is not when does life begin, but when does a person begin? He explains from anatomical science and biology the truth of Psalm 139:13-16 where God says that He weaves us together in the womb. The DVD also illustrates the amazing and intricate design of the womb and the processes of fertilization, implantation, embryonic development and birth itself. Dr. Menton reveals that each of these is a series of miracles (irreducible complexities) that cannot be explained by chance and random processes. Even more important, as Dr. Menton explains with grace and sensitivity in the wrap-up of the video, is the second birth process of salvation explained in John 3.