The Absurdity of Scientific Creationism
We humans have always thought of ourselves as being unique, whether by divine sanction or by a self-established belief in superiority. For some, this understanding is intimately tied to the traditional tenets that have long been held as fact, having only recently been challenged. For modern Christians, the literal interpretation of the Bible=s account of creation has come under attack by the development and widespread acceptance of Darwinian evolution. To some, undermining the credibility of Biblical creation directly calls into question the Bible=s authority on its moral teachings. As Ken Ham, from the WGBH Boston Video Evolution Series: What About God? states, AYwhat it [the Bible] says is what it meansYit relates to the authority of scripture and the gospelsYso, if the Bible got it wrong in astronomyYgeologyYbiologyYthen why should I trust the Bible when it talks about morality and salvation? [i]@ It is no wonder with sentiments like these that the backlash against evolution has been so strong and lasting; nonetheless, it has not been until the last few decades that such a debate has moved from the pulpit to the laboratory. With a more educated and well-informed army of Christians, who believe in creationism, the scientific evidence for evolution has now come under assault. With creationists and intelligent design advocates like Henry M. Morris and Michael J. Behe respectively, the attack on Darwin is no longer argued as religion versus evolution per se, but rather one Alegitimate@ scientific theory against another.
Here, we examine some of the scientific arguments presented by Henry M. Morris in his various publications. As a biology major, I find Morris= writings fascinating as well as scientifically erroneous. However, that is not to say that Morris is unconvincing with his points. On the contrary, Henry Morris is shrewd with his presentation and explanations, and it is easy to see how a non-science versed individual could be persuaded into doubting the merits of evolution.
Case 1: AThe Wistful Search for Good Mutations@
In Morris= The Modern Creation Trilogy: Science & Creation[ii], he challenges the scientifically and commonly held notion of genetic mutations as the raw material of evolution (p. 176)[iii]. Although many scientists have acknowledged that the chance occurrence of a beneficial mutation is significantly low in comparison to any random mutation in general, Morris runs off with this idea and exploits it as another example where evolution has got it wrong. For Morris, it almost appears as if the evolutionary theory is part of the a greater Aconspiracy@ to deny the existence of God. AThe concept seems merely to be a commentary on the intense desire of evolutionists to avoid the Creator@ (p. 39)[iv].
Continuing on with Morris= logic on the unfeasibility of genetic mutations as a valid mechanism of evolution, he states that Aa...