Creationists, masquerading in their latest guise as proponents of “Intelligent Design,” love to assert that the evolutionary model has not answered absolutely all questions of biology, and therefore is fit to be discarded.
The typical response by scientists has been to demonstrate the strong explanatory power and practical usefulness of models of evolution. This sort of public airing of the work of science is important, but it’s also important to focus on just how shallow the explanations of “scientific creationism” are.
To give you an idea of just how bizarre the “scientific” theories of creationists can be, let’s check out B.C. Tours, an outfit that takes people on tours of science museums and uses the exhibits there to push their own theory of creation.
The “scientific creationist” alternative posted on their website poses and resolves the following questions:
How could Noah get all the species on the ark?
Easy: he didnâ€™t. He didnâ€™t need to take wolves, fox, and every variety of dog, heâ€™d only need to take a few representative types of dogs. The same applies to big cats, and birds, etc. By limiting the animals to species types, instead of every type there is easily enough room for them all.
Noah would also have taken species that could survive the environmental changes, which eliminates the need for special provisions for each animal. Later, these animals diversified and adapted to specially meet the requirements of their environment. This is NOT evolution (for the lizard is still a lizard, whether he now needs a warmer temperature than he did before), but is adaptation.
How did Noah get the animals to the ark in the first place?
Some (including evolutionists) have suggested that at one time all the landmasses were one. This solves the problem very nicely, since the animals could have migrated to Noah. The possibility also exists that no unique animals lived in remote regions. These unique animals today (such as penguins) would have adapted to polar conditions after the flood. I mention penguins specifically because before the flood there probably were not polar ice caps, though we cannot say so with certainty.
This is the alternative we should be ditching evolution for? Riiiiiiiiight.