As an introduction to this series, let me explain why this topic is important. Darwinists needed deep time to give their theory even a modicum of believability. Thus, as time has passed, the age of the Earth and Universe has increased. Now, I wouldn’t claim that this is completely without evidence, but it is based on a number of assumptions. I won’t get into that here, as I’ve talked about it previously.(1)
Regardless of age assumptions, it is clear that the theory of evolution requires deep time to work it’s magic. So, for the sake of argument, we will grant the Darwinists deep time and use their own dating assumptions to discuss the problems with their theory. When a fossil is discovered much earlier than previously thought, it gives the purported gradualism or slow process of evolution less time to work its magic.
Stephen J. Gould postulated ‘punctuated equilibrium’ to attempt to fit the theory of evolution with the evident discontinuity of the fossil record. In other words, creatures appear in the fossil record with no evident precursors, and other fossils exhibit little differences from current species despite hundreds of millions of years of time that has purportedly passed. This can be thought of as the “naturalism of the gaps” hypothesis. The trend in paleontology is that these gaps are decreasing with each fossil find of a species that remains unchanged in the fossil record and appears earlier than previously thought.
As Cornelius Hunter, author of DarwinsPredictions.com notes:
It is now known that evolution has nowhere near the eons of time predicted and required by Darwin. Indeed, the time windows available are even less than those allowed by William Thomson, which themselves were unacceptable to the evolutionists. This falsification of evolution’s prediction does not derive from the age of the earth, but rather from the fossil record. We now know that, even with billions of years of earth history, the major events in the fossil record take place in time windows that are no longer than a few tens of millions of years or even less.(2)
It is with these facts in mind that I start this series to illustrate yet another glaring problem for naturalistic evolution.
(1). On Christian Views of Creationism–Part IV (Continued: Young Earth Creationism)
(2). On Christian Views of Creationism–Part III (Continued: Young Earth Creationism)
(2). Evolution has hundreds of millions of years available, Darwin’s Predictions, Cornelius Hunter
I would like to thank my coauthor mynym for suggesting the idea for this series.
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