Summary: Is evolution a fact supported by science or is it a con popularized by atheistic scientists?
A popular biologist, Ernst Mayr, wrote, "No educated person any longer questions the validity of evolution, which we now know to be a simple fact." (Scientific American, July 2000). It is an interesting statement which mainstream society accepts, but is it true?
The first part of his statement is easy to prove wrong because there are actually thousands of educated scientists in America alone who question evolution. But he didn’t say that no educated scientist questions evolution, he said "no educated person". What about the thousands of ministers with Masters and Doctors degrees? I would think that the majority of them question evolution.
Then we could go into the other fields of study, such as, Education and Arts. Surely we could find many more educated people in those fields that question evolution.
Add all of these together and you quickly see how wrong Mayr was. Was Mayr that ignorant? I don’t think so (remember he is educated). That only leaves one other option, he intentionally lied.
The Validity of Evolution
What about the last part of his statement? Is the validity of evolution a simple fact?
One thing that most people do not realize (any educated scientist knows this) is that the main assumption of evolution has never been observed, has never been proved, has no evidence in the fossil record, has not been reproduced in the laboratory, and has a lot of unexplainable problems. Let me explain.
There are two types of evolution: microevolution and macroevolution. Microevolution is a small change which occurs within a species. Through time Americans have become taller. This is microevolution. Everyone, evolutionists and creationists alike, agree that microevolution occurs.
But evolutionists believe that these microevolutions accumulate to a point that one species starts changing into another species. This is macroevolution. According to evolution, this process started with a single celled amoeba and over a time span of millions of years gradually evolved into every species of the animal kingdom.
Since microevolutions occur, evolutionists assume that macroevolutions also occur. The only problem is that it has never been proven, not through fossils, not through observation, and not through scientific experiments.
Proof in the Fossil Record
If this gradual evolution of animals from one species to another really took place, there would be billions of fossils or archeological remains of the transitional forms (popularly known as the missing links) between species, but there is not. In fact, only two sets of fossils or remains come close.
One is the missing links from an ape to a human. I am sure that you have seen sketches of them. The artist’s rendition is convincing until you find out that each of those links is either all ape or all human. Not one of them is part ape and part human. Some of the apes in the progression look human, but all of their attributes are those of an ape, not human. The same is true of the humans in the progression. Where are the links that have some ape characteristics and some human characteristics? They are still missing.
The other set of fossils is that of the archaeopteryx. The first archaeopteryx fossil found was claimed to be the missing link between a reptile and a bird. But then more and more of these fossils were found. None were more bird or more reptile, but all of them had the same characteristics. Now evolutionists agree that this is simply an extinct species of bird.
The lack of fossil links between species is so obvious that a new evolution theory has been proposed called the Cambrian Explosion. This theory says that all of the macroevolving occurred in the 30 million years of the Cambrian period and that for 530 million years up until now there has been no macroevolution. But where is the proof that macroevolution occurred during the Cambrian period? There is none.
The fossil record is mysteriously void of missing links. But fossils are not the only problem for evolution.
Evolving Fruit Flies
Thomas Hunt Morgan, a zoologist at Columbia University, in an attempt to learn more about evolution started experimenting with fruit flies. Fruit flies require little food, need little space, and are very productive (they are fertile year round, lay 120 eggs at a time, and have a life cycle of 12 days). Experimenting with fruit flies can simulate thousands of years of evolving in a few months. Since Morgan started his fly experiments in 1908, many universities and individuals have also joined with their own fly labs. Some have even used radiation and other methods to speed up the evoling.
Yet in the millions and millions of fly generations (replicating a much greater time span than human existance), not one fruit fly has evolved into another species. Not one. In fact, the microevolutions all have a tendency to evolve back to the norm and not away from it, even when the mutants are separated from all of the others.