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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Evolutionary Pronouncements, Chromosomes and Research


In yet another instance of evolutionary presuppositions hindering science (and refusal to learn from past embarrassments like so-called "junk" DNA), assertions that chromosomal fusion showed that humans and apes evolved from a common ancestor are falling apart. Not only do evolutionists force and manipulate the data to fit their worldview, but they ignore alternative explanations for what is observed. To make matters worse, they saw what they wanted to see but further examination shows that these scientists were seeing things that were not there.

Chromosomal fusion is not a threat to biblical creation. Also, the evidence shows the opposite of what evolutionists expected to find.
Evidence never speaks for itself; it must be interpreted. When it is interpreted in a particular worldview, it can sound very convincing that the evidence supports that worldview. This was the case for the proposed chromosomal fusion that supposedly resulted in human chromosome 2. It was promoted as unequivocal evidence that humans and apes shared a common ancestor. In a biblical worldview, it is possible for a chromosome to have resulted from the fusion of two smaller chromosomes. However, there were details about the story that didn’t make sense. The biblical worldview provided the motivation to dig deeper. Further investigation now makes it clear that human chromosome 2 was not derived from a fusion of ape chromosomes; its structure is consistent with being designed by a wise Creator.

In my lifetime I have seen a number of supposedly powerful arguments for evolution come and go. Generally, they seem powerful because it is implied there is only one way to interpret the evidence, and only an evolutionary interpretation is given. I have found that the biblical worldview is far more robust, and it is only a matter of time and some research before it is clear that the evidence is better explained by a biblical model.

Human chromosome 2 was said to have been formed by the fusion of two primate chromosomes that remain separate in chimps. It was supposed to be an end-to-end (telomere-to-telomere) fusion. Known fusions in mammals are different in that they occur near at least one centromere region. A few years ago I wrote about one example of a “compelling” evolutionary argument, the supposed evidence for a fusion involving human chromosome 2.1 According to Dr. Ken Miller, this was incredibly powerful evidence of common ancestry between humans and apes.2 Since apes have 48 chromosomes (24 pairs) and humans have 46 (23 pairs), evolutionists propose that a fusion occurred to account for the difference.
You can read the rest by clicking on "Chromosome Tales and the Importance of a Biblical Worldview".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great science from a creationist veterinarian who once used a picture of a stuffed animal without realizing that was not real...