In his book How Life Began, Professor Alexandre Meinesz wrote a remarkable number of statements that agree completely with writings of the Atlanta Creationism Examiner right up to the point of the conclusions reached about the evidence in question.
For example, Meinesz wrote about evolutionists like Richard Dawkins (without naming names), “These [scientists] recognize the succession of steps widely recognized as having occurred in evolution (e.g. the passage from bacterium to man) but they deny the role of contingency or chance in this evolution.” (pg 194)
Dawkins is often quick to say that natural selection is anything but random chance. But even assuming that statement is true, natural selection is meaningless without an organism to select. Regressing “evolution” to its origin leads one through some theories of speciation back to abiogenesis, a theory of how life was created.
We all acknowledge there had to be an initial form of life. Many scientists today believe it was a single celled organism like a bacteria (only some primitive ancestor) that had to be an autotroph (able to convert sunlight into food via photosynthesis or eat inorganic chemical compounds in order to produce complex organic compounds that can used for building blocks for more complex organisms.)
It’s as if these ancient cyanobacteria understood the need to breed host organisms in order to perpetuate their own “species”. For bacteria to be able to evolve from benevolent good guys that spawn all future life to malevolent bad guys that threaten mankind with diseases like bubonic plague, tuberculosis and flesh-eating diseases.
Here’s a wicked thought — if we really do owe our entire existence to our bacteria ancestors, are we murdering our distant cousins when we take antibiotics in order to combat infection?
Why do we assume that modern life forms have descended from extinct ones?
“Life as we know it today developed by slow evolutionary pathways broken by a succession of cataclysms (impacts of large meteors, bouts of intense volcanism, periods of severe glaciation) that favored certain kinds of survivors, which subsequently multiplied, dispersed and diversified.” (pg 8)
This writer agrees with Dr. Meinesz that scientific evidence indicates there have been meteor impacts in the past and more intense volcanic activity, even an Ice Age.
But how does any of this prove that one kind of life form can eventually produce another kind no matter how much time is allowed or how many extinctions the ancestors had to survive?
“The number of nearly complete skeletons can be counted on the fingers of one hand. This is why a simple fossilized femur, hard as rock, a tooth, or a fragment of a hominid cranium more than two million years old brings honor and fame to the discoverers. It is therefore necessary to extrapolate, interpret, and deduce behaviors or morphological traits from a tooth or a bone. This research leads to logical conclusions.” (pg 10)
Again, Meinesz and this writer agree on the idea that evolutionary science is based on extrapolation of facts, deductions and conjecture. When evidence is challenged or debunked, scientists simply look for new evidence to support the old theory rather than considering a new theory, like perhaps that found in my book Divine Evolution.