How Nature Selects
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.”
Evolutionists often use a language all of their own. Frequently that language involves reification. Reification is a logical fallacy whereby an abstract concept is treated as if it were something real or concrete. Evolutionists frequently refer to selection of genetic information by nature – the so-called Natural Selection. Nature is an abstract concept. Too often, values, actions, or even moral choices are ascribed to this abstract nature.
When evolutionists refer to natural selection, they are implying that this is the mechanism by which evolution occurs. Of course, they refer to natural selection with modification, but we have talked about modification before and will do so again. As for the natural selection part, what is being selected? The answer is that genetic information is being selected. It is selected by means of the environment making alternative selections less likely. For example, long-haired dogs living in hot climates are not going to survive as easily as short-haired dogs. Therefore, the short-hairs are more likely to breed and pass on their short-hair genes to the next generation. In future generations, it is possible that the long-hair genes could be eliminated. But we should notice that this natural selection has only selected from what is already there. The dogs may develop into dogs with shorter hair, but they do not turn into cats or anything else. No new genetic information is created by this selection process, so Darwinian evolution has not occurred. Dogs give rise to dogs, and cats give rise to cats because this is how their biblical kinds work.
Prayer: Once again, Lord, we see that Your word is true. Thank You that we can always rely on Your word. Amen.
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