Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Creationism demands a belief in a deceptive God because it appears that things evolved

Another inexplicable example of empirical evidence which can only be true if God is deceptive relates more closely to evolution. One of the ways that evolution would be falsified is if a living or fossilized true chimera was found.

A “chimera” is a creature made up of “parts” from two different organisms. A mermaid – part human and part fish – is an example of a chimera. Evolution would have absolutely no explanation for the existence of such a creature either living or fossilized.

What is fascinating to me about this example is that when humans, in their imaginations, “design” mythical creatures, those creatures are often true chimeras.

The Sphinx (with the body of a lion and the upper part of a human female), Pegasus (a horse with the wings of a bird), the Griffin (the body of a lion but the head and wings of an eagle) and Centaurs (human from the head to the loins, while the remainder of the body was that of a horse) are all creatures that evolution could never explain. Human imaginations in nearly every culture provide other examples.

The question, of course, is obvious: why didn’t God create any actual chimeras? A single example would show that evolution is false. So why didn’t God make anything like that? Is God trying to fool us into thinking that life evolved[1]? If you are a creationist, you are forced to believe that.

Of course there is also abundant other evidence that life on Earth evolved. If evolution is false, then God is simply deceptive.

[1] Some creationists point to the duck-billed platypus as a chimera. It has a duck’s bill doesn’t it? Actually it doesn’t. The bills have a superficial similarity, but there are a number of differences. For example, a duck’s bill is hard and the bill of the platypus is soft.

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