Evidently, Evolution Proves Evolution! | The Institute for Creation Research

Evidently, Evolution Proves Evolution!

A recent report serves to demonstrate a commonly observed pattern among evolutionary authors: circular reasoning. It turns out that the arguments used to support evolution rest upon the assumption of their own truthfulness.

On June 13, Physorg.com described recently published protein studies: “The chicken…antibody called IgY, looks remarkably similar to the human antibody IgE. IgE is known to be involved in allergic reactions and humans also have a counterpart antibody called IgG that helps to destroy invading viruses and bacteria. Scientists know that both IgE and IgG were present in mammals around 160 million years ago because the corresponding genes are found in the recently published platypus genome. However, in chickens there is no equivalent to IgG and so IgY performs both functions.”1

Without describing antibodies and the immune response, the Physorg report states that “scientists know” certain antibodies were present 160 million years ago. How do they know this? Their “knowledge” is based on the following:

Fact
IgE and IgG genes are in modern platypus DNA.
Assumption
Platypus fossils are 160 million years old because they are found in rock layers that have been labeled that age.
Assumption
Rock layers took millions of years to form.2
Assumption
The ancient platypus had the same antibody molecules as their living descendants.
Assumption
All mammals 160 million years ago had antibodies that were very similar to their modern counterparts.
Assumption
Allergic response in mammals evolved.

Scientists only “know” that IgE and IgG were present in mammals 160 million years ago because they assume millions of years of evolution. They are using painfully circular reasoning.

The creation account in Genesis offers an explanation for the development of the immune system that is consistent with repeatable, observable science. Since animals were created as fully-formed, fully-functional life forms, chicken immune systems would have been specially set up on day 5 of creation week, then platypus immune systems on day 6. Like cytochrome c and a host of other proteins (enzymes), antibodies are found in a wide variety of creatures not because of an imaginary common ancestor—but because of an all-knowing Designer. Furthermore, as the creation model predicts, the immune system is observed as a fully-formed feature, not transitional.3 It functions just fine in each created kind whether that’s a platypus, chicken, or human.

References

  1. Ancient Antibody Molecule Offers Clues to How Humans Evolved Allergies. Physorg.com. Posted June 13, 2008, accessed June 16, 2008.
  2. Morris, H. 1977. Circular Reasoning in Evolutionary Biology. Acts & Facts. 6 (6).
  3. Sherwin, F. 2002. The Big Bang…in Immunology. Acts & Facts. 31 (4).

* Mr. Thomas is Science Writer.

Article posted on June 20, 2008.

The Latest
NEWS
Fossil Chromatin Looks Young
What are the odds that a buried animal would still have intact DNA after 125 million years? Researchers publishing in the journal Communications Biology...

NEWS
Inside October 2021 Acts & Facts
How is the Lord’s handiwork on display at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park? Does the universe look old? What can we learn about science and...

NEWS
Two-Volume Series: Restoring the Truth about Origins
The subject of origins continues to attract interest from the public and the scientific establishment. Understanding our origins informs us of who we are...

ACTS & FACTS
Creation Kids: Floods Form Fossils Fast
Christy Hardy and Susan Windsor* You’re never too young to be a creation scientist! Kids, discover fun facts about God’s creation with...

ACTS & FACTS
A Battle for Hearts
Since the ICR Discovery Center for Science & Earth History opened in fall of 2019, tens of thousands of people have walked through our doors. They...

APOLOGETICS
Eating Bugs Isn't Always So Simple
The Lord Jesus Christ deserves glory for why He made Earth’s diverse creatures, and He also deserves glory for the complicated details of how...

ACTS & FACTS
Does the Universe Look Old?
Since distant galaxies are billions of light-years away, some understandably assume that distant starlight must have taken billions of years to reach...

ACTS & FACTS
Hawaii Behind the Scenes
ICR Research Scientist Dr. Brian Thomas and ICR Video Producer Clint Loveness, with help from friends and family, recently shot footage in Maui, Hawaii,...

ACTS & FACTS
Mutation, Design, and Faith
Any alteration in a cell’s DNA sequence is a mutation. These changes can come from copying errors, exposure to chemicals or radiation, or from...

ACTS & FACTS
Another Function of 'Junk DNA' Discovered
For decades, evolutionists suggested that huge sections of our genome (about half) did not actively code for the production of proteins or polypeptides—and...