In The Elkhart Truth's Feb. 28 story about creationism and evolution ("Creationism and evolution: What do they mean?"), Dr. Andrew Schnabel, department chair for biological sciences at IU South Bend, presented a number of statements as scientific facts which are not facts at all.
First, the commonly used term evolution is really made up of two parts – micro-evolution and macro-evolution. Micro-evolution is the small changes that we see in types of creatures due to natural selection operating on existing genes and mutations. An example of this is the changes to finches' beaks over time. This is accepted as fact by evolutionists and creationists alike because it can be observed in the present using experiments. Macro-evolution is the molecules-to-man version of evolution which says that random mutations resulted in the first life forms changing over time into all the life forms known to us today. This is not backed up by observations or experiments.
Dr. Schnabel says that the “Evidence supporting evolution is mountainous” and mentions the fossil record as support for evolution. This is simply not the case for macro-evolution – the fossil record is actually one of its greatest weaknesses. If macro-evolution were true, we would expect to find billions of transitional forms showing one type of organism changing into another. Instead we find all kinds of fully formed organisms and not one undisputed transitional fossil.
Dr. Schnabel declares it to be a fact that all life evolved from single-celled organisms. If macro-evolution were true, we would expect to see it happening today and be able to conduct experiments that prove it. But no one has ever observed it. Finches and fruit flies may change but they still remain finches and fruit flies – they don’t turn into foxes.
Macro-evolution is not a scientific fact – it is actually a faith position.