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Sudden Leaps of Evolution, or None at All?

Missing links Paul Humber meme

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Transcript of Paul Humber’s words:

Dr. George Gaylord Simpson may be near, if not actually at, the top of the list for twentieth-century evolutionists. He was curator of the Department of Geology and Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History (NYC) and of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.

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What I am about to quote from him is devastating to evolution. But first, let me preface his words with a creationist’s understanding. We creationists affirm that lifeforms, in general, have no transitional forms between one major type and another because such transitions never existed. This does not mean we do not affirm fabulous variety within major groupings (microevolution, if you must have the word).

Dogs are an example of a major grouping. All major lifeforms were created instantaneously, allowing for great diversity within genetic parameters. The words you are about to hear from Simpson appear on page 231 of his book, The Meaning of Evolution, Yale University Press. Here are Simpson’s words:

The process by which such radical events occur in evolution is the subject of one of the most serious remaining disputes among qualified professional students of evolution. The question is whether such major events take place instantaneously, by some process essentially unlike those involved in lesser or more gradual evolutionary change, or whether all of evolution, including these major changes, is explained by the same principles and processes throughout, their results being greater or less according to the time involved, the relative intensity of selection, and other material variable in any given situation…

Possibility for such dispute exists because transitions between major grade of organization are seldom well recorded by fossils. There is in this respect a tendency toward systematic deficiency in the record of the history of life. It is thus possible to claim that such transitions are not recorded because they did not exist, that the changes were not by transition but by sudden leaps in evolution.

Notice, he still was displaying an a priori faith in evolution, but his keywords fit extremely well with the creationist’s view. I hope Simpson, before his passing, trusted in his Creator before dying.

Who? Jesus!

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Written by Cheri Fields

Hi, I’m Cheri Fields: 2nd generation homeschooling mom of seven, wife, writer, and science lover. There is a wealth of information available to help people see how trustworthy God and His testimony in the Bible is. The key is to explain concepts simply so they can be understood by anyone. This is my goal, and I’ve had a lot of fun tackling areas where the world tests our faith.

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