I was looking through the AiG summary of the creationist text “Evolution Exposed: Biology”, and in the chapter The Origin of Humans (Chapter 10) I found some of the most poorly constructed arguments for creationism, ever.
Not to mention the outright lies they propagate, such as,
“To make an apelike human ancestor appear out of the fossil record, paleoanthropologists do one of three things. First, they combine pieces from an ape fossil and a human fossil and call it a hominid ancestor…” (Bullshit.)
… the argument which actually struck me most is this:
Of course, since the title of the text is Evolution Exposed: Biology, you would expect to see scientific (or at least pseudoscientific) arguments, but no. This argument goes something like this: if we teach our children that we came from animals, children would start to behave like animals. Which is of course a load of tosh.
Before I begin, here’s a quick reminder for the creationists. Just because something is unpleasant if it were true, doesn’t mean it isn’t true. You may not like the idea that humans are part of the animal kingdom, but science does not concern itself with personal preferences. Facts are facts, whether you like it or not. And “facts do not cease to exist just because they are ignored”.
Now, what is it with this thought that animals are inferior? I just really don’t get it. The only real difference between humans and our closest relatives is that, we have a larger brain. That’s it! We go through the similar processes of giving birth, looking after the young, and, in the end, dying. Animals may behave wildly, because they live in the wild, and so they have wild instincts. It doesn’t mean that children are going to go berserk if they find out that we are related to chimps.
Also, one of the things I try so hard to get across to you is this. Evolution is not the survival of the fittest. Instead, it is the survival of the most adapted and the most adaptable to change. It has been learnt from our long history that the human race would thrive best if we catered for one another’s needs, and if we reciprocated favours. “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” Language and communication has been naturally selected in a time of great desperation. Even in the light of evolution, it is clear that humans would survive better if we helped one another. And as an species, “working together” is our only means of survival.
If evolution teaches children anything about life, it teaches us that animals have feelings too. We live in a world in which even the trees, or even the earthworms, are our distant cousins. We are all related, all family, and this planet is our home. To me, this is the greatest and the most precious story ever told, and better yet, it’s a true story, testable by science. The Bible says, “let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” The truth is, we are all part of the animal kingdom. We may be wiser. We may consider ourselves luckier. But we are animals, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
I am proud to be part of the animal kingdom. I am proud to be an ape. Why aren’t you?
We are to be stewards of the earth and have dominion over the animals, but we are created in the image of God, which makes us distinct from the apes.