Volume 6, Number 3
Volume 6, Number 3
A Christian Perspective On Chordate Morphology
Structure and function are intimately related, because they are rooted in the structural order of creation. Embryology and anatomy are both based on a basic structural and functional plan. How one interprets the morphologic data is determined by one's basic life commitment. Anatomic and embryologic data can be interpreted from the evolutionistic point of view, but the creationist's explanation provides an alternative which is consistent both with the confession that Jehovah is God, and with the world structure around him. Examination of phenomena such as pharyngeal pouches, kidneys, human tails and homology of organs provide a clear confirmation for biblical creationism.
A Problem Of Missing Links
At The Ultimate Primary Stage Of Evolution
Often evolutionary theory has been criticized on the basis of missing links, but in rather imprecise manner. Research in molecular biology results in quantitative contradictions of chemical and genetic theories. A rationale for replacement mutations is now under serious strain due to detection of complete absence of intermediate forms of two alleles, i.e., missing links. Again ambiguity of evolutionary hypotheses is exposed in as much as such theories lack predictive value and thus are not truly scientific.
The Sisquoc Diatomite Fossil
This paper provides a first hand report of diatomaceous earth beds located in the Lompoc area of Santa Barbara County, California. Although historical geologists have maintained that these beds formed gradually over vast periods of time, they actually provide striking evidence of catastrophic origin.
Here billions of delicately sculptured glass cell walls of diatoms have been deposited in such a way that fish were entombed with bones and even body organs intact. Some fossil fish studied were trapped so that they lie parallel to the bedding plane of the diatom matrix but many other fish extended across the bedding plane. The latter fish (standing partly "on end") must have been buried quickly or else that part not buried at first would have decayed long before it could have been covered by a diatom "snow." Fossils of various fish, sea birds,and whales also indicate that the diatom material was deposited rapidly and catastrophically rather than by gradual and uniform activity.
It is postulated that the
original diatom supply was first formed in cool waters after the flood.
A mechanism is proposed whereby the original diatom supply was redeposited
at the Lompoc site during a postulated post-Flood catastrophe involving
continental movement in the days of Peleg (Genesis 10:25).