One thing young Earth creationists are well known for is making Christians look bad with their arguments. Usually these arguments are in the form of questions. For example, they will ask a question in regards to evolution. And as we know young Earth creationists are adamantly against evolution. So they will ask a question with the idea being that if the person being asked cannot answer the question or science has no answer for the question then automatically evolution is false and their version of creation is true.
When they are asked the same question. All they do is say, God did it. Ultimately what this boils down to is a multitude of logical fallacies. The first being the false dichotomy. Next being an appeal to the unknown and the ultimate highly popular God of the gaps fallacy. And the sad part is people do fall for this.
However, other people don’t fall for it and they will answer honestly saying “I don’t know.” Which is the most honest answer anyone can give when they really don’t know something. And it shows that persons honesty and credibility in the discussion compared to a person who instantly goes for the God of the gaps fallacy.
As a Christian myself, this kind of dishonesty is just blatantly repulsive to see from others claiming to be Christians. And this is very damaging to Christianity in general. Because, as history shows, when we don’t know something and we say God did it. Instead of I don’t know. It makes us Christians look really bad. After the question is find the answer.
One such question that continues to pop up on young Earth creationist websites, and apparently now in a young Earth creationist pamphlet, is the following:
This is a good question. Not answering that obviously does not mean evolution is false (after all evolution is an observed phenomenon with mountains of data and research and evidence to back it up). It just means evolution has not been able to answer that. But to the young Earth creationist. They try and make it seem as though if evolution can answer something, then evolution must be false. But they don’t apply this logic to such things as gravity. And after all, there are a lot of questions about gravity that have not been answered. But you don’t see them denying gravity do you?
Anyways, this question is a good question,. I myself have wondered how this could take place. And there are a lot of hypothesis out there in the scientific realm discussing some more plausible than others. But it does take some digging to find these hypothesis.
However, one of these hypothesis using the power of prediction has moved from the realm of hypothesis into the realm of working theory. And that is the idea that single cell organisms would organize themselves into a multi-cellular organism for the benefit of survival. And that is what happened.
According to a peer-reviewed laboratory study, titled: “Phagotrophy by a flagellate selects for colonial prey: A possible origin of multicellularity”. Single cell organisms were observed changing into multicellular organisms. In this study, they observed single cell organisms remaining single cell organisms through many generations. They then introduced a predatory organism into the study. And within hundred generations, the single cell organism developed into a multicellular organism made up of self replicating clusters of eight cells in response to the new environmental pressure.
So not only has evolution here been observed (yet again) . This goes way beyond the young Earth creationist flawed arguments of macro/micro-evolution . This is a huge jump in evolutionary terms. Going from a single cell organism to a multiple cellular organism that self replicates other eight cell clusters.
This, although only goes to show the flaw in what young Earth creationists try to do with these questions. Making Christians look very dishonest. Not to mention stupid when such questions have a high track record of later being answered.
I take a different position , and that is when I don’t know something I answer “I don’t know”. The way I see it. If we are to ever find direct scientific evidence for God. We are not going to do that by holding science back by stopping at God dun it.