Who knew that the lowly bulldog could be a Hero for Creationism?
A lot of folks have been led to believe that Creationists don’t believe in Natural Selection. That’s because some people have falsely equated Natural Selection with Evolutionism.
Yet Biblical Young Earth Creationists DO observe and recognize Natural Selection and, contrary to what some have been taught, Natural Selection is NOT the same thing as Evolution.
Some of the confusion exists because the founders of the Neo-Darwin Synthesis [aka the Modern Synthesis or MS] purposely confused the issue. Evolutionists misappropriated a term used by Leavitt in 1909 describing developmental biology, namely “microevolution.” They equated Microevolution with Natural Selection and, specifically and erroneously, as being Darwinism on a small scale as early as 1927. In 1937, Theodosius Dobzahanshy wrote in Genetics and the Origin of Species:
“There is no way toward an understanding of the mechanism of macroevolutionary changes, which require time on a geological scale, other than through a full comprehension of the microevolutionary processes observable within the human lifetime. For this reason we are compelled at the present level of knowledge reluctantly to put a sign of equality between the mechanisms of micro– and macroevolution, and proceeding on this assumption, to push our investigations as far ahead as this working hypothesis will permit.” [emphasis mine]
This preposed presumption by Dobzhansky has become standard dogma in our children’s textbooks. Natural Selection is equated with microevolution and macroevolution is taught as larger-scale extension of microevolution. Put another way, evolution is defined as “change over time” [a purposely vague and misleading definition] by the likes of Eugenie Scott and then mic-evo is defined as small-scale changes while mac-evo is large-scale changes. It is this false conflation that allows evolutionists to make the preposterous allegation that we can actually observe evolution occuring today! Nothing could be further from the truth.
Now, this site has often used the terms macroevolution [mac-evo] and microevolution [mic-evo], but after due reflection I strongly believe that Creationists should stop using these terms [even if Gary Hurd erroneously believes we made up the distinction! We call this fallacy Hurd’s Turd in his honor.] Why? Because using the terms leads some folks to the false conclusion that we are simply talking about evolution on smaller or larger scales, when we are not. True, we generally agree that can accept observable micro-evolution but we rightly reject presumed macro-evolution, but the truth is that we don’t even accept micro-evolution. When it comes down to the knuckles, we’re not using the terms “microevolution” and “Natural Selection” the way evolutionists are using it. They think of microevolution as the nuts and bolts of molecules-to-man macroevolution. We see it as variation within a baramin [“created kind”]. They see Natural Selection as a creative force that produces new orders of information. We see Natural Selection as a conservative force, weeding out harmful mutations and allowing adaptation to new environments by a net loss of genetic viability. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Creationist definition of these terms reflects what we actually observe in nature, not what the evolutionist presumes should be occuring! When these definitions are considered, we find that Creationists don’t ascribe to ANY form of evolution.
Therefore we shouldn’t use terms that presume the factuality of evolution.
But how is the bulldog a hero for Creationism?
It perfectly illustrates, as the photo from the Creation Museum’s new Natural Selection exhibit shows, the kinds of extreme variation and adaptation that is possible within a baramin. The chihuahua, the extinct Dire Wolf and the bulldog with it’s gloriously jutting lower jaw and rediculously punched-in upper jaw are all members of the dog baramin. They’re all very different, but they’re all still dogs. As Mendel affirmed, there is a fixity to the amount of variation possible, but oh-so-much bulldog potential within those fixed limits!
PS More photos of the Natural Selection at Answers in Genesis’ Creation Museum can be found at