15 Answers to John Rennie and Scientific American’s Nonsense--Argument #12
||Bert Thompson, Ph.D.
Brad Harrub, Ph.D.
12. [Creationists suggest that] nobody has ever seen a new species evolve.
This is a worse straw man than Rennie produced in point number 11 above. Creationists freely acknowledge that speciation does occur. But strangely (in light of Mr. Rennie’s accusation), it has been the evolutionists themselves who have made the type of accusation of which he has accused creationists. Colin Patterson once remarked:
No one has ever produced a species by mechanisms of natural selection. No one has ever gotten near it and most of the current argument in neo-Darwinism is about this question: how a species originates. And it is there that natural selection seems to be fading out, and chance mechanisms of one sort of another are being invoked (1982).
Evolutionist Gordon Ratray Taylor wrote: “In all the thousands of fly-breeding experiments carried out all over the world for more than fifty years, a distinct new species has never been seen to emerge...” (1983, p. 34). Why didn’t Mr. Rennie include some of these statements in his examples of “nonsense”?