The Unsolved Origin of Species
"And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good."
While most evolutionists today would deny what I am about to say, many prominent evolutionists would agree that Darwin's "Origin of Species" utterly failed to explain the origin of species.
Let me begin by making it clear that all of the people I'm mentioning today are evolutionists who were quoted in the book The Great Evolution Mystery by evolutionist Gordon Taylor. In the chapter dealing with the name of Darwin's famous book, Taylor quotes Professor Ernst Mayr of Harvard, who said, "The book called The Origin of Species is really not on that subject." His colleague, George Gaylord Simpson, said: "Darwin failed to solve the problem indicated by the title of his work."
Also quoted is British geneticist William Bateson, who wrote that the "essential bit of the theory of evolution which is concerned with the origin and nature of species remains utterly mysterious."
As Taylor points out, the issue that Darwin failed to deal with was speciation – that is, the evolutionary process by which new biological species arise. As creationists have rightly pointed out, Darwin dealt only with the survival of the species, not the arrival of the species. As Professor Hampton Carson of Washington University in St. Louis pointed out, speciation is "a major unsolved problem of evolutionary biology."
And it remains unsolved to this day. While neo-Darwinists continue to search for the answer, those of us who believe what the Bible teaches already know where the different kinds of animals came from. It's all there in the first chapter of Genesis!
Notes: Gordon Rattray Taylor, The Great Evolution Mystery, pp. 140-141 (Harper & Row, 1983). Taylor (1911-1981) was a popular British journalist and evolutionist who was critical of some elements of neo-Darwinism.
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