Myu toenails protect my toes. People who have wisdom teeth use them to chew. My wife likes my body hair. And what's the evolutionary explanation for the fact that humans acquire body hair at puberty? Its not a derived characteristic, since apes don't have it. Whatever the evolutionary explanation is, it will work for a theistic one.
And again, vestigal organs are not proof of evolution, but rather devolution. Something function was lost after creation.
And the fact that we don't know the purpose of some genes doesn't mena that a purpose doesn't exist. Now they'vwe found that lots of there pseudogenes really make RNA that doesn't code make proteins, but rather control various functions. And the whole arguement from vestigal is a religious one, not a scientific one. The arguement is "why would
G-d creat something that serves not purpose?" But if the rules are that no religious explanations are allowed, then religious questions shouldn't be allowed either.
Now, if a development with interdependant parts can evolve so easily, then why can't plasmodium evolve resistance to quinine, or a way around sickle cell disease? That's Behe point, supported by the empirical evidence. And how something with interdependant parts evolve anyway, when it doesn't work unless all the parts are there. I know they suggest functional intermediates, but they ahven't really explain how the intermediates could function.
Anonymou, Torah Philosophy 54 Comments
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