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A ‘point’ refuted

Michael Hopkins May 25th, 2011

The Rev. Steve Kern tells us in “Missing ‘the point’” (Letters, April 27, Gazette) that “The Cambrian explosion is science that says all phyla came into existence almost simultaneously, not slowly from simple to complex forms.”

Oh, really? One-celled organisms appeared long before the Cambrian. But maybe creationists don’t think single-celled organisms count as life? Fine. The phyla Porifera (sponges) and Cnidaria (jellyfish, etc.) both predate the Cambrian.

What zoologists call phyla, botanists call divisions. Flower plants are such a division, and they first appear in the Mesozoic — long after the Cambrian. All my statements are easily verifiable in geology books at your local library.

Since the Rev. Kern is using the Cambrian-explosion argument, he has conceded that geologists can determine what came before what in Earth’s history: One-celled organisms appeared before simple animals, which appeared before fish, which appeared before amphibians, which appeared before reptiles, which appeared before birds or mammals.

Indeed, during the Cambrian, there were no amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds, insects or trees. In case you miss the point, the “science that contradicts evolution theory” is a pack of falsehoods, misunderstandings, logical fallacies and, indeed, lies.

—Michael Hopkins
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05.25.2011 at 01:43 Reply

Rev. Kern only believes one book, regardless of how many times it can be disproven.  I suppose that's the essence of faith, but it doesn't make him right.  And asking him to walk into a Watering Hole (as Steve Finefrock puts it) like a Library is tantamount to heresy.


What can I say?  Some of us seek facts, and others choose blissful ignorance.


05.25.2011 at 11:26 Reply

I made a minor grammar error: "flower plants" should be "flowering plants.  Luckily this does not change the meaning or what I wrote.

I might point out that I could have given more examples of phyla that did not originate in the Cambrian, but that would made the letter too long.