Defender's Guide to Science and Creationism

Mark Vuletic

Assertion

If humans had evolved from apes, there would no longer be any apes around.

Analysis

I. Evolution does not state that humans evolved from apes

Nothing in the evolutionary history of life says or indicates that humans evolved from apes.1 Rather, humans and apes both evolved from a common ancestor which, as it happens, is not around anymore.

Richard Dawkins explains (with respect to chimpanzees rather than apes, but the principle is the same):

II. Evolution is compatible with the continued existence of ancestral groups

Even if evolutionists did claim that humans evolved from apes, the continued existence of apes would not refute evolution. To argue otherwise would be like arguing no American can have Japanese ancestry since Japanese people still exist. The evolutionary tree of life has exactly the structure that its name suggests: the branching structure of a tree, not the linear structure of a ladder where new and old cannot possibly coexist.

III. Giving credit where it is due

 The young-earth creationist organization Creation Ministries International has completely disavowed this argument (CMI n.d.).

Notes

1 For the purposes of this analysis, I use the term "ape" in the common way, to refer to any non-human member of the superfamily Hominoideia. Technically, the term should include humans as well, but sticking to this would add an unproductive layer of complication to the discussion here.

References

CMI. n.d. Arguments we think creationists should NOT use. creation.com/arguments-we-think-creationists-should-not-use. Spotted 21 Nov 2014.

Last updated: 21 Nov 2014

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