The Seven Questions Creationists Can't Answer

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1. Is there any evidence for your hypothesis ?
(Creationists usually have "evidence" against Neo-Darwinism, but disproving Neo-Darwinism does not prove Creationism... there are a multitude of other scientific possibilities, let alone mythical ones)

1b. Is there any observation which supports any feature of your theory? Has Creationism ever made a true prediction ?

2. Where is the physical evidence that evolutionary mechanisms cannot cross the barrier of "biblical kinds" ? Can you show us where this barrier is in the DNA ?
(Creationists routinely claim that "macroevolution" - a made-up term - cannot exist in evolution, while "microevolution" - another made-up term - can exist)

3. Where is your evidence of God ?
(Creationists also routinely claim the existence of a supernatural Creator as scientific fact, but without evidence)

3b. We have never observed something coming from nothing. Spontaneous generation was disproven more than three hundred years ago. Why do you believe that all living things popped up from nothing ?

4. Explain why we have plentiful evidence of transitional forms in the fossil record.
(The mere existence of one transitional form, let alone the dozens that we have, disproves Creationism)

5. Explain why we observe a nested hierarchy of species which is true both at the phenotypic and molecular level.

6. Explain phenotypic and molecular vestigial structures, and all such suboptimal anatomical functions.

7. Justify the existence of bacterium and parasites which horribly disfigure and kill human beings.


Here are some more questions from talk.origins.

8. Why is there the coherence among many different dating methods pointing to an old earth and life on earth for a long time - for example: radioactivity, tree rings, ice cores, corals, supernovas - from astronomy, biology, physics, geology, chemistry and archeology? These methods are based on quite distinct fields of inquiry and are quite diverse, yet manage to arrive at quite similar dates. (This is not answered by saying that there is no proof of uniformity of radioactive decay. The question is why all these different methods give the same answers.)

9. Explain the distribution, seemingly chronological, of plant and animal fossils. For example, the limited distribution of fossils of flowering plants (which are restricted to the higher levels of the fossil record). Here we are considering the distribution which conventional science explains as reflecting differences in time - the various levels of rock.

10. In the contemporary world, different animals and plants live in different places. Why is there the present distribution of animals and plants in the world? For example, how is it that marsupials are restricted to Australia and nearby islands and the Americas, monotremes to Australia and nearby islands, and few placental mammals are native to Australia? Or why are tomatoes and potatoes native to the Americas only? (This is not a question merely of how they could have arrived there, it is also of why only there.)

11. There is a large body of information about the different species of animals and plants, systematically organized, which is conventionally represented as reflecting genetic relationships between different species. So, for example, lions are said to be more closely related to tigers than they are to elephants. If different kinds are not genetically related, what is the explanation for the greater and less similarities between different kinds of living things? That is to say, why would special creation produce this complex pattern rather than just resulting in all kinds being equally related to all others?

* Coherence of many different dating methods.
* Chronological distribution of fossils.
* Spatial distribution of living things.
* Relationships between living things.