“Were you there?”

I’ve mentioned Ken Ham before here on the blog. He is chief loony president at “Answers in Genesis”, his fundamentalist Christian ministry. Like any good Christian fundamentalist, he believes in a young Earth and all things created by God as described in the first book of the Bible: Genesis. Most Christians have long abandoned a literal interpretation of Genesis, but not mr. Ham and his associates. It should come as no surprise then that mr. Ham doesn’t believe in evolution and frequently speaks out against it. His latest eructation concerning  evolution was on Twitter today, about asking “evolutionists” the question “were you there?”

For the life of me, I can’t fathom why mr. Ham or anyone else would think this a smart question to ask and how it serves as a refutation of evolution. There for what, exactly? The first human? Creation itself? Of course no one who accepts evolution as a scientifically valid theory is going to answer “yes”. One could easily turn the question around and ask mr. Ham if he was there at creation or when God supposedly made Adam or anywhere else that “there” is taken to refer to. If neither “evolutionists” or creationists were “there”, what could possibly be the point of this question? What is it meant to accomplish? If there ever was an effective refutation of the statement that there are no stupid questions, this is the one.

There is no refutation of Darwinian evolution in existence.
There is no refutation of Darwinian evolution in existence.

For young Earth creationists and Christian fundamentalists to attack the theory of evolution in the hope of refuting it, is rather silly. Even if they would manage to successfully disprove evolution as a valid theory, they’d still have all their work ahead of them. They would still have to have their hypothesis (I’m being kind here) of creation or intelligent design accepted by the scientific community at large. And yet, that is what we tirelessly see them attempt. Endlessly trying to poke a hole here or question some minor detail there. It simply doesn’t make sense. If they believed there was any real scientific merit to creationism, they should work hard to create a competing Theory. Instead of trying to show where evolution is wrong they should show us where creationism is right.