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Best of #ifevolutionweretrue on Twitter


You’ve got to love the #ifevolutionweretrue hashtag on Twitter. Invented by creationist tweeter @UndyingTruth, the aim is for creationists to use it to challenge the theory of evolution with a series of ‘how come?’ style questions. Of course, it’s yet another opportunity for creationsts to show their puzzlement and bafflement towards science. I’ve picked out a few of my favourites.

xTheDawnx asks:

missing link

Ah, the so-called ‘missing link’. It would be really nice if the creationists could define what it was supposed to be a link between. In common parlance, ‘missing link’ usually means a transitional form between humans and ‘lower apes’. Of course, the fossil record is full of them.

As the #ifevolutionweretrue hashtag is based on a Young Earth Creationist position, evolution is treated as an all-encompassing life philosophy rather than a scientific theory that explains the diversity of life on this planet. Hence this tweet from JoeCain23:

#ifevolutionweretrue lifeThis is a total non sequitur, as evolution is a scientific theory which has nothing to do with the meaning of life. Acceptance of evolution does not require you to be an atheist, as AronRa eloquently explains.

#ifevolutionweretrue floodThe idea that a Noachic flood best explains the fossil record is just completely wrong. Creationists believe that the global flood of Noah buried all the world’s organisms based on their ability to reach high ground. Humans could have reached the highest ground, therefore they appear first in the fossil record!

Happily, there are already a few sensible people on hand to offer up statements that support evolution. Here’s fellow skeptic Rob Hinckley:

Rob Hinckley evolution

I feel that I’ve saved the best till last:

evolution armsI have no idea where to start with this. In fact, I’m not even going to attempt to address it. I’m just going to stare at it in disbelief.


Written by Tom

May 25th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Posted in creationism