Q&A: Evolution, Creationism and Intelligent Design

Updated 14 December 2018 (c) 2018

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This section lists numerous questions in the area of evolution, creationism and intelligent design and related topics, and then presents answers based on best available scholarship. This material was assembled by the editor, except where otherwise indicated. Each page linked to below includes detailed references.

  1. How old is the Earth? Ages
  2. Does irreducible complexity pose a significant challenge to evolution? Complexity
  3. How have courts ruled on creationism and intelligent design? Court cases
  4. Does creationism pose a challenge for geology and evolution? Creationism
  5. Have species been individually designed? Design
  6. What does DNA reveal about evolution? DNA
  7. Can an evolutionary program generate English text? English text
  8. Are there analogues of biological evolution in other fields? Evolution-analogues
  9. Does evolution exhibit progress or purpose? Evolution-progress
  10. Is evolution falsifiable? Falsifiable
  11. Do fossil gaps disprove evolution? Fossils
  12. Does information theory refute evolution? Information theory
  13. Does creationism pose a challenge for evolution? Intelligent design
  14. Can evolution generate truly novel biological features? Novelty
  15. Do scientists understand the origin of life? Origin
  16. Are there missing links between ancient primates and modern humans? Prehuman fossils
  17. Does probability refute evolution? Probability
  18. How reliable is radiocarbon dating? Radiocarbon dating
  19. How does radiometric dating work? Radiometric dating
  20. How reliable are geologic dates? Reliability
  21. Don't many scientists question evolution? Scientists-evolution
  22. Has speciation (the splitting of one species into two) ever been observed in nature? Speciation
  23. Isn't evolution just a "theory"? Theory
  24. Creationists argue that evolution violates the second law of thermodynamics. How do scientists respond? Thermodynamics
  25. How can we study geology and evolution without a "time machine"? Time machine
  26. Are evolution and old-earth geology built on a "uniformitarian" assumption? Uniformitarian