Q&A: Evolution, Creationism and Intelligent Design
David H. Bailey
20 Jan 2013 (c) 2013
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.
- How old is the earth? Hold old are the geologic ages? How are these dates determined?
- Does the notion of irreducible complexity, as introduced by intelligent design writers, pose significant challenges to evolution?
- What has been the outcome of court cases testing whether creationism and intelligent design constitute suitable material for public school instruction?
- Have creationist writers uncovered significant technical issues that draw into question established theories of geology and evolution?
- Do creationism and intelligent design qualify as peer-reviewed science?
- What is the evidence for or against the notion that species (including humans) have been individually designed?
- What do modern DNA studies tell us about evolution?
- Can an evolutionary program generate English text?
- Are there analogues of biological evolution in other fields?
- Does evolution exhibit progress or purpose?
- Is evolution falsifiable?
- Do gaps in the fossil record present serious difficulties for the theory of evolution?
- Does information theory refute evolution?
- Have intelligent design writers uncovered significant technical issues that draw into question the established theories of geology and evolution?
- Can evolution generate truly novel biological features?
- Do scientists understand the origin of life? What is the impact of this on evolutionary theory?
- Are there missing links in the fossil record between ancient primates and modern humans?
- Does probability refute evolution?
- How reliable is radiocarbon dating?
- How does radiometric dating work?
- How reliable are geologic dates?
- Don't many scientists question evolution?
- Has speciation (the splitting of one species into two) ever been observed in nature?
- Isn't evolution just a "theory"?
- Creationists argue that evolution violates the second law of thermodynamics. How do scientists respond?
- How can we study geology and evolution without a "time machine"?
- Are evolution and old-earth geology built on a "uniformitarian" assumption?