Q&A: Evolution, Creationism and Intelligent Design

David H. Bailey
09 Jan 2014 (c) 2014

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? How old are the geologic ages? How are these dates determined? Ages
  2. Does the notion of irreducible complexity, as introduced by intelligent design writers, pose significant challenges to evolution? Complexity
  3. What has been the outcome of court cases testing whether creationism and intelligent design constitute suitable material for public school instruction? Court cases
  4. Have creationist writers uncovered significant technical issues that draw into question established theories of geology and evolution? Creationism
  5. Do creationism and intelligent design qualify as peer-reviewed science? Creationism-peer review
  6. What is the evidence for or against the notion that species (including humans) have been individually designed? Design
  7. What do modern DNA studies tell us about evolution? DNA
  8. Can an evolutionary program generate English text? English text
  9. Are there analogues of biological evolution in other fields? Evolution-analogues
  10. Does evolution exhibit progress or purpose? Evolution-progress
  11. Is evolution falsifiable? Falsifiable
  12. Do gaps in the fossil record present serious difficulties for the theory of evolution? Fossils
  13. Does information theory refute evolution? Information theory
  14. Have intelligent design writers uncovered significant technical issues that draw into question the established theories of geology and evolution? Intelligent design
  15. Can evolution generate truly novel biological features? Novelty
  16. Do scientists understand the origin of life? What is the impact of this on evolutionary theory? Origin
  17. Are there missing links in the fossil record between ancient primates and modern humans? Prehuman fossils
  18. Does probability refute evolution? Probability
  19. How reliable is radiocarbon dating? Radiocarbon dating
  20. How does radiometric dating work? Radiometric dating
  21. How reliable are geologic dates? Reliability
  22. Don't many scientists question evolution? Scientists-evolution
  23. Has speciation (the splitting of one species into two) ever been observed in nature? Speciation
  24. Isn't evolution just a "theory"? Theory
  25. Creationists argue that evolution violates the second law of thermodynamics. How do scientists respond? Thermodynamics
  26. How can we study geology and evolution without a "time machine"? Time machine
  27. Are evolution and old-earth geology built on a "uniformitarian" assumption? Uniformitarian