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37, Number 2
The Rise and Fall of Haeckels Biogenetic Law
Evolutionists once commonly believed that all basic life forms which
existed in our past multi-millions of years of evolution were rapidly
repeated in the few months between conception and birth or hatching.
Called the biogenetic law, this belief concluded that all embryos always
rapidly pass through their evolutionary history, starting with the one
cell stage, then in the case of humans developing into the fish stage,
the reptile stage, the mammal stage, ape stage, and finally into a human-child
stage. This theory, commonly explained as ontogeny recapitulates
phylogeny, was cited as a major proof of evolution for over a
century. This paper also reviews many of the biogenetic law claims commonly
used in pre 1960s textbooks including the gill slits, tail, and
yolk sac. Recent discoveries in the field of embryology and a reevaluation
of the evidence for the theory has shown it is without foundation and
now largely has been discarded by embryologists.
BaraminologyClassification of Created Organisms
For decades creationists have been using the word kind,
type, or group for their envisioned categories
of genetically unrelated organisms including all those formed by the
Creator during Creation Week. Within each of these categories the various
species, subspecies, and varieties were conceived to have diversified
from common ancestral stock. However, until recent years there has not
been a serious comprehensive methodology of classification focusing
on characterizing each original category, which is separated by genetic
gaps from all other categories. Now baraminology (with discontinuity
systematics) has developed into a fruitful approach to classification
within the creation model. Terminology and methodology have been developed,
and the first scientific baraminology conference was held in the summer
of 1999. An aggressive future program is envisaged.
The Philosophy of Sequence Stratigraphy
Part IIIApplication to Sequence Stratigraphy
Much of the geologic work done by creationists in recent decades has
consisted of reinterpretation of uniformitarian data, most
of which results in an inevitable assimilation of elements of evolutionist
stratigraphy. Sequence stratigraphy has the potential, according to
some advocates, to allow creationists and evolutionists alike to break
free of the uniformitarian straitjacket that has bound stratigraphy
for more than a century. While some creationists advocate abandoning
traditional terminology and methods in toto, others see this as an unjustified
hindrance to research and to communication with establishment geologists.
The philosophic background necessary to address this issue was established
in Part I of this series. In Part II, it was applied to the methods
of stratigraphy in general. In Part III, these principles are extended
to sequence stratigraphy. The results of this application indicate that
elements of sequence stratigraphy may have value for diluvialists, but
must be applied prudently.
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