You’ve heard Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron’s brilliant argumentum ad banana. And perhaps even Chuck Missler’s equally brilliant argument ad peanut butterum. Now I give you Institute for Creation Research president John Morris’ argument from thorns.
In an Institute for Creation Research radio bulletin, Dr. John Morris claimed that thorns on plants are proof that evolution is nothing but a myth. He told co-host Chris O’Brien that Genesis 3 includes a curse on plants as “thorns and thistles are a direct result of Adam’s sin.”
He claims on a certain ryegrass, a certain fungus sometimes “grows unchecked” and “chokes out the plant” because “a particular gene in the fungus was turned off through mutation.”
“Mutations are thought to be the main mechanism by which evolution occurs but every mutation we see is harmful, not helpful as evolution requires,” Morris argued. “Face it Chris, evolution just doesn’t work, it doesn’t fit the facts and it certainly doesn’t agree with the ‘back to Genesis’ truth of creation.”
Yes, every mutation is harmful. Except all the ones that have been exhaustively documented that are beneficial, like Richard Lenski’s amazing experiments with E. coli, where they can pinpoint the exact mutations that allow the bacteria to metabolize citrate.