Biodiversity

September 3

They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the Lord shut him in.

(Genesis 7:15-16) ESV

There were two horses on Noah’s ark, a mating pair, now there are at least seven species in genus Equus. That’s macro-evolution. Noah’s ark was the beginning of evolution as we know it.

We incorporate the process of evolution into the creation narrative as devolution. Notice that we didn’t say the theory of evolution. Evolution as genetic change over time is extensively documented and there’s no need to dispute it.

Devolution is the process of genetic change over time by which the animals saved on Noah’s ark gave rise to the distribution of current biodiversity.

– Devolution, context

The nuance in understanding the context of evolution has been apparent to the scientific community for a while but Christians don’t seem to get it. Abiogenesis is the origin of life, evolution isn’t. Evolution is change in allele frequency in a population over time. Think of it like this: Abiogenesis is the process by which life was created, evolution is the process of what happened next.

By a totally staggering coincidence, this fits the Biblical narrative because popular science (SciPop) is clearly acknowledging a distinction between creation vs. the fall.

  1. Abiogenesis: Creation
    • Life was created during the 6 days of creation.
    • Developmental patterns are clearly evident but this isn’t evolution because there’s no death, and no passage of traits between generations. Each created kind is an Iteration.
  2. Evolution: The Fall
    • At the fall of man the Earth was cursed. Nuclear decay and the process of senescence began. It became necessary to reproduce and generations of offspring began to inherit the changes to their DNA caused by decay.
    • Biological evolution is bound to a timescale of billions of years because this is how long it would take to compile the human genome. However, by starting with a complete genome it’s only taken about 6,000 years to decay to the current state that we’re in.

Biodiversity – Navigation

SectionTitleScripture
1IntroductionGenesis 7:15-16
Ignorant Home-schooled Knuckle-dragging MoronsJohn 15:18-19
2Species Concepts2 Corinthians 10:4-5
3Distribution of BiodiversityHebrews 11:1
4Freshwater Fish and Aquatic CommunitiesMatthew 4:19
SalvationRomans 10:9-10
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