Sharks Puncture the Theory of Punctuated Equilibrium -- By: Ronald Knisley

Journal: Bible and Spade (Second Run)
Volume: BSPADE 15:2 (Spring 2002)
Article: Sharks Puncture the Theory of Punctuated Equilibrium
Author: Ronald Knisley

Sharks Puncture the Theory of Punctuated Equilibrium

Ron Knisley

You have never heard of punctuated equilibrium?! Well, read on and learn. Of course, you have heard of sharks, but I suspect that you don’t know as much about them as you may think you do. For example, many of the more than 300 species of sharks aren’t the bloodthirsty, man-eating villains that they are made out to be in movies such as Jam and Jaws 2. The sharks that do attack humans, the great white, the hammerhead, and the bull, get all the press coverage. Still, when you are out on or in the ocean, it is important that you be wary of a shark of any kind in case it is the villainous type.

The most important thing for us who believe that God created “... great fishes, and every living creature, which the waters brought forth abundantly” (Gn 1:21), is that sharks have abilities and features which disprove evolutionary theories supported by many paleontologists. These scientists, who study ancient life based on fossils preserved in the earth’s crust, admit that some forms of life like the shark have remained unchanged for long periods of time. This seems to disprove the theory that all life gradually evolved over hundreds of millions of years from more primitive forms. These evolutionists have invented a new theory to account for the fact that sharks and other life forms have remained the same. They call the new theory “Punctuated Equilibrium” or the “‘jerky” theory. This theory states that evolution can occur in sudden bursts, which create new life forms that remain primitive.

The original theory of evolution was based on the self-taught English scientist Charles Darwin’s studies. Then it was expanded and supported by those who do not believe in the Creator God. The theory stated that life gradually evolved by a process of survival of the fittest.

Since the fossil evidence shows that sharks have never changed, the evolutionists propose that sharks are still in a primitive stage and have had a long “punctuated equilibrium.” However, these scientists think the shark will evolve further in another sudden or jerky burst. The facts show that sharks are not only primitive, but they also possess many special abilities and features that make them the most effective hunters of any creature in the sea or on the land. These special abilities and features include:

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