A Question of Origin


    There are two distinctively different kinds of change that are the point of controversy between creationists and evolutionists.   The first type of change may be called "horizontal."  This type of change does occur and is due primarily to reshuffling of genetic information (meiosis) coupled with natural selection.  Mutations can also affect this change by operating on PRE-EXISTING  information. (Usually mutations are harmful but occasionally can be neutral.)

    This type of change extends to the genus and very occasionally to the family level.  I refer to it as "horizontal" because it does not cause things to become more complex due to the addition of genetic information.  It simply causes organisms to "spread out" into different varieties of the same original type. (For example, all the varieties of bears we have today came from one original type of bear.)

    On the other hand, what most people consider to be true evolution is the change from simple organisms  to more complex organisms over time, to eventually "arrive" at man.  This type of evolution requires the influx of massive amounts of genetic information.  (Though a bacteria is much more complex than was originally thought, it is not nearly as complex as a human.)

    This type of evolution might be called "vertical evolution" because the change is upward to more complexity.  There is no evidence that this kind of change occurs. Millions or even billions of years will not do it because there is no mechanism for the production of the new genetic information needed to go from something like a bacteria to man.  Though blanket statements are often given about vertical change and it is treated as fact, the hard factual evidence given in textbooks and museums is all evidence of horizontal change.  The lack of a mechanism for the production of new information is the major problem for the theory of evolution.