Charles Darwin (Part 2)

Welcome to Apologetics with Carl Kerby!

Darwin himself said: “’If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”

One argument used to combat the evolutionary mindset specifically targets this point. Its called “irreducible complexity.” The concept was popularized by Lehigh University biochemist and Fellow of the Discovery Institute Michael Behe in his 1996 book Darwin’s Black Box.

Essentially, “irreducible complexity” is the argument that certain biological systems cannot have evolved by successive small modifications to pre-existing functional systems through natural selection because no less complex system would function. In other words, if you take away one part, the rest falls apart completely, like a house of cards. Such complexity could only have come into existence by the hand of a designer and an intelligent one at that.

What are some examples of irreducible complexity? The eye for one! We also have bat sonars, bird lungs and the incredible Bombardier beetle!

Next time we’ll tackle some of the “retorts” to this argument!

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Carl Kerby is the founder of Reasons for Hope and co-creator of the DeBunked apologetic video series. His radio feature, Fast Facts, is heard weekly on VCY America, Saturdays at 9:25 AM Central.

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