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Evolutionary explanations keep changing, while creationist accounts remain the same

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That evolutionary explanations keep on changing while creationist accounts remain the same.

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  1. That is because good science has to change the details of its explanation when new evidence comes to light. Dogmatically held philosophical positions do not need to change, since they are not based on evidence but faith and assertion.
  2. Creationist claims have changed. For instance, there was a time when a majority of Creationists believed in 'fixity of kinds', i.e. they denied that even micro-evolution was possible; nowadays, most (but not all) Creationists accept the micro- while still denying macro-. Indeed, the popularity and usage of many different accounts of creation and theories of flood geology and so on have come and gone. As a more current example, consider the general shift from the 'creation science' model of Duane Gish, Henry Morris et al., towards the Intelligent Design model of Johnson and Behe.
  3. Answers in Genesis has also published a list of arguments creationists should not use. [1] This shows that their claims have changed. They justify this as follows: "All theories of science are fallible, and new data often overturn previously held theories. Evolutionists continually revise their theories because of new data, so it should not be surprising or distressing that some creationist scientific theories need to be revised too."
  4. Not changing one's mind does not immediately indicate correctness - it can also indicate stubbornness, close-mindedness, ignorance, etc.
  5. Invalid comparison: evolutionary explanations vs creationist accounts. The evolutionary account (that gene frequency changes over time) does not change, and the creationist explanations (what this website indexes!) do.

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