Review by Greg Neyman
© Answers In Creation
First Published 28 March 2006
Young earth creation science ministry Creation Ministries International ran an article in the September 2004 issue of Creation Magazine, in which the horseshoe crab is described with the intent to show intelligent design (the article was the featured article on the Creation Ministries International website on 27 March 2006).1
Young earth creation science theorist Philip Bell is the author of this article. The article tells about a researcher who is investigating this crab, especially its immune system. It is true that we can learn a lot from the wonderful way God designed the horseshoe crab's immune system. Whether he did it via evolution (theistic evolution) or by fiat creation (from nothing) does not matter. Either way, this crab gives glory to God.
The main point of Bell's argument is that this creature is called "primitive" in one publication, yet referred to as "advanced" in others, and even by the same author who called it primitive. Despite this apparent conflict, there is no reason to consider this as any kind of evidence against theistic evolution. It is true that some type of standard definitions for these terms would help eliminate this confusion.
As Christians we should thank God for creating such creature as the horseshoe crab. However, this claim is strictly a "God of the Gaps" type emotional argument (this is wonderful...God must have done it). Presenting such an argument in defense of creation is a pointless exercise in futility...it will strengthen those who already believe, but will do nothing to argue for your position with the atheist or old earth creationist.
At the end of the article, a text box (on the CMI website) lists it as a living fossil. Living fossils are no proof of a young earth. For more, read Living Fossils.
For More Reading
Horseshoe Crab (Wikipedia)
Living Fossils (Talk Origins)
1 Creation Magazine, Volume 26, Issue 4. Published on the Answers in Genesis website at answersingenesis.org/creation/v26/i4/crab.asp, and at the Creation Ministries International website at http://www.creationontheweb.com/content/view/499/
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