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Several thousands of years is simply not enough time for random mutation, genetic drift and natural selection to produce new species from the originally created species.
Bottom line, YEC believes in fixed species and completely rejects the theory of organic evolution commonly known as Darwinism or neo-Darwinism.
There is a kind of free will in history, in our personal lives and in the way nature works, but God does, at various times and for reasons of his own intervene in our personal lives-to answer prayers, for example.
If it is established that for us as individuals and for nations as well that God gives a general free will, but that he does influence and even dramatically intervene for reasons of his sovereign will, then the PC perspective is that almost certainly this is what God has done with nature.
Also, I am adding below a very brief essay in which I discuss different views of evolution from a biblical perspective. John Oakes, ARS 7/15/2010 We at ARS sponsored a four-way forum titled "Four Christian Views of Evolution" on Saturday evening, June 12, 2010 in Irvine, California as part of our annual International Christian Evidences Conference at Concordia University.
The four views are as follows: Young Earth Creationism Intelligent Design Progressive Creation Evolutionary Creationism At the end of this description and analysis of the four views, I will append a short explanation of why I prefer the Progressive Creation/Theistic view of Evolution.
Putting aside for now concern over the label, let me describe our third view of evolution.
and are willing to be called progressive creationists, accept that the earth is quite old (approximately 4.5 billion years, as claimed by scientists) and that the universe is also very old (about 13.5 billion years)., or may take the view of scientific concordism, that there is at least a general scientific truth in the chronology, if not the time span, in Genesis.
Last June we arranged a debate titled "Four Christian Views of Evolution." In this debate (in which I took one of the four positions), we considered publicly four alternative Christain views of Evolution.
The main distinction between this view and Intelligent Design (at least as defined above), is that it accepts the main implications of evolution.
What distinguishes this view from Evolutionary Creationism, is that it rejects for theological reasons the conclusion that evolution is a fully random process-completely devoid of the interventionary influence of God.
It seems that the thing which unites those in the ID camp is that they are quite skeptical of organic evolution in the broadest sense and reject a strict interpretation of common descent.
In other words, as a rule, the intelligent design view is that God intervened miraculously to create organic life in the first place and that he also intervened at various times in the distant and even the more recent past to create the various "kinds" of life.
They have attempted to prove that one can scientifically demonstrate that some changes which are required by random Darwinist evolution simply could not have happened by any believable series of fully random events.