Created Kinds, Baraminology, and the Creation Orchard Sample Text

Introduction

While the general topics covered by Creationism are not directly salvation issues, anything that causes a believer to have doubts about the accuracy of Scripture is a major stumbling block. In recent decades, Evolutionism has spread rapidly and attacked the validity of the Bible. Sadly, Creationism has been slow in responding both in theology and science. Baraminology, the study of Created Kinds, is a relatively new field of science which is challenging the Theory of Evolution and helping people rediscover the foundational truths of Scripture and a proper perspective on the value of life. Baraminology includes understanding the Kinds of plants and animals made during Creation Week, which species are included in each Kind today, and producing a classification system free of evolutionary assumptions.

Why spend time on Baraminology, the study of Created Kinds? The reasons are many, but primarily: it helps build a personal relationship with the Creator, it helps us understand how to care for His creation, it directs us in the proper understanding of science, helps us to defend ourselves against the attacks of Evolutionism, and it helps us appreciate the value of life.

Scripture

According to the terms given by the Creator in Scripture, the levels become clear. Plants have a body but are not considered living because they do not have a soul. Animals have both a body and a soul and are, therefore, considered living. However, it is only man which has body, soul, and spirit which places him above all other parts of the Creation.

The Creator made the Heavens and the Earth including plants, animals, and man. He spoke them into existence in a literal seven day act of creation. Because they were spoken into existence, they do not have any ancestry nor was any evolutionary means involved. The Created Kinds Model details the characteristics expected of Created Kinds. In summary, they include: no random generation of life from non-life, Kinds fully formed and functional with no primitive ancestors, and gaps between forms of both living and fossilized Kinds.

Science

The search for good science is a difficult one to master for anyone because of personal worldviews. Technically, there should be no ‘creation science’ or ‘evolution science’. There should be only good science which goes where the evidence leads. The fact that such factions exist show there is more to this topic politically and socially than first meets the eye. It is only because Creation is outright rejected without due consideration by secular science that ‘creation science’ had to form. It often goes unnoticed that the data and evidence discovered in science fits the Model of Created Kinds far better than the Model of Evolution.

The Katagenos Species Concept is based on the Model of Created Kinds. It allows for a reproductive and genetic discontinuity between kinds and a continuity between breeds or species within a Kind. The active dynamics for change within a Kind are communication and environmental acclimation through the mechanism of genetic selection of already existing DNA. It currently combines the terminology of Baraminology, breeding techniques, and Linnaean classification in order to express these concepts.

How much change can occur within a kind? Using the Hibiscus Kind as an example, there are changes to color, overall size, and even complexity of the petals (ornamentals). The major features that distinguish this kind do not change. The major features include a corolla of 5 petals fused at the base and an Androecium composed of many stamen fused with the carpels of the Gynoecium.

The habitat or environment where an individual or population lives is considered to be one of the strongest influences on breeding or genetic selection. The environmental pressures created by heat or cold, dry or wet, and rocky or fine soils all help to determine what characteristics will do best in that environment. For example, in an open environment, running fast could be an important trait for both prey and predator.

Society

Is there a conflict between faith and science? No. In reality, there is a conflict between Creationism and Evolutionism with science caught in the middle.

One of the best ways to encourage life is to boldly confront the issues raised by the great questions of life rather than fearing or shying away from them. If we do not have the answers to these questions, then our lives will generally become reactive to situations and people rather than proactive towards a goal. Reactions to family, friends, work, and society may produce a lifestyle we are comfortable with, but a lifestyle is not life itself. When we know the answers to the questions of life, it will produce a sense of purpose and meaning that can give us goals and projects on which to move forward. It is a means to life abundant and a life with blessing.

Conclusion

As a believer, I want to know what is true and what is false. It is good to pursue purity. If evolution is false, then I want to remove the false concepts it makes from my views of life. This includes my views on taxonomy. One of the goals of baraminology / created kinds research is to distinguish these differences.

Todd Elder

Todd Elder

Todd Elder has a deep desire to understand and experience Creation. As a Baraminologist, his current research includes developing the Katagenos Species Concept, the Natanzera Classification System, and the Floral Formula Method of determining Plant Kinds. As an author and speaker, his books and seminar materials are designed to encourage a growing relationship with the Creator.
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