Should we Make a Creationist Taxonomic System?

Kategenos Species Concept Book Cover

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.

For example, evolutionary biology states that both plants and animals are alive. I believe there is strong case to be made, from Scripture, that plants are not alive. Does this make a difference? Yes. It shows that life (connected with the blood and with breathing) is precious and that it is something more than just a body. I realize that plants are important for our health and are part of the ecosystems of the earth, but some groups of evolutionists will go to the extreme of making ‘plant life’ as important or more important than human life. Understanding a scriptural view of life and the concepts of created kinds enables believers to refute such evolutionary views.

In many ways, evolutionary taxonomy has taken over the Linnaean Classification System by adding assumed layers and ancestral connections. The Linnaean Binomial Nomenclature has had been in use for nearly two centuries with the ranks species, genus, and family and was doing quite well before evolutionism added the higher ranks of order, class, phylum, kingdom, and domain. It is these higher ranks which lack supporting evidence, from both biology and the fossil record. Also, it is becoming obvious that the current evolutionary concept of species does not function well and that the creationist concept of kinds fits what we observe much better.

Science should follow where the evidence leads. The classical study of morphology (the physical appearance of a species) used in classification was well on its way to finding the distinctions of the Created Kinds. Today, this work can continue with the added benefits of a greater collection of fossil and genetic research. Together, the level of Created Kind is becoming clearer and a way to classify this information, without trying to force it into a system loaded with evolutionary assumptions, is becoming necessary.

African Spurred Tortoise

Geochelonot sulcatim / African Spurred Tortoise

For example, evolutionary taxonomy currently holds 14 families of turtles which are presented in the Subclass of the Anapsida [there are current discussions of their belonging to the Diapsida]. Simple studies into hybridization connect many of these families together and suggest there are 5 kinds of turtles [possibly less dependant on further research] with no ancestral connections to either Anapsids or Diapsids. There is no easy way to get things re-classified by this evidence in the current system and definitions nor to separate them from the supposed ancestral forms.

LIID. Last Updated: 24/12/2015
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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