Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Naturalis Historia: Reflections on the Death of Toads and the Edenic Perfect Paradise

Naturalis Historia: Reflections on the Death of Toads and the Edenic Perfect Paradise

"How would a toad pond in the middle of a field of flowers work in a perfect paradise? Just look at the pictures of the toads above. They are clearly “designed” to reproduce with all species having internal structures perfectly suited to producing masses of thousands of eggs. Look at the hundreds of thousands of tadpoles. Does anyone doubt that only a small fraction will survive to become adults? But in the perfect paradise every tadpole is alive and could not die. This pond would produce a hundred thousand toads. But where would they have gotten the resources to survive? Clearly some special biological rules were in operation in Eden that we can’t identify today. Or is the YEC image of a perfect paradise in error. Must the death of a tadpole represent the effect of sin? I think not. The creation was “good” and is still “good” as testified to by scripture. The YEC view of perfections is not a Biblical concept but rather a man-centric definition of perfection that imposes conditions on the creation that God must follow.

Continuing with toads…. if the tadpoles all lived to maturity and then were to have lived forever after that and reproduced, what of all the creatures that eat tadpoles today? Herons, some ducks, fish, water snakes, etc.. benefit to varying degrees from tadpole protein in their diet. But in the YEC perfect paradise these animals had only plants to eat. So they also must have lived by radically different ecological rules.

Many creationists will concede that insects may not be living and thus stepping on one in Eden would not have caused death though even that point isn’t always conceded (see: Did Adam Step on an Ant Before the Fall?). It is one thing to argue over insects but tadpoles are “living” by any creationists’ measuring stick. How could ducks eat water plants and dinosaurs step into the water without accidentally squashing a tadpole? And even if there was some special protection such that they just would not die, how could there be enough resources – including living space – for all the tadpoles to grow into adults?"

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