Creation or Evolution?: Origin of Species in Light of Sciences Limitations and Historical Records

Michael Ebifegha

Publisher: iUniverse Pages: 178 Price: (hardcover) $26.95 ISBN: 9781450289030 Reviewed: November, 2011 Author Website: Visit »

Judging from the sheer number of quotations in his relatively brief treatise, it appears Michael Ebifegha has read nearly every book, article and blog post on the subjects of evolution and creationism. In addition to Stephen Hawking, Deepak Chopra, and Albert Einstein, Ebifegha frequently quotes himself — a novel way to support one’s own conclusions.

Ebifegha sets out to scientifically debunk Darwin’s theory of evolution while championing biblical creationism. His chief criticism is that evolution cannot measure both the material (physical) and immaterial (mental) aspects of living things. Since two organisms may be physically similar but mentally dissimilar, the way most scientists compare living things is inherently incomplete and, therefore, untrue. However, he feels that the veracity of the Holy Scriptures is beyond doubt, as “the Judeo-Christian God is the only one that has claimed credit publicly for having created the universe.” Since God spoke before a live audience of Israelites, that claim, Ebifegha believes, must be true.

Citing the many errors and contradictions made by Darwin and more recent thinkers, Ebifegha builds a case that evolution is a pseudoscience propagated by atheists. But Ebifegha’s own conclusions come with contradictions. He states that evolution is too random to have produced something as complex as the human mind. Then he notes that fossil evidence may imply both that man evolved from simpler apes and that simpler apes evolved from man. He believes this is a paradox that disproves evolutionary theory, but if natural selection is random, as evolutionists believe, then why couldn’t simpler forms evolve from complex ones if the environment favored less complexity?

He also criticizes evolutionists for preaching “science of the gaps,” a tendency to assume that we can fill in crucial gaps in the fossil record and extrapolate the existence of transitional forms. Yet he believes that the Bible is an historical document from which we can interpret the history of living things, despite its own glaring gaps. It makes no mention of dinosaurs, for instance, nor does it explain why God would create so many species only to watch them go extinct over the eons.

There is much to debate, but the bottom line is this: if you are already a believer in creationism, this book is for you. If you’re a staunch evolutionist, you will find fault with every sentence. Whichever belief system you subscribe to, this book is unlikely to change your mind.

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