Pinnipeds: Blurring the Boundaries

Our mindset vastly influences how we view the world. Whether we're looking at newly discovered fossils that are paraded before the public as transitional forms or we're observing living creatures that share similar traits with other kinds of creatures, we depend on our worldview to connect the dots and deduce family relationships among creatures. Whether it's platypuses, pronghorns, or pinnipeds, several animals have a combination of traits other creatures possess. But we don't have to assume these similarities prove anything about their ancestry. It's just as reasonable to conclude their mixture of traits came from the lavish design of the Creator as to say it came from evolution.

Some of us, myself included, get in our heads that everything in nature must be cut and dried, black or white, this or that. But God didn't promise us a simple world that's easy to pigeonhole. He did say that He created all life "according to their kinds," but He didn't mention the number of kinds or promise that the differences between the kinds would always be obvious.

Scientists like me are tidy-minded. We like to systematize, categorize, and name everything we study, whether it's in biology, ecology, theology, or chemistry. But the deeper we dig into a subject, the more we usually find things that are hard to categorize.

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