In past decades, Darwinian evolutionists, on one hand, declared that the appendix is a useless organ, a vestige of the evolutionary process. It was further claimed that in the future as human species would evolve progressively this useless organ shall be discarded. On the other hand, creationists have clung to the belief that God is an intelligent designer and has a purpose for this small organ that is found in man.
Unfortunately (or fortunately) last month the internet science news section came out with the story that some medical researchers from reputable universities have confirmed that the appendix is a factory of “good flora.” One reader who reacted to our story recognizes the medical research conclusion but he goes out of the issue and talks about evolution in general as a science.
Let’s stick to the specific issue at hand. It is the human appendix. The proposition in this on going debate is “The appendix is a useless organ, a vestige of the evolutionary process.” Darwinian evolutionist and atheistic materialists have affirmed the proposition.
Since medical researchers have recently confirmed the appendix’s usefulness to the well being of the human body, the creationists have the right to claim the medical research conclusion in favor of their side. Stick to the issue. Stay with the issue on the appendix. Don’t bring out strawmen in other sections of the evolution debate. We’ll come to those issues in due time.
If Darwinian evolutionists could not refute the conclusion of the recent medical researches that declared the appendix is a factory of “good flora” it is requested that these evolutionists issue out an apology for their “scientific error.” I hope the apology is forthcoming.
Another issue where creationists are taken to task is the question that is premised on one strong argument of creationism: Intelligent Design (ID). The Darwinian evolutionist asked in the past: “If God is an intelligent designer, what then is the purpose of an organ that is prone to infection?” As a Bible student this is my answer:
According to the Bible account, before God created Adam and Eve with a soul encased in a material body, He knew that man would succumb to temptation and become a sinner and die physically as well as spiritually. (Read Eph. 1:3, 1Peter 1:2, 20). Also God teaches humans that the soul is more valuable than all the wealth that the material cosmos could give. Infection makes a man feel his physical mortality. Hence a reminder is a good thing to a person who values his soul. Granting that the appendix is the body organ that is most prone to infection, being the first reminder of one’s mortality the appendix should then be rewarded. Being the first to signal one’s mortality with the consequent judgment day give reasons for a person to prepare for one’s eternal home. Therefore, the appendix is a gold medalist. It has a purpose! It is in the intelligent design of the human body that encases the dweller, the soul. The creationist understands and appreciates this explanation.
Corollary to the Darwinian evolutionist claim that the appendix is a useless vestigial organ, the evolutionist should consider these steps: (1) please identify what’s supposed to be the nearest species from which the human species evolved from, (2) determine if these prior species have appendix, (3) confirm or deny the initial information that the less developed hominoids (chimpanzees, gibbons, apes, orangutans) have no appendix. # (Eusebio Tanicala)