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October 30, 2010

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Q: Why did God create apes with human features?

Since God knew these similarities would be misused by evolutionists, why did he create apes?

A: First, similarities between organisms—like those between humans and apes—cannot be used to prove evolution. All living creatures down to bacteria share similarities (for example, see this article for more information on similarities). We can argue that the similarities are actually evidence for a common Designer. Why wouldn’t God create living things using similar principles? After all, an artist or builder will often create different works with a similar design.

Whether one interprets similarities as evidence for evolution from a common ancestor or evidence for the Designer depends on one’s presuppositions. The evolutionary idea of homology—inferring common descent from structure similarity—is an assumption by those who reject the Creator’s account in the Bible.

The biblical account of Genesis is clear. At the end of the Creation Week, God called His creation “very good” and “finished” (Genesis 1:31, 2:1–2). No evolutionary process of death improved His design by leading to humans from an ape-like ancestor. Although created on Day Six with the land animals, Adam and Eve were distinct from apes and other animal kinds because God created humans in His image (Genesis 1:26–27). God gave people unique linguistic, aesthetic, rational, moral, and spiritual capacities that were not given to animals.


Continue reading to read more of the biblical answer to this question.

News to Note Quick Look

Jawbone of contention: Experts in human evolution thought they had most of it figured out—when our ancestors left Africa, the major evolutionary steps since then, etc. But a human jawbone discovered in China just doesn’t fit. Read more.


Corvid college: Crows’ remarkable intelligence has been one of our favorite topics over the years (our last update came in April). Here’s the latest. Read more.


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