An alternative to the evolution theory
That is the alternative? If macro-evolution turns out to be impossible, what do we need to do then? Many of the proponents of the evolution theory say that this is the only thing we have, there is no other way, there is no other serious candidate, this is the way it has to be. This argument is the greatest threat to the logic of the previous section! Why should it matter that there are Ďproblemsí with the evolution theory? That is the way science works, it is not yet finished. We will find out eventually. As long as there is no alternative, we will continue to believe.
This argument prompted me to make a serious counter-proposal. Didnít that happen a long time ago in the form of creationism, some may ask? Partly, since I think that it is one thing to claim that another personís point of view is wrong, but it is another matter altogether to come up with a substantiated alternative, a model for biological change, which can be proven or disproven by means of experimentation. That is, in my opinion, pretty much the problem with creationism: those who appear to be experts donít know much about it, and one common (justified?) complaint is; creationist ideas are not falsifiable.
The degeneration theory
I am going to make an attempt. The theory must have a name, and that is goging to be: the degeneration theory. I will explain the general outlines of the degeneration theory, as a sort of first move, and as far as I am concerned, others can add to it and finish it, or polish it up. It is very good possible that new discoveries in the area of genetics make it necessary for (large) parts of the theory to be updated or changed, but I am willing to give it that room to grow.
The degeneration theory covers five parts or ideas, namely:
1. creation happened
2. variation exists
3. (typological) differentiation exists
4. degeneration exists
5. man is Spirit
I will deal with and work through each of these ideas in a separate chapter; the third idea, that of typological differentiation, will have an extra chapter in order to discuss where the boundaries between types lie. I will keep to the above sequence for the chapters, with one exception, namely point 4 about degeneration. Because the theory is named after that concept, I will start there.