To skirt around the fact that the evidence refutes Darwin’s theory of gradualism, some scientists have proposed their own theory: punctuated equilibrium. This theory, championed by Stephen Gould and others, proposes that evolution happened in rapid spurts (by some mysterious genetic mechanism) followed by long periods of stability. They suggest that species had to evolve quickly based on sudden changes in their environment, such as a flood or drought.
There are a couple of problems with this theory as well. First, according to the website “Understanding Evolution,” which explains evolution to teachers, “Factors in the environment…are not generally thought to influence the direction of mutation.” They state that experiments showed mutations “did not occur because the organism was placed in a situation where the mutation would be useful.” Again, mutations are completely random and not based on the environment. So if there is no evidence to show that mutations could cause creatures to evolve gradually over millions of years, why would we think they could somehow manage to evolve very rapidly?
Second, there is nothing in the fossil record that would lead us to believe this was the case. Very conveniently for proponents of this theory, evolution supposedly occurred so quickly that there wasn’t time to leave any fossils as evidence. The theory of punctuated equilibrium was proposed only as a way to explain the lack of fossil evidence. I’m afraid the only thing actually evolving is their theory.
In his book Darwinism: The Refutation of a Myth, Swedish embryologist Soren Lovtrup writes, “I suppose that nobody will deny that it is a great misfortune if an entire branch of science becomes addicted to a false theory. But this is what has happened in biology…I believe that one day the Darwinian myth will be ranked the greatest deceit in the history of science.”
(Adapted from How to Know God Exists.)