There is a great danger – especially in 2018 – of not understanding the thought and convictions of those you disagree with.
I was taught to refute evolution. It was a cornerstone to evangelical apologetics.
Zebras and their stripes were a primary example used to refute evolution. If the stripes are for camouflaging a herd of zebras from
predators … then the first striped offspring would have actually stood out from the heard and thus been an easy target.
This is an example of getting ahead of oneself without fully entering into the school of thought one is trying to combat.
We saw this same problem with Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron’s banana conversation [watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfucpGCm5hY].
You can’t simply start with where we are and extrapolate backwards from there [for more on this see the note below].
You have to understand the primary concern:
• Science has a commitment to the process.
• Apologetics has a conviction of the conclusions.
We can’t pretend to honestly engage in asking questions if we begin with the assumption of the answers. That will always result in coming out with twisted conclusions.
Admittedly, scientists have been baffled over the zebra’s stripes for a long time. Recently some strong studies1 has have shown that the stripes are not about camouflaging herds from large predators but about flies.
The region where zebras dwell has a breed of flies called tsetse that are legendary in their viciousness. Scientists have historically known that flies have an aversion to landing on striped surfaces. The zebra’s striped pattern acts then as a natural deterrent. … read the rest of the preview here [Z is for Zebra (preview)]