Creationists Confuse Me

In the news today I’ve read that:

South Africa announced on Sunday it would pause the deployment of the AstraZeneca vaccine after researchers from the University of Witwatersrand and the University of Oxford said it provided only minimal protection against mild or moderate infection from the B1351 variant.

This new variant of the coronavirus is simply evolution in action. This particular variant isn’t any more deadly, but it is supposed to be around 30% more easily transmitted, and now represents the most prevailing form of the virus in South Africa.

By an evolutionary model, this is the kind of thing we should expect. “The variant is able to attach more easily to human cells because of three mutations in the receptor-binding domain (RBD) in the spike glycoprotein of the virus” [1]. In other words, a mutation has changed the characteristics of how this virus operates on human cells, and is now better able to survive.

But, from my meager understanding, this is the kind of thing that creationists frequently tell us is not the case, yet a novel change in the genetics has now made the virus more effective at replicating, and this has lead to it becoming more prevalent than its ancestor variation. And, of course, B1351 it’s still a virus, because we don’t expect a virus to suddenly turn into a bacteria, as this would completely overturn our understanding of evolution.

According to my understanding of what many creationists tell me, all the genetic diversity was created by God about 6000 years ago, yet somehow a novel virus now has a novel genetic variation that make it more effective, but that novel variant must have already existed, because otherwise evolution would be true, so it must not be novel at all.

Actually, the truth is, I don’t actually have a farking clue what creationists are trying to tell me about why evolution doesn’t work. Whatever the reason, I’m sure it’s very complicated, and that’s why only creation scientists accept it.


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/501.V2_variant

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