Origin of Flowers

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One might logically ask, “Why do scientists keep getting it wrong.”

By Jonathan Silcox

When did the first flowers appear? Well, it depends on whom you ask and when you ask them. Some scientists used to believe flowers (angiosperms) first appeared about 125 million years ago during the Cretaceous. But that changed as new evidence was discovered, and then it was believed that flowers appeared about 130 MYA, then 160 MYA, and now it’s believed they first appeared more than 174 MYA in the early Jurassic. That’s nearly a 50 million-year difference!

One might logically ask, “Why do scientists keep getting it wrong, why does science keep changing, and when will scientists finally get it right?” Actually, these are loaded questions, but they get to the root of some misconceptions.

Part of the problem is that science is performed by scientists, and scientists are people… fallible human beings, just like everyone else. There’s nothing magical about being a scientist; they’re not deities. But they’re often placed on pedestals, their interpretations are rarely questioned by the public, and their conclusions are revered as established fact. But why?

Before answering that, consider that not all scientists agree with the mainstream consensus. Believe it or not, religious views shape how all scientists view the past, especially when it comes to origins. Secular scientists, for example, interpret the evidence according to a naturalistic and secular worldview (not surprising), as if God weren’t involved at all. Creationist scientists, on the other hand, interpret the evidence according to a Biblical worldview, believing God created the heavens and Earth in six days. According to Genesis 1:11-12, flowers have existed since the beginning of creation:

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

So, we have competing worldviews, and the secular worldview is the dominant way of thinking, inferring that all origins are the result of naturalistic processes rather than special creation. But if secular scientists keep changing their story about the past and can’t provide a credible account, isn’t it reasonable to question if their starting assumptions are correct? I certainly think so…


image credit: Cartoon scientist by Meilun Flower by stickpng