Selections from The Origin of Trees, by Tom Hennigan and Jerry Bergman
(These selections by Marko Malyj are of the article published in Creation Research Society Quarterly Journal, Volume 47, Number 4, Spring 2011)
The Genesis account suggests that trees are discontinuous from other vegetational growth forms and did not originate from simpler precursors. Trees were created on Day 3 according to their kinds, or baramin (Gen. 1:11–12; 1:29; 2:9; 2:16), and Genesis chapters 6–9 revealed a historic worldwide Flood that helps explain the world’s massive graveyards. It is upon this foundation that creationists can develop scientific models of the origin of trees and fossil strata.
Problems with Naturalistic Explanations for Tree Evolution
|Cretaceous Pinecones |
are just like modern ones.
|The Wollemi Pine, a so-called |
"living fossil," does not support
evolutionary fossil predictions.
|Do you prefer the Traditional or Modern |
"Tree of Life" for Trees?
Tree Origins and the Fossil Record
Instead of interpreting the rock strata as moving through billions of years of time, creationists interpret them an effect of a global Flood (Genesis 6–9). If a great Flood occurred, then billions of fossils would have been produced and evidence of vast continental sedimentation and upheaval would be common (Snelling, 2008).
Rather than being interpreted as an early primitive tree, lycopod anatomy is better understood as an arboreal plant designed to thrive in an aquatic ecosystem. Scheven further hypothesized that at the outset of the Flood, this large biome was torn apart and left to drift. As the Flood receded, these massive mats were buried under large amounts of sediment, producing much of the Carboniferous strata observed today. The burial of these massive log mats was also consistent with a creationist explanation for coal formation on a global scale(Austin, 1979).
|A Polystrate fossil tree.|
In general, creationists predict that all major tree families were present in their respective environments since the beginning and that evidence such as the polystrate trees found in Washington will continue to be found.
Complex Biochemical Systems
Many evolutionists have been forced to conclude that trees have evolved several times from many ancestors through convergent evolution (Ennos, 2001, p.5).
|Cell Chloroplasts are beyond human |
ingenuity, they require an intelligent
The first trees existing in the fossil record were clearly trees. Furthermore, an enormous gap exists between trees and all other plant forms. When the fossil record is critically examined, the origin of trees is consistent with the Biblical record. Building our scientific understanding helps us to better understand our world and the one who created it.
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