|One of the loudest complaints among creationists, and one of the primary ways in which they blindly mock evolution — as in the clever picture onthe left — is the idea of humans and apes sharing a common ancestor. (They generally substitute “monkey” for ape — we’re related to monkeys as well but are not as phylogenetically close — but such subtleties can be ignored for purposes of this post.)
I’ve often wondered if creationists are primarily motivated to chitter and screch about the supposed impossibility of a close relationship between humans and other primates because they are viscerally repulsed by the notion of being not far removed from apehood, or if it’s simply a matter of Genesis not meshing with what biologists say.
I don’t know why anyone would be put off by the idea of having a chimp as a cousin. Apes are cool. Just watch them at work and at play. You’d have to be an idiot not to recognize how human-like they look and behave compared to all other animals. It’s not as though anyone is saying we’re descended directly from a tapirlike organism.
I figure it’s mostly about the Bible, but I wonder what others think.