Adapted from The Absurdities of Evolution by Guy Fitch Phelps. Revised and expanded by Nicholas Voss.


Will evolutionists explain how the fangs of the rattlesnake were developed? These were produced, not alone as defensive agencies, but as offensive. The snake strikes out. He is the transitive verb in the case.



But where did Evo­lution get the wisdom and forethought to set a pair of fangs in a snake’s head, perfectly formed for the insertion of poison into the blood of another animal? Can this adaptation be ac­counted for on the theory of ungoverned force? Could we account for a door key in the same way? With the snake’s fangs go all the stings and fangs of the world; all the horns, quills and beaks of the animal kingdom. It takes a most amazing materialistic credulity to believe that chaotic, unintelligent force produced all these things, each one of which is for some other body. How did Evolution know that other bodies existed besides the one being developed by it? And how could it know just how to shape these members of defense to do the greatest amount of harm, and place them just where they should he, such as the bull’s horns, the lion’s teeth, the bear’s claws, the snake’s fangs?


How did Evolution know what sort of poison would kill an enemy?

SNAKE PIT ORGANSAnd how could Evolution compound deadly poisons intended only for an enemy? Was dumb, mindless force the chemist?  Rattlesnake venom is a mixture of five to 15 enzymes, various metal ions, biogenic amines, lipids, free amino acids, proteins, and polypeptides. After a snake bites its prey, enzymes produced by the venom glands begin the digestive process before the snake even swallows the animal. Most poi­sonous snakes have two types of venom— neurotoxins and hemotoxins. A neurotoxin (nerve poison) affects the nervous system, which controls the functioning of the heart, lungs, and muscles. This toxin causes severe stinging, paralysis (making it difficult for the victim to breathe and swallow), and nausea; the victim’s pulse becomes weak and rapid. A hemotoxin (blood poison) damages blood vessels and destroys red blood cells. At first, hemotoxins cause little pain; later the victim becomes sleepy and his breathing organs are partially paralyzed. It contains components designed to immobilize and disable the prey, as well as digestive enzymes which break down tissue to prepare for later ingestion.Where did matter get this knowledge?

And how did the snake survive before his fangs were developed? No wonder evolutionists fly panic-stricken be­hind their smoke-screens of “mystery” when confronted by their own impossible propositions.


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