Life and Human Dignity

The Point: The Origin of Speeches


John Stonestreet

How did we learn to talk?

Ever since Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species,” scientists have tried (and failed) to explain human language in evolutionary terms. In 2002, researchers thought they were close when they discovered a mutation in the FOXP2 gene that could have contributed to the appearance of language among early humans. Textbooks and scholarly works quickly cited the research as fact.

But as WORLD reports, a new study published this summer revealed that the 2002 results included a “statistical error.” Oops. Modern Darwinism is no closer to explaining human language than Darwin was a century and a half ago.

As the study concludes, a “new hypothesis for language evolution [is] needed.” Well, how about this one—Language isn’t an accident or a mutation but a feature intelligently built into humankind, a way we express the image of the God Who spoke us into existence.

The fact that 160 years of materialism can’t explain language speaks volumes.

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