Creationists Think This (Clearly Photoshopped) Picture Of A Cow Proves Evolution Is A Lie

photoshopped cow

via Creation Moments

In the latest version of “Checkmate, atheists!”, the Christian internet world is having a field day with a picture that features a cow who’s spots look like a map of the world. Somehow it is implied that this proves that evolution is a lie and “Darwinists” should feel pretty stupid.

Under the very excellent title “Don’t Have a Cow, Man!,” website Creation Moments posted a little story about a special cow that has an exact rendition of a map of the world in its spots.

While doing some research on the Internet recently, we came across this photo of a cow bearing a detailed map of the world on its hide. Was the cow born with these markings or are the spots the handiwork of a skilled Photoshop artist?

Obviously, this cow’s spots were put there by a designer. But our question for evolutionists is thisIf you agree that the cow’s spots are designed, why won’t you agree that the actual cow – which is so much more complex than the arrangement of its spots – was designed as well?

Of course, the author manages to seriously undermine his or her conclusions in the very first paragraph by pointing out that the likeliest conclusion to be drawn from this photo is not “divine intervention” OR “evolution,” but simply “a bored kid with like 10 minutes and a copy of Photoshop.” After all, this is a cow with a very clearly superimposed map onto its side.

But not one to quit, the Creation Moments article bravely soldiers on:

Evolutionists and atheists will agree that the pattern of the cow’s spots was designed, but they will not agree that the cow itself was designed. That’s because they are committed to their faith – yes, faith! – built on the premise that there is no Designer. Though they can see the complexities of nature all around them, they say that everything was the result of mindless, natural processes.

And that’s why Darwinists have a cow whenever they hear a Bible-believing Christian say that things which appear to be designed actually are designed! If they weren’t so biased against God, they’d know that the cow’s spots reveals the incredibly huge blind spot in their own minds.

In this case, I think “Darwinists” would probably agree that the spots were designed, but again, they were designed by a person with photoshop.

Actually, cows with world maps plastered on their sides are pretty common. For reasons that remain obscure, a google image search of “cow with world on it” yields dozens of examples. Why specifically “world maps”? And why specifically on cows? Who knows.

Of course, it’s also possible that recognizable symbols really do appear in cows’ spots from time to time. In fact, it would be odd if they didn’t. After all, there are lots of cows in the world and the relative randomness of the spots mean the human eye has lots of chances to find something that looks vaguely like something else (see also: clouds, television static, burnt toast, etc.). In this case, the image was probably manufactured, but the next cow you see that has the profile of Homer Simpson needn’t mean God did it.

In an interesting twist to the story, the cow’s spots may actually help people better understand evolution. There are a lot of cows in the world and supposing spot pattern were a genetically-heritable trait (I don’t think it is, but if there are any geneticists out there who know otherwise please send me a message!), humans (or nature) could begin breeding cows specifically with the designs we like. Cows who have the right spots can have offspring, those who don’t – sorry, but you’re hamburger meat.

Over time, all cows would eventually come to reflect those designs until eventually a cow without a world map on its side would be rare. We call this adaptation (the species has adapted to the environment it lives in. A scary world where no non-mapped cows are safe), and done long enough, the population can sometimes become so different than their fellow species that they actually become a different one entirely.

This would take a long time and a lot of hamburgers, so don’t expect to see a new map-bearing cow species anytime soon, but it’s worth thinking about the next time you come across a Creationist who thinks he’s found evolution’s achilles heel in the spots of a cow.