by Erin Hughes and Lita Cosner
animals. God made animals with the ability to adapt
to different types of environments, and so there can
be different varieties within a created kind.
How can we tell whether two animals are part
of the same kind?
In Genesis 1, God says 10 times that every kind
of creature has offspring “according to its kind”. If
two animals can have babies (interbreed), then they
are part of the same created kind. For instance, lions
and tigers can have offspring called ligers or tigons.
Such mixed offspring are called hybrids. Some
animals are so different that they can’t have hybrids
at all, or their hybrids can’t have babies of their own.
These are often called different species.
HOW DID WE GET
The James family had been looking forward to their trip to the zoo for a long time! Everyone had their favourite animals to look at. Finally
they came to Isabel’s favourites, the big cats. They
saw the lions, tigers, and panthers. “You know, they
look like bigger versions of our cat Leo at home!”
Mom replied, “That’s because they are part of the
“How is that different from evolution?”
All the kids started listening, because it was time
for another family lesson!
What is a ‘kind’?
A ‘kind’ is the biblical way to describe the
categories of animals God created. During Creation
Week, God made many distinct kinds of plants and
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