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The Otolaryngologist

Recently I had a routine check of ears to see if my hearing was all right. First I went to a test by the audiologist. Then I talked briefly with the otolaryngologist who said I was fine. While in the office, I was intrigued by the long name of his title and picked up a brochure describing it. An otolaryngologist treats ears, nose, throat, and the head and neck. It does not deal with the brain or with organs below the neck and throat. It normally does not deal with the outward appearance of the external organs but just their functioning.

Here is a quote from the brochure: “Otolaryngologists are ready to start practicing after completing up to 15 years of college and post-graduate training. To qualify for certification by the American Board of Otolaryngology, an applicant must first complete college, medical school (usually four years), and at least five years of specialty training. Next, the physician must pass the American Board of Otolaryngology examination. In addition, some otolaryngologists pursue a one- or two- year fellowship for more extensive training in one of eight subspecialty areas.” These deal with children, balance, allergy, reconstructive surgery, head and neck, throat, nose, and sleep. The paragraph concludes, “Some otolaryngologists limit their practices to one of these eight areas.”

Does something about this strike you as inconsistent with evolution? A man or woman finishes high school and then continues with intensive college and post-graduate studies, not to make these organs, but just to understand them and how they can be treated when not functioning normally. Yet evolution states this complexity came about through random mindless accidents over time. That is not even logical. How could such order and complexity come about accidentally?

One of my sons was born with a misshaped left ear. When he was five, a plastic surgeon promised to do his best to cut and sew it into the shape of a normal ear. But he promised, “It will never look like the other. Only God can make an ear.” He did a wonderful job. But he was right. It didn’t look like the other, and his limited hearing could not be improved. Only a wise Creator can make these marvelous organs that enable us to live and learn.

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