When I said pinnacle, sorry, my wrong choice of words. from a pinnacle the only way forward is down, and hopefully we will still advance. for our fundamentalist friends i suggested that it would be a better feat of creation more glory to God to make a self-developing, flexible life system, than the rigid "one model for eternity" arrangemen, although species have been stable for a long time. . every life form has its niche, but we are unique in contemplating the BIG ISSUES of time and creation, life. The bible has shaped our thinking on that, Many men and woman of great insight : newton,keppler,einstein to mention a few, were also creationists, bible researchers (well not einstein). but evelution, creation might not be an open end, that's why we have other species, stuck in what pure evolutionists must consider the past development stage.
Prologos--Sure you can cite scripture here. I am having a hard time following your posts, so I may misunderstand some of your points. But I just wanted to pick out here, the idea that species are stable. That's not true either. In fact, species continue to make changes and adapt to the changing environment, or as Size pointed out, they go extinct.
In The Greatest Show On Earth, which Cofty is summarizing (I don't know if he summarized this part---I still have to read all he wrote) Dawkins discusses elephants. Hunters want elephants with large tusks. It was hypothesized that in reponse to this selective pressure, elephants would develop smaller tusks. It was expected that this would take a very long time, but actually, they are already seeing it happen in a relatively short time. That is not stable. It is evolution.
Now it is not a dramatic speciation. But speciation is not dramatic. It is gradual. But the point I'm making is simply that species are not stable--ever---if they WERE that would pretty much negate evolution. Evolution is just life's constant adaptation to environmental pressures. Our environment is always changing and is never stable. If a species ever stablilizes, it will go extinct. If a species can't adapt quickly enough, it will go extinct.
Life is ever in motion and ever changing. Life Is Change is a little mantra or platitude that some people use to help them accept change. But I think it states a truth that goes even deeper than that. Without change, there is no life, so Life Truly is Change.