Evidence for God from Science Newsletter March, 2005
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Contents (scroll down for descriptions)
- Answers for Atheists
- Design vs. Evolution
- Biblical Creation
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Origin of the Human Species by Dennis Bonnette. Dr. Bonnette offers a philosophical analysis of the theory of evolution with particular application to human origins. Dr. Bonnette presents evolutionary theories (both theistic and non-theistic), along with creationists' explanations. Dr. Bonnette, being a Roman Catholic, defends the traditional Roman Catholic interpretation of human origins from the book of Genesis. Although he does not take an official position on the superiority of any one theistic model, his book seems most compatible with an old earth creationist approach. The book describes a "natural" or "philosophical" species, as a group of biological species that is functionally similar. This definition is probably closer to the biblical concept of "kinds" described in Genesis. From the examples given, a "natural species" would seem to correspond to the biological concept of a taxonomic class (above genera and orders), with some exceptions. Dr. Bonnette examines the philosophical possibility of evolution within a "natural species," primarily quoting what other philosophers and scientists have had to say about the subject. Dr. Bonnette defends the creation of the human soul as being incompatible with naturalistic evolutionary theories and requiring divine intervention. Another chapter examines the possibility of extraterrestrial life, abiogenesis, and panspermia. The final chapters examine the origin of human beings from scientific, philosophical, and theological perspectives. Being a biologist, I would have preferred more science input, although I recognize that philosophy often has a larger following, especially among non-theists. The book shows that no matter what major approach to life's origins is taken, the historicity of Adam and Eve can still be defended. For more information, see Dr. Bonnette's web site at www.origin.youshoppe.com. A preview of the book's fifth chapter can be found on a new page (scroll down).
Answers for Atheists
For a number of years, I have been receiving questions about the relationship between the creation accounts of Genesis one and Genesis two. Skeptics claim that these represent two accounts written by two different authors. They claim that the order of creation is different (Genesis 1: plants-animals-humans, Genesis 2: humans-plants-animals), and, therefore, contradictory. The new page examines the context of the two accounts, along with the original Hebrew words to determine the original intent of the author. The study reveals that the intent of Genesis one is to give an overview of God's creative acts in the universe and on the earth. In contrast, Genesis two is merely a more thorough explanation of God's creative acts on the sixth day - the day He created mankind. More...
The doctrine of original sin has led to confusion among Christians and skeptics alike. Some skeptics (and even some Christians) believe that people are condemned to hell on the basis of Adam and Eve's original sin. Paul is often quoted out of context, " through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men..." An examination of the rest of the verse and Paul's exposition in Romans chapter 5 reveals that condemnation results from our own willful disobedience against God. Paul lays out the entire gospel in this chapter. Instead of being a reason to reject Christianity for its unfairness, original sin leads us to the realization of the gravity of our rebellion and God's solution to our real problem. More...
Design vs. Evolution
Dr. Dennis Bonnette (author of Origin of the Human Species, featured above, has graciously allowed republication of an article that was originally published by Christendom College Press in their Faith & Reason magazine. The article reviews the results and problems with ape language studies. These studies, although purported to support the idea that apes can use sign language, actually cast doubt on the ability of apes to do anything more than mimic human signs to get rewards. The article is nearly identical to chapter 5 of Dr. Bonnette's book, so, if you like the article, please consider ordering the book.
The publication of a new article about T. rex remains in the prestigious journal Science has caused quite a stir in the scientific community. The new study demonstrates the existence of preserved cellular structure inside the long bone of a newly discovered T. rex specimen. Although claimed to be "fresh" bone on some young earth creationists websites, the material was completely desiccated and chemically altered prior to rehydration by scientists. Get the real facts here...
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Does God Violate His Own Commandment?
- Does the Bible Say God Created the Universe in Six 24-Hour Days?
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