Efforts to challenge and even remove the theory of evolution from the public school system in South Korea have been gaining ground after a petition last month seeking to make notable changes to textbooks in favor of creationism proved successful.
The South Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) revealed that publishers will now be producing revised editions of textbooks without examples of the evolution of the horse or of the avian bird Archaeopteryx, which recent discoveries suggest was a separate species of dinosaur rather than ancestor to all birds. The campaign is apparently being led by an organization called the Society for Textbook Revise (STR), which seeks to remove the "error" of evolution from textbooks to "correct" students' views of the world. STR also wants to remove content about the evolution of humans.
Christians in South Korea, which has historically been a Buddhist nation, are still a minority but are rising in numbers. The STR, as part of the Korea Association for Creation Research (KACR), supports efforts to provide evidence in support of the creation account described in the book of Genesis, where God creates all animals, as well as the first humans, Adam and Eve. The KACR itself experienced notable success in 2008 when it opened a creationism exhibit at Seoul Land, one of the country's leading amusement parks, Nature magazine shared. more >>
To celebrate its fifth year of operation, the Creation Museum in Kentucky has set up a holographic exhibit of the famous "Lucy" discovery.
Answers in Genesis opened the museum on Memorial Day weekend in 2007, and to celebrate its anniversary this year it added a special holographic exhibit of the famous fossil as a permanent fixture.
Mark Looy, co-founder and chief communications officer for Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, told The Christian Post that "Lucy" was chosen as a focus due to proponents of evolution continually using it as evidence for their belief. more >>
A letter signed by about 500 Emory University faculty, students and alumni seeks to bring attention to the anti-evolution views of Dr. Ben Carson. The world-renowned Johns Hopkins University neurosurgeon will be the Atlanta university's May 14 commencement speaker.
The letter does not ask that Carson be dis-invited. Rather, it seeks to bring attention to the issue. It notes Carson's accomplishments as a neurosurgeon and philanthropist, then adds, "But, as those students, their families, and the Emory Community listen to his speech, we ask you to also consider the enormous positive impact of science on our lives and how that science rests squarely on the shoulders of evolution."
What is most concerning about Carson's beliefs, according to the letter's authors – Emory Professors Jacobus de Roode, Arri Eisen, Nicole Gerardo and Ilya Nemenman – is that Carson "equates acceptance of evolution with a lack of ethics and morality." more >>
Theistic evolution, generally defined, is the belief that natural processes sustained by God's ordinary providence were the means by which he brought about life and humanity. It often entails a common ancestry for all living things, macro-evolution, and some version of polygenesis.
William Dembski explains:
For young-earth and old-earth creationists, humans bearing the divine image were created from scratch. In other words, God did something radically new when he created us–we didn't emerge from pre-existing organisms. On this view, fully functioning hominids having fully human bodies but lacking the divine image never existed. For most theistic evolutions, by contrast, primate ancestors evolved over several million years into hominids with fully human bodies. (God and Evolution, 91) more >>
What should Christians make of "cavemen" fossils in light of Scripture? That is the question two Christian apologists tackle in a recent magazine article published by Answers in Genesis, an apologetics ministry founded by Ken Ham.
The apologists featured in the Answers magazine article, David Menton and John UpChurch, explore the "often misunderstood and confusing" topic of cavemen, addressing questions like: Were they our primitive brutish ancestors? Did Adam and Eve really exist? The men address the ongoing debate about whether Christians should believe in the biblical account of creation without question, or whether they should explore how the account can be scientifically supported.
"Variation among post-Babel humans has led to a great debate among evolutionists, who wonder where they fit on the roadway to being 'truly human.' But that way of thinking misses the fundamental truth. When God created humans, He didn't define our humanness in terms of physical characteristics. We aren't human because we have two arms or legs or skulls of a certain shape or size. Our Creator, who is spirit, made us in His spiritual image," the authors write in the article. more >>
The publisher of an intelligent design book has decided to put publication plans for the book on hold after some scientists complained that such challenges to evolution theories should not be presented in an academic publication.
International science publisher Springer had set the publication date for Biological Information: New Perspectives for March 31. The publishing house apparently began hearing complaints, though, after Nick Matzke posted a Feb. 27 article titled, "Springer gets suckered by creationist pseudoscience" on Panda's Thumb, a blog "critical of the antievolution movement."
"It looks like some creationist engineers found a way to slither some ID/creationism into a major academic publisher, Springer," Matzke wrote. more >>