A nuclear physicist who recently spoke out against the theory of evolution in relation to the origin of human life, has warned Christians that public denial of the Genesis creation account cannot be "taken lightly."
In an interview with Christian News Network on Monday, Brandon van der Ventel, who holds a Ph D. from South Africa's Stellenbosch University, stressed the importance of having a biblical worldview while addressing the theory of evolution.
"The denial of the Genesis account is not a matter to be taken lightly by Christians," said van der Ventel. "If the biblical record is not true, then we are left with naturalism and atheism, of which the consequences are truly horrific." more >>
A well-respected molecular geneticist who works for Christian apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis is featured in a new documentary where she attempts to confirm, through recent scientific discoveries, that all humans descended from the biblical Adam and Eve.
This documentary, titled "The Genetics of Adam and Eve," displays the validity of the creation story by examining the genetics of all people. Its creator, Dr. Georgia Purdom, a geneticist who has published papers in various scientific journals including the Journal of Neuroscience, recently spoke to Christian News Network about the project.
"A historical Adam and Eve and original sin are the foundation of the Gospel," said Purdom. "The bad news, sin and death, begins in Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve sinned." more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has said America is heading into a downward spiral, after taking a look at recent surveys pointing out the beliefs of the 20-somethings age group. The creationist blamed the belief in evolution for undermining the Bible.
"As part of the America's Research Group research, we wanted to gauge the spiritual state of the general population. When you specifically consider the 20 somethings (ages 20–29), you can get a glimpse of what the 'new America' will be if this culture continues on the same downward spiral," Ham wrote in an AiG blog on Monday, commenting on the major Pew Research Study on America's changing religious landscape released in May, and further studies AiG has requested.
"As Scripture reveals, it can take only one generation to lose a culture. Today, we certainly witness the loss of the once predominantly Christianized worldview in our society. The detailed research we conducted through ARG (and which confirms studies by other groups) makes it very clear that the beliefs of the 20s age group have created a tipping point in the culture," he added. more >>
Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham is pushing back against Christians who are blaming Creationists for driving away young people from the church.
"Many Christians who compromise with millions of years and/or evolution accuse me and Answers in Genesis of driving young people away from the church. They say that our supposedly 'anti-science' (really anti-naturalism and anti-atheist assumptions smuggled into science!) stance harms the church by making generations think that Christianity is anti-intellectual and not relevant to the current generation," Ham began in a blog post for AiG on Sunday.
"They also claim that we are lying to kids and that, when these children get older and realize they've been lied to, they will reject all of Christianity because we've told them that if they can't believe Genesis, then why can they believe the Gospels?" more >>
An anonymous viewer asked The Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye on an Internet forum whether humans' same-sex preferences make sense evolutionarily if it's true that the purpose of a species is to reproduce and survive. He responded with a disclaimer, giving a noncommittal answer.
Nye, who is most famous for the 90s TV show "Bill Nye The Science Guy," was asked this question on Big Think, an online forum. "Are humans the only ones who practice homosexuality? And if so does this mean that homosexuality is a product of human's personal whim as opposed to instinct?" the anonymous viewer added to his question.
Nye, who has criticized the teaching of creationism to young children, arguing it stifles innovation, said, "I'm not an authority on this. I'm an observer of the human condition." more >>
A wave of concern is now rippling through the Christian science community after it was revealed that Jim Stump, a respected evangelical philosophy of science professor at the Christian Bethel College in Indiana, chose to resign last month because he doesn't agree with the school's new corporate position that "the first man, Adam, was created by an immediate act of God and not by a process of evolution."
The Board of Trustees of Bethel College, which is affiliated with the Missionary Church, recently approved a new policy on human origins after years of discussion between the college and the denomination which insists that the church's view on Adam "should be advocated as the official, meritorious, and theologically responsible position of the College, without disparagement."
"Though a very small part of a college's curriculum, the topic of origins has become a prominent theological conversation and an important pedagogical point of clarification for evangelical Christian institutions of higher education, including Bethel College," said the college in their statement on origins. more >>