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 controversy surrounding the Jesus Tomb discovery in Jerusalem continues as scholars and archeologists argue over a 2,000-year-old "Jonah Whale" engraving which some say represents the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Other scholars suggest, however, that the team behind the discovery has been deceiving the public.
Led by filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici, an archeological team including biblical historian James Tabor, professor and chair of religious studies at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, used a robotic arm and camera in 2010 to chart through a 1st century CE Jerusalem tomb they say contains the bones of Christ, his family and some of his disciples.
The findings were released in the book The Jesus Discovery: The New Archaeological Find that Reveals the Birth of Christianity. The tomb allegedly contains ossuaries with inscriptions containing the names of the holy family, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, next to each other. Jacobovici and Tabor said that it was unlikely such a sequence of names was coincidental, but others have insisted those names were common at the time and might indeed be purely coincidental. more >>
The Shroud of Turin, the ancient 14-foot long piece of burial cloth which many believe holds the imprint of the face of Jesus Christ, continues to be an important artifact when it comes to examining the Christian faith, as a new book proposes that it was this very robe that convinced Christ's apostles that he had risen from the dead.
The controversial claim, which positions that the apostles never actually saw the resurrected Christ as Scripture records, is made in The Sign: The Shroud of Turin and the Secret of the Resurrection by art historian Thomas de Wesselow, who is based in King's College in England.
Although the contents and methodology of the book, which is set to be released on April 3 in the U.S., have mostly been kept a secret, the Telegraph shares de Wesselow's conclusion from the book: more >>
A team of experts came together to build the world's largest paper airplane, and while it only flew for six seconds, it was enough to generate worldwide attention.
The Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona sponsored the project as a jump-start to get kids enthused about aeronautics, math, and physics. Arturo Valderamo, 12, won the contest and was able to be a part of the expert plane-building team. The crew named their 45-foot plane Desert Eagle.
Desert Eagle was taken by helicopter to an altitude of 4,000 feet before being released into the Arizona sky. It only took six seconds for the plane to reach the ground, and it reached a top speed of 98 miles per hour. Desert Eagle weighed nearly 800 pounds and had a wingspan of 24 feet. more >>
WASHINGTON – A major survey of prison chaplains has concluded that many chaplains believe religious extremism to be common in prisons, but not a major security threat.
According to a survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life of 730 prison chaplains in America, 41 percent of respondents said they found religious extremism very or somewhat common. However, 76 percent of respondents believe that religious extremism in prisons was rarely or almost never a security threat.
The findings were presented at a lunch and discussion event titled "Religion in Prisons: A 50-State Survey of Prison Chaplains," which was held at the Pew Research Center's office and broadcasted online. more >>
A bill that would allow teachers to encourage students to critique existing scientific theories such as evolution and global warming was passed by the Tennessee State Senate this week.
SB 893, passed on Monday evening, was the Senate version of an older Tenn. House of Representatives bill, HB 368, which passed the House in 2011 and remained in stasis until this year.
State Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson), the sponsor of SB 893, told The Christian Post that the bill does not mandate the teaching of creation science. more >>