Evidence for God Newsletter, September 2005

Subject: Evidence for God Newsletter, September 2005
Date: September 22nd 2005

Greetings in the name of the Lord! This is a special update for the Evidence for God website. Welcome to our new subscribers.

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Book Review

Who Was Adam?: A Creation Model Approach to the Origin of ManAre humans just advanced apes or have they been specially created in the image of God? Publications by scientists almost never ask the question, whereas publications by theists seldom examine the scientific data that relates to the question. However, two scientists raised in non-Christian homes, Fuz Rana (Ph.D. in chemistry) and Hugh Ross (Ph.D. in astronomy), have written a new book (Who Was Adam?: A Creation Model Approach to the Origin of Man) that examines the question of human origins by comparing biblical and evolutionary models.

The second in a series of books designed to produce a comprehensive biblical creation model, Reasons To Believe scholars, Rana and Ross present a biblical creation model that makes 13 specific predictions on the nature and origin of mankind, then go on to examine the evidence published in the latest scientific studies. One example from the biblical creation model is the predicted discrepancy between the origin dates for male and female genetic lines. The Bible claims that there was a genetic bottleneck at the Genesis flood. Whereas all females can trace their ancestry back to Eve (through the three wives of Noah's sons), all males trace their Y-chromosomes through Noah (through his three sons). This predicted discrepancy for molecular dates of and Y-chromosome data is actually seen in the scientific literature. In addition to the and Y-chromosome data, Who Was Adam? examines molecular dates from nuclear , numerous varieties of genetic elements, and human parasites. All these data confirm a recent origin date for Homo sapiens sapiens. Other chapters examine the hominid fossil record as it relates to specific evolutionary models compared to the biblical creation model. Chapter 5 examines the question whether we can detect the image of God in modern humans that differentiates them from hominids in the fossil record. Specific hominid species are examined in detail, including Homo erectus, Homo neandertalensis, and chimpanzees. A chapter devoted to the development of bipedalism shows that the extensive changes required for this form of locomotion appeared in early hominids, with no apparent selective Darwinian driving force. An examination of hominid brain sizes shows no gradual increases within species, but large jumps as new species appeared on the scene. Opponents of the idea that humans are intelligently designed often point to the presence of "junk" () in the s of both apes and humans. Chapter 14 examines the most recent evidence that shows that is certainly not junk, but provides vital regulatory functions for coding .

If you are interested in a learning more about human origins as it relates to the Bible, Who Was Adam? is going to get you up-to-date regarding the current debate, without the baggage of neo-Darwinian interpretations. Reasons to Believe is making a special offer for those who order the book today (September 22, 2005) from Amazon.com. Just save your order confirmation number and go to this special URL to receive a free copy of Repeatable Evolution or Repeated Creation? by Fazale Rana from RTB:


One chapter stands out as being somewhat out of place in a book on human origins. Chapter 6, "The best possible time" examines the timing of the appearance on humans in the context of the history of the universe and the history of the earth. Although peripherally-related to the question of intelligent design, it would seem to be more relevant to discussions of cosmology and the anthropic principle.

Although the book seems to be marketed to Christians (from the title), it will probably have more broad appeal within secular circles, since it does present an excellent, up-to-date review of the current scientific literature on human origins. Does a biblical creation model for human origins present a scientifically-respectable alternative to neo-Darwinian evolution? Read the book and make your own decision.

     Who Was Adam?: A Creation Model Approach to the Origin of Man

Current Projects:

  • Trouble in Paradise: Why the Young Earth Paradigm Fails the Test of the Biblical Worldview A new book to be released this Fall blows the lid off the unstated assumptions behind young earth creationism.
  • Global Warming: Are We Headed for an Ecological Disaster? This will be an unbiased analysis of the scientific literature and probable future climatic trends. It seems likely that the depletion of fossil fuel reserves will cause a much larger impact on humanity than near future climatic changes.

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Rich Deem

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