Evidence for God Newsletter February, 2008
Subject: Evidence for God Newsletter February, 2008
Date: February 25th 2008
Greetings in the name of the Lord! This is the latest update for the Evidence for God website. Welcome to our new subscribers.
Contents (scroll down for descriptions)
- Answers for Atheists
- Design vs. Evolution
- Biblical Creation
- Sanctity of Human Life
In attempting to make articles more visually appealing and understandable, I have added a number of illustrations and animations in the new articles. For most articles, you can see a larger version of an image by placing your mouse cursor over the small thumbnail image.
Professor Antony Flew and co-author Abraham Varghese have written a book, There Is a God, describing Flew's "conversion" from atheism to deism. Although Flew grew up as the son of a preacher, the problem of evil and Flew's academic studies led him to disbelieve in God's existence. The book seems to be an honest examination of what Flew has changed his mind about and where he is still convinced that God could not be personally involved in human lives. Will Antony Flew become a Christian? In the book, he indicates that he is still open to Christianity, although there are man y issues to resolve before that becomes a possibility. The book is quite readable without being overly technical, so it is recommended for all readers of this site. More...
Answers for Atheists
Religion as child abuse
In The God Delusion and other writings,1 Richard Dawkins claims that teaching children about religion (specifically, the doctrine of hell) is a form of child abuse that scars children for life. Accordingly, Dawkins states, "Priestly groping of child bodies is disgusting. But it may be less harmful in the long run than priestly subversion of child minds." Conspicuously absent in his writings are any published studies documenting that teaching children religious principles might adversely affect them. A new study completely blows Dawkins's hypothesis out of the water, since it shows that teens receiving religious instruction are better socially adjusted than those who don't. Maybe not teaching children religious principles is really a form of child abuse! More...
Does God repent?
I received an email from a skeptic saying that if God repented, as the Bible said, then God must be a sinner. According to the King James English translation, God "repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people." Does this mean that God was thinking about sinning, but turned from that sin? Does God really repent from doing evil? More...
Design vs. Evolution
Out of Africa?
Numerous genetic studies over the last few decades have shown that human genetic diversity is greatest within African populations, leading scientists to proclaim that modern human populations originated in Africa. However, the Bible says that humans were created in Eden, which is described as being in or near Mesopotamia. Can we stretch the biblical creation narrative to place Eden in Africa or is it possible that the science is wrong? Alternatively, is the Bible just wrong about where humans originated? More...
All about DNA
I have produced a new page that is a quick introduction to molecular biology. There are numerous references to DNA, RNA and proteins on this site. In order to understand those pages, a basic understanding of how these molecules interact is necessary. This description is a very simplified version of what actually happens within a cell, including numerous diagrams and animations. Brush up on your understanding of molecular biology and impress your friends. More...
Six days of creation
Sanctity of human life
Stem cells from skin
Scientists have reprogrammed adult skin cells by introducing certain genes that have been turned off into those cells, producing what are now called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, which grow very much like embryonic stem cells. The fact that human iPS cells have been produced in at least three different laboratories within a few months after the initial animal studies shows that the technique is robust and easily reproducible. In contrast, the competing technique, human somatic cell nuclear transfer (cloning), has never been transferred from animal studies to human application, despite years of attempts. At this point, it seems likely that the iPS technique will soon replace ESC as the preferred means of generating human stem cell lines. More...
Articles in Preparation
- Origin of Life Theories: Metabolism First vs. Replicator First Hypotheses
- Why Overlapping Genes Discredit Neo Darwinism (Mutation and Natural Selection)
- Book Review: The Cell's Design: How Chemistry Reveals the Creator's Artistry by Fazale Rana
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