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All articles by Dominic Statham

Dominic is a Chartered Engineer and graduate of Loughborough University in the UK. He has extensive experience of both manufacturing and
product development and holds a number of patents. As an employee of Rolls Royce, he worked on projects for the Panavia Tornado and
Eurofighter Typhoon and, as an employee of GKN, engineering drivelines for Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. He is a speaker and writer for
CMI-UK/Europe and the author of Evolution: Good Science? Exposing the ideological nature of Darwin’s theory.

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December 2018
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

The perils of scientific illiteracy

When Pope Francis addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, he argued that ideas like the ‘big bang’ and evolution are perfectly compatible with the Christian faith (Address on occasion of inauguration of bust in honour of Pope Benedict XV1, Plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 27 October 2014). Astonishingly, he declared: ‘When we read about creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so’. That someone claiming to teach the Christian faith could have made such a statement beggars belief. Job said to God ‘I know that you...

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March 2018
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Should robots have rights?

Astonishing as it may seem, some people believe that robots should have rights. Yes, I really mean it. They think that the up-and-coming generation of ‘intelligent machines’ that will do the housework, weed the garden and politely attend to your every wish should be treated with proper respect. In May 2017, the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs issued a draft report making recommendations relating to laws that should be passed in respect of ‘intelligent machines’. In this they accept the possibility that man-made devices may, one day, become self-aware. As such, they are calling for ‘new rules which focus on how a machine can...

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November 2017
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Euthanasia for disabled babies? — another fruit of evolutionary thinking

Professor Jerry Coyne is an evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago, a prominent critic of creationists and author of Faith vs. fact: why science and religion are incompatible.1 In his blog (which goes under the name ‘Why Evolution is True’), he recently argued for the euthanising of severely disabled new-born babies.2 Coyne asks, ‘If you are allowed to abort a foetus that has a severe genetic defect, microcephaly, spina bifida, or so on, then why aren’t you able to euthanise that same foetus just after it’s born?’ I have to admit that I find his logic perfectly sound; and this demonstrates so clearly why abortion is wrong....

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April 2017
Scientific (including creation)

The age of the earth and why it matters

The Bible teaches that God created the earth approximately 6,000 years ago. From time to time, we meet people who reject evolution and would call themselves ‘creationists’, but who, nevertheless, accept that the earth and its rocks are millions of years old. In some cases, they feel that identifying as ‘young earth creationists’ would cause them to appear foolish and that this would undermine the credibility of their Christian witness. In responding to this, I believe that it is a mistake to begin with science. Instead, I find a better approach is to talk about God, his nature and glory, his original, perfect creation and how...

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March 2017
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christianity stands or falls on the historical accuracy of Genesis

Thomas Huxley (1825–1895) was a prominent nineteenth century agnostic, and a friend and supporter of Charles Darwin. Regarding biblical authority, he wrote: ‘I am fairly at a loss to comprehend how anyone, for a moment, can doubt that Christian theology must stand or fall with the historical trustworthiness of the Jewish Scriptures…’ He continued: ‘If Abraham is more or less a mythical hero … the story of the Deluge a fiction; that of the Fall a legend; and that of the Creation the dream of a seer; if all these definite and detailed narratives of apparently real events have no more value as history than have...

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June 2016
Scientific (including creation)

Image of God or image of an ape?

On 18 December 2015, the British Museum of Natural History opened their new ‘Human Evolution’ exhibition. A few days later, I travelled to London to take a look. The exhibition began with the usual assertion of ‘the fact of evolution’, with a sign which read, ‘The fossil record shows that the human family tree is made up of many ancient relatives, and that ape-like ancestors evolved into us’. Most significantly, however, it went on to say, ‘Exactly who our direct ancestors were within this family tree is a subject of scientific debate’, and this admission was reflected throughout the exhibition. Admission Speaking of the first...

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May 2016
Scientific (including creation)

Can atheists know meaning and purpose?

Leading evolutionists and atheists often concede that their worldview implies that life is meaningless. According to Professor Richard Dawkins, ‘The universe we observe has … no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference’. Similarly, Professor Susan Blackmore stated, ‘In the end nothing matters … If you really think about evolution and why we human beings are here, you have to come to the conclusion that we are here for absolutely no reason at all’. Given this, BuzzFeed author Tom Chivers recently asked a number of atheists how they find meaning in life. Among the most common responses were ‘enjoying...

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