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July 2018
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What is man (3): The image of God — why Man is unique

The third edited extract from Edgar Andrews’ new book What is Man? Adam, alien or ape? In a previous chapter we considered how humans are unique among animals. In this chapter we shall see why we are unique. Previously we assessed Man’s relationship with the biosphere; now we must explore his relationship with God. So why are human beings unique? I’ll give the short answer now and we’ll work it out in detail below. According to the Bible, we are unique because among created things only Man bears God’s image. Nothing in the inanimate cosmos was made in the image of God. Nothing in the...

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June 2018
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What is man (2): What’s it like to be a bat?

The second of three edited extracts from Edgar Andrews’ new book What is Man? Adam, alien or ape? How would you like to live in an ultra-modern high-tech house? It has a basement; ground-floor living accommodation; a mezzanine entertainment-suite; and a top-floor bedroom level. On the ground floor, windows look out on the world around you. The same is true of the mezzanine level — except that there the window glass is coloured, affecting the way you see the wider outside world. The bedrooms have video wall displays that can be changed at the touch of a button. The basement contains things you seldom use,...

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May 2018
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What is man (1): Are we alone in the universe?

The first of three edited extracts from Edgar Andrews’ new book, What is Man? Adam, alien or ape? It’s easy to confuse SETI with YETI because both relate to creatures that probably don’t exist. The Yeti is a proverbial beast that inhabits the Himalayas and walks upright like a human, but leaves huge footprints in the snow and strikes fear into the local populace. Related to America’s Bigfoot, it is sometimes called the Abominable Snowman (apparently due to a mistranslation of its Nepalese name). SETI, on the other hand, stands for ‘the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence’ — the hunt for an intelligent alien who is...

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April 2018
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Harvard-educated scientist gives four new claims against Darwin

Ever since Charles Darwin’s publication in 1859 of On the origin of species, western civilisation has felt the repercussions of Darwin’s radical ideas. To this day, the vast majority of the scientific community accepts genealogical kinship between mankind and monkeys. Yet, after Darwin died, several scientific developments began to quietly set the stage for a revolution against Darwin. In isolation, each of four events have foretold a minor disturbance in the settled scientific view. Together, they foreshadow a major upheaval in how we understand natural history; they give us four reasons why Darwin’s On the origin of species is no longer a settled point of view. The...

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March 2018
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Did Jesus hold false beliefs?

It is becoming increasingly popular for theologians to accept the idea that Jesus, because of his human nature, erred in what he taught and believed about the Old Testament. Recently, well-known apologist William Lane Craig made some interesting comments on this issue, in response to a non-Christian’s question about Jesus’ belief in the historicity of the book Genesis. He began by stating: ‘When people ask me what unanswered questions I still have, I tell them, “I don’t know what to do with these Old Testament stories about Noah and the ark, the Tower of Babel, and so on”’ (http://www.reasonablefaith.org/should-ot-difficulties-be-an-obstacle-to-christian-belief). This is a strange statement considering...

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March 2018
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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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February 2018
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Dragonflies

Dragonflies and damselflies are some of the most impressive fliers in the insect world and, with four wings individually controlled, fly rather like helicopters. Dragonflies are agile, fast fliers, and can reach speeds of 10-15 metres per second, or 25-35 mph. Damselflies, though also very agile, have a different mode of flying and will more often move from one hovering motion to another, somewhat like humming birds. Life cycle Dragonflies and damselflies (both from the insect order, Odonata) have a life span of more than a year. There are three stages in the life cycle. They begin their lives as eggs, which hatch in water...

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December 2017
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Where science and faith meet

For many generations, we have been bombarded with the idea that science and the Bible are at war. Yet in 1865, over 150 years ago, Christians who were scientists proposed an approach based on harmony, not contradiction. Describing themselves as ‘students of the natural and physical sciences’, the 717 scholars represented senior academics, professional scientists and engineers, physicians and surgeons, ministers and missionaries. Royal Society Most of the signatories were fellows of professional organisations and 86 were members of the Royal Society. Their Declaration of 1865 appears to have been triggered by the reception given to Charles Darwin’s book, On the Origin of Species. As...

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November 2017
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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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October 2017
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Sola Scriptura and ten reasons we need a Genesis Reformation

In nailing his 95 theses to the church door on 31 October 1517, Martin Luther was not only condemning the Roman Catholic Church for selling indulgences, but also calling for an examination of what Scripture taught about indulgences. Luther was convinced that Scripture alone is the final arbiter of what we should believe. Today, Scripture’s authority has been reduced to areas of faith and practice. However, it is fallacious to limit Scripture’s authority only to these matters. Biblical doctrine is linked to history and science; therefore, whatever Scripture affirms on these matters is true. For example, the doctrine of the resurrection understands that Jesus rose...

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June 2017
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Evolution: Scripture and Nature say ‘No!’

Simon Turpin reviews Denis O. Lamoureux’s Evolution: Scripture and Nature say Yes! (Zondervan; 2016; ISBN: 9780310526445). Over recent years, influential evangelical theologian and scientist Dr Denis Lamoureux has been actively promoting evolutionary creation. In his new book Evolution: Scripture and Nature say Yes! Lamoureux offers a number of explanations to justify his belief in evolutionary creation. This review focuses on several key issues raised by the book. Choice Lamoureux begins by describing his journey from young-earth creationist (YEC) to evolutionary creationist. Early in his life, Lamoureux believed he had to make a choice between believing in evolution or in creation and now asks his readers: ‘Why couldn’t the God of Christianity...

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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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