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All articles in category Scientific (including creation)

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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February 2017
Scientific (including creation)

50 years of creationism

Young-age creationism is not new, despite efforts by its critics to explain it away as a modern theological aberration, derived from Seventh-day Adventism or American fundamentalism. All the foundational ideas of young-age creationism, including a recent creation, death through sin and a global Flood, can be traced back millennia. It is true that young-age creationism was eclipsed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with much of the professing church accepting an old earth and, in the decades after Darwin, the theory of evolution. But the publication of John Whitcomb and Henry Morris’ The Genesis Flood in 1961 sparked a worldwide revival of young-age creationism, which...

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September 2016
Scientific (including creation)

James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879)

In a recent BBC TV programme, The man who made the modern world, Professor Iain Stewart began by asking people in Edinburgh’s George Street whether they recognised a portrait of James Clerk Maxwell. Virtually none did, even though they were standing right under his large monument, erected in 2008. He is known as Scotland’s Einstein, was a Christian and paved the way for the modern world, with its electrical and electronic devices that we so rely on. Having spent my working lifetime as a scientist (analytical chemist), I am fascinated by the contribution to modern civilisation which has been made by famous scientists like Faraday...

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August 2016
Scientific (including creation)

In six days (2)

Continued from ‘In six days (1)’ Dr Henry Morris, in his commentary on Genesis, asks a question that shouldn’t be necessary but unfortunately is: ‘Suppose the writer of Genesis wished to teach his readers that all things were created in six literal days, what words would he have used to best convey this?’ The answer stares us in the face: the very words that are found in Genesis 1.As well as mathematical and historical arguments (see ET, July 2016), there are other compelling arguments for saying so. Grammatical In the Bible ‘day’ means either a 24-hour period or the daylight portion of a 24-hour period....

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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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December 2015
Scientific (including creation)

What is DNA polymerase?

This article provides some background information on DNA polymerase to supplement the article Oxford-trained scientist acknowledges the creator DNA polymerase is an enzyme, a protein ‘machine’ that makes copies of DNA molecules. It is found in all living organisms in various levels of complexity and performs a number of important functions. For example, our bodies are constantly producing new cells and each one requires its own copy of our DNA. This is produced by the DNA polymerase. This amazing molecular machine is also used to repair damaged DNA and in copying DNA for the purposes of reproduction. Forensic scientists use DNA polymerase taken from bacteria to...

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August 2015
Scientific (including creation)

Personal view: Why I disagree with the Genesis Gap Theory

Some years ago, I was asked to examine the theory that there is a ‘gap’, perhaps as long as several million years, between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.  The result of that study was a small book entitled, The Genesis ‘gap theory’: its credibility and consequences in which I set out my reasons for believing that the theory is contrary to Scripture. What I wish to do in this article, is explain the consequences of accepting the ‘gap theory’. Does it really make any difference whether we believe in the ‘gap’ or not? Well, I believe that there are important theological consequences for us all....

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July 2015
Scientific (including creation)

Flood theology: why does Noah’s Flood matter? (2)

Continued from Flood theology part 1 Noah’s Flood has a pivotal place in the central themes of the Bible. That it was a universal rather than local flood is demonstrated by its central place in the Bible’s storyline. The second coming of Christ involves final judgement, but it is more than this — it is the start of a sin-free world. Similarly, the Flood was a terrible, global judgement, but it was also the start of an era of grace, to ensure sin would not triumph. Abundant grace The period between the Flood and the Second Coming is an era of abundant grace, centred on...

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May 2015
Scientific (including creation)

Prayer and birdwatching

Prayer and watching birds may not seem obvious activities to combine, but for me as a Christian who enjoys watching birds, there are special occasions when they do. Afterwards, I am left with memories of special moments when I felt in awe of God and especially thankful of his love.

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November 2014
Scientific (including creation)

Cedar of Lebanon

In this article, we are looking not so much at trees themselves, as sourcing the wood for Solomon’s great temple, and also seeing what we can learn from a discovery 30 years ago. This discovery was the substantial remains of a first century fishing boat, in the mud of the Sea of Galilee. Boats and fishing, mentioned about 50 times in the Gospels, were so much a part of Jesus’ ministry that it is remarkable that we have the kind of boat, preserved, that he and his disciples would have been familiar with. Prized wood Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) is the finest tree in...

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October 2014
Scientific (including creation)

Back to the beginning

To many professing Christians, the view that the first few chapters of Genesis record true history is akin to believing a fairy tale. Rather than accept the account of creation and human history affirmed by Christ and his apostles, they choose instead to embrace the teaching of atheists and God-haters. For instance, despite the Bible’s emphatic statements that God originally created a perfect world, they believe that life, from its beginning, flourished through a process of natural selection and ‘survival of the fittest’. Rather than accept that God made the first man through a wonderful act of special creation, they assert that humanity emerged through...

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