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All articles in category Scientific (including creation)

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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