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1. National Geographic News: Genetic breakthrough that reveals the differences between humans
In an astonishing discovery, scientists have determined that it's not only variation in genes that makes us different; it's also repetition of certain genes. “The research also suggests that humans have less DNA in common with chimpanzees, our closest living relative, than is widely supposed,” National Geographic News explains.
What's unsurprising, of course, is one geneticist's suspicion that “we're just seeing the very early stages of a new way to think about evolution.”
2. Associated Press: Global warming already killing species, analysis says
This Associated Press article reviews species extinctions and adaptations that are being blamed on global warming. But interestingly enough, despite biologist Camille Parmesan's claim that “We are seeing a lot of evolution now,” the article also explains that “no new gene mutations have shown themselves.” Though Parmesan says this is because such mutations could take millions of years, we believe a better explanation is that the type of mutations evolutionists expect-information-adding ones-never actually occur in nature (which is why evolutionists can't produce a single example of them!).
3. ScienceDaily: Origins Of Life: New Approach Helps Expand Study Of Living Fossils
Dr. Miriam Andres is making new progress in the ongoing study of the origin of life-or so says a study published in the journal Geology. Andres is studying stromatolites, a type of “macrofossil” that appear similar to coral reefs. But despite high hopes for finding the secrets to the origin of life in stromatolites, Dr. Andres explains that incorrect assumptions have been made when studying stromatolites in the past, that “direct evidence of microbial activity is lacking;” that “no study to date has documented [the microbial “fingerprinting”] process for modern marine stromatolites;” that Andres' team observed the exact opposite of what they expected in carbon isotopes; and, finally, that the team “still doesn't understand how stromatolites calcify.”
All we can say is, it's good to know that the search for how life could have appeared by chance is making such astounding progress.
4. USA TODAY: When religion loses its credibility
Baptist minister Oliver “Buzz” Thomas, in a USA TODAY opinion piece, takes aim at those who take aim at homosexuality, suggesting that such anti-homosexual statements by churches are causing religion to “lose its credibility.” Let's analyze a few of Thomas's statements.
This statement is not surprising in the context of a society who has deprived religion of a voice in areas of history and science. As the foundation of the Bible as a nonfictional book that touches on many subjects has been undermined, we're left with a vague “moral authority” that supposedly belongs to the church. But, as atheists, agnostics, and humanists are quick to point out, what is it that gives the church moral authority? Abandon the Bible, and the church loses the foundation for its voice.
Rev. Thomas seems here to be ignoring the distinction between believing something was said by God versus believing something was said to you. The Bible's moral codes were not always given to all of humankind, but instead were given to specific individuals (e.g., Abraham), groups of people (e.g., Nazarites), nations (e.g., the Hebrews), and so forth.
Answers in Genesis supporters should not hesitate to find the flaws in this paragraph. Thomas accurately points out God's “very good” of Genesis 1. Yet he seems to have forgotten the Fall of Genesis 3 and the sin nature that now exists in us. After all, according to Thomas' logic, if someone is born a kleptomaniac, he or she can't be held responsible, because that's just how God created him or her to be.
So in other words, Thomas is taking a crystal-clear verse like Romans 1:27 and reading into the text something that it doesn't say! We shouldn't be surprised if, after Thomas' explanation is accepted, pedophiles come along and allegorize the verse, claiming it merely has a “spiritual” meaning and does not pertain to real life at all!
Now, we can't agree more that it's not our place to judge the sin in an individual's heart; all we can do is tell others what the Bible says-that is, what God says-about sin. But isn't it interesting that Thomas himself is pronouncing the same sort of judgment that he decries others for?
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