New Life or Gene Engineering

On October 6, an article appeared in the Guardian Unlimited entitled “I am creating artificial life, declares US gene pioneer.” This was also followed by FoxNews in an article “Report: Scientists Create New Life Form in Lab.” As the reports describe, scientists from the J. Craig Venter Institute have supposedly created “artificial life.” However, this is another case of premature reporting. In reality, what happened at this institute is a new form of genetic engineering. To see the other side of the story, Answers in Genesis made available for the web, on October 8, Dr. Georgia Purdom’s expose of this creation of “artificial life.” Check out her article entitled “Have Scientists Created a New-Life Form in the Lab?

“Could God Really Have Created Everything in Six Days?”

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This is the title of one of the twenty-seven chapters found in the New Answers Book: 25 Top Questions on Creation/Evolution and the Bible, edited by Ken Ham (Master Books, 2007). This chapter was posted on the Internet by Answers in Genesis on September 27. Ken Ham, the author of this excerpted eighth chapter, and thirteen other young earth creationists, such as Dr. David Menton, Dr. Tommy Mitchell, Dr. Jason Lisle, Dr. Terry Mortenson, author the various chapters in this book. This current work was preceded by two earlier editions: The Answers Book: Answers to the 12 Most-Asked Questions on Genesis and Creation/Evolution (1990) and The Revised & Expanded Answers Book: the 20 Most-Asked Questions About Creation, Evolution, and the Book of Genesis, Answered! (2000). The New Answers Book adds seven additional chapters to the previous edition. One of the helpful additions is Mike Riddle’s ninth chapter: “Does Radiometric Dating Prove the Earth Is Old?”For a list of each chapter along with a list of some of the authors, check out the website for Answers in Genesis. Since this book is not written on a technical level, it is a good resource for most Christians. It also provides enough footnotes to serve as cross-references to a few technical, current sources. I have often referenced the two earlier editions in the classes and seminars that I teach on Biblical Creationism. Having reviewed this new source, I will continue to promote this book in my classes and seminars. I highly recommend the New Answers Book, and also suggest that you download the free study guide that goes along with the book.

Diamonds and a Billions of Years Old Earth

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This picture is taken from stockxpert.com

Beautiful diamonds are primarily comprised of pure carbon, which, acccording to current research, includes some radiocarbon. However, since radiocarbon should have decayed in less than a million years, diamonds, rather than supporting an old earth, are consistent with a recent creation of the earth. Dr. Jonathan Sarfati, author of numerous articles and books supporting young earth creationism, has written a brief but insightful article, “Diamonds: A Creationist’s Best Friend,” Creation 28 (September-November 2006): 26–27. His thesis is that the radiocarbon “age” of diamonds is far less than an earth of a million years. The article was made available yesterday for the internet by Creation Ministries International, at Creation on the Web.

Christian Aerospace Engineer Who Takes Genesis Literally

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This picture of an astronaut on the moon is from NASA.

Dr. Jonathan Sarfati, with Creation Ministries International, interviews Michael Tigges, a Senior Aerospace Engineer with NASA and recipient of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, about his views of outer space and Genesis (this interview was originally published in the journal Creation 28 [December 2005–February 2006], pp. 28–31). This is a great interview that shows there is a difference between operational science and the modern debate about origins. According to Tigges, which side of the creation-evolution debate a scientist embraces affects virtually no aspect of operational science, such as the flight of planes and spacecrafts. However, he maintains that mixing creation and evolution has serious consequences on a person’s walk with Christ. As a young earth creationist, Tigges shows that one can hold to a literal interpretation of Genesis and still be an effective scientist. Check out the article at http://www.creationontheweb.com/content/view/4712.