The mouse trap

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works, I know it very well” (Psalm 139:14).

The theory of evolution, as you know, asserts that nature changes over the eons by a long series of advantageous mutations, selecting the ones that help and rejecting those changes that hurt. Usually supporters of the theory like to point to such things as an elephant’s trunk, which apparently began as a normal mammal’s nose, but over time lengthened to the powerful but dexterous limb that is the great creature’s most distinctive feature. Continue reading “The mouse trap”

Tick, tock, tick, tock

For almost twenty-five years a wedding gift has hung in our hallway or living room. That battery powered wooden framed clock has marked the passage of seconds, minutes and hours for decades.

Such clocks are not the only ones. The earth is filled with many different types of clocks, some more accurate than others. Tides regularly wax and wane. Trees experience periods of rapid growth and then dormancy thus producing tree rings.

A new clock has been identified. From our mothers we inherit a slightly imperfect copy of her mitochondrial DNA. Experimentation has identified the rate at which human mitochondrial DNA mutates./1

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Nature’s battery

by Barry Newton

If a scientist were to explain a battery’s functioning, he might say: “An oxidation reaction on the anode terminal releases electrons.”

Although physics and chemistry can explain how a common AA battery works, what would happen if we had never seen one before and we found one on an unknown island? Could science inform us about its origin? Continue reading “Nature’s battery”

Plausible Stories and Origins

by Barry Newton

What we regard as plausible often reveals our ignorance. Years ago a child enthusiastically insisted, “Inside of me are little people. I have an elevator that takes the food down to my stomach where they work on it.”

A gentle smile can spread across our faces at hearing such childish explanations. Yet, our children can be very serious. What we regard as plausible often reveals our ignorance.
To Charles Darwin and Alexander Oparin, the hunch seemed reasonable enough. After all, were not single cell organisms merely small relatively simplistic blobs of protoplasm? Continue reading “Plausible Stories and Origins”

A Lesson From A Law Professor

Several years ago, I invited Phillip Johnson, a staunch adversary of macro-evolution and a law professor at the University of Berkeley for over thirty years, to be a guest speaker for a regional preachers? meeting. On the appointed day in a local restaurant while we sat around a large table, I cautiously presented a question about “evolution and creationism.” I have forgotten the exact nature of my question or the answer he offered. What does remain clearly etched in my mind is his discourse on the danger of speaking about “evolution and creationism.” When the discussion is framed in this manner, … Continue reading A Lesson From A Law Professor