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Reading Genesis 1 literally

Creationists claim to read Genesis literally. This indeed is one of the proclamations made in the IEAC Reaffirmation Statement which says in its background that the various signatories “accept the creation record as literal in its details”.  This is a fine sounding declaration.  We thought we would align Genesis 1 in the KJV with the old earth creation model promoted by The Lampstand Magazine (a promoter of the Reaffirmation Statement).  Lots of words had to be deleted or added.  Be warned you might be upset.  The intention is not to upset but rather demonstrate the old earth creation view is NOT a literal reading.  Neither is the young earth creationist view, as should also be evidence from the below. Continue reading

Reviewing an anti-evolution lecture

Our community has a number of public facing material arguing against evolution.  One example is neatly taken to task on this post Because Truth Matters….  By way of introduction the reviewer (quite gently in our view) points out numerous basic misunderstandings of the subject – like representing that evolution says humans are descended from apes.  The argument from incredulity is also rightly called out – as if our imagination defines the limits of God’s processes!


DNA and Adam

Young man in denial is caught out by paternity test; argues that the scientists are mistaken, that conception was a special act of God, and that physical similarities are merely the result of common design.

Sorry…not very convincing.

Don’t be a fool. Don’t deny the genetic evidence. Face the facts. We were wrong about evolution, we were wrong about Adam. Admit the truth and move on.


ACBM – rewriting the basis of fellowship

The ACBM is in contravention of the basis of interecclesial fellowship in Australia.  It’s requirements of fieldworkers stands in stark contrast to the voice of Australian ecclesias expressed in the 2016 Sydney Conference then ratified by an Australia wide vote.  Ironically its additions to the basis of fellowship demonstrate that the official basis as expressed doesn’t necessarily contradict evolutionary creation. Continue reading


Science is not a threat to faith


As newer more powerful telescopes penetrate deeper into space, they enable astronomers to observe deeper and deeper into time. As it is possible to observe virtually all the way back to the moment of creation when the Universe was merely 380,000 years old, astronomers are able to study the emergence and birth of the Universe when it was less than one thirtieth of one percent of its present 13.7 billion year age. Continue reading


Unsound Bible exposition creates problems with science

“The Roman church is by no means the only one guilty of misinterpreting Bible teaching in such a way as to create a conflict with science or with reason. All denominations have failed in this respect, to a greater or a lesser extent. We ourselves have not been altogether free from this error. Though our important and distinctive doctrines have been established upon a sure Bible foundation (a cause for gratitude, not pride), we have occasionally been unnecessarily dogmatic in our interpretation of Scripture, when convincing Bible evidence has been wanting; and when time has exposed the flaws in our adventurous expositions, our confusion has been almost as painful as if the real foundations had been shaken. We must not permit our self-criticism to distract us from our main point, which is: that that which is described as conflict between science and the Bible, may, in fact, be conflict between science and unsound Bible exposition.”

Watkins, ‘The Inspired Scriptures – Our Sure Foundation: 10 – Difficulties’, The Christadelphian (99.1172.55), 1961..