Category Archives: Common Descent

The 3 billion character tweet

[a contribution from a regular follower]

Roboam begat Abia,” says the King James version at the beginning of the Gospel of Matthew, and in 1 Kings 14:31 we learn that Rehoboam’s mother was Naamah the Ammonitess. This means that we are left with the intriguing possibility that the Lord Jesus was descended from Lot on account of his younger daughter’s misguided attempt to save the world.

If the earthly Jesus of Nazareth were alive today it could be confirmed by a simple test. The truth of it, or otherwise, was written inside almost every cell of his body. Our cells include a large protein molecule full of information – think of it as a three billion character tweet – which tells the story of our ancestors. For Jesus, if the technology had been available, it would have confirmed those “begats” in his genealogy and told him if he had an ancestor among the ancient Ammonites.

Three billion characters makes a big tweet! It’s about the size of three King James Bibles. But that’s how much information is used to set out the biochemical specification of a new human being. By comparing it with “tweets” from other people – and other living things, actually – a remarkably full story can be found out. This is because each person in each generation has one to two hundred non-lethal mutations, allowing the family tree to be inferred. Recently a criminal was tracked down by comparing his genetic information with a public genealogical data base, and finding his relatives. (https://theconversation.com/how-cops-used-a-public-genealog…)

For a relatively small amount of money you can have your own tweet read, if you want. There might be a chance that you too are descended from an Ammonite! A human Ammonite, that is, from the first or second millennium BC. Fossilised Ammonites are a story for another day.

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Stonehenge – monument to ancient man

Stonehenge is one of the best known ancient sites in Britain.  The remains of significant construction at what is now the bluestone henge on Salisbury plain date back to around 3,000 BC.  Prior to the existing stones, archaeologists have found evidence of older circular structures as well as the remains of people buried at the site.  Some of the human activity in the site date back as far as 8,000 BC.  Fascinatingly, chemical analysis proves the cremated remains of non-locals were carried in leather bags to the site and interred.  The Stonehenge (past and present) doesn’t reconcile with either a global flood or the literalist creation 6,000 years ago. Continue reading

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.

humanoids and evolutionary creation

High profile creationists decry evolutionary creationists/theistic evolution using their powers of exposition, logic and rhetoric.  But the same creationists don’t even understand basic words.  How they remain credible is incredible.

Archaeology shows Genesis 1-3 does not mean what you think

Does the claim ‘archaeology prove the bible true’ have merit?  Well yes and no.  Why the equivocation?  Because often those who make the claim ‘archaeology proves the bible true’ fail to distinguish between their understanding of the bible and what the bible says.  They might as well say ‘archaeology proves my understanding is true’.  Archaeology categorically undermines the creationist claims about the bible.  The writers of this blog don’t question the inspiration of the bible.  But we certainly reject the exaltation of one reading of the bible to be as certain as scripture itself. Continue reading

Genetics disproves literal creationists

Literalists deny evolutionary science is a thing.  They don’t realise there is far more than this one branch of science stacked against them.  Genetics is not as simple as peas in a pod, but even a basic understanding rules out Adam and Eve as the universal ancestors.  It’s all to do with gene variations (called alleles), which we get at most two copies of one from Mum and one from Dad (sometimes the two are the same).  Dennis Venema has provided a readily accessible explanation of why genetic variation cannot work with the literalist story. Continue reading

Neanderthal DNA in humans has medical & theological implications

 

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The sequencing of the human genome provided an enormous new volume of evidence for common ancestry.  Sequencing of other species has strengthened the case.  Most remarkably we have now sequenced Neanderthals and Denisovans DNA.  Non Africans today have 1-2% Neanderthal DNA, the variation in spread of this DNA itself is evidential.  Furthermore this DNA has direct positive and negative health consequences.  Fascinating.  And impossible to reconcile with a traditional literal reading of Gen 1-3.  We can ignore it, get angry about it (& those who point this out) or deal with it.  Below is an article detailing the situation as at May 2016. Continue reading