The pioneer approach
Our pioneers believed scientific facts were always in harmony with accurate Biblical interpretation.   They believed the earth was extremely old, and that there had been at least one pre-Adamic creation, despite rejecting evolution. They explained the evidence for evolution by arguing God had made many creations over countless years, creating simple life and repeated replacing it with more complex life, finally creating humans in a pre-Adamic creation, then creating the current creation with Adam and Eve.
Over the years, Christadelphian expositors accepted increasingly higher estimates of the age of the earth, and went further and further in their interpretation of Genesis in order to reconcile it with demonstrable scientific facts. Thus on the basis of geological evidence available to him, brother Thomas believed there had been one pre-Adamic creation; later brother Roberts agreed with brother Simons that there was now geological and fossil evidence of at least five pre-Adamic creations. Continue reading
Throughout history, certain interpretations of Scripture made by Christians based on scientific discoveries about the natural creation, have been cited as support for atheism by other Christians. Today most of us would find these accusations laughable. Continue reading
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
Our pioneers and earliest commentators believed we should study Scripture using the best scholarship in science, history, archaeology, textual criticism, lexicography, and Bible study, leaving us an excellent example. They used science and scholarship to combat doctrinal error,  believing scientific facts always supports the Bible.    They accepted the scientific evidence for the age of the earth    and pre-Adamic human beings,    despite rejecting evolution.  They wrote articles arguing the Genesis flood was not global,  that the days of Genesis 1 were not necessarily literal, that the Bible cannot be understood simply through literal interpretation,  and that Moses did not write the Pentateuch.   They supported the most modern Bible available (the Revised Version), and promoted Tischendorf’s New Testament, based on Vaticanus, Sinaiticus, and Alexandrinus, which they regarded as ‘the three most ancient original’ manuscripts. Continue reading
You have to feel sorry for caterpillars. For all that they change into butterflies or moths, they face some unusual perils in their early life – including being turned into zombies. How creationists explain all this we cannot imagine. Continue reading