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A unique Christian perspective on headline-grabbing discoveries.

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Nice Perspective on Current News

This podcast offers a nice perspective on current news stories. It provides additional information that the popular press often leaves out and clarification of the facts presented. These guys have actually read the scientific papers and are able to compare and contrast the science with other discoveries in the field and put it in the context of the real world.

Review on Human Evolution Speeding Up

as compared to Answers 30 Jan 2008 article by Dr. Georgia Purdom regarding the Proceedings of National Academy Sciences’ article “Recent Acceleration of Human Adaptive Evolution.” Dr. Rana is to be commended for a rapid response to the article. He begins his Podcast clearly and with good opening commentary for what the authors were looking at and the general methodology they employed to ascertain information of the rate of human evolution. He explains that the authors are mixing micro- and macro-evolution definitions as being just “evolution,” and that they should have distinguished that the genetic basis for lactose intolerance was in fact a type of micro-evolution, which does not offer evidence that humans evolved from other species, including chimpanzees. Fuz agrees with the authors that it is possible for micro-evolution to be hastened when human population expands or separate groups live in varying environments, but he goes on to say that this should be arrested as humanity worldwide adopts similar living habits. Dr. Purdom uses the term “adaptation” in lieu of micro-evolution, probably simply to avoid crediting the term evolution as being meaningful. A good short description of SNPs is given but it may be that the author has confused the point of how they are supposed to indicate rapid evolution as she mentions that those genes showing rapid evolution are identical among the different people groups studied. Dr. Purdom goes on to attack the authors through many supposed alternative ways God might have allowed for the observed phenomenon—this is a common way for some Christians to criticize scientists that is not very useful in discipling them, or impressing the readers.

These guys rock!

Eveyone at reasons.org does a great job at all the reseach they do and all the articles they write. I have done a great deal of reseach on my own and come to find myself in agreeance with reasons on every topic. I leave thier works and readings feeling enlightened, amazed, and inspired. Thank you!

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