The Creationist Giraffe

On my journey away from young earth creationism, several memories stick out. Today, I want to address three of them. The first has to do with giraffes.Growing up, my father held up that giraffe necks as evidence against evolution. "You can't just grow another neck vertebra," he would say. "No amount of trying to reach higher leaves would result in another vertebra." Now yes, this argument was flawed. A giraffe could in theory obtain an additional vertebra if a portion of its genetic code was … [Read more...]


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Answers in Genesis Says Humans Did Not Come From Africa—And It Gets Weird

In researching a recent article on creationism, I came upon a particularly strange claim. One reason evolutionary scientists believe that humans originated in Africa is the greater diversity within mitochondrial DNA among peoples in Africa than among peoples elsewhere. Of course, creationists claim that humans originated in Turkey, at Ararat, where Noah's Ark landed after the flood, and not in Africa. That means they have to explain the diversity in African mitochondrial DNA.And so they … [Read more...]


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Young Earth Creationism Is Evolving

Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence in favor of evolution, some 40% of Americans reject the theory and adhere to young earth creationism. I have long believed that the most effective way to combat young earth creationism is within religion. Biologos, an organization promoting theistic evolution, is attempting just that---and with some success. Answers in Genesis has recently posted a series of blog posts combatting Biologos' efforts---and making arguments that seem, as someone raised in … [Read more...]


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Evangelicals Who Link Evolution and Racism Forget Christianity Was Used to Defend Slavery and Segregation

David Whitney of the Institute on the Constitution believes he knows why Richard Collins III was murdered on the University of Maryland's campus in May: “Evolution is also the basis of racism, [and] many assert that racism played a role in the motivation for this murder,” Whitney said. “You see, evolution is essentially racist. So where did Sean Urbanski learn racism? He learned it in his classes on evolution at the local public high school that his parents sent him to and his parents funded tha … [Read more...]


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Why Answers in Genesis Doesn’t Get Genre

Simon Turpin of Answers in Genesis has set out to explain what makes a biblical interpretation correct. I clicked through expecting to find a response that at least attempted to be challenging, but what I found was highly simplistic and severely missing the point. Turpin starts with this: Sometimes, after speaking at a church on the subject of biblical creation (i.e., the belief that God created the world in six 24-hour days, that there was no death before the Fall, and that there was a global … [Read more...]


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Young Earth Creationism’s Important Scientific Veneer

Several months ago, my mother sent me some books for the children. Most of them were standard fare and some I was really excited about, but one thing stuck out---an Answers magazine insert about volcanoes and designed for children. Answers, of course, is the publication of Answers in Genesis, a young earth creationist organization my parents support. At six, Sally is scientifically inclined and knows quite a bit about evolution from books, documentaries, and episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy. … [Read more...]


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Young Earth Creationists: Neanderthals Were Human

What with the news about homo naledi, a new hominin species, it's probably time to revisit young earth creationist interpretations of such skeletons. Given that young earth creationists start with the Bible and only then look at the scientific evidence, it shouldn't be surprising that they tend to argue that species like Homo Naledi or Neanderthal are either human or ape. Over the weekend, Answers in Genesis declared homo naledi an ape. Several years ago, Answers in Genesis declared homo … [Read more...]


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