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Creationism Versus Genesis

Creationism Versus Genesis

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Any open and rigorous reading of Genesis shows that there is no difference between the Biblical and scientific accounts of the creation of the universe and life
Any open and rigorous reading of Genesis shows that there is no difference between the Biblical and scientific accounts of the creation of the universe and life

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 Creationism versus Genesis
ByDennis Murphy25 April 2010Amended 9 August 2010Copyright © 2010 Dennis Murphy
 
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Table of Contents
Introduction .................................................................................................................... 4
 
Does it really matter what we believe? ......................................................................... 9
 
An example of “good intentions” for the wrong reasons ........................................... 10
 
The Law of unintended consequences ....................................................................... 12
 
Our individual Big Picture View of the World ......................................................... 14
 
Interpretation and Mental Templates ........................................................................ 17
 
Rules of Evidence ...................................................................................................... 17
 
Interpretation of the evidence ..................................................................................... 18
 
An example interpretation .......................................................................................... 19
 
Just what is a scientific theory? .................................................................................. 23
 
The philosophy of science and the development of the “scientific method” ............. 24
 
What makes a scientific theory? ................................................................................ 26
 
The limits of any theory ............................................................................................. 30
 
Why Creation Science and Intelligent Design are not scientific theories .................. 31
 
The creationist claim of loss of information over time in the genome as anexample of hypothesis testing ............................................................................. 33
 
The role of viruses in adding new information into the genetic structure .......... 36
 
A summary of the main points in the Court Judgement in the ID trial ...................... 37
 
Scientific Dating Methods ........................................................................................... 39
 
The controversy .......................................................................................................... 39
 
The explanation from the world of science ................................................................ 41
 
The Scientific view of the Universe and Life ............................................................. 47
 
The views of individual scientists .............................................................................. 47
 
Darwin’s ideas of the evolutionary process are the scientific equivalent to Newton’sideas on gravity – a good beginning, but a long way to go ........................................ 48
 
Charles Darwin and his ideas ..................................................................................... 50
 
Descent from a common ancestor ....................................................................... 50
 
Natural selection ................................................................................................. 51
 
Is evolution still occurring today? .............................................................................. 55
 
A summary of the scientific view of the appearance of life on earth ........................ 56
 
Self-organising systems? – Or do we need a Special Creation? ............................... 59
 
The conflict between religion and society ................................................................. 59
 
Is evolution consistent with Genesis? ........................................................................ 59
 
Snowflakes, salt and sugar - Crystals that self-organise and self-assemble .............. 60
 
Increases in information in the self-organized and self-assembled entity ................. 62
 
The original DNA molecules an example of self-assembly .................................... 64
 
A question that must be asked .................................................................................... 68
 
Don’t mention the war ................................................................................................. 70
 
Much thought went into whether I should include this chapter ................................. 70
 
One of the reasons that I changed my belief from creationism.................................. 71
 
The Discovery Institute .............................................................................................. 72
 
General philosophy of the creationist viewpoint ....................................................... 74
 
The creationists techniques of camouflaging the truth .............................................. 75
 
Tactic one misuse of the scientific method ...................................................... 75
 
 
 33Tactic two - continue to use discredited ideas to mislead people ....................... 76
 
Tactic three – claims that science “is in crisis” over some point of debate ........ 77
 
Freedom and the religious state .................................................................................. 78
 
Are creationists really “persecuted” by the scientific community? ........................... 80
 
Do Darwin’s ideas encourage or lead to atheism? ..................................................... 81
 
The attempt to “jump-start life” – Ben Stein in the DVD “EXPELLED” ................. 82
 
The manipulation of Darwin’s quotation in his book “The Descent of Man” ........... 84
 
The creationists preoccupation with evangelism ....................................................... 88
 
The Genesis account of creation ................................................................................. 91
 
The mystery of Genesis chapter two .......................................................................... 91
 
Adam and Eve and the Doctrine of Man .................................................................... 93
 
The appearance of Eve ........................................................................................ 94
 
The Doctrine of Man and the question of Cain’s wife ....................................... 94
 
The question of how Jesus can be both fully God and fully man ....................... 95
 
Genesis chapter one compared to the scientific view ................................................ 96
 
“Day” one – Creation of the universe and the solid, liquid and gaseous matterneeded for the planets ......................................................................................... 96
 
“Day” two – The earth forms and the atmosphere is created ............................. 98
 
“Day” three – The dry land appears and the sea and plants created ................. 101
 
“Day” four – The sun and the moon start shining – and other stars in the sky 102
 
“Day” five – Sea creatures and birds appear .................................................... 104
 
“Day” six – Appearance of life on land and the entrance of mankind ............. 104
 
The total agreement between the Biblical account and the science account ............ 105
 
A challenge............................................................................................................... 106
 
Strong’s Concordance definitions for Genesis chapters one and two ...................... 106
 
Did God need a special act of creation for each different living organism? ......... 109
 
How many special creations would have been required? ........................................ 109
 
God’s mechanism for creating huge diversity from a common ancestor ................. 110
 
The concept of Chaos ............................................................................................... 111
 
What happens when we repeatedly carry out a given procedure? ........................... 112
 
A picture of an iterated system – and what do we mean by a “strange attractor”? .. 114
 
What does it mean to say that something is a fractal? ............................................. 116
 
Generating a fractal .................................................................................................. 118
 
The fractal iteration formula as the “genome” of an organism ................................ 119
 
Observations of the Natural World .......................................................................... 120
 
Animals that undergo radical changes to their bodies during their lifetime ............ 120
 
Have you ever wondered how the shape of all living things comes about? ............ 121
 
Fractal mathematics as the mechanism that controls shapes in the natural world ... 122
 
Similarity with the natural world and the fractal images of the Mandelbrot Set ..... 122
 
Bringing it all together ............................................................................................... 128
 
The creation and the emergence of life .................................................................... 128
 
Creationists and the Church ..................................................................................... 130
 
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