Evolution

Two Charlies: Darwin vs. Hodge - An imagined interview with Charles Hodge

"Hodge also saw that science low on the ladder of abstraction, based on observing and measuring, is not in conflict with Christian belief—but “science” high on the ladder, with faith in things unseen like macro-evolution, is. Here’s my pretend 1874 interview with Hodge about Darwin. Hodge’s own words form the answers." - Olasky

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Darwin’s racism: How early evolutionary theory fueled discrimination

"Race-based discrimination has multiple sources, many of which preceded Darwin, but evolutionary theory gave 'a powerful push to a scientific version of racism that still impacts us today,' said John West, vice president and a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute." - WORLD

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Swamidass’ “central argument is that current science is fully compatible with many different theological positions on the historical Adam”

"The core distinction between 'genetic' ancestry and 'genealogical' ancestry seems valid. Adam and Eve could’ve been genealogical ancestors of all humans alive today, without leaving any genetic trace....Nevertheless, the genealogical hypothesis itself is still dissonant with the biblical Adam and Eve." - TGC

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Adam and Sin as the Bane of Evolution? A Review of Finding Ourselves After Darwin

"Overall, these noteworthy essays represent a wide range of creative possibilities for updating our theological anthropology in line with a post-Darwinian setting, but they are less convincing when justifying the theological cost for doing so." - Themelios

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A Review of “Darwin Devolves” by Michael Behe

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The author of this new book is well known for his earlier works Darwin’s Black Box and The Edge of Evolution. In the former book Michael Behe argued that biological systems, more especially the molecular makeup of incredibly complex structures in the cell, could not have arisen via evolutionary pathways. Natural selection and mutation were simply not capable of building the city-like features that had only recently been discovered. Nor could evolution explain how these structures (like the bacterial flagellum) be constructed as functioning wholes by the processes available to it. The “irreducible complexity” of the structures meant that everything had to be put together at once in just the right way so that the molecular machine would work. Not only this, but in The Edge of Evolution Behe showed that the assembly system of the flagellar itself, with its instructions, had to be in place all at once in order for the machine to be constructed. As he notes in an appendix at the end of Darwin Devolves,

Twenty years on, there has been a grand total of zero serious attempts to show how the elegant molecular machine might have been produced by random processes and natural selection. (Darwin Devolves, 287)

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