Simple Science Posts

So far, most of the articles written on Creation Reality have had to do with Biblical observations or spiritual reflections. In my next post, I’m going try something new: Short “Simple Science” articles that present scientific topics in (hopefully) simple terms, yet faithfully relate the most important concepts.

In studying creation topics, it’s apparent that much teaching concerns the science of creation — whether science “proves” an old earth or a young one, whether evolution is true or not, and so on.

Often, these teachings are technical enough that many people struggle to follow them if they don’t already read a lot of science, either because the articles are long or technically deep. Other articles are straight-forward enough to be more accessible, but for some reason these seem to be mainly YEC-focused and don’t faithfully represent complete views of the science (in my opinion). The net result is that the most easily accessible materials are often the most misleading.

The goal of the Simple Science articles will be to introduce a single scientific concept in a clear and easy-to-understand manner. Some of the articles will present concepts that clearly point to an old creation, while others will treat YEC perspectives that are easily shown to be false. Of necessity, these articles will be only introductions, but there will be links to dive deeper for those who are interested.

I’m very comfortable with science (working in the high-tech industry), and enjoy teaching, so this seems like a natural activity. However, I’m admittedly not an expert in most creation sciences, so am merely summarizing here. Feedback is more than welcome as to whether these work, and whether this is a useful activity.

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Adam and Eve – What’s in a name?

In an earlier post, we explored the use of “Adam” in Genesis, and how common translations obscure the true nature of his name. When that nature is revealed, the sense of the text changes a lot. It turns out that something similar happens with the name “Eve”. In this post, we’ll briefly look at the similar confusion that occurs with her name, and then bring these observations together to see what they suggest about the beginning of Genesis. Continue reading

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Lifting the Veil of Translation that Obscures “Adam”

Recently, while doing some word studies in the New Testament, I realized how much of what we read is colored by the choices made in translation. Often, there is no direct English counterpart for words in the original language, so the translators have to make decisions between multiple imperfect options. Ideally, the choices accurately convey the original meaning. But once in a while, traditions develop that obscure details that are evident in the original languages, making it difficult to appreciate how the text would have been read by the original audience. This isn’t very common, but it can be interesting when we run across it. Once such example is the way “adam” is translated in Genesis. Continue reading

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God’s Sabbath Rest and YEC Claims

In an earlier post, we looked at Genesis 2:1-4 and saw how the description of God’s rest agrees best with other Scripture when it is interpreted as “repose” — a picture of ceasing work and being refreshed. This became clear when considering the immediate Sabbath context of the passage, as well as both Scripture passages that refer to the creation timeframe. However, that analysis was a little abstract and, at least for me, didn’t really convey how a reader of that time might have interpreted the text. In this essay, we’ll try to bring those details together in a way that paints a better picture, and then take a look at how something that’s really quite clear in Scripture can be so misrepresented in YEC writings. Continue reading

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Our Very Good Creation

Imagine looking out at a beautiful vista overlooking a vast forest, or contemplating the endless expanse of water at the ocean’s edge. Or recall a time you stood enraptured by the starry host at night, or gazed in fascination at the intricacies of a flower. Perhaps your bent is science, and you’ve marveled at the beauty of the Standard Model, or been astounded at the biochemical complexities of life. How do these things make you feel? How would you summarize them?

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Genesis 1:31 Continue reading

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Reading Genesis with the Mind of Christ

Debate over the creation time frame largely boils down to how one interprets Genesis 1. For those who interpret it as a literal description of physical events, the answer is clearly that creation occurred in a six day period. Others see it as figurative, describing spiritual things. For them, it says nothing about the natural timeframe, so we are left with science to provide the answer. But how do we choose an interpretation in the first place? Paul had some wise words that can be applied to interpreting Scripture with the proper mindset: Continue reading

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