Shocking New Creationist Research

This is hot news from the Christian News Network, which “provides up-to-date news and information affecting the body of Christ worldwide from an uncompromising Biblical worldview.” Their headline is Research Biologist Says Bible, Not Evolution, Accounts for Human DNA Diversity, and they have a comments feature. Here are some excerpts from their article, with bold font added by us:

When did human ethnic groups originate? And can the biblical young earth viewpoint explain differences between races today? One research biologist says the biblical model, not evolution, accurately accounts for human DNA diversity today.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Who is this research biologist? We’re told:

Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson is a PhD biologist with Answers in Genesis who studied Cell and Developmental Biology at Harvard University. In his latest article, published last week in Answers Research Journal, he considers “why African people groups tends to harbor more mitochaondrial DNA differences than non-African groups.”

Wow — if Jeanson got a paper published in such a highly respected journal, it must be the best available scientific information. We wrote about him before in Ken Ham: Scientists Are Ignorant. Here’s Jeanson’s write-up at AIG. They say he has “a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from Harvard University,” and was “formerly with the Institute for Creation Research.” Harvard must be proud of him. His write-up in the Encyclopedia of American Loons says he has “a Medical PhD from Harvard.” Okay, let’s read on:

According to the young earth creation (YEC) model, human ethnic groups began to diverge after the Tower of Babel dispersion some 4,000 years ago. Evolutionists, on the other hand, believe early humans began separating into different populations over 100,000 years ago. Which model is supported by scientific evidence?

That’s the key question! We continue:

To answer this question, Jeanson explored marriage data collected 40 years ago by the United Nations and found that, on average, African women married earlier than non-African women. “The fact that these differences appeared in the oldest UN dataset available suggests that this practice may have been true historically, well before Westernization took hold of the African continent,” Jeanson wrote.

Even if true, why is that important? Here’s why:

These young marriages common in Africa result in shorter generation times and likely accelerated the development of DNA differences, which may explain why African groups today have more mitochaondrial DNA (mtDNA) differences than other ethnic groups. Jeanson also calculated that the YEC model more accurately predicts the number of DNA differences.

Wowie — humans in Africa had more generations than the rest of us after the Tower of Babel dispersion 4,000 years ago, so there should be more DNA differences in Africa. Hey, we can do some calculations. Let’s say Africans had, oh, five more generations per century. In the 40 centuries since Babel, that would be [*Curmudgeon does the math*] 200 extra generations. Of course — that explains everything! Then the article quotes Jeanson:

These results demonstrated the scientific robustness of the YEC model and intensified the explanatory challenge for the evolutionary timescale.

Impressive, huh? There’s even more information in the news article, so you’ll probably want to read it all for yourself. This is big news, dear reader. Your Curmudgeon is proud to have brought it to you.

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10 responses to “Shocking New Creationist Research

  1. Wow! This is impressive! Those tireless Creationist researchers dug deep into the archives to unearth a dataset a whole 40 years old in order to extrapolate backwards 4,000 years! And their conclusion is absolutely compelling when that dataset is compared to the centuries of documents recording age of marriage among Europeans–…no, wait, they didn’t actually get that data or make that comparison.

    One might call such piffle the work of Armchair Apologists–except, there aren’t any other kind.

  2. FYI: “Christian News” has nothing to do with crazy old Pat. Pat’s news is “CBN” (Christian Broadcasting Network).
    I thought it was a bit odd because if you remember Pat distanced himself from Ham after the Bill Nye debate.
    The person in question would be Michael Marcavage (unknown to me, but easy to find out info on) who has a website “Repent America” (woefully out of date)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repent_America

  3. michaelfugate

    Once again “fitting” the data to a conclusion, rather than a conclusion to the data.

  4. Thanks, Troy. I removed the mis-attribution from the post.

  5. Shame they did not put the scripture reference to show us where in the bible it mentions mtDNA

  6. Now I remember Jeanson. He’s the precious who got himself a Harvard PhD with the sole purpose to “[…] use and abuse my training to influence eternity, rather than for temporary gain” — his own words. I’m still not certain if I should show some respect for his honest wording, or disgust for wilfully lying to his evangelical lesser-educated peers.

    Btw looks like AiG and ICR have exchanged DNA; Jason Lisle and Nathaniel Jeanson seem to have traded places.

  7. docbill1351

    Btw looks like AiG and ICR have exchanged DNA; Jason Lisle and Nathaniel Jeanson seem to have traded places.

    A result of the missionary position.

  8. Charles Deetz ;)

    [*Curmudgeon does the math*]

    So can 10 year olds. If they were smart they would have applied some logarithmic scale so they’d confuse the kids and only have to deal with high-school students.

  9. Jeanson also calculated that the YEC model more accurately predicts the number of DNA differences.

    What is the “YEC model”, other than a literal interpretation of Genesis?

    I would love to see the biblical verses which predict DNA differences, or generation times, or anything related to African populations compared to other continents.

    BTW, this is the story of Babel in the NIV:

    11 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.

    3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

    5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

    8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

    That’s it, ten sentences. No mention of any change in humans other than language. Zero, zip, nada. The idea that the story of Babel explains anything about racial differences is a complete invention.

  10. Eric Lipps

    Wowie — humans in Africa had more generations than the rest of us after the Tower of Babel dispersion 4,000 years ago, so there should be more DNA differences in Africa. Hey, we can do some calculations. Let’s say Africans had, oh, five more generations per century. In the 40 centuries since Babel, that would be [*Curmudgeon does the math*] 200 extra generations. Of course — that explains everything!

    It would also mean Africans were having children at, on average, around age 10. That remarkable phenomenon would be enough to establish them as a separate species, or at least subspecies.

    Perhaps Dr. Jeanson and his admirers at the Christian News Network believe that, in which case the cross they worship under is probably on fire. Or perhaps (let’s be generous) they just got their math screwed up. Not that this happens often to creationists, you understand.