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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