The creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia — really shocked us with the title of this article: Genetics Confirms the Recent, Supernatural Creation of Adam and Eve.
Their post mimics some of the format of a scientific paper, starting with this “Abstract,” some of which we’ll put in bold font for emphasis:
The advent of modern genetics has seen the evolutionary community redouble its efforts to argue for human-primate common ancestry and against the traditional Christian understanding of the origin of the human race. As has been argued in previous chapters [m’god — this thing is part of a book!], a careful reading of Genesis 1–11 indicates that God created Adam and Eve supernaturally and without prior ancestry, and that all of humanity traces their ancestry back to this original couple — and not to a group of primates or proto-humans. Combined with a careful reading of the rest of Scripture, this narrative places the creation date of Adam and Eve approximately 6,000 years ago and places another population bottleneck about 4,500 years ago at the time of the Flood. This scriptural framework leads to very specific expectations about the genetic differences among humans and other species, expectations that can be scientifically tested against modern genetic data. In this chapter, we contend that genetics confirms the recent, supernatural creation of Adam and Eve and refutes the evolutionary narrative on human origins.
Stunning, isn’t it? However, we’re not going to go through the whole mess and critique it as we go. For one thing, although it’s long, it’s just an introduction without substance. Our other reason is that … well, it isn’t entertaining. We’ll give you a few excerpts, and then you can play with the thing — if you can stand it. The authors (Nathaniel T. Jeanson and Jeffrey P. Tomkins) say:
Because the genetics of human origins is a scientifically complex issue that becomes technical very quickly, we have simplified this chapter by organizing it around four major questions:
1. From whom did humans originate: ape-like primates or fully human people?
2. How many individuals spawned the human race: a population or a pair?
3. When did humans originate: hundreds of thousands of years ago or about 6,000 years ago (i.e., ancient or recent)?
4. Where did modern human populations originate: Africa or Ararat?
Yes, those are the major questions. The rest of the post is just a long, rambling introduction to all the wonders that are likely to follow in future posts. We intend to skip them, but we had to post this — just to show you what creation science looks like. Now you know.
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