Science Finds A Purpose For The Appendix
Genesis and the big bang
Young Earth - Old Earth, what does it matter?
Science and the Bible can be harmonized
The Bible and Science in Conflict
Understanding Genesis Chapter 1
Scriptural Evidence for Long Days
The Origin of the Universe
The Creation / Evolution Controversy Part 1
The Creation / Evolution Controversy Part 2
The Creation / Evolution Controversy Part 3
The Creation / Evolution Controversy Part 4
Entropy, the Fall, and Adam
The Tree Of Life
What I learned at an Answers in Genesis Conference
What's Wrong With This Picture?
Science finds a purpose for the appendix
Flat Earth - A lesson to all of us
Why are young people leaving the church?
Why Does God Hate Me?
Links to the World and Beyond
Should We Respond?
I have recently had the pleasure of a back and forth email discussion with William Parker PhD. He is a chemist and the head of the lab at Duke University that recently discovered a use for the appendix. William (Bill as he signs his letters) is also a man of God who has served faithfully with the youth in his church for a number of years.
Bill has asked for the opportunity to tell his side of the appendix story. I think it is important to hear him out. His article is linked below.
Apparently it didn’t take long for his lab’s research to be snatched up and used by well meaning creationists. He is concerned that conclusions are being drawn from the research that should not be drawn and it is resulting in a distortion of the truth, which is damaging to the Kingdom and is a stumbling block to the lost.
In particular, some creationists claim finding a purpose for the appendix is evidence against evolution. I recall my initial reaction was how can finding a purpose be harmful. In my mind, after all, this was proof of design. Bill sees my view on this as equally incorrect. The findings are what they are; they say nothing of design intent and nothing against evolution.
As a scientist he makes a case that creationists should let science do its work without our interference. We should teach our kids it isn’t what we know but who that is important. A close relationship with God through the blood of Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is what will overcome doubt when science and faith appear to disagree.
Is his point valid? Should we remain silent in matters of science? Read his article and draw your own conclusions.
I have posted his article here: The Origin of the Religious Debate about the Origin of Adam
God, Genesis and the big bang
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