Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Darwinian Roots of Lethal Violence

Ape morality? Image courtesy of Eleifert, Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Joel Kontinen

Evolutionists do not seem to have a solution for violence.

A new paper published in Nature sees lethal violence in humans as a trait we inherited from our (assumed) animal ancestors over millions of years of Darwinian processes.

This is a handy way of blaming evolution for our evil deeds.

The logical (Darwinian) take away lesson from this study is that since violence ts natural, we might as well forget its moral implications.

But that is not what the researchers have in mind. They cannot consistently follow their worldview, as deep down they realise that violence is wrong.

A little voice within us tells that killing is wrong.

It does not make much sense in a Darwinian world that does not allow for immaterial explanations.

But it is exactly what we would expect in the biblical worldview.


Gómez, José María et al. 2016. The phylogenetic roots of human lethal violence. Nature 538, 233–237.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Rejecting the Biblical Flood Led to Wrong Explanation of Ice-Age Lakes, Nature Admits

Drumheller Channels. Image courtesy of Woofles, Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Joel Kontinen

A letter published in Nature acknowledges that rejecting the Genesis Flood was the reason why geologists came up with an incorrect explanation of ice age lakes:

When the geologist J Harlen Bretz proposed in the 1920s that the Channeled Scablands were created by a catastrophic flood, his ideas were attacked relentlessly by geologists who subscribed to the mainstream view that erosion is slow and steady, and who wanted to distance their profession from the notion of a biblical deluge.”

While Lake Missoula was an ice age and hence post-Flood event, for several decades uniformitarian scientists were unwilling to accept anything that might resemble the biblical Flood.

The tide has turned and catastrophes are no longer dismissed – they are actually welcomed, especially on Mars, where they desperately need evidence of a watery past.

Here on Earth, the evidence for a global flood is stagerring, Only blind faith enables one to miss it.


Perron, J. Taylor and Jeremy G. Venditti. 2016. Earth science: Megafloods downsized Nature 538, 174–175.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Supercomplexes: Integrated Complex Systems In Cells

Mitochondrion. Image courtesy of Kelvinsong, Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Joel Kontinen

New research has shown that mitochondrial cells are supercomplex, prompting scientists to come up with new terms.

A brief research item in Nature says:

”Mitochondrial electron transportation chain complexes, responsible for cellular respiration and energy production, are organised in supercomplexes called respirasomes.”

Two studies using cryo electron microscopy on mammal mitochondria found structures called supercomplexes.. They are identified by the name complex plus a Roman numeral (I – IV).

Needless to say, the cells need each other and could not have come about through Darwinian processes.


Nature Research. 2016. inside the respirasome. Nature 537 (7621), 491.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Legends, Dragons and Dinosaurs

St. George and the Dragon can be seen in many Greek paintings.

Joel Kontinen

The Chinese calendar features real animals and a dragon that most would dismiss as a legendary creature.

If you happen to visit a tiny Greek chapel, you might see a painting featuring St George (Άγιος Γεώργιος, Hagios Georgios) and the Dragon.

While it is true that legends do not describe factual history, they might well reflect real historic events. St. George was probably a real person. The dragon might also have been real.

Many other legends and some medieval encarvings also feature dragons or dinosaurs.

John Bunyon's Pilgrim's Progress also includes a beast that looks a bit like a dragon.

And the Old Testament book of Job includes a description of Behemoth that might well be a huge dinosaur.

So, what if dragons were dinosaurs who lived at the same time as humans. Some of them must have been very frightening.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Why Compromise Is Not the Answer to the Science vs. Religion Debate

Is this science? Image courtesy of K1234567890y, public domain.

Joel Kontinen

Both the popular media and science publications often address the science – religion dialogue that in effect looks much more like a debate than a dialogue.

What is more, the terms are defined very carelessly. By science they almost always mean the search for the best naturalistic explanation for a certain phenomenon.

Sometimes, however, the best naturalistic explanation is as wrong as wrong could be.

Recently, Nature published a worldview article by Kathryn Pritchard, who works for the Archbishop Council in the Church of England. She discusses things like multiverses (that have nothing to do with science).

The problem with approaches like these is that the ”science” side wants the ”religion” side to accept its thinking uncritically, adding millions of years of naturalistic processes to what the Bible says.

That is not true dialogue. That is compromise. The naturalistic side will not accept key biblical events, such as supernatural creation, the Fall and the Flood, and does not see the fine tuning we see all around us – and in us – as signs left by the Creator, as the naturalistic view does not accept a creator.

Moreover, describing the isssue as a dialogue between science and religion amounts to misleading people. With its myriads of unscientific things like quantum fluctuations, cosmic inflation and abiogenesis , naturalistic science steps outside the realm of true science and is, in effect, almost like religion.


Pritchard, Kathryn. 2016. Religion and science can have a true dialogue. Nature 537 (7621), 451.

Friday, 14 October 2016

The Naturalist's Dilemma: How to Get Life from Non-Life

Image courtesy of Hiroshi Sugimoto, TIME.

Joel Kontinen

”A hurricane is a self-organising, self-propagating system with a life cycle. It's born, it grows, it eats, and then it dies. Why isn't it alive?”

This is how NASA planetary scientist Chris McKay summarises the difficulties involved in the (Naturalistic) origen of life scenario.

The answer origin-of-life theorists will give is that the hurricane does not remember what it has done and where it is going.

Getting life from non-life is an enormous hurdle for naturalista /materialists. While hurricanes might and will happen, life just doesn't happen.

What life needs is a massive influx of genetic information that is programmed to give rise to life.


Kluger, Jeffrey. 2016. The perfectly Sane Case for Life in Space. Time Europe 22/29.2., 76 –79.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Why Does the Age of the Earth Matter?

Land and sea were made during creation week.

Joel Kontinen

A compariason of Genesis 1 and Exodus 20 shows clearly that they speak of the very same event that lasted six days.

During these days God created the heaven and the earth, the sea and all its life.

Heaven and earth would include the stars, planets and the entire universe.

Earth would include all living beings.

What is more, the Lord Jesus Himself said that God created humans male and female at the beginning of creation.

Thus, the biblical worldview begins with a supernatural creation of a perfect world in six days (not six million years, or anything like that.

All other views of Genesis are problematic as they have the consequences of the Fall before the Fall.


Statham, Dominic. 2016. The Age of the Earth and Why It Matters. Prayer News (CMI UK & Europe) Oct-Dec, 4 – 5.