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What is Evolution? June 24, 2017

Posted by Daniel Benjamin Smith (dsmith77) in Apologetics, Interpretation, Science.
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In this video, biochemist Fazale “Fuz” Rana explains evolution for a non-scientist christian. His approach challenges the idea that evolution is somehow a deathblow to the concept of special creation in Christianity. Dr. Rana does this by defining the five major categories of biological change and then dividing them into two groups, those that are a challenge to Christianity and those that are not.

Knowing what is being referred to when scientists talk about evolution is helpful in making sense again of the evolutionary paradigm, learning how to think about it. But one thing we all have to be careful about as we’re looking at the evidence for evolution is to not allow yourself to be sucked into what I’ll call the ‘shell game of evolution’. – Dr. Rana, “What is Evolution?” <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BMvxTb0I6U&gt; (7:28)

Dr. Rana’s Five Categories of Biological Change (All commonly referred to as evolution)

  • microevolution
  • speciation
  • microbial evolution
  • macroevolution
  • chemical evolution (a.k.a. abiogenesis)

Put simply, Dr. Rana argues that what is evidence for one specific type of biological change is only evidence for that specific type of biological change. Scientists generally have good evidence for the top three on this list (which coincidentally are not strong challenges to the christian faith) but lack strong evidence for the bottom two (which generally are).

This video is the first in a series about evolution. If you’d like to learn more, explore the “Through the Lens” playlist on YouTube.


A Biblical Interpretation For Ghostly Activity October 30, 2009

Posted by Daniel Benjamin Smith (dsmith77) in Interpretation.
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There are no ghosts. That is, no formerly living humans now disembodied are roaming the earth. The souls of the dead are either in heaven or hell while their bodies remain on earth subject to decay.

There are however demons roaming the earth. Some demons were familiar enough with particular persons in life to impersonate them in death. Also called demon familiars or simply familiars, they are mistaken for the ghosts of the deceased. Thus, psychic phenomena and spiritual powers described in the bible and elsewhere are really describing demonic activity. These ghosts/demons like to impersonate Jesus, God, good angels, Cleopatra, aliens, your dear departed aunt Sally, and anyone else they think will get a rise out of you. They often appear as beings of light to fool people into thinking they’re good beings when in reality they are our enemies.

Bottom line: There really is a Satan and he has his demon minions. They have power to interact with the physical world even though they are spiritual beings. And they honestly don’t care what we humans believe about them so long as we are turned away from the truth of Christianity.

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