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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

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  • Experts: Fossil find exciting but lacks significance

    by Erin Roach, posted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 (9 years ago)

    courtesy of the American Natural History Museum
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Despite energetic media coverage hailing it as the "missing link," the fossil remains of a purportedly 47-million-year-old animal found in Germany lack any real significance in the debate over the origin of mankind, in the view of two experts.

          Nicknamed "Ida," the discovery was made in 1983 by private fossil collectors but didn't make headlines until recent days with the rollout of a History Channel documentary called "The Link," which will air May 25.

    The pitch of Ida as the missing link is "full-out sensationalism by people who are bypassing the scientific community with a direct-to-the-public appeal on behalf of Darwinism."

    -- Answers in Genesis

          Kurt Wise, who earned a Ph.D. in paleontology from Harvard University under the supervision of evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould, said he could only comment on the basis of information in news reports.

          "It is always exciting to find a well-preserved fossil, especially of something as rarely preserved as a juvenile primate," Wise wrote in a statement to Baptist Press. "The Messel site has generated a large number of spectacular fossils. Although the sediments seem to have been from a lake, it is an unusual one, somehow allowing remarkable preservation of animals both of the lake and the land.

          "The unusual conditions of the Messel lake were probably created by a combination of global warmth (a much warmer earth than that of the present day) and the presence of active supervolcanoes (much larger than any known today) -- both a consequence (I believe) of the earth recovering from the effects of Noah's Flood," Wise, professor of science and theology and director of the Center for Science and Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said.

          Ida is about the size of a small cat, with four legs and a long tail, the Associated Press reported. It also is considered the best preserved fossil ever found for a primate, even featuring stomach contents consisting of fruit and leaves. Scientists estimate the creature died at about 9 months of age. Read More

  • NAMB adds 89 to missions service

    by Mike Ebert, posted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 (9 years ago)

    Photo by John Swain
    JACKSON, Miss. (BP)--You can't help but be drawn in by Sarah Ferguson's big smile and friendly personality. She easily starts a conversation with whoever is close by and it doesn't take long before she's talking about her ministry to New Jersey commuters whose long hours en route to and from work in New York City take a toll on family life. Read More

  • W.Va. flash floods trigger Baptist DR

    by Mickey Noah, posted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 (9 years ago)

    GILBERT, W.Va. (BP)--In the wake of flash floods that washed away rural roads and even mountainsides over six southern West Virginia counties on Mother's Day weekend, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief feeding units and mud-out crews remain ... Read More

  • REVIEW: 'Angels & Demons': Book raises questions; Bible has the answers

    by Jim Wicker, posted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 (9 years ago)

    [IMGONLY=25332@left@100]FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--With the movie premier of "Angels & Demons," some Christians are wondering whether to see it. Other Christians do not plan to view it but are wondering what religious questions people may ask who do see the movie.

    Interestingly, Angels & Demons has almost nothing to do with angels and demons! Except for some angel statues cryptically pointing out the next clue, the title of the movie and book is more metaphorical than substantial. The movie an... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Right time for a Great Commission Refocus

    by Geoff Hammond, posted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 (9 years ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--There are some moments in life that stay with you. One of those moments for me was when I was praying through the call to come to the North American Mission Board and accept the role as president. Read More