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  • DNA editing, ethics & biblical truth

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, August 03, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Scientists have successfully edited the DNA of human embryos for the first time ever. But a Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary bioethicist says the research in question was unethical for its destruction of embryos and raises moral questions about genetic engineering.

    The research -- published Wednesday (Aug. 2) in the journal Nature -- used a gene-editing tool known as CRISPR-Cas9 to correct in dozens of embryos a genetic mutation that causes a potentially fatal heart condition. The embryos were purposefully created with the mutation and destroyed following the experiment. Read More

  • From baby mice to designer humans?

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, May 30, 2017 (one year ago)

    Ethicists warn about the moral and legal implications of creating eggs from other cells in the body. Read More

  • Fossils said to be 'at odds' with evolutionary theory

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 25, 2017 (one year ago)

    A cache of newly discovered fossils from an ancient human species, says a biologist associated with the intelligent design movement, underscores the inadequacy of materialistic evolution to explain human origins. Read More

  • Texas adopts 'compromise' language on evolution

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Monday, May 01, 2017 (one year ago)

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    The Texas State Board of Education has approved streamlined science standards for grades K-12 in a move that placated both conservative and progressive constituencies concerned with the teaching of evolution in Texas public schools. Read More

  • March to voice scientists' concerns

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Organizers of a "March for Science" in Washington claim their event will express the views of scientists worried about the future of their profession under the Trump administration. But critics say the march may be driven by liberal ideology more than empirical science.

    William Dembski, a science and culture analyst who formerly served as a leading voice in the Intelligent Design movement, told Baptist Press a "'March for Science' only becomes necessary when ideologues, claiming the mantle of science and seeking to deny it to others, look to politics to decide issues that properly need to be decided by reason and evidence." Read More

  • Planets' discovery said to incite misplaced hope

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 23, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- At least some of scientists' enthusiasm over discovery of seven potentially habitable planets seems to reflect the misplaced hopes of a secular worldview.

    That is the assessment of a Union University physicist and a Gateway Seminary Old Testament professor following NASA's Feb. 22 announcement that astronomers have detected the first known system of seven Earth-sized planets rotating around a single star. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: 'We don't get religion'

    by Doug Parkin, posted Thursday, January 12, 2017 (one year ago)

    In order to "get" religion, one has to "get" faith, Doug Parkin comments on a top New York Times editor's statement, "We don't get the role of religion in people's lives." Read More

  • Ken Ham: Bill Nye series will reject true Savior

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (one year ago)

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    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- The upcoming Netflix talk show "Bill Nye Saves the World" will likely attack creationism and other matters of faith as damaging to scientific theory and study, apologist and creationist Ken Ham predicted.

    "I am sure Bill Nye will see his new TV series as one where he can try to 'save the world' from those biblical creationists that he falsely believes undermine science/technology," Ham told Baptist Press. "I believe he will try to appeal to the millennials in particular that he is going to save the world from creationists. He also wants to save the world from what he believes is the most important issue of the day -- climate change." Read More

  • 'Intergalactic missions': planet spurs questions

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Discovery of another planet that might support life has given rise to speculation about intelligent life elsewhere in the universe -- and whether such lifeforms would need the Gospel.

    "Briefly stated, saying that scientists 'think there may be life' on [the newly discovered planet] is greatly overstating what the scientific community is thinking," said Bill Nettles, physics department chair at Union University.

    But "if there is intelligent life on other planets, we definitely need to tell them Earth's Gospel story and learn what their history is," Nettles told Baptist Press in written comments. Read More

  • Use of 'Creator' in article sparks controversy

    by Julie Borg/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- A scientific journal has retracted an article about the complexity of the human hand after receiving backlash to the authors' use of the C-word, "Creator." Read More