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Seeing stars, flightless birds of a feather, sticking to Scripture, and more!
When it comes to a God’s-eye view of the physical universe, the European Space Agency’s Planck telescope mission may have given us the closest approximation yet.
What were humans like a million years ago—fur-wearing, meat-eating, tool-making Britons?
Biologists have identified the function of what were once considered vestigial structures: the wings of flightless birds.
Was the moon formed separately from the earth, or were the two originally one body?
One Christian denomination has reemphasized its adherence to a literal, six-day creation as described in Genesis 1–11.
The official news organ of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church reports that delegates to the church’s general conference in Atlanta have voted to reaffirm the denomination’s belief in a plain interpretation of Genesis, including (especially) the important—but controversial—events of the book’s first eleven chapters.
Those events are “not an allegory,” declared current Adventist president Ted Wilson, but are instead “authentic, true, and literal.” Other delegates agreed, with one arguing that creation is “important for all our doctrinal systems” (which Answers in Genesis regularly points out) and another adding that (for Adventists, at least) “our faith informs our science,” rather than the converse.
Naturally, Answers in Genesis applauds any Christian denomination’s embrace of a plain reading of Scripture, including the crucially important first chapters that establish so many doctrinal concepts and have a direct connection to the gospel. Answers in Genesis takes no stance, however, on denominational disagreements that stem from shared plain readings of Scripture. To read more about what it means to be a parachurch ministry—and how we negotiate the sometimes-tricky waters of the many denominations within the church, see Where Do We Draw the Line? (See also our official mission statement and statement of faith.)
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