ExamineScience in 2017
by Navy Christian
First, an apology about the silence on this blog. As a career Sailor, family man, and freelance writer, I have a lot of competing agendas vying for my time.
Through my research on cystic fibrosis, humanoid development, and the age of the earth, I’ve come to understand certain things that both worry me a little and give me hope. The research worries me because I have always taken the Bible as…well…gospel. I worry a little about what it means for the traditional reading of the text. Liberal Christians won’t have that problem. My research, however, gives me hope in that I think God’s ultimate truth will be revealed both in scripture and in nature. I don’t know how it all works out yet, but I keep thinking about Romans 1:20 as a reference point.
Anyway, I’ve been silent because there’s just so much going on. I was published seven times in 2016. Two of those articles came directly from the work I did on this blog.
The Only Patient in the Hospital (You and Me Magazine- Sept 09, 2016) is an essay about what it’s like to be in the hospital watching my child go through treatments for her genetic disease. It doesn’t deal much with the science of it and certainly not much about evolution vs creation, but it was the backdrop for my research.
Abortion is not valid Genetic Control (Baptist Standard – Sept 28, 2016) is a fact-based essay about the use of abortion to control genetic conditions such as cystic fibrosis. In researching the evolution of cystic fibrosis, I came across a study in France about the drop in CF patients due to an increase in prenatal screening that leads to abortion. Honestly it made me sick, so I had to write about it. Believe it or not, a Catholic publication passed up the essay. I’m glad the Baptist Standard gave it life.
There still is no book, though I’ve written parts of two of them. Will they ever see the light of day? I don’t know. They are certainly at a wall. I may go back and see if I can discover some articles from what I’ve written. I’m cautiously optimistic.
I haven’t given up entirely on the project. I have a few books that I’m bringing on deployment with me to continue my research.
Who was Adam – This book explains the creative model approach to human development. The book assumes, among other things, that Neanderthals did exist, so I’m interested on that fact alone. I’m hoping that this book, published by Reason to Believe, a Christian organization, will help me come to terms with some of my concerns.
Genesis and the Big Bang – This book purports that there is harmony between the Big Bang (and thus evolution as a whole) and the creative work mentioned in Genesis. I’m most interested in this book.
The Gap is not a Theory – I’ve been a ruin-reconstructionist in my past and I’m still intrigued by the theory that there is a “gap” between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. I’m not completely sold on its viability, but I’m, as I said, intrigued.
I’ve also invited a friend and atheist to write a post for the blog about the possible connection with creation and evolution, and how believing in evolution doesn’t immediately dismiss God. That should come out in the next few weeks.
So there is plenty of work going on, but it might take awhile to get it all down on the computer screen. Rest assured I’ll be keeping you up to date on research.