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Intelligent Design and Common Ancestry, Part 1

Intelligent Design and Common Ancestry

Would those genuinely interested in learning about evolution benefit from a careful explanation of why these common objections don’t hold water? Here the answer seemed to me to be “yes.”
Intelligent Design and Common Ancestry, Part 1

Intelligent Design and Common Ancestry, Part 1

Would those genuinely interested in learning about evolution benefit from a careful explanation of why these common objections don’t hold water? Here the answer seemed to me to be “yes.”
March 27, 2014 
Dennis Venema 
Creation & Origins, Genetics, History of Life 
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Intelligent Design and Common Ancestry, Part 2

Intelligent Design and Common Ancestry, Part 2

Given that human and chimpanzees have 99.4% identical coding sequences, it should be easy to appreciate humans and chimpanzees, in the vast majority of cases, use the same codons in the same order even when alternatives exist.
April 10, 2014 
Dennis Venema 
Genetics, History of Life, Human Origins 
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Intelligent Design and Common Ancestry, Part 3

Intelligent Design and Common Ancestry, Part 3

If the designer was able to make fruit fly genomes that distinct, why was it not possible to achieve the same distinction between humans and chimpanzees? Humans and chimpanzees are more divergent in behavior and diet than fruit flies are, so if anything their genomes should be more distinct from each other if one were to appeal to a “common design” type argument.
April 24, 2014 
Dennis Venema 
Divine Action & Purpose, Genetics, History of Life 
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Intelligent Design and Common Ancestry, Part 4

Intelligent Design and Common Ancestry, Part 4

These lines of evidence converge on a single conclusion: we share ancestry with other apes. Our closest relatives are chimpanzees, then gorillas, then orangutans, and so on. This simple explanation accounts for the pattern we see; moreover, it continues to make accurate predictions about what we should find in our genome, and where we should find it.
May 08, 2014 
Dennis Venema 
Genetics, History of Life, Human Origins 
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