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If the biblical account of human origins is true, where does racial diversity come from?

While the Bible doesn’t describe how racial diversity arose, it does seem to imply that it arose rapidly as humans scattered following the Tower of Babel rebellion (described in Genesis 11:1–9).

Why does the Bible claim that humans were created when science says they evolved?

Here are a few of the scientific reasons why we at Reasons to Believe assert that humans are the result of special creation by God rather than the result of strictly natural processes:

Can humans evolve and still be “created in God’s image”?

The topic of theistic evolution (or evolutionary creationism) garners much attention among Christians these days. Reasons to Believe (RTB) does not doubt the faith of Christians who hold this view, but we affirm a different view.

Isn’t the big bang an atheistic theory used to avoid God?

No, the big bang is, in fact, one of the strongest scientific evidences supporting the biblical creation account. It overturns the once-popular notion of an eternal universe.

Since religion and science don’t mix, why worry about the scientific accuracy of the Bible?

The short answer is that religion and science both make claims about what is true about our world and about life.

Doesn’t the Bible get the order of creation wrong by saying plants appear before the Sun does?

No, because the Sun’s existence accounts for Earth’s light from the first day on.

Don’t Neanderthals and Denisovans prove that humans evolved?

The Reasons to Believe (RTB) creation model, based on Scripture and science, identifies “hominids”—Neanderthals, Homo erectus, and others—as creatures made by God.

Doesn’t the Bible say God created everything a few thousand years ago?

God’s Word never specifies a date for creation, but Genesis does provide some clues as to the age of the Earth. The genealogies and the length of the creation “days” play key roles in any biblical assessment of Earth’s age.

Clearly the Days in Genesis 1 are 24-hour days. How can you say they are longer?

An abundance of biblical evidence (not just science) indicates that the days in Genesis 1 are something other than 24-hour periods. Early commentators agree.

What are the strongest physical evidences for the big bang?

The strongest physical evidences for the big bang, which could also be called the cosmic creation event, are technically complex and require considerable scientific background.

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