DNA: Finding the Family Tree for the Whole Globe

This is a great follow-up to some of my previous articles featuring Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson and his genetic research. In this interview he talks about his scientific predictions regarding human history, and he concludes that all humans are related to a recent common ancestor, just as the Bible claims. This is at odds with evolution, which claims humans are related to an ape-like ancestor that existed more than 200,000 years ago. Which is correct?

Eric Hovind from Creation Today conducts the interview, and Jeanson discusses his research, claiming his genetic model is one of the strongest arguments in print for the recent origin of humanity, and it’s all because he uses a biblical time scale.

As it turns out, there’s massive amounts of genetic data available for research, and Jeanson started off by looking at Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), which is inherited exclusively from the mother, and he found enough data to measure mutational changes from parent to offspring, and this molecular clock points to our first female ancestor about 6,000 years ago, as well as what he calls the “genetic echoes” of a flood.

Jeanson conducted his research by looking at recent events and working his way back in time to trace the history of civilization back to Babel and the flood. But this time he switched from using mtDNA to focusing on male-inherited DNA, and he argues there are many, very specific independent lines of evidence supporting our recent origin, and he points to his publication record for substantiation. Every time he released a paper, his critics claimed he was wrong. But he made predictions, then tested them by experimentation, and his predictions were confirmed.

According to Jeanson, “We’re doing exactly what the scientific community has demanded for 40 years. They say creation science isn’t science. It doesn’t make testable predictions… that’s factually wrong… the predictions are working.” This is a great point. Evolutionists routinely make these false claims to disparage creationists; they use rhetoric to frame the argument in their favor, thus insulating themselves from criticism and distracting the audience from reality. Jeanson has performed a series of discoveries, and his conclusions produced all new hypotheses that are testable, and then he does more experimentation and says, “there are these dominoes that keep falling”.

Nonetheless, the critics “nit-pick” his methods. But he asks them, “Why is this working so well if what you’re saying is true?” And how do the critics respond? They say he must be wrong because a book says so… as if their book is infallible. But Jeanson calls their response a “great gift” and an “unforced error”. He did the science to find out if their book was right, and his experiments disproved what the textbook said, but they reject his work because their book can’t be wrong.

I often claim that evolution is a religion of its own (as are atheism, naturalism, scientism, etc.), and it’s examples like this that demonstrate the truth. Despite conducting testable, repeatable scientific experiments which refute their claims, they maintain their belief system in spite of the evidence… because their holy book says so. They love to criticize those who believe what the Bible says, but when the tables are turned, we can see the hypocrisy.

One of Jeanson’s goals was to “find the family tree for the whole globe”, and he says the Y-chromosome (which only males have) is a record of ancestry. The Y-chromosome marks the relationship from father to son because, when it’s copied, we can measure about three mistakes out of 10 million. Therefore, we can count the number of mistakes per generation like clockwork over time and find where any two men shared a common male ancestor. This becomes a tool, he says, for us to reconstruct a family tree for the entire globe, and it can be followed all the way back to Noah.

Jeanson criticizes evolutionists for holding on to old, outdated data just because it’s consistent with their beliefs, and then refuse to accept new, high-quality data, which refutes evolution. In 2015 and 2017 there were mainstream publications using high quality DNA to analyze the mutations between father and son, and now we can identify many mutations at a faster rate. That’s perfect for creationists. But for evolutionists, the rate was 10 times faster than predicted. That should have been a deathblow to their work, but, since evolution is not real science, they had to invent a filter to lower the rate. In other words, they had to “eliminate data that was inconvenient”. Evolutionists are not publishing all the data in a transparent way so that we can see how they arrive at their evolutionary conclusions. It’s interesting to see evolutionists- who are critical of other scientists who use their faith when doing science- resort to faith, rather than science when doing their own work. But creationists are doing the science. They’re making predictions and testing them, and they’re working.

Evolutionists like to claim there’s no evidence for creation, but Jeanson produces the evidence. His book, Traced, contains the resources and data for others to follow. Check out the interview for yourself if you have about 30 minutes.

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