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Darwinists perplexed by DNA found in Spain, The New York Times reports

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) – The discovery of DNA evidence in a cave in Spain is incongruent with current theories of human evolution, according to a report based on interviews with believers in Darwinian evolution in The New York Times.

The Times reported the retrieval of ancient human DNA from a fossil that evolutionists date from 400,000 years ago. The fossil came from a cave in Spain where 28 nearly complete skeletons have been found. Since researchers believed all of the skeletons were from the Neanderthal species, they expected the new fossil also would be a Neanderthal. To their surprise, DNA analysis suggests the fossil is of Denisovan origin, a species previously regarded as limited to East Asia, nearly 4,000 miles from the cave in Spain.

Since it is doubtful that a Denisovan could have traveled that far, evolutionists have no explanation for the presence of a Denisovan fossil among the Neanderthals of Western Europe and Asia, according to The Times' Dec. 4 report.

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Polygamy ban in Utah declared unconstitutional by federal judge

SALT LAKE CITY (BP) – A federal court has struck down a vital section of Utah's anti-polygamy law, lending credence to arguments by defenders of marriage that the reshaping of the institution would not end with legalizing same-sex unions.

Clark Waddoups, a judge in the U.S. District Court of Utah, invalidated a portion of the state law that prohibits bigamy, essentially decriminalizing polygamy in the process. In a 91-page opinion released Dec. 13, the federal judge ruled as unconstitutional a section prohibiting a married person from cohabiting with someone who is not his or her spouse.

In effect, Waddoups legalized polygamy as it is practiced in Utah primarily by members of fundamentalist spinoffs of the Mormon religion. Such polygamous households typically do not have multiple marriage licenses but treat all relationships between a man and the women with whom he lives as marriages. Waddoups ruled the cohabitation section of Utah's anti-polygamy law violated the free religious exercise clause of the United States Constitution's First Amendment and the due process clause of the 14th Amendment.

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William Hull, former Samford Provost, dies

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – William E. Hull, a theologian who served as provost, university professor and research professor at Samford University for more than two decades, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, after a battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 83.

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New Southern Seminary worship degree format allows leaders to earn degree without relocating

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A new delivery method for the master of arts degree in worship leadership will allow worship pastors with substantial experience to earn a seminary degree in as few as three years without relocating from their local church ministry. The program, offered through the Department of Biblical Worship at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, will begin enrolling students in June 2014.

Crider“We are thrilled to announce the new  master of arts in worship leadership professional track.

This new delivery model allows students to study online throughout the year and attend a two-week summer intensive for three summers,” said Joseph R. Crider, professor of church music and worship and executive director of the Institute for Biblical Worship, who led in developing the program. “We believe students are looking for the type and quality of education that Southern Seminary provides, and this delivery model will be a significant step in serving those students.”

The Department of Biblical Worship is a part of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry at Southern Seminary.

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AFA boycotts Radio Shack for censoring the word ‘Christmas’  

TUPELO, Miss. – The American Family Association (AFA) has announced a boycott of the electronics retailer Radio Shack because they say the company has “eliminated the words that portray the reason for the season and have degraded Christmas in their stores by making the celebration of Christ’s birth a generic, bland and unholy imposter of the true meaning of Christmas.”

The AFA says for years Radio Shack has refused to use the word Christmas on its website, in TV commercials, newspaper ads and in-store promotions, despite tens of thousands of consumer requests to recognize Christmas.

The AFA said the company’s website, www.radioshack.com, has no mention of the word “Christmas” – even if searched for in the search bar. Instead, at Radio Shack, consumers will find “holiday” deals, “holiday” kickoff, “holiday” cash and a “holiday” gift guide, but they won’t find “Christmas” anywhere. It’s “Tech the Halls” and nothing else that even remotely resembles Christmas.

“Radio Shack is censoring the word Christmas, pure and simple,” said Tim Wildmon, AFA president,. “Yet the company wants all the people who celebrate Christmas to do their shopping at its stores. Until Radio Shack proves it recognizes Christmas by using it in their newspaper, radio and television advertising or in-store signage, American Family Association will continue to promote this boycott.” 

He added, “AFA has successfully influenced almost all of the nation’s largest retailers to embrace the use of Christmas in their advertising,” Wildmon said, “but at Radio Shack, it’s ‘Bah, Humbug!’”

For more information on the AFA boycott visit www.afa.net.

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