The Christian theistic evolutionary site BioLogos has a somewhat confusing feature, its Open Forum, covering a range of topics. Some headings sound random (“Joe claims ID is not anti-evolution“) while others seem to promise a crisp discussion of a major subject, but then meander off into hundreds of comments, some relevant, some not, some serious, some just snarky or condescending put-downs.
I find it difficult to follow some of these threads, but I know that other readers do so and are troubled by what they read. That being the case, much credit goes to our biologist colleague Cornelius Hunter who often parachutes into the discussions to correct misinterpretations of the evidence on evolution.
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The discussion began with one reader quoting another reader who took aim at an earlier statement by Dr. Hunter (“There is a vast amount of evidence against common descent”). By the time we reach comment #166 the focus has shifted and Dr. Hunter is taking issue with a claim by BioLogos biologist Dennis Venema concerning research “where a new protein binding site was evolved while scientists watched it happen,” namely “The novel binding between lambda phage protein J and OmpF, which required 4 amino acid substitutions within protein J.”
And they’re off. What’s it all about it? What’s at stake? Has Venema disproved Michael Behe? Does the immune system prove evolution? The BioLogos folks win kudos for engaging in the debate. Frankly, though, I find it easier to follow this one from our ID the Future podcast. Give it a listen.
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