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Coming soon: Smoky Mountain Creation Retreat!

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From the Core Academy Facebook page:


There are only nine tickets left to the Smoky Mountain Creation Retreat on April 1-3, 2016! We'll be talking in detail about human origins during the weekend with Dr. Wood and Dr. Kurt Wise of Truett-McConnell College.  Did we mention the GIFT BAGS? There will be gift bags with exclusive items only available for that weekend, all related to the theme of human origins! Sign up now to get one of those last tickets. Only $40 covers room and board for the whole weekend. Feedback? Email me at toddcharleswood [at] gmail [dot] com. If you enjoyed this article, please consider a contribution to Core Academy of Science. Thank you.

Catching up with Homo naledi

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It's been a while since I wrote anything about Homo naledi, the amazing hominin discovered in South Africa and published last fall by Lee Berger and colleagues. I've been busy behind the scenes writing papers and recruiting other creationists to chime in on the discovery as well. More about that below.

In the mean time, Discover and Scientific American are both featuring paleoanthropology in their cover stories this month. Discover's article, Rethinking Humanity's Roots by Russ Juskalian, is a bit more general and discusses several different discoveries from the past five years or so. Australopithecus sediba appears on the front cover. Honestly, I didn't think it was as interesting as the Scientific American piece, written by senior editor Kate Wong, which is focused directly on Homo naledi and the reaction to it. Most of the article, Mystery Human, is a rehash of what we already know, including some of the negative reactions to Lee Berger and his team. To …

Madueme's staggering challenge

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Hans Madueme's review essay in the latest Christian Scholar Review is ... amazing.  That doesn't really do it justice, but I'm at a loss for words.  It's not that it's just a good paper; it's that its shockingly unique view is a remarkable breath of fresh air.

Madueme is a recent grad of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and now he's a professor at Covenant College.  His essay is a review of three different books: Giberson's Saving the Original Sinner: How Christians Have Used the Bible's First Man to Oppress, Inspire, and Make Sense of the World, VanDoodewaard's The Quest for the Historical Adam: Genesis, Hermeneutics, and Human Origins, and Walton's The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate.  (I must preface my comments by confessing that I read an earlier version of this essay and gave Hans some feedback, but I only read the final version in the journal itself.)


Madueme's article is "Adam and Ev…