Saturday, January 13, 2007

 

Kenya: Evangelicals Wage Anti-Evolution War

A bronze sculpture [stands] at the entrance of the Museum. It details the development of man.

Kenya's world-class collection of hominid bones - primates belonging to a family of which the modern human being is the only species still in existence - is at the centre of a silent but intense war being waged by a section of the evangelical churches.

The priceless National Museums of Kenya* (NMK) fossils pointing to man's evolution risk being relegated to the abyss as a section of the Church renews its war on science insisting that the evolution theory contradicts the biblical story of creation.

Bishop Boniface Adoyo** of Nairobi Pentecostal Church (NPC), Christ is the Answer Ministries, is championing the 'hide-the-fossils' campaign, which has left scientists and historians perplexed.

...[Evolutionary] theory says man evolved from ape-like furry creatures with tails which moved on four limbs.

But Adoyo dismisses the theory as "mere speculations".

He argues that the theory presents assumptions as facts. He says it takes more faith to believe in the theories than that God created man. "These are just speculations yet we believe in them. ...Man is uniquely created; there is nothing concrete about the evolution theory and that is why we as Christians are uncomfortable with the museum's plans to display the hominids and narrate the story of evolution as if it is the truth," he explains.

Continued at "Kenya: Evangelicals Wage Anti-Evolution War" [Creationism]

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*"Louis Leakey established the Institute of Primate Research IPR in 1960 [at NMK] with monkeys as models to understand human evolution and as a facility for collection and studies of East African primates. Since its inception, IPR has expanded tremendously in both physical and researches facilities and is now focused on the breeding and use of non-human primate study, prevent and or treat human diseases under the auspices of the animal welfare. The Institute has out door and indoor housing facilities for breeding colonies of about 270 primates.

IPR is an institution of the National Museums of Kenya NMK and is currently located in 400 acres of Ololua natural tropical forest near Karen, approximately 20kms from Nairobi. IPR is a non-profit making organization,which undertakes research on bio-medical/animal welfare and conservation aspects using East African Primates.

The Institute undertakes research in basic and applied aspects using monkeys. IPR is involved in collaborative and contract research in association with academic and industry at the international level.The institute is recognized as a World Health Organization WHO collaborating center in Human Reproduction and Tropical Disease Research" (See "Overview of Primate facilities at the Institute of Primate Research")

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**Info on Bishop Boniface Adoyo from Christ is the Answer Ministries:

"Bishop Adoyo joined the staff at Nairobi Pentecostal Church in 1986, serving in various ministry positions. In 1990 he was appointed associate pastor of NPC Valley Road under then Senior Pastor, Rev Dennis White of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. When Rev. White moved to launch NPC Karen, Rev. Adoyo assumed leadership as Senior Pastor of NPC Valley Road, becoming the first Kenyan Senior Pastor.

In January 1999 as part of a dream of Rev.White a historic transition took place from missionary leadership to Kenya leadership and Rev. Adoyo became the Pastor Overseer of NPC churches. On 28th, August 2004 he was consecrated as Bishop of Christ is the Answer Ministries."

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An earlier post on this topic from Tuesday, September 05, 2006: "Furious evolution debate hits Kenyan museum (Nairobi)"

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