Next offered: September 4, 2018
Course Number: RI0801
Length: 15 weeks
Lecturer: Dr. Fazale "Fuz" Rana
Online Instructors: Dr. Guirino Lancia
Course Description: Did life evolve through natural processes from an ancient primordial soup? What does the evidence actually say? This 15-week graduate seminar taught by Dr. Fuz Rana explores the integration of the biblical account for the origin of life with the latest scientific research. Although many sides of the origin-of-life issue will be studied, the lecturer holds to an old-earth-creation position and does not believe the scientific record supports biological evolution.
- Survey of prominent scientific models – old-earth creationism, theistic evolutionism, and secular evolutionism
- Trends in origins-of-life research
- Defining life
- RNA-world hypothesis
- Bottom-up approach
- Top-down approach
- Biochemical design
Audience: Graduate-level students and anyone who wants to improve their witnessing efforts with unbelievers.
Prerequisites: Audit students may take this course after their completion of both "Creation and the Bible" and "Creation vs. Evolution" or if they have an extensive background in chemistry. Some parts of this course contain semi-technical discussions of issues related to chemistry and biochemistry. A college-level understanding of chemistry is helpful, but not required.
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