The question of human origins is at the center of one of the most hotly contested debates of our time. Did human beings emerge through evolutionary processes from ape-like ancestors or are we a special creation? Does belief in a creator demand that we reject or ignore science or is it possible that science and faith can be allies rather than enemies?
Answers to these and other questions are discussed in the best-selling new book by Dr. Fazale ‘Fuz’ Rana, Who Was Adam??
In Who Was Adam? Dr. Rana presents cutting- edge discoveries about the human fossil record, ‘junk’ DNA, Neanderthals, and the connections between humans and primates.
“Recent genetic and archeological findings show that human beings did not evolve from ape-like creatures,” contends internationally respected biochemist, Dr. Fazale ‘Fuz’ Rana.
“With the discovery of what scientists have aptly named Y-chromosomal Adam and Mitochondrial Eve, new genetic and DNA evidence with the fossil record show very clearly that modern humans are not related to previously existing hominids as once believed.
“There is astonishing new evidence to support the position that homo sapiens exploded onto the scene less than 100,000 years ago from a single man and a single woman.
“Even more astounding is that scientists now know that human origins had their beginning in a particular geographical area—the same area identified by most biblical scholars as the physical location of the Garden of Eden. Belief in a literal and historical Adam and Eve as recounted in the Bible has greater scientific credibility today than at any other time in human history.
“The old paradigm of the Darwinian theory of biological evolution is simply no longer valid in light of today’s rapidly changing technology,” continues Rana. “But many in the scientific community refuse to accept a paradigm shift because until now, there has not been another model with superior explanatory power and predictive success to replace the evolutionary model.”
“At Reasons To Believe we have illustrated that science and faith do not contradict but rather enhance and even support one another,” says renowned astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross, founder and president of Reasons To Believe.
“Over the past 20 years the research scientists at Reasons To Believe have developed a verifiable, falsifiable model for creation that is anchored in the scientific method.”
“Our testable creation model integrates the most recent scientific data with biblical and historical narrative,” continues Dr. Rana. “From this perspective come fresh insights and an effective framework to test emerging evidence for human origins.
“Whether you’re an atheist, a skeptical inquirer, a Christian, or a person of another faith, Who Was Adam? will bring you up to date on the most recent human origins research. It is thought- provoking and thoroughly respectful of both faith and hard science.”
Fazale ‘Fuz’ Rana did his undergraduate work in chemistry at West Virginia State College. He then completed his post- graduate studies at Ohio University and earned a Ph.D. in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry. After completing postdoctoral fellowships at the universities of Virginia and Georgia, he worked for seven years in product development research for Procter & Gamble
Prior to joining the scholar team at Reasons To Believe in 1999, he published more than 15 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and made more than 20 presentations at international scientific meetings. Dr. Rana also coauthored a chapter on antimicrobial peptides for Biological and Synthetic Membranes and he holds one patent.