Table of Contents

Index of Creation Answers Book chapters

Lesson 1

Does God exist?
(Chapter 1)

Lesson 2

Did God really take six days?
(Chapter 2)

Lesson 3

What about the ‘gap theory’?
(Chapter 3)

Lesson 4

What about carbon dating?
(Chapter 4)

Lesson 5

How can we see distant stars in a young universe?
(Chapter 5)

Lesson 6

How did bad things come about?
(Chapter 6)

Lesson 7

What about arguments for evolution?
(Chapter 7)

Lesson 8

Who was Cain’s wife?
(Chapter 8)

Lesson 9

Were the Nephilim extraterrestrials?
(Chapter 9)

Lesson 10

Was Noah’s Flood global?
(Chapter 10)

Lesson 11

What about continental drift?
(Chapter 11)

Lesson 12

Noah’s Flood-what about all that water?
(Chapter 12)

Lesson 13

How did the animals fit on Noah’s Ark?
(Chapter 13 &
Chapter 14)

Lesson 14

Where are all the human fossils?
(Chapter 15)

Lesson 15

What about the Ice Age?
(Chapter 16)

Lesson 16

How did animals get to Australia?
(Chapter 17)

Lesson 17

How did all the different ‘races’ arise?
(Chapter 18)

Lesson 18

What happened to the dinosaurs?
(Chapter 19)
The Creation Answers Book
The Creation Answers Book

Study guide

Creation Answers Book

by Dr Don Batten, Dr David Catchpoole, Dr Jonathan Sarfati, and Dr Carl Wieland

Lesson 17: How did all the different ‘races’ arise?

Supplemental materials

Q&A: Racism

Textbook

Creation Answers Book, Chapter 18

Discussion questions

  1. What factors determine skin colour?
  2. What is the function of melanin?
  3. Explain, in your own words, what factors have been involved and how the characteristics of various people groups could have come about.
  4. Look up a definition of the ‘Founder effect’. What does this suggest about the speed of physical changes that can occur when a small number of people found a new population?
  5. Is it likely that, after the Babel event, many of these small people-groups became extinct due to in-breeding? Why or why not? (see chapter 8).
  6. What hints does the Bible give on how quickly the different people-groups developed their distinctive features? (Genesis 27:11, Numbers 13:32–33, Isaiah 18:2,7, Jeremiah 13:23)

Write an essay on how wrong ideas about the origin of people groups have affected the spread of the Gospel. What are the implications for how we do cross-cultural evangelism now? How have evolutionary-based ideas provided support for racism?

  1. What is the connection between the Babel event (Genesis 11) and the Pentecost event (Acts 2:1–13)? (See also Colossians 3:11, Isaiah 28:10–13, Deuteronomy 28:49). Hint: think about the scope of Jesus’ death in fixing the effects of sin.
  2. Read Genesis 9:18–27. Who received the curse pronounced by Noah? Why did Noah pronounce this curse? Are black people the result of a curse on Ham? See pp. 235–6.
  3. Read Genesis 4 and list some accomplishments of our pre-Flood forebears.
  4. If your family were suddenly cut off from civilization, what types of skills would already be present within your group? What skills would be there if your extended family were included? What would be missing?
  5. Research present-day ‘cave people’ (See also The amazing cave people of Malta).

See Interracial marriage: Is it biblical? for help with the following section on ‘interracial’ marriage:

  1. What was God’s purpose in scattering the people who were building the Tower of Babel?
  2. What was the mechanism God used to disperse the people?
  3. What is the biblical basis and purpose for marriage?
  4. What are the biblical requirements for a Christian’s potential marriage partner?
  5. List some biblical examples of so-called ‘interracial marriages’ and explain the significance of them.

Additional Resources

One Human Family: The Bible, science, race and culture


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