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Creation 38(4):49, October 2016

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Born on a Saturday?

Science vs history on the origin and end of the world.


Dr Felix Konotey-Ahulu, FGA MD (Lond), DSc(UCC), FRCP(Glasg), FRCP (Lond), FWACP DTMH (L’pool), pictured here in traditional garb, is Dr Kwegyir Aggrey Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. For more, see creation.com/dr-felix-konotey-ahulu.

The following is extracted, with slight editing only, from a post by Human Genetics Professor Felix Konotey-Ahulu, a world authority on sickle-cell anemia who is also a London physician, on his Alma Mater (Achimota School, Ghana) Forum in early 2016. It was in response to ‘Cameron’ regarding a BBC news item about scientists ‘explaining’ the origin of the universe and how it will end. Used by permission of the author.

Dear Cameron

I have more than once described the scientists that pontificate about the origin and end of the world as ‘whistling in the dark to keep their scientific courage up’. I am glad Nobel Prize winner Professor Peter Medawar (Fellow of the Royal Society)—a man whose wisdom is far and away greater than that of some other Fellows of the Royal Society—stated in his book The Limits of Science, which every non-ignoramus should read, that science never could, never can, and never will be able to be used to explain the origin of the universe. And who am I to disagree with Medawar?

The fact is that the origin of the world is supra-scientific, just as the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is supra-scientific. Simply mind-boggling, and those who say otherwise on the BBC or elsewhere should get hold of Professor Medawar’s book and read it. By the way, Medawar was not ‘religious’.

Another Fellow of the Royal Society, also not religious, whom the BBC will not quote, is the late Cambridge University Professor Fred Hoyle, who described Darwinian evolution as superstition.1

Anybody today who denies that you, Cameron, and I, are the result of a big bang followed by processes of natural selection until (hey presto!) Cameron and Felix emerged—anybody denying this, as Professor Fred Hoyle did, is considered a crank.

Not many people are keen to follow the debate of origins. We are often happy to ‘leave it to the scientists to tell us what happened in the beginning and what will happen at the end’. But I have proven that an illiterate Krobo2 tribesman can arrive at certain truths quicker than the most brilliant scientists.

And this is simply how: Assemble the greatest scientific brains in the world and ask them to prove, using science only, that I was born on a Saturday. While they gather themselves drawing their graphs and jotting down their equations to try to prove I was born on a Saturday, not able to find a birth certificate or baptismal certificate, and frantically scratching their heads, an illiterate Krobo man passing by asks someone, “What’s the problem? What are these scientists assembled here trying to do?”

Told what their mission is, my fellow tribesman just asks the confused team: “What is Dorkita3 Konotey-Ahulu’s full name?” When told Kwame is among my names he simply says, “Well, there’s your answer: Saturday was when he was born”.4

Cameron, I used this story in an article in the Journal of Genetic Disorders & Genetic Reports5 to prove that history is head and shoulders above science in the elucidation of certain vital truths, and for us to be constantly waiting for what scientists will say in pursuit of the truth of origins will lead us astray.

References and notes

  1. In Chapter 2 of his book The Intelligent Universe, Michael Joseph Limited, London, 1983. For an excellent review of this work, see wasdarwinwrong.com/kortho47.htm; accessed 23 May 2016. Return to text.
  2. The Krobo people are the largest of the seven Adangme ethnic groups of southeastern Ghana. All seven groups speak Adangbe, of the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo family of languages. Return to text.
  3. Dorkita = Doctor Return to text.
  4. Ghanaian tribal names may transmit substantial information, such as birth order, sex, etc. The author’s full names are Felix Israel Tetteh Kwame Akote Domeno Siako Konotey-Ahulu. ‘Tetteh’ shows he is the second of his mother’s children. If a Saturday-born female, the name ‘Ama’ would be given, not ‘Kwame’. If born the day before, the author would carry the name ‘Kofi’, as does the wellknown Ghanaian diplomat, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, born (Friday) 8 April 1938. Return to text.
  5. Konotey-Ahulu, F.I.D., History versus limits of science: is Solomonic genius a Y chromosome phenomenon? Journal of Genetic Disorders & Genetic Reports 3(2), May 2014, >dx.doi.org/10.4172/2327-5790.1000114. Return to text.

Readers’ comments

Nicholas D.
How helpful and topical following the recent death of Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General! His name tells that he was born on a Friday. How simple and helpful!
Janine D.
Just loved this article!!!!! Thank you for posting it :-)
Matthew L.
What a great example of the brilliance of a man, humble enough to admit his limitations and the limits of empiricism. When dealing with historical truths, Dr Konotey-Ahulu does a great job illustrating why a reliable revealed history will always trump operational science when looking for the truth of a historical event, much as a reliable eye witness trumps the construction of events with circumstantial evidence. Perhaps the rub is that we all are born not wanting to deal with the implications of our situation if the revealed history and origin of the universe, presented in scripture, is accepted. What a merciful God we have who has revealed truth to those born in rebellion against Him. Also the explanation for the very large names that people from these area have was very helpful. Thanks for sharing this post.
Gabriel S.
and then there was 'man friday' - how did crusoe know? ;-)
Martin S.
Beautiful, thank you.
Graham L.
Man by wisdom knew not God !
please explain the connection between Friday and his name.
A little dense here in Utah
Don Batten
Please read the footnote (4), where you will find the explanation.
Harry B.
This article raises an important philosophical issue also. I believe it was Bertrand Russell who once said: "Whatever knowledge is attainable must be achieved by scientific methods and what science cannot discover mankind cannot know." As this article illustrates he was perhaps a touch mistaken. For example, if you tell me a joke science can explain your speech process and my hearing process, but if I don't laugh science cannot explain why I didn't. So does this mean you will never know why I didn't laugh? By no means, all you have to do is ask me, and when my response is simply that I did not fully understand your point, then there is your answer. So science can explain some things but it most certainly does not have all the answers. And for that matter neither do I.

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