The Creation Answers Book

The Creation Answers Book

Lessons & Chapters

Lesson 1 Does God exist? (Chapter 1)

Lesson 2: Six days? Really? (Chapter 2)

Lesson 3 What about gap theories? (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 ‘sons of God’ and/or the Nephilim extraterrestrials? (Chapter 9)

Lesson 10 Was the Flood global? (Chapter 10)

Lesson 11 What about continental drift? (Chapter 11)

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

Lessons 13 & 14 How did all the animals fit on Noah’s Ark? and How did freshwater and saltwater fish survive the Flood? (Chapters 13 & 14)

Lesson 15 Where are all the human fossils? (Chapter 15)

Lesson 16 What about ice ages? (Chapter 16)

Lesson 17 How did animals get to Australia? (Chapter 17)

Lesson 18 How did all the different ‘races’ arise (from Noah’s family)? (Chapter 18)

Lesson 19 What about dinosaurs? (Chapter 19)

The Creation Answers Book Study Guide

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

Lesson 18: How did all the different ‘races’ arise (from Noah’s family)?

Text: The Creation Answers Book, chapter 18

Supplemental materials

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 also The Creation Answers Book, 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)

  7. 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.

  8. Read Genesis 9:18–27.

    1. Who received the curse pronounced by Noah?

    2. Why did Noah pronounce this curse?

    3. Are black people the result of a curse on Ham? (See The Creation Answers Book chapter 18, section “Is black skin due to the curse on Ham?”)

  9. Read Genesis 4 and list some accomplishments of our pre-Flood forebears.

  10. If your family were suddenly cut off from civilization:

    1. What types of skills would already be present within your group?

    2. What skills would be there if your extended family were included?

    3. What would be missing?

  11. Research present-day ‘cave people’. (See also The amazing cave people of Malta.)


  • 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?

Section: ‘Interracial marriage’

See The Bible and interracial marriage 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.

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