algae: An umbrella term for various simple organisms that contain chlorophyll (and can therefore carry out photosynthesis) and live in aquatic habitats and in moist situations on land. Algae range from macroscopic seaweeds such as giant kelp, which frequently exceeds 30 m in length, to microscopic filamentous and single-celled forms such as Spirogyra and Chlorella. For example, if a gene determines the seed color of peas, one allele of that gene may produce green seeds and another allele produce yellow seeds.In a diploid cell there are usually two alleles of any one gene (one from each parent).adaptive radiation: The diversification, over evolutionary time, of a species or group of species into several different species or subspecies that are typically adapted to different ecological niches (for example, Darwin's finches).
Metaphorical interpretation can lead to enormous variety in beliefs.
acquired trait: A phenotypic characteristic, acquired during growth and development, that is not genetically based and therefore cannot be passed on to the next generation (for example, the large muscles of a weightlifter).
The trouble with asking whether science and Christianity are inherently contradictory is that the answer depends on which definitions of “Christianity” and “contradiction” we care to employ.
If the question is whether a literal reading of some passages of the Bible are at odds with Science, the answer is an unequivocal yes.
But then, of course, we are placed in the awkward position of choosing how literal each passage should be taken, leading to a multitude of possible biblical interpretations and little final consensus.
Perhaps this partially explains why some Christian groups forbid condoms, while others don’t, some prohibit abortion, while others don’t, some forbid masturbation, while others don’t, and so on and so forth.
Species adapt when succeeding generations emphasize beneficial characteristics.
agnostic: A person who believes that the existence of a god or creator and the nature of the universe is unknowable.
adaptive landscape: A graph of the average fitness of a population in relation to the frequencies of genotypes in it.