EVOLUTION AND GOD

September 1, 2013
Oldest American Petroglyphs Article at http://www.icr.org/article/7683/

Oldest American Petroglyphs
Article at http://www.icr.org/article/7683/

There are so many reasons why we have gotten away from the truth of God’s Word.  The Evolution issue is a big one.

My son worked very hard in high school to get his college tuition minimized.  He is in his freshman year and is taking a Biology and Physiology class.  Here are a few of the chapter titles in his text:

“How Populations Evolve”

“How Biological Diversity Evolves”

“The Evolution of Microbial Life”

“The Evolution of Animals”

Chapter 14 ( a favorite number of mine) begins with “The Origin of the Species.”

Anyone who has read this blog knows where I stand on this issue.  The Bible says that “God created the heaven and the earth.”  I believe it by faith.  I also believe there is a great deal of evidence to back this belief.  Evolutionists may not always admit it but they must come to their THEORY with a great deal of faith.  This video shows several Biology students being asked very simple questions that they can’t answer.  When they do answer, they have not really dealt with the issue.

SPROUL/STEIN INTERVIEW

This is very interesting interview. The entire movie “Expelled” has been put on YouTube by a Muslim.  I had it here, but I don’t feel right about showing an entire movie without those who have worked so hard on it getting something from it.  HERE is a section of the movie that I’ve shown in another post.

Here is a link dealing with “Intelligent Design:”

https://vimeo.com/71975741

There are many other posts on this blog about this issue.  To see them all, click on “creation” in the category section on the right side of this blog.  Here a few of my favorites:

GOD OF WONDERS

EVOLUTION CONTROVERSY’S OUTDATED ONE-SIDED EXPOSURE

IS THE AGE OF THE EARTH A SIDE ISSUE?

DOES A GOOD GOD EXIST?

We need to give our young people the facts and let them come to their own conclusions.  Listen to some of the students in the first video.  They sound brainwashed to me.  I think that man knows that there is a God, but rebellion closes one’s eyes to the truth.

This section of scripture From Romans 1 (Bible Gateway) describes the results of a continued turning away from the truth:

Unbelief and Its Consequences

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

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ARMORED FISH FOSSILS REWRITE EVOLUTIONARY STORY

August 11, 2013
Placoderm Photo from icr.org

Placoderm
Photo from icr.org

by Brian Thomas, M.S.

A special set of Australian fish fossils just derailed evolution’s long-held story of early fish origins. The remarkable fossils preserved detailed soft tissue body features, including the precise points where muscles attached to the ancient fish’s bones. These clues enabled paleontologists to reconstruct the now-extinct fish anatomy. Though expecting something much more primitive-looking, they discovered completely designed, fully-muscled armored fish. Now they have to rewrite the evolutionary bit about how jaws evolved.1

This interesting article may be seen in its entirety HERE.

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Note (6/18/2016): I had a story here that was removed from the original source so I went on a hunt to find the same related story and others. The one that was here originally is first. There are many more than three like it, but I will list two other similar stories that show the general view of current scientists within American Universities over the past decade or so.

ORIGINAL STORY THAT WAS HERE FROM A DIFFERENT POST…INTELLIGENT DESIGN AT BALL STATE 2013

INTELLEGENT DESIGN AT BALL STATE 2016

INTELLIGENT DESIGN AT IOWA STATE 2007


JUNGLE-COVERED RUINS MAY SUPPORT CREATIONISM

July 11, 2013
Stegosaur carving from approx. 1186 A.D. Photo found at ICR.org Photo credit to Don Patton

Stegosaur carving from approx. 1186 A.D.
Photo found at icr.org
Photo credit to Don Patton

A VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE was recently published by the folks at the Institute for Creation Research.  It shows a picture of a dinosaur that was carved around 1,000 years ago.

It is a short article, but it packs a punch.  Here are a few excerpts:

“The temple at Ta Prohm  (modern day Cambodia) —with its tree root-draped stones providing a picturesque scene for visitors—lies fewer than three miles from the oft-visited major Angkor Wat complex. The Khmer people built it and the many surrounding temples during Europe’s Middle Ages.”

If you would like to take a virtual tour of the temple, GO HERE.

One should really read THE ARTICLE for oneself, but it includes this interesting observation:

“The nearest stegosaur fossils come from faraway China. It is therefore very unlikely that the ancients carved a stegosaur likeness based on fossils.”

If the date is anywhere close to 1186, and if the artist saw a living stegosaur, dinosaurs didn’t die out 60-70 million years ago.  This would discredit Darwinian evolution.  I’ve known about this carving for some time, but I didn’t know that it had been dated.  It makes the image even more remarkable.

CR


EVOLUTION CONTROVERSY’S OUTDATED, ONE-SIDED EXPOSURE

July 6, 2013
Dinosaur and human Footprints in the Paluxy Riverbed

Dinosaur and human Footprints in the Paluxy Riverbed

I found this article at the Institute for Creation Research.  The above picture shows the famous “Taylor Trail” at Paluxi.  I have used this picture before in one of the most viewed posts on this blog.

As Christine states in her article, there is now better evidence for the Creationist viewpoint.  At the same time, she doesn’t deny that the footprints are important.

That's Me with the Dino Tracks in August of 2004

That’s Me with the Dino Tracks in August of 2004

I have been to the Paluxi River and had my picture taken next to a Dinosaur footprint.  Unfortunately, the human tracks were not visible, but this picture shows clearly that the dino tracks are there. The picture was taken at the Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas.

It is very close to Dr. Baugh’s Creation Museum where this picture was taken:

At Dr. Baugh's Creation Museum

At Dr. Baugh’s Creation Museum

An important book about the subject was published in 1980.  It was called “TRACKING Those Incredible DINOSAURS” and was written by John Morris, son of the founder of ICR.

Photo from Amazon.com

Photo from Amazon.com

Although ICR has backed away from the evidences found in this book, it is filled with eyewitness accounts of man and dinosaur footprints found in the same strata.  I have the book, and the accounts seem authentic to me.

One example is found on page 13.  During the Great Depression, residents of the area sold prints to make money to feed their families.  James and Cecil Ryals estimated that they quarried approx. 100 dinosaur tracks and about 10 human tracks.  Dinosaur tracks were more desirable and a good one could fetch up to 50 dollars.  The same page details how they went about their excavations.

The Ryals are not the only witnesses.  The book has other examples.

I believe in a young earth.  It is not millions and billions of years old.  I believe that man and dinosaur lived contemporaneously.  I agree that the prints discussed here are not the best evidence for Creationism, but how can one completely discount them?

The Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas is another showcase for the Darwinian evolutionists if one reads the signs at the park.  In reality, it is evidence for Scientific Creationists like me.

Chris Reimers

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by Christine Dao

Appealing to public emotions is a tool employed by politicians, media, and anyone trying to win supporters for a specific agenda. Naturally, such efforts can skew or omit facts, as is often the case in mainstream presentations of the ongoing battle between evolution and creation science. A recent Discovery News feature provides a telling example of this particular ploy.

Published online July 11, the feature is titled “Evolution Controversies: A History in Photos” and includes photographs from the Scopes “Monkey” trial of 1925, a cartoon of British naturalist Charles Darwin with the body of an ape, and a photograph of an exhibit in the Institute for Creation Research’s former Museum of Creation and Earth History in Santee, California.1 Of the ten photographs, two portray what the author says are claims used by creationists as “scientific proof of young Earth creationism”: the dinosaur footprints in Glen Rose, Texas, and a petroglyph in Utah that resembles a dinosaur.

Geologist and ICR President John Morris reported on the Paluxy River footprints in 1976,2 which at the time many creation scientists believed showed human and dinosaur footprints together. However, in light of continuing study, he reexamined the issue and wrote in 1986:

Even though it would now be improper for creationists to continue to use the Paluxy data as evidence against evolution, in the light of these questions, there is still much that is not known about the tracks and continued research is in order. We stand committed to truth, and will gladly modify or abandon our previous interpretation of the Paluxy data as the facts dictate.3

So, Discovery News’ statement that “creationists claim that human footprints can be seen right beside dinosaur tracks”1 is about 25 years out of date. Creation science researchers have moved on, a fact that was omitted from the Discovery News’ emotionally oriented appeal.

In the case of the Utah petroglyph, which Discovery News reported was “just a mud stain” in March of this year,4 ICR Science Writer Brian Thomas wrote:

ICR Senior Science Lecturer Frank Sherwin visited this petroglyph a number of years ago. He commented that although it looked interesting to him, he did not consider it to be as compelling as other historical evidence—such as dinosaur original soft tissues, written or sculpted eyewitness accounts of dragon encounters from all over the world, or certain Bible passages like Job 40—that have convinced him that dinosaurs and man were contemporaneous. The case for creation does not hinge on this one Utah artifact.5

So attempts such as Discovery News’ outdated references that try to place creationists in the same unscientific camp as flat-earth believers6 do not take into account that creation science researchers are willing to examine the data and, if necessary, move on to more interesting and securely justifiable discoveries, such as the soft dinosaur tissues or historical worldwide dragon encounters Mr. Thomas mentioned.7

Discovery News’ bias is further demonstrated by the fact that, although the author was careful to include instances that he thought “disproved” creationist claims, he failed to mention examples of the supposed evidence used to support evolution and long ages that have been debunked, such the classification of Tiktaalik and Pakicetus as transitional forms (aka “missing links”),8 and the accuracy of potassium-argon radioisotope-dating techniques.9

Appealing to public emotions can be effective, because it often does not require the appealers to present all the facts surrounding the topic. However, when the dust settles, the facts will not go away. If they demonstrate anything, anti-science presentations such as the Discovery News feature show that emotional appeals are needed to promote evolution because there is no real science behind it.

References

  1. al-Khatib, T. Evolution Controversies: A History in Photos. Discovery News. Posted on news.discovery.com July 11, 2011, accessed July 14, 2011.
  2. Morris, J. D. 1976. The Paluxy River Tracks. Acts & Facts. 5 (5).
  3. Morris J. D. 1986. The Paluxy River Mystery. Acts & Facts. 15 (1).
  4. Niiler, E. ‘Proof of Creation’ Dino Drawing Just a Mud Stain. Discovery News. Posted on news.discovery.com March 25, 2011, accessed July 14, 2011.
  5. Thomas, B. Utah Dinosaur Petroglyph Disputed. ICR News. Posted on icr.org April 7, 2011, accessed July 14, 2011.
  6. Daniel Shenton of The Flat Earth Society told LiveScience in June that he and his followers believe the earth is flat: “To look around, the world does appear to be flat, so I think it is incumbent on others to prove decisively that it isn’t. And I don’t think that burden of proof has been met yet.” LiveScience also reported that Mr. Shenton believes in evolution and global warming. See Wolchover, N. Ingenious ‘Flat Earth’ Theory Revealed In Old Map. LiveScience. Posted on livescience.com June 23, 2011, accessed July 14, 2011.
  7. For examples of fresh dinosaur tissues, see the many examples listed on the “Fresh Tissues Show That Fossils Are Recent” page in ICR’s collection of Evidence for Creation. For a small sampling of archaeological examples of dinosaur interactions with humans, see Morris, J. 2008. The Dinosaur Next Door. Acts & Facts. 37 (6): 13.
  8. Morris, J. D. and F. J. Sherwin. 2010. The Fossil Record. Dallas, TX: Institute for Creation Research, 149, 172. See also Sherwin, F. Banner Fossil for Evolution Is Demoted. ICR News. Posted on icr.org January 27, 2010, accessed July 14, 2011.
  9. Woodmorappe, J. 1999. The Mythology of Modern Dating Methods. El Cajon, CA: Institute for Creation Research, 22.

*Ms. Dao is Assistant Editor at the Institute for Creation Research.

Article posted on July 26, 2011.

The original article appears HERE.

Two of my favorite people visited the park

Two of my favorite people visited the park

Related video:


G-FORCE GULP

March 16, 2013
Photo from icr.org

Photo from icr.org

Giant Salamander Suction Compared to Jet Car

by Brian Thomas, M.S. *

Some rocket cars can accelerate at 5 g-forces.1 For comparison, respectable acceleration for a sports car amounts to half a “g,” and people faint when accelerating at 5g’s. But long before the rocket car was invented, fish were accelerating just as forcefully into the mouths of giant salamanders. How did these thin-skinned amphibians acquire rocket-force mouthparts?

A team of researchers from Austria investigated the biomechanics of suction feeding and measured the maximum acceleration of a fish as it traveled into a Chinese Giant Salamander’s mouth. These river monsters, including the species Andrias davidianus, can exceed five feet in length. Their numbers are steadily declining, so we better study them now since future generations might not get the chance.2

The Journal of the Royal Society Interface published the new results.  Moving their fast food at 40-50 m/s2, or between 4 and 5g’s, these salamander’s suckers impress.

To see the rest of the article, click here.

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This is another of God’s amazing wonders.  How this salamander is able to generate this kind of power is not beyond me even though I don’t have a title in front of my name.  I think I know where this Chinese sucker got its abilities. As Dr. Thomas states:

“So far, the most scientifically responsible answer to the question of salamander suction origins is a purposeful creation by God.”

I agree.

CR


SWEEP IT UNDER THE CARPET OF TIME

February 7, 2013

I believe the creation story in the Bible.  This is a video worth watching.

CR


DOES A GOOD GOD EXIST?

December 9, 2010

A Bombadier Beetle/Photo by Dolor Ipsum

A few weeks ago, an atheist and a Christian had a debate.  The discussion covered a variety of different disciplines: philosophy, science, and history to name a few.

The title of the debate was, “Does a Good God Exist?”

I think the answer to the question is “yes.”

Since I’ve resolved the debate question in my own mind, I have another inquiry.

May we discuss all possibilities relating to the question of our origins in our institutions of higher learning?  I’m sure these discussions happen in philosophy classes, but do they take place in science classes?

Was this debate sponsored by one of the thousands of colleges across our nation?

No, it was not.

If any of you are aware of a recent debate that considered the subject of Creationism or even Intelligent Design, that has occurred at a public institution of higher learning, I would like to know of it.

Not surprising to me, this debate took place in a church.

I have been curious about this for quite some time.  Why are our colleges so afraid to discuss differing theories of our origins?  Where is the academic freedom to discuss all possibilities?

Evidently, freedom of thought more greatly exists in certain churches than it does in our institutions of higher learning.

Giraffe/Photo by Tambako

The “There is no God” position in the debate – linked to at the bottom of this post – was defended by perhaps the best known atheist in the world, Christopher Hitchens.   He is not a scientist, but he is convinced that Darwinian evolution is a fact and he is not afraid to defend it.

Mr. Hitchens was allowed to speak to many young students being educated in Christian schools.  Some were as young as the 7th grade.

Mr. Hitchens was not only allowed to share his views, he was treated with respect.

Some Christians allowed their young learners to hear the position of one of the world’s most popular defenders of atheism.   Yet, our public institutes of higher learning don’t want those with 20 years under their belts to be exposed to theories that differ from the Darwinian one.

If evolutionists are so certain of their views, what is the danger in other theories being presented?

In spite of the one-sided presentation of the Darwinian “theory” in public settings, it is not surprising to me that it hasn’t become generally accepted in America.

Woodpecker/Photo by Christine Leiser

I think there is a good reason that half of Americans don’t believe in evolution.  The evidence has not been presented to the general public.  The “overwhelming evidence” described by many in “scientific” circles must only exist there.  The great teachers in our universities have not been able to communicate that evidence successfully to the public.

I think the lack of evidence presented to the public shows the weaknesses in the evolutionary theory.

I hold to a Creationist viewpoint.  I believe that the first chapter of Genesis is literally accurate.  I don’t think it’s a myth.

Scientists with evidence for a literal creation and a young earth have been silenced in public education.  It seems to me that leaders in modern education have become like the church leaders of earlier ages.  Those folks felt threatened by any information that might change the status quo.

I will also acknowledge that there has been an unnecessary amount of name calling by all parties in this debate: Creationists, Evolutionists, and the Intelligent Design folks.  This type of behavior only hurts what should be an ongoing discussion.

Name calling aside; it is grossly unfair that only one theory is being taught in all of our public institutions.

Mr. Hitchens’ opening statement illustrates he has no problem with name calling.

Australian Brush Turkey/ Photo by Kookr

The origins debate is going in a number of directions.

There are folks who are unable to square current scientific information with a literal view of the first chapter in Genesis.  They believe in God, however, and are generally called Theistic Evolutionists.  They are mostly nothing like Mr. Hitchens except when it comes to the view of evolution.

Recently, geneticist Francis Collins, a famous Christian scientist and founder of Biologos (an organization devoted to reconciling the Christian faith with evolutionary theory), said that within one-hundred years evolutionary theory will be as solidly grounded in empirical science and as widely affirmed as heliocentrism (the view that the earth rotates around the sun).

Francis Collins is noted for his leadership of the Human Genome Project (HGP) and has been described as “one of the most accomplished scientists of our time”.[1] [2] He currently serves as Director of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Collins has written a book about his Christian faith. He founded and was president of the BioLogos Foundation before accepting the nomination to lead the NIH.

I know that Mr. Collins is a very smart man.  For him to make a statement, however, that evolution will be as much a fact as the earth rotating around the sun is, well, part of the problem in this debate.  Too many evolutionists are calling Darwinian evolution a fact before it is one. A person in Mr. Collins’ position should be very careful about such statements.

Ken Ham is well-known for his position on origins.  He thinks, as I do, that the earth is younger than the evolutionists claim and he holds to a literal view of the Genesis account.

Mr. Ham is the President/CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis.  Some very good literature has come out of AiG.

Mr. Ham is planning a multimillion dollar amusement park, centered around the Creation theme.

I think the multimillion dollar theme park is an awful idea.  At a time when tent cities are being erected at a pace not seen since the great depression, my reaction to the theme park is, “What???.”  America is sending fewer missionaries “into all the world” than it has in years and a Young Earth Creation group is choosing to compete with Disneyland?  I think this is very poor judgment, and I think it will do more damage than good.

Mr. Collins and Mr. Ham are at the forefront of this debate and, frankly, these kinds of things don’t help their causes.

(It is September of 2012 and I must add a comment.  First, Mr. Hitchens has passed.  As far as anyone knows, he kept the views he held for most of his life until his last breath.  And I’m rethinking this position on Mr. Ham’s theme park.  With 23 million Americans looking for work, maybe Mr. Ham can “create” a few jobs.)

Quail eggs/Photo by Ahisgett/All of the critters featured above in the video featured just below

I have heard some Theistic Evolutionists make the statement that evolution holds a certain sense of wonder.

I don’t understand how evolution fits into the creation story in the first chapter of Genesis. I think the text, as it stands, holds great wonder.

Here’s the opinion of a man, much smarter than I, who discusses the wonder of a literal creation (and the critters depicted).

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-549609468847151230#

In 1987, Dr. Robert Gentry presented evidence for Creationism at the University of Tennessee.  It may have been one of the last Creationist lectures given in American University.

Mr. Gentry’s evidences for Creationism had been, even at that time, dismissed as a “tiny mystery.”  The implications of Mr. Gentry’s findings are huge.  The following links show his 1987 presentation in full.

The question and answer period at the end are indicative of the way Creationism had, even at that time, been discarded as a possible explanation for our existence.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7p_4s2ZkN0 Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paaCeNZQ_XY&feature=related Part 2

The information that Mr. Gentry presented in 1987 (and in peer reviewed scientific publications prior to that) has still received no explanatory rebuttal.

I think that the Evolution/Intelligent Design/Creationism subject requires more than silence on the part of educators.  As an educator, I think students should be able to discuss all sides of the issue and allowed to come to their own conclusions.

Our public school students are having their minds made up for them.  Isn’t that intellectual censorship?

The leaders in this church know their young people will be confronted with all sides of the origins issue.  I know not all churches are this open, but they and our public schools need to be.

Chris Reimers

The Debate:

Before you click on the following link, I had no idea the Christian School that hosted the debate would be charging folks to watch it.  This charge must have been added recently since I watched the debate for free a few days afterward.  Maybe the charge will eventually be removed.  You may try it if you wish, but I hope you don’t spend 3 dollars to watch the debate.  The better debate took place last year and is posted below.

I’m very disappointed that a church/school with such a fancy setting couldn’t afford to make the debate available at no cost. -CR

http://www.pcawebcast.com/2010debate

An even more interesting debate from 2009 called, “Does God Exist?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABo5EQQZSmk&playnext=1&list=PLEA9673091AFC1FFE&index=1

(By the way, I haven’t been able to find part 1 of the 14 you will see here.  I think Biola University had it removed)

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Afterward (only a few days later):

Well, It didn’t take long.  Apologies to the Geological Society of America. It (GSA) is the largest and oldest association of professional geologists in North America.  There is an intellectual freedom at the GSA to discuss all scientific possibilities.  This is certainly not the case in public education settings.

I found a surprising article after going to Garrett League’s fine blog, called “The Face of the Deep” at:

http://faceofdeep.blogspot.com

From Garrett’s blog, I linked to:

http://thenewcreationism.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/more-evidence-that-the-heart-mountain-slide-was-catastrophically-emplaced

There, I found mention of this article:

http://www.icr.org/article/christian-geologists-influential-at

The article makes it clear that Scientists from the ICR (Institute for Creation Research) are allowed to participate in the GSA annual meetings.

What a breath of fresh air.

CR



YOUR DESIGNER WAS AN ALIEN

July 10, 2010

Alien seed?

Richard Dawkins is one of the most revered macro-evolutionists in the world today.  In this interview with Ben Stein, taken from the documentary “Expelled,” Mr. Dawkins makes some startling statements. He speaks of a possible designer.  The brief interview is very illuminating.

The interview:

Maybe you have been watching the evolution debate play out.  If you have, you are aware of the increasing scientific evidence for a designer.  Christians are not surprised that macro-evolutionists are grasping at nebulas to keep their theory intact.

Recently, while at the Baptist Hospital Plaza Hotel, my wife noticed small booklets at the desk.  They were free and she took a few different ones because she knew they would interest me.

One of the booklets, a small 24-page work entitled “Millions of Years & the Downfall of the Christian West” is very informative.  Checking online for a copy, they are only available for sale (49 cents each in small quantities).  I appreciate the anonymous person attempting to educate at their expense.

The booklet reveals that:

  1. the idea of a very old earth was popular in scientific circles before Darwin.
  2. many scientists (including many professing Christians) started to reject a straightforward reading of Genesis many decades before Darwin’s Origin of the Species was published.
  3. there are thousands of practicing scientists today who believe in a young age for the earth.

God’s Word is the same today, yesterday, and tomorrow.  It does not change.  It is the feeble thinking of man that changes.

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became like fools.” (Romans 1)

Chris Reimers

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (full movie)
(I’m assuming it is OK to post this as it has been on YouTube now for almost 8 years.)

***It is now almost 10 years since I posted this the first time. Recently, I have been watching videos on this topic on this interesting site. This is a recent addition to the site. At this link click on the “Genesis is History?” title to view other videos:

The picture at the top is of Lotus flower seeds.


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