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Saturday, July 5, 2014
If you doubt the power of Darwin and racism, consider the last time you received an Amber Alert on your phone regarding a young African-American girl? Why is it that a pretty 10 year old white girl from a middle-class family from Utah gets more attention that a lost Black child in Detroit?
Pursuit of Happyness is a breath of fresh air in this respect. This film is based on Chris Gardner's one-year struggle with homelessness.
For more on Darwin and racism read Denyse O'Leary's excellent piece. We are ALL Noachians now. Special thanks to Richard Hollerman for the Hunter reference.
1) A Civic Biology by George William Hunter (American Book Company, NYC, 1914), p. 196.
Friday, June 6, 2014
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. (Gen. 2:18-22 ESV).
Male and female are complementary to each other. Only the male/female pair reproduce. A masculine man brings certain qualities to a marriage (1 man + 1 woman 4 LIFE) and a feminine woman brings other characteristics that make a marriage work. When Adam named the animals he noticed the male-female pairing. Where was Adam’s compatible and complementary female counterpart? Adam believed in complementarianism, not gay marriage.
Genesis continues, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (Gen. 2:24).
A man leaves his Father and Mother. Neither father & father nor mother & mother constitute parents. Same sex couples do not become one flesh. Only the male/female pair can do this.
Robert Reilly has written a fascinating book on the morality of same-sex relationships, Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything. Reilly has shown that a reasonable man or woman can understand that same-sex couples are ethically incorrect.
In 2009, President Barack Obama held a meeting to celebrate the gay rights movement. Obama said this about alternative lifestyle activist Franklin Kameny, “We are proud of you, Frank, and we are grateful to you for your leadership.”  Kameny said the following in 2008:
Let us have more and better enjoyment of the more and better sexual perversions, by whatever definition, by more and more consenting adults… If bestiality with consenting animals provides happiness to some people, let them pursue their happiness. That is Americanism in action. 
In Plato’s Laws, the Athenian states his position:
…our citizens must not be worse than fowls and many other animals which are produced in large broods, and which live chaste and celibate lives without sexual intercourse until they arrive at the age for breeding; and when they reach this age they pair off, as instinct moves them, male with female and female with male; and thereafter they live in a way that is holy and just, remaining constant to their first contracts of love: surely our citizens should at least be better than these animals.
In Book 1 of Plato’s Laws, the Athenian affirms,
…I think that the pleasure is to be deemed natural which arises out of the intercourse between men and women; but that the intercourse of men with men, or of women with women, is contrary to nature, and that the bold attempt was originally due to unbridled lust. The Cretans are always accused of having invented the story of Ganymede and Zeus because they wanted to justify themselves in the enjoyment of unnatural pleasures…
Philosopher Immanuel Kant proposed his Categorical Imperative: If it’s right, it’s right for all. If gay is good and all practiced that maxim, then there would be no more babies. Kant rejected homosexual conduct.
Pleasure is indeed part of marriage (Song of Solomon). But worshipping pleasure is a vain pursuit. The Pleasure Principle can lead to destruction. Consider the parable of Sam & Dave. Sam and Dave are very good friends. Sam loves to hit Dave in the head with a baseball bat. Dave loves to hit Sam in the head with a baseball bat. They practice this habitual pleasure for many years. Sam & Dave never become one flesh (1 Cor. 6:16).
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” (Eph. 6:1-3 ESV)
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Cor. 6:9-11 ESV)
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1) Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything by Robert Reilly (Ignatius Press, 2014), p. 3.
2) Ibid., p. 4.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tim Stafford is senior writer for Christianity Today and has written The Adam Quest (Thomas Nelson, 2013). This book highlights the life, work and views of eleven scientists who are believers. Thankfully, the first three are creationists (Creation In Six Days = CISD, YES = Young Earth Science, Global Flood). Chapters 1-3 cover the stories of Kurt Wise, Todd Wood and Georgia Purdom.
Stafford is misinformed in that not all geologists buy into OEF’s – Old Earth Fallacies (p. 2). Some YES supporters don’t want to be outed (as in Expelled with Ben Stein). Geologist Steven Austin has superb credentials. Austin’s research on nautiloids in the Redwall Limestone of Grand Canyon and its catastrophic origin is unassailable. A recent survey of 312 leaders of Christian colleges and universities showed that 57% of Science Dept. chairs support Young Earth Science (YES)‼
Stafford’s parents were open to the view that Noah’s Flood was local (p. 3). In contrast,Sacred Cows in Science, edited by Norbert Smith (Ph.D. Zoology, Texas Tech), who appeared in a BBC documentary, has one chapter that defends the Global Flood. Dr. Smith’s book covers many worldview issues (climate change, ID, gay marriage etc.). Smith recently appeared on Today’s Issues (AFR radio), it starts at the 32:00 minute mark.
Tim’s parents were “not dogmatic about details of God’s creation” (p. 3), but Jesus was:
“from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female” (Mk 10:6). Adam and Eve did not arrive billions of years after the start (Ge 1:1).
"These are going to be hard days - nothing like it from the time God made the world right up to the present … (Mk 13:19, Msg). Human suffering & the beginning both map to the start (no gap of billions of years).
“The blood of all the prophets shed from the foundation of the earth, from Abel to Zachariah…” (Lk 11:50,51, Philips). Prophets and the Beginning are not separated by billions of years.
Stafford should follow the example of Intelligent Design (ID) pioneer Phillip Johnson (pp. 3, 70-72) who went to the Creation Museum (KY), accepts the possible change of fundamental constants (just like the RATE team) and went on a speaking tour with Flood Geologist Andrew Snelling in the UK. How many of the scholars in Adam Quest (other than the first 3) have gone to the Creation Museum? ID leader William Dembski now accepts the Global Flood!
I’m glad Stafford has decided to “pay closer attention” to origins (p. 3). I would recommend the following:
1) read Coming to Grips with Genesis – Mortenson and Ury
2) read Earth’s Catastrophic Past – Snelling (~1100 pages)
3) watch the Ken Ham v. Bill Nye debate.
Additionally, I hope Stafford reads Persuaded by the Evidence which contain the testimonies of 37 scientists and scholars who became convinced of the traditional creation WorldView.
Microbiologist Bob Messing (p. 3), who is struggling with crevo, should contact Nathan Jeanson (Ph.D. Cell & Dev. Biol., Harvard) and Jeffrey Tomkins (Ph.D. Genetics, Clemson). They are currently doing research at the Institute for Creation Research (icr) that supports the fixity of kinds.
Kurt Wise had a discussion with Stephen Jay Gould (d. 2002) who made an astonishing admission, “If what you are saying is true, then the Bible’s story about a Flood may be true, and that God who punished sin is likely still alive” (p. 18, emphasis added). If only Gould had investigated the Scripture more deeply.
Stafford claims that “Conventional geologists and paleontologists have shown no detectable interest in the theory [Flood Geology], except to heap it with scorn” (p. 22). In contrast, Stokes and Lee state in their Geology text Introduction to Geology (pub. by Prentice-Hall), that, "A catastrophist might contend that the twisting and breaking of strata, the transportation of huge blocks of rock, the violent cutting of canyons, and the wholesale destruction of life is within the power of a great universal flood - and he would be right."  Stafford’s objection regarding fossil order has been dealt with in an earlier post (Dec. 2010).
Here are some Ph.D. scientists in Geology (or Earth Sciences) who hold to the Global Flood:
Of course, this list could be extended if we include Geophysics and Paleontology. Terry Mortenson has a Ph.D. in the History of Geology from Coventry University (UK).
Stafford, who favors “Theo Evo” - theistic evolution (p. 205), should have spoken with professors of History of Science and Philosophy of Science. Many of them freely confess that evolution is not proven. Consider the words of David B. Kitts (d. 2010)who was a Professor of History of Science (and Geology) at the University of Oklahoma:
Evolutionary theory compels us to see the fossil record as evidence of evolution. The paleontological record supports evolutionary theory if you presuppose evolutionary theory. It is consistent with evolutionary theory, but it does not compel us to accept evolutionary theory. The fossil record is consistent with an astronomical number of theories [including traditional creation]. The fossil record does not prove evolution; nothing proves evolution. Evolution is a scientific hypothesis.
Kitts was no creationist and in fact debated Duane Gish and Henry Morris in 1973. Furthermore, hundreds of scientists have signed the Dissent from Darwin list. It is likely that thousands of scientists reject evolution, but only a portion of those are willing to admit this publicly. Slaughter of the Dissidents documents the tragic consequences of those who have.
Stafford seems to think that baraminology is a new thing (p. 23). Frank Marsh (Ph.D. Plant Ecology, Univ. of Nebraska) actually coined the term baramin in 1941. Marsh corresponded with leading evolutionist Theodosius Dobzhansky (d. 1975) in 1945 defining the limits of the Genesis kinds. 
Stafford breaks down the major views on origins as follows (p. 7):
1) Young Earth Creationist. We prefer OPGHN (“opgane”)- Orthodox Protestants who take Genesis as Historical Narrative. This term was inspired by Harold Lindsell who said, “Believers in the view that Scripture and the Word of God are synonymous can always use an alternate label such as Orthodox Protestant …” 
2) Intelligent Design Creationist. ID also includes atheists who doubt or deny evolution. The term creationist should be dropped. Even Clinton Richard Dawkins admitted that ID is possible (in the film Expelled).
3) Evolutionary Creationist. A better term would be “Theo Evo.” Sadly, theistic evolution is still popular among Christian academics.Francis Schaeffer said Theo Evo is not an option,
… I will now mention two limits that seem to me to be absolute. … The Bible gives a specific limitation: Adam was created by God, and then Eve was made from Adam by God. … I have never heard anyone holding any form of theistic evolution who follows these two limitations [the 1st was that bara means original creation]. …even if I were still an agnostic, as once I was, I would not accept the concept of evolution from the molecule to man in an unbroken line. …this concept is weak and certainly has not been proven … 
Is rejecting the traditional creation view going down the “path of ungodliness” (p. 2)? Charles Templeton worked with Billy Graham in the 1950’s and preached to thousands (up to 30K). Both Templeton and sociobiologist E.O. Wilson credit evolution for their walking away from the Lord. Look at Princeton Seminary, look at Davis A. Young (DAY=yom) – the slippery slope is real. Young once held to a Global Flood (a tranquil flood).
As a clear and present example of the Slippery Slope Syndrome, let’s examine Fuller Seminary. At the beginning, Fuller was influenced by these scholars: Carl F. H. Henry, Harold Lindsell (The Battle for the Bible), Gleason Archer (Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties) and Charles Woodbridge, to name a few. 
Does taking a weak stand on the authority of Genesis lead to other errors? Consider this bold stance from Harold Lindsell:
The simplest reading of Genesis and the rest of the Bible makes it plain that Adam and Eve are regarded as historic personages and the first parents of the human race. The genealogical tables include them, and their sons and grandsons are named as though they too were real persons. When critics declare that the biblical accounts here are myth or saga and not real history, they are allowing extrabiblical data and personal opinions or hermeneutical dodges to sit in judgment on the Bible. 
Gleason Archer said, “… The Battle for the Bible has put its finger upon the most urgent issue facing evangelicals today [inerrancy] …”  Gleason Archer supports a global flood!
Lindsell’s prediction from the 1970’s still holds:
I asserted that once an institution surrenders biblical inerrancy it will sooner or later scrap other basic doctrines of the Christian faith. I asserted in the 1976 book [The Battle for the Bible] that it has already happened at Fuller. … I also said that down the road, Fuller Seminary will make further concessions and allow for other more marked departures from historic orthodoxy. 
Is the slippery slope a reality at Fuller? Richard Mouw, former President of Fuller Seminary, spoke this shocker,“While I am not prepared to reclassify Mormonism as possessing undeniably Christian theology, I do accept many of my Mormon friends as genuine followers of the Jesus whom I worship as the divine Savior.” Recently, Fuller officially sanctioned an openly homosexual student group (OneTable)! What’s next in the slide downward?
If Genesis fails to teach us the truth about origins, then where else has the Bible deceived us? Give careful thought to this wisdom from Francis Schaeffer:
… from Barth onward they [theological liberals] tried to say that you could have a Bible with mistakes in it, and yet a religious word broke through. The older theological liberals pressed this; so they went from Barth to Brunner, to Niebuhr to Tillich to the “God is Dead” theology. Just when it was proven bankrupt on the side of the liberals, some evangelicals seem to think that they’ve found something new, which is a bit curious. 
How can you say, “We are wise, for we have the law of the Lord,”
when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?
The wise will be put to shame; they will be dismayed and trapped.
Since they have rejected the word of the Lord, what kind of wisdom do they have? (Jer. 8:8, 9, NIV)
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1) Introduction to Geology: Physical and Historical by William Lee Stokes and Sheldon Judson (Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1968),p.296.
2) Creation: Acts, Facts, Impacts ed. by Henry Morris et al (Creation-Life Publishers, San Diego, CA, 1974), pp. 1, 40, 41.
3) Variation and Fixity in Nature by Frank Marsh (Pacific Press, Mountain View, CA, 1976), pp. 36, 37.
4) The Bible in the Balance by Harold Lindsell (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI, 1979), p. 321, emphasis in original.
5) The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer, Vol. 2, 2e (Crossway, 1996), pp. 136, 137.
6) Reforming Fundamentalism: Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalismby George M. Marsden (Eerdmans, 1987), p. 1.
7) Lindsell, p. 285.
8) “The Right Battle” by Gleason Archer in Lindsell, p. 356.
9) Lindsell, p. 184.
10) Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life by Colin Duriez (Crossway, Wheaton, IL, 2008), p. 206, from an interview in 1980.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Comedian, actor and former mechanical engineer William Sanford Nye (b. 1955) is best known for the show Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993–98). Nye gave a very poor response to the question regarding radiometric dating in the recent debate with Ken Ham (see the 2 hour and 7 minute mark).
First, he side-stepped the issue and brought up old stars. That’s right, he was dancing with the stars! Russell Humphreys (Ph.D. Physics, formerly with Sandia National Labs) wrote Starlight and Time in 1994 and gave a plausible answer to this question based on the General Theory of Relativity and gravitational time dilation. A reasonable man or woman can see that the light travel problem applies to both the Big Bang and Creation models (as Ken pointed out regarding the horizon problem).
Nye defended an old earth based on depositional rates. In 1883, Alexander Winchell, former State Geologist of Michigan, estimated the age of the earth at 3M years.  That’s a far cry from 4.5 billion years. That was back when gradualistic uniformitarianism was in vogue. But now catastrophism has a wide following even within mainstream Geology. So, if most deposits were formed rapidly, such as turbidites, the depositional rates favor Young Earth Science (YES).
Nye said Charles Lyell (d. 1875) came up with the phrase “deep time.” Actually, it was John McPhee who wrote Basin and Range in 1980. McPhee said, “The human mind may not have evolved enough to be able to comprehend deep time” (p. 133).
Marie Skłodowska-Curie (d. 1934) came up with the term “radioactivity.” Nye made the very common mistake in stating that radioactivity contradicted Kelvin’s age for the Earth (his final estimate was 24M). In 1895, before the discovery of radioactivity, John Perry showed that convection in the Earth's interior modified Kelvin’s age of the Earth.
Some claim that YES is pseudoscience. Bill Nye the Science Guy had an episode on that topic. Nye said there must be aliens because there are so many stars. Yet no one has seen aliens and there are no cities on Mars. Extraordinary claims (aliens) require extraordinary evidence. Nye was skeptical of the Loch Ness Monster. According to the Smithsonian’s online encyclopedia, “Even though most scientists believe the likelihood of a monster is small, they keep an open mind …” Perhaps Nye should be open minded towards YES. An article in National Geographic was very fair towards Nessie and included reports from very reliable witnesses. 
Nye should read Kicking the Sacred Cow by former aeronautical engineer and award winning SciFi author James Hogan. Hogan is very sympathetic to YES. Ken Ham sent Nye a book in The New Answers Book series – will Nye have an open mind and read it and seriously consider the evidence?
As for the question posed to Nye in the debate, Ephraim Fischbach (Purdue University) gave a talk at the Institute for Theoretical, Atomic and Molecular and Optical Physics (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) providing firm data that indicates that the sun affects radioactive decay rates. John Woodmorappe (M.A. Geology) has written an excellent book refuting radiometric dating and millions of years. Jay Wile (Ph.D. Nuclear Chemistry, Univ. of Rochester), at one time a skeptic regarding accelerated radioactive decay, has some great info on varying decay rates.
Soft tissue in dinos, as discovered by Mary Schweitzer and others, says that dinos are young and the dating methods are wrong. As Tim Stafford (The Adam Quest) asks, “How could something as delicate as blood cells survive sixty million [sic] years?” 
Pray for Bill. The Apostle Paul persecuted the church. Bill is persecuting YES. Paul was gloriously converted (Acts 9, 22, 26). The same thing can happen to Bill! Will Bill Nye the Science Guy be blinded by the light (Acts 22:11)?
Nye is the head of the Planetary Society. Feel free to send him a letter of encouragement or some creation books (such as the New Answers Books):
Attn. Bill Nye
The Planetary Society
85 South Grand Ave
Pasadena CA 91105
1) "Celebrating the age of the Earth" by Simon Knell and Cherry Lewis, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 2001, vol. 190, p. 1-14, p. 7.
2) “Loch Ness: the lake and the legend” by William Ellis, National Geographic, Vol. 151, No. 6, June 1977, p. 759.
3) The Adam Quest by Tim Stafford (Nelson Books, Nashville, TN, 2013), p. 105.