Friday, January 28, 2011

The End of Christianity Revisited

William Dembski blames the alleged millions of years of death and destruction before the time of Adam as a retroactive punishment for the Fall in his book The End of Christianity. Apologist Ken Ham strongly opposes this position.

Here is a short response to Dembski’s book and a longer critique is found in An Open Letter to Intelligent Designer. Thankfully, Dembski has moderated his view somewhat and now accepts a Global Flood.

Creation and the Bible

Creation or Evolution?: Consider the Evidence Before Deciding (Vol. 1) by Norbert Smith (Ph.D. Zoology) has just recently been published. Central to the book are over 1,500 Bible verses related to God as Creator and Sustainer. Evidence for and against evolution are given and details of modern religious persecution with over 3,000 professors being denied tenure or fired for doubting evolution. Here are the chapters:
Another work which compiles all scriptures on Creation and Providential Care is Who is the Intelligent Designer?, described here and reviewed here.

Ark Encounter

Answers in Genesis is building a theme park called the Ark Encounter with a full-scale reconstruction of the Ark as well as a Tower of Babel.
In 2010 Noah’s Ark Ministries International (NAMI) based in Hong Kong claimed that they have discovered Noah’s Ark on Mt. Ararat. Here is one response to many who have been skeptical of this exploration.

These videos highlight NAMI’s expedition:
ITN News
Description of Discoveries
Discovery of Noah's Ark supported by Ark InSight Foundation
Dutch Ark researcher Gerrit Aalten
A recently translated Babylonian text states that the Ark was circular (definitely not seaworthy). However, the NAMI team discovered a round compartment within the structure they investigated. This report of a circular Ark came from the Guardian which was at least kind enough to interview veteran Ark explorer John Morris.

Respected apologist John Warwick Montgomery reached the summit of Mt. Ararat and wrote a 384 page book containing eyewitness accounts of Ark sightings (The Quest for Noah’s Ark, Bethany Fellowship, 2e, 1974).