Science & Evolution

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Posted 8/20/14 at 9:54 PM | Mike Keas

World War I and Darwinism: New Online Documentary

This summer marks the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War. By August 1914 many nations had joined the horrible conflict that would take 16 million lives. Although many factors contributed to the beginning of the Great War, a new documentary from Discovery Institute explores the Darwinian ideological connection.

The documentary relies heavily on the work of historian Richard Weikart who is one of the worlds leading experts on German Darwinism up through the Second World War. He has published many essays in refereed journals about the history of German Darwinism as well as several books on this fascinating topic.

The Biology of the Second Reich: Social Darwinism and the Origins of World War I debuted a few days ago. This 14-minute documentary introduces how Darwinian racial theory helped drive German intellectual and military leaders in the years leading up to 1914.

One of the key sources for the argument advanced in this documentary is Headquarters Nights by Darwinian biologist Vernon Kellogg. This book chronicles some of Kellogg's conversations with German officers and intellectuals during the early part of World War I. Here is one excerpt from that book (some of this is in the documentary): FULL POST

Posted 8/6/14 at 12:41 PM | Larry Dozier

Science & the Bible - A Student Manual

Has modern science proven that the Bible is scientifically unreliable or inaccurate? Has the widely touted evolutionary concept of the origin of man been scientifically proven? What evidence do the evolutionists use in support of this proposed scientific definition of the origin of man? As a Bible believing Christian, can I successfully defend the biblical account of creation, scientifically? These and other questions will be answered in this student manual.

First, we must understand that we live in an environment that continually preaches the ideology of the religion of Secular Humanism as defined by the US Supreme Court and The Humanist Manifestos I & II. For over 40 years, many American public schools have been dogmatically teaching evolution as scientific fact, rather than scientific theory. They have frequently pointed to certain dating methods as proof of an earth that is millions and billions of years old; however, after being questioned about their scientific methods, they have also admitted that the same scientific data could be interpreted as thousands of years old, but they do not mention that in the public school textbooks. In addition, it has been found that these same scientists have dated certain artifacts as millions of years old only to find out later they were scientifically proven to be completely wrong. Also, the print and broadcast media are persistently indoctrinating Americans with evolutionary ideology by saying that the world is “millions and billions of years old”, while the Bible clearly says that God created everything in six literal days according to the literal meaning of the Old Testament Hebrew word used in the book of Genesis. Further, Time, Nature and National Geographic magazines along with the Discovery Channel, the movie Jurassic Park, The Learning Channel and Animal Planet regularly affirm evolutionary ideology without questioning its accuracy or authority. As a result, pollster George Barna found that in the US “a minority of ‘born again’ adults (44%) and an even smaller proportion of born again teenagers (9%) are certain of the existence of absolute moral truth.” Adolph Hitler, a self avowed Secular Humanist, once said, “You don’t have to tell the people the truth. Just keep repeating a lie long enough and they’ll start believing it”. It appears that many public schools have allowed their teachers to use the same cynical, humanistic ideology as Adolph Hitler. FULL POST

Posted 7/16/14 at 11:08 AM | Mike Keas

Milestones in a Year of Darwin's Doubt

Let's review recent significant discussion of Stephen Meyer's book Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design. Darwin's Doubt passed the 500-reviews milestone on Amazon just before the book's one year anniversary on June 18. Reviews, both popular and professional, indicate that even many critics of intelligent design have found it difficult to simply ignore Meyer's bestseller (although many of the critical reviews display ignorance of the book's precise evidential arguments).

ENV put it this way:

What's the biggest failure of the critics who tried to knock down the argument Steve Meyer makes in Darwin's Doubt -- Matzke, Prothero, Cook in The New Yorker, Farrell in National Review, etc., with the important exception of Marshall in Science? As Meyer says above [use link above to see video], it's the failure to wrestle with or really even to properly acknowledge the book's main argument. That is, the problem of where all the new genetic and epigenetic information needed to build the Cambrian animals came from. FULL POST

Posted 7/9/14 at 11:53 PM | CP Blogs

Interesting Environmental News: Drop in Carbon Dioxide Emissions

aluminum cans
Photo: Flickr/Jasonk - Creative Commons

Interesting fact from the Can Manufacturers Institute:

"In 1972, one pound of aluminum yielded only 21.75 cans. Today, by using less material to make each can, one pound of aluminum makes approximately 33 cans—a 52 percent improvement."

Energy savings from more efficient manufacturing processes have contributed to a drop in energy use. According to the World Bank, carbon dioxide emssions per person have decreased in Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States.

The Cato Institute credits free enterprise as one of the reasons for the decline "because a concern for public opinion coupled with a desire to limit inputs (both of which affect profits) incentivize businesses to reduce emissions."

But the good news doesn't end there. The Environmental Protection Agency reports, "In the United States, since 1990, the management of forests and non-agricultural land has acted as a net sink of CO2, which means that more CO2 is removed from the atmosphere, and stored in plants and trees, than is emitted."

Posted 6/12/14 at 9:31 AM | Brian Wallace

New Technology At The World Cup

There's new technology being showcased at the World Cup. Check out this infographic for all the details.

Posted 6/4/14 at 5:51 PM | Barry Bowen

A Misunderstanding of Intelligent Design

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DNA double helix

Sometimes I share stories about intelligent design or evolution on my Facebook wall in hopes that my friends will re-evaluate their beliefs on this topic. Instead small arguments usually pop up.

Yesterday I posted the following:

A group of scientists opposed to Darwin's theory have set up a website to support their views. These scientists are not creationists or supporters of intelligent design. Instead they believe in evolution in which natural selection is not the primary driver of biological innovation. (Why am I pointing this out? Many people falsely assume the consensus view is proven beyond doubt. No it isn't. Also, there are atheists opposed to Darwin's theory. This debate goes beyond religion.)

The response was predictable. Several friends were critical of my post. In response to one of their questions, I answered: FULL POST

Posted 6/4/14 at 8:40 AM | Mike Keas

Darwin's Doubt Just Got Bigger: Stephen Meyer's Expanded Edition of Landmark Book, and "The Third Way"

Nobel laureate Francis Crick once warned: "Biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but rather evolved." What Mad Pursuit (1990), page 138. Why is the constant reminder needed? Repeat the mantra often enough, and it might ward off the doubts one naturally has about materialistic theories like neo-Darwinism, when seeing the jolting appearance of design at all levels of nature, from the fine-tuning of the universe for life, to life itself.

A year ago Stephen Meyer published Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design. This was a game changer for the evolution debate. Yesterday, Darwin's Doubt just got bigger in its expanded edition, which sports a new 35-page epilogue in which Meyer answers the more substantive challenges to his argument -- from scientists including Charles Marshall, Donald Prothero and Nick Matzke. The epilogue digs deeper into the origin of biological information, the time frame of the Cambrian explosion, cladistic classification methods, and the mystery of the missing ancestors.

Meyer remarks:

Having considered the arguments in Darwin's Doubt, readers will recognize the challenge it offers to traditional evolutionary thinking and perhaps wonder how stalwart defenders of evolutionary theory have responded. FULL POST

Posted 6/3/14 at 11:16 AM | Brian Wallace

Putting Forests To Work

Forests have the ability to clean our air, but only if we manage them correctly. This infographic breaks it down.

Posted 5/19/14 at 1:46 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

21 Ways God Is Sovereign Over the Environment

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Wind blows palm trees.

By Paul Tautges

It’s amazing how much time and energy is spent thinking and talking about environmental issues today. Sadly, most of it is done without any reference to God, who controls every aspect of it. Whether rain or snow, cold or heat, wind or stagnant air, the Lord is the one who continues to uphold it by the mighty power of His Son. It is Jesus Christ who “upholds all things by the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3).

What parts of the environment does God control? Over what does His sovereignty reign? Here are 21 ways God is sovereign over the environment. Let this get you started on your own Bible study that is sure to encourage your heart and strengthen your faith.

  1. He created and controls the seasons (Genesis 1:14; Psalms 74:16-17; 104:19).
  2. He raises the sun every morning (Psalm 104:19).
  3. He created, named, and leads the stars (Psalm 147:4; Job 38:32-33).
  4. He causes the wind to blow (Exodus 14:21; Job 28:25-27; Psalm 78:26; Jonah 1:4; Matthew 8:26-27; Mark 4:39-41; Luke 8:24-25; James 5:17-18).
  5. He created and controls the water cycle (Job 26:8-9; Job 5:10; Psalm 135:7; 147:8; Matthew 5:45; Acts 14:17; Joel 2:23).
  6. He sustains the earth (Job 5:10; Psalm 135:6).
  7. He sends the morning dew (Proverbs 3:19-20).
  8. He causes lunar eclipses (Job 26:8-9;
  9. He provides for the growth of grass and crops (Psalm 147:8;
  10. He sends lightning (Job 37:1-18; Job 1:16).
  11. He sends loud thunderstorms, which I love (Jeremiah 10:13; 1 Samuel 12:17-18).
  12. He sends hail and snow, ice and frost (Psalm 148:8; Job 38:22-30).
  13. He nourishes the earth so that it produces crops and fruit (Leviticus 26:4; Job 36:26-33; Deuteronomy 11:10-15; 28:12; Zechariah 10:1; Psalms 104:13-14).
  14. He brings the spring seedtime and fall harvest (Jeremiah 5:24; Genesis 8:22; Deuteronomy 33:13-14).
  15. He paints the rainbow of His promise (Genesis 9:14-16).
  16. He sends earthquakes (Psalms 68:7-9).
  17. He provides plentiful pasturelands for livestock (Isaiah 30:23).
  18. He sends the scorching sun (Genesis 8:22; Jonah 4:8).
  19. He withholds rain, causing drought (1 Kings 8:35-36; 2 Chronicles 6:26-27).
  20. He will destroy the present earth with fire—the ultimate global warming (2 Peter 3:10).
  21. He will create a new heaven and a new earth where He will forever dwell with His redeemed ones (Revelation 21:1-5).

What Is Your Attitude Toward the Weather?

Jerry Bridges, in his book Trusting God, astutely reminds us that our attitude about the weather reveals our attitude toward God. FULL POST

Posted 5/6/14 at 1:05 PM | Brian Wallace

How Your Brain Works

Have you ever wondered how your brain works? This infographic outlines some basic psychological principles.

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