Science & Evolution

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Posted 6/28/14 at 11:45 AM | Kyle Beshears

Evidence of God from Dr. Judge the Leviathan

So, there's this article floating around the internet that claims scientists have discovered the first evidence of God's existence. (No need for you anymore, Romans 1...)

The article has been shared almost a quarter-million times on Facebook, where I first came across it. The title was intriguing, so I went ahead and clicked on it. But the more I read, the more things seemed fishy to me. By the time I finished I felt like I was as at a fisherman's wharf.

Why? Because this article is obviously not real. It's completely fake.

Let's count the ways in which this article should raise some red flags:

  1. It's from the Wyoming Institute of Technology... which doesn't actually exist. Don't believe me? Go to their website and try to apply or even get a campus tour. Good luck!
  2. It claims that a fictitious institute joined up with the Human Genome Project and Bob Jones University, but neither of these real institutions make the same claim.
  3. Its author is Dr. Richter DasMeerungeheuer, which means Judge the Leviathan in German – not a real name.
  4. It cites BJU professor Matthew Boulder as being part of the discovery who is about as real as Dr. Judge the Leviathan.

All this reminds us of one simple lesson – you can't always trust everything you read on the internet, even if you want to. FULL POST

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 5/21/14 at 11:17 AM | Kyle Beshears

What's In a Day? Young vs Old Earth Creationism

What’s in a day? That’s the big question when it comes to any interpretation of Genesis 1 that is not a literal, plain reading of the text.

Taken at plainest reading, there is little getting around the fact that the author of Genesis recounts the timeframe in which God created the entire universe. Turns out, that’s a week – six days, with a seventh day of rest.

Then, when we add up the genealogies (assuming they don’t skip generations at any point) we are given about 5,700 – 10,000 years of history from Adam to us. This six-day creation with a young earth are central to the idea of Young Earth Creationism (YEC).

Yet, there are many who argue that a plain reading of Genesis 1 actually does the text a disservice. They say that the earth is much older than 10,000 years because of scientific evidence. These folks typically subscribe to Old Earth Creationism (OEC), along with Intelligent Design (ID) and Theistic Evolution (TE). FULL POST

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.

Posted 5/3/14 at 3:37 PM | Mike Keas

Tyson Promotes Naturalistic Spirituality in Cosmos TV Series

Neil Tyson and the Cosmos TV series crew are to be congratulated for their contribution to science education, but they have also made many unsubstantiated scientific, historical, and theological claims that do not bear up under close scrutiny. I'll focus on Tyson's promotion of naturalistic spirituality.

Tyson proclaims "Our ancestors worshipped the sun. They were far from foolish. It makes good sense to revere the sun and stars because we are their children." Just because all life is built out of elements cooked up in stars, does not mean that reverance for stars like our sun is appropriate. Furthermore, the recipe for life is much more complicated than "just add water" to heavy elements cooked up in suns. FULL POST

Posted 4/25/14 at 2:35 PM | Barry Bowen

Is Planning a Requirement for the Development of Life?

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Rice Paper Butterfly

Imagine building a house without a blueprint. Sounds challenging, right? However, many scientists believe that life forms which are more complex than a house resulted from evolutionary processes that do not include planning.

Author Jay Richards provides 8 definitions of the word evolution in his book God and Evolution. Evolution News & Views posts the list here.

Let's take a look at definition #6:

"Blind watchmaker" thesis: the idea that all organisms have descended from common ancestors solely through unguided, unintelligent, purposeless, material processes such as natural selection acting on random variations or mutations; that the mechanisms of natural selection, random variation and mutation, and perhaps other similarly naturalistic mechanisms, are completely sufficient to account for the appearance of design in living organisms. FULL POST

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