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Do I have to believe in a literal creation to be a Christian?

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Creation Ministries International

By this I mean believe that God created the world in six normal days, that there was then a real rebellion against God by an actual Adam and Eve, followed by the entry of death, suffering and carnivory into a once-perfect world, and that the first chapters of Genesis are a literal, historical account of all this. So does one have to believe this to be a Christian?

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The Earth's Magnetic Field: Evidence that the Earth is Young

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The earth has a magnetic field pointing almost north-south—only 11.5° off. This is an excellent design feature of our planet: it enables navigation by compasses, and it also shields us from dangerous charged particles from the sun. It is also powerful evidence that the earth must be as young as the Bible teaches.

In the 1970s, the creationist physics professor Dr Thomas Barnes noted that measurements since 1835 have shown that the field is decaying at 5% per century1 (also, archaeological measurements show that the field was 40% stronger in AD 1000 than today2). Barnes, the author of a well-regarded electromagnetism textbook,3 proposed that the earth’s magnetic field was caused by a decaying electric current in the earth’s metallic core (see side note). Barnes calculated that the current could not have been decaying for more than 10,000 years, or else its original strength would have been large enough to melt the earth. So the earth must be younger than that.

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Jesus' Apostle's Tomb Unearthed in Turkey

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Italian archaeologists working at the site of Hierapolis in southwestern Turkey believe they have discovered the tomb of St. Philip, one of Jesus’ 12 apostles. According to excavator Francesco D’Andria, Philip’s tomb has traditionally been associated with the martyrium church built at the site,*though no evidence of the ancient burial was ever found. Last month, however, D’Andria and his team located a smaller church less than 150 feet away from the martyrium that appears to contain the grave of the apostle.

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Backpackers, Dinosaurs and the Great Commission

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Creation Ministries International

“This was so much more interesting than just the usual backpacker chit-chat—thanks so much!”

That was the last comment from this young German couple, as we waved goodbye. They were some of the tens of thousands of so-called ‘backpacker’ tourists that visit Australia’s tropical north in the state of Queensland each year. The term refers to those, mostly young people, who come for extended periods of time, usually months on end, camping and/or staying in budget accommodation, the so-called ‘backpacker hostels’. The trip for them is often part of an extensive odyssey which can involve many countries. Many are keen to get to know the local culture and community, including going ‘off the beaten track’, much more than the bulk of tourists.

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Do Creationists Have to Resort to Secular Ideas to Explain Geology and Astronomy?

This week’s feedback deals with the place and limits of ‘scientific’ explanations within the biblical worldview. Dr Don Batten and Shaun Doyle respond.

Richard M., a frequent antagonist from the United States, writes in response to the article The illusion of millions of years:

Dear CMI

In this article, you say that “Computer modeling and sedimentation experiments indicate that such a Flood can easily explain the rock layers.” The only way that you can draw any conclusion, especially your foregone one, from such experiments is to make uniformitarian assumptions.

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'Mainstream science', theology, and Genesis

The folly of theologians favouring the 'science of the day' over biblical foundations

Nigel K., a student in training for ministry, wrote to CMI’s Dr Carl Wieland as follows:

Dear Dr Wieland In a recent Systematic Theology class discussion on Chapter 4 (creation) of the Westminster Confession of Faith my professor said that “a 6-day creation was regarded as an impossibility by mainstream scientists, no more credible than a flat earth.”   I subsequently met with him today and asked that he would acknowledge before the class that highly-respected, highly-qualified scientists examining the same data could conclude that it was possible to hold to a literal 6-day creation.

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Refuting Richard Dawkins on Evolution

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Creation Ministries International

A powerful new book (by the author of the world’s topselling creationist book, Refuting Evolution1) picks up the gauntlet thrown down by the world’s most prominent anti-Christian.

Perhaps the best-known and most vocal opponent of all forms of theistic religion (but especially biblical Christianity) is Dr Richard Dawkins. Probably hundreds of thousands of people have been turned away from any vestige of a belief in God through his writings.

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The 'Vital Mission' for Atheists: Discrediting the Supernatural

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Speaking of false prophets, Jesus warned his disciples, “You shall know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:16)

Hence my dismay when certain church leaders say that Charles Darwin’s evolutionary ideas do not challenge Christianity. Are they not aware of the tragic fruits of Darwin’s writings?

University of Chicago evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne observed that the impact of Origin of Species was such that Darwin “in the end so convinced his readers that they not only bought his ideas, but in the process jettisoned three thousand years [sic] of religious explanation for life and its apparent design.”1

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Soldiers and Scoffers: Defending Creation

Creation Ministries International offers a public challenge:

This week’s correspondence illustrates some of the reasons why CMI exists: to give aid to believers in the war of ideas where they are, and to stand as a public challenge to scoffers. CMI’s Dr Don Batten and Dr Tas Walker respond.

Neville L. from Australia writes:

I am writing for your assistance, please. Maybe Don Batten or someone else (if Don is away) might be able to help.

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Men’s Breakfast Talk on Creation

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by Ronald S. Bessette

Sometimes God wants us to get out of our comfort zone.  Well, let me tell you, getting up to speak to any kind of group is not what I would call being in my comfort zone.  But I do believe that the Living God is calling me to share these things with you.

What I want to share with you involves what God has done in my heart during the last 10 years.  When I was trying to put this talk together, I kept asking myself “How am I going to fit the last two and a half years of study into 25 minutes?” 

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Cain’s wife and brother-sister intermarriages

From Creation Ministries Internationals

Nicholas J. from the USA disputes our solution for Mrs Cain because of the Mosaic Law against brother-sister intermarriage, and proposes an alternative. Dr Jonathan Sarfati of CMI–US (formerly CMI–Australia) defends our solution, explains the reason for the Jewish law, and why it didn't apply to Cain.

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First Adam - Last Adam

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Both are vital to the Gospel ... but exactly how?

The Bible presents Adam as the first man, and gives the Lord Jesus Christ the curious title of 'the last Adam' (1 Corinthians 15:45). What does this term mean, and why is it given? What are the similarities between Adam and Jesus that warrant Jesus having this title? What are the differences?

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Top 10 Consequences of Evolution?

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 Smithsonian blunders again!

When as venerable an institution as the Smithsonian puts out an article, one would expect it to have sound scientific information, even if we would disagree with the evolutionary interpretation of that information. Yet it gained infamy when it booted out researcher Dr Richard Sternberg merely for publishing a pro—intelligent-design article in the journal Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington which he edited (see the documentary Expelled).

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