There has been a wave of atheist YouTube videos attacking the morality of the Bible, arguing that not only is it not original in its good moral teachings, but that it also advocates some moral atrocities such as murder and slavery. First, it must be noted that the atheist has no logical ground for saying that anything is ‘good’ or ‘bad’, other than his own personal preferences.
Alex A. from the United States writes in response to the article Racism a consequence of evolution?
And why is it important?
Often, people challenge biblical creationists with comments along the lines of, “I believe God created, and I don’t believe in evolution, but He could have taken billions of years, so what’s the big deal about the age of the earth?” Some claim that an emphasis on ‘6 literal days, 6,000 years ago’ even keeps people away from the faith, so “Why be so dogmatic? Why emphasize something so strongly that’s not a salvation issue?”
This week’s correspondence deals with how to answer questions about evolution on exams, and how to spot common evolutionary fallacies based on the fossil record.
L.W. from New Zealand wrote:
I am a Christian teenage girl with strong belief in a young earth and biblical creation. At the moment, I feel pulled from every side to consider evolution. I will be learning about it in school soon and that’s ok but should I answer exam questions from a creation viewpoint or do you think not?
With NASA’s announcement about space DNA barely off the grid, a new warning of possible alien invasion has been announced. The University of Pennsylvania’s Geography and Meteorology departments, along with a representative from NASA’s Planetary Space Division, have combined to produce a study entitled, Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis. The abstract explains the major focus of their research:
Achbishop James Ussher has been the butt of more ridicule on the subject of suggesting a date for the creation of the world, and ultimately the universe, than anyone else in history. He proposed the date of October 23, 4004 BC, and this date appeared as a marginal footnote in many Bibles up until the mid twentieth century. What should we think about his work that brought him to this conclusion?
In most history books it is close to impossible to tell where the source of the information was derived, and separating the editorials from the facts is even harder. This is not the case with Ussher’s work. It contains more than twelve thousand footnotes from secular sources and over two thousand quotes from the Bible or the Apocrypha. There is little to no editorializing and most editorial comments are from the original writers themselves.1
That was a recent headline on a feature article from ScienceNews online. And without missing a beat, the primetime networks carried the story on the evening news. Please forgive me for being a tad skeptical concerning this announcement. I have lived long enough to see a plethora of allegedly astounding discoveries in support the Theory of Evolution find their way onto the junk heap of phony exaggerations. This news story was prompted by the discovery of NASA-funded researchers who say these meteorites that were likely (I guess that means they are not positive of their extraterrestrial origin) created in space.
They claim the research gives support to the theory that a “kit” of ready-made parts created in space and delivered to Earth by meteorite and comet impacts assisted the origin of life (NASA, 2011). As I read further, I learned the actual discovery did not include the actual biochemical components of DNA, but only minute traces of two of the four so-called building blocks of life.
I sometimes marvel at how we (myself included) routinely overlook some of the ways our God has revealed Himself through His magnificent creation. After all, as Romans 1:20 indicates, God’s awesome qualities are clearly revealed in all the works of His creation, so that no man can credibly deny His existence: “For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”
The evidence is overwhelming and can be witnessed everywhere. The “invisible God” is truly not hidden from us, but can be plainly “seen” throughout His created realm. Indeed, our God manifests His glory in an infinite number of ways—both large and small—throughout His creation
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?
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.
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.
“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.
Richard M., a frequent antagonist from the United States, writes in response to the article The illusion of millions of years:
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.