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Can the Age of the Earth be Calculated?


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

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DNA Building Blocks Can Be Made in Space, NASA Evidence Suggests


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.

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Metamorphosis: Changed Lives & God’s Glory


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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