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NASA Said It, So It Must Be So

NASA Said It, So It Must Be So

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: Read More

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Can the Age of the Earth be Calculated?

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 themselves1 Read More

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

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 Read More

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Metamorphosis: Changed Lives & God’s Glory

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 Read More

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

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 Read More

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

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

The earth has a magnetic field pointing almost north-south—only 115° 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 Read More

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Jesus’ Apostle’s Tomb Unearthed in Turkey

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 Read More

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Backpackers, Dinosaurs and the Great Commission

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 Read More

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

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 Read More

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‘Mainstream science’, theology, and Genesis

‘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 Read More