Best Evidence for Evolution: Examining Common “Best Proofs” Of Evolution

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

(From the larger article “What’s the Evidence?“) Typically, textbooks, museums, zoos, and the popular media present a very one-sided, evolutionary approach to the question of origins, with no consideration of the possibility of creation by an intelligent designer. This section will show how data, which is usually interpreted as “proof” of evolution, can be interpreted through a different set of glasses. For study purposes, this evidence is grouped under 4 categories: Change The evolutionary claim is that organisms change, thus proving evolution. Let’s examine this claim. In the broadest sense, the term, evolution, just means “change,” so at that level there is no contest. However, “evolution” as generally defined in the origins debate refers more specifically to the idea that the first “simple” cell arose spontaneously by natural processes sometime in the distant past, and that major changes have occurred naturally over time, producing the vast array of life we see today. This would obviously require the generation of tremendous amounts of new genetic information. Is there evidence for this magnitude of change? Evolutionary textbooks often include evidences like the various beak forms in Darwin’s famous Galapagos finches, color variations in peppered moths, antibiotic resistance in bacteria, and DDT resistance in insects.  For each of these examples, it is necessary to determine the type and amount of change, and then see if this is adequate to explain the evolution of organisms from molecules to man simply by natural processes.  In our experience, most evidences of change used to “prove” evolution in textbooks are relatively minor changes within the basic type of organism, not changes from one kind of organism to another. These examples are sometimes called, “microevolution” or “adaptation,” but finches are still finches, moths are still moths, and bacteria are still bacteria. Evolutionists may speculate that these minor changes could add up to become major changes, but it is just speculation, since there is no direct evidence that this is what has truly occurred. A Creationist View of Change Creationists agree that organisms can undergo change, but that this change is limited. The basic kinds of organisms were created distinctly at some time in the past, and that there has been variation or diversification within those created kinds, but that one “kind” does not change into another “kind.” This is consistent with the creation account in Genesis where the phrase “after its/their kind” occurs ten times. Thus, the creatures we see today are descendants of the originally created “kinds.” Research is still needed to determine more accurately how to identify these kinds today, but they are generally thought to be at levels higher than the species level. For example, consider the various dog breeds. Evolutionists and creationists both see change. The evolutionist would have to assume that all the traits for large dogs or small dogs, spots or no spots, and various forms and color combinations were produced by...

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Great Evidences for Creation

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

(From the larger article “What’s the Evidence?“) Intelligent Design or Blind Chance? It’s a Battle of Worldviews! Dr. Scott Todd says, “Even if all the data point to an intelligent designer, such an hypothesis is excluded from science because it is not naturalistic.” (Correspondence to Nature, September 30, 1999) So much for truth! However, Todd’s statement clearly reflects the philosophical viewpoint of Naturalism. This belief system teaches that “reality is composed solely of matter and that all phenomena can be explained in terms of natural causes . . .” (David Noebel, Understanding the Times, Revised 2nd Ed, p. 101) But wait! Who said that all scientific explanations have to be naturalistic? Traditionally, science has been the search for knowledge. According to an older Webster’s dictionary, science is defined as: “systematized knowledge derived from observation, study, and experimentation.” However, in recent years, science has been re-defined by many to include only naturalistic explanations of physical phenomenon. This “new” definition of science is a clear expression of the worldview of naturalism. Keep in mind, whoever makes the definition controls the classroom. With the “new” definition, only naturalistic evolution can be defined as science; intelligent design is defined as religion because it demands a designer. Therefore, using the new definition, along with a misapplication of separation of church and state, intelligent design has to be banned from the classroom. Sneaky trick, isn’t it? Now maybe you can better understand the conflict (and fury) in several states when the state school boards tried to remove the words “only naturalistic” from the definition of science in the state science standards. It’s not really a battle over science – it’s a battle of competing worldviews. On the surface, this “naturalistic” definition of science seems to be OK. After all, science deals with the natural world, doesn’t it? And isn’t it the goal of science to understand the physical properties at work in this natural world? But look a little deeper. What if there really is no “natural” explanation of something? What if there really is a supernatural realm? Would an objective scientist reject evidence of a supernatural designer just because it wasn’t a naturalistic explanation? If science is viewed according to the more traditional definition, as a search for truth or knowledge regarding life and the physical universe, then an acceptable “scientific” interpretation of the data should include the proposal of an intelligent designer if the data seems to point that direction. Although we might seek a natural explanation, the key point is we should not be limited in our search to only naturalistic causes. We think this approach makes for better science, and yes, it also fits with our worldview! Read the following great evidences for creation: How Do You Recognize Design in Nature?  How does a person recognize intelligent design versus something that is naturally occurring? Arrowheads are commonly distinguished from naturally occurring rock forms. Experience and observation tell us that rocks do not “naturally” take...

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3 Nails in the Evolutionary Coffin

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

(From the larger article “What’s the Evidence?“) Nail #1 Mutation and Natural Selection—A Dead theory Dr. John Sanford, a top genetics researcher from Cornell University (Credentials below), has discovered that that the genetic load caused by detrimental mutations is mounting up so quickly in large genomes that Darwin’s famous “natural selection” cannot reverse it. Therefore species are not getting better, but are being driven to extinction. He concludes that the driving force for evolution, which he refers to as the Primary Axiom of Evolution, is dead wrong. In his book, Genetic Entropy & The Mystery of the Genome, he says, “If the genome must degenerate, then the Primary Axiom is wrong. It is not just implausible. It is not just unlikely. It is absolutely dead wrong. It is not just a false axiom. It is an unsupported and discredited hypothesis which can be confidently rejected.  (P. 144.) This is not just a nail in the evolutionary coffin, it is a spike. If we take solid research seriously, it sure seems like evolutionists should start planning the Funeral Service for Evolution!  Credentials: Dr. John Sanford • Cornell University Professor and genetic researcher • Published over 70 scientific articles • Granted over 25 patents • Co-inventor of the biolistic process (gene gun), pathogen-derived resistance, and genetic immunization • Founded two biotech businesses, Biolistics, Inc., and Sanford         Scientific, Inc. Nail #2  Irreducible Complexity: ”Irreducible complexity” is a term coined by Michael Behe in his book, Darwin’s Black Box.  It refers to a specific type of complexity in which highly integrated systems have multiple parts and reactions that work together only as a whole. Eliminating any one piece renders the entire system unworkable. (Behe uses a common mousetrap as an example.) Evolution supposedly operates by natural selection perfecting less-developed systems. However, in irreducibly complex systems, simpler systems don’t work at all, indicating that mutation and natural selection could not have produced them. Three examples follow which are condensed from Behe’s book. Blood Clotting System: This system clearly shows evidence of irreducible complexity. Fibrin forms the main clot, but if present in quantity, it would produce spontaneous blood clots all over the body causing death. So fibrin must exist in an inactive form that needs to be activated. The activator and what activates it plus many more critical chemicals must also exist in inactive forms; otherwise one would activate the other causing death from unwanted clots. In other words, many crucial components are needed. All of them need to be activated to produce a blood clot. The whole system needs to be in place in the right order and working together or none of it works at all. This type of irreducibly complex system demands an Intelligent Designer! 5,6 The Immune System: Our amazing immune system defies evolutionary origin. Blood antibodies, the heroes, are equipped to (1) recognize and (2) destroy the antigens (germs) and still (3) tolerate the organism’s own components. The only way antibodies can destroy...

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Ask Now The Beasts

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Kid's Think & Believe Too! | 0 comments

“Hey, kids! Head on out to the flower garden, while I get a book from the library,” said Mr. Jones.  “I want to show you some of God’s wonderful creatures.” “What’s up, Dad?” asked Billy. “This morning I was reading my Bible, and in Job, chapter 12, verse 7, it says, ‘But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee;’ I wondered, what could the animals teach me?” “Animals can’t talk, Dad.  How can they teach us anything?” asked Mary. “Actually Mary, some animals can communicate, even though they are not using our language.  However, I think by just looking at them we might learn something.  So here is what I want you to do.  Walk around in the flower garden and see how many different animals and insects you can spot,” instructed Mr. Jones. After about ten minutes Mr. Jones called the children back.  “Well, what did you kids see?” Both children started talking at once.  “Whoa!  Slow down.  How about one at a time, starting with Billy,” laughed Mr. Jones. Counting on his fingers, Billy began, “I saw a bird, an ant, and ah… a bee, and a spider, ah … bug with a jillion legs…” “That was a centipede, Billy,” interrupted Mary, “and there were at least four different kinds of birds.” “I’m not finished,” frowned Billy.  “And I saw a spider… oops… I already said that.  Oh yeah!  I saw our cat, Felix!” Shutting her eyes, Mary began to recall, “I saw four kinds of birds, three different beetles, one green and one brown grasshopper, four different colored caterpillars, two butterflies, a red ant and a black ant, ladybugs, bees, wasps, three kinds of spiders, a couple of flies, some mosquitoes, two centipedes, and of course Felix!” “Wow, you guys did great,” explained Mr. Jones.  “If I had given you more time, you would have probably found even more.  God created a huge number of different life forms in the air, in and on the earth, and in the sea.  More than a million different animal species have been discovered, and millions of different kinds of insects.  Scientists think that there are still thousands of creatures to be found!”  “What is a species, Dad?”  asked Mary. “That’s a hard question, Mary.  Scientists can’t seem to agree on exactly what a species is.  It is usually a kind of creature that can only have babies with another like itself.” “So those two grasshoppers I saw are different species?” “Well, they could be,” answered Mr. Jones.  “However, they might also be the same kind of a grasshopper with different colors.  These differences are what some scientists call ‘variation in kind.’” “This book tells how many species of some creatures have been found.  Scientists have named over 10,000 species of bees, wasps and ants.  There are over 110,000 species of butterflies and moths, and wow … over...

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The Arrogance of Man

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

What arrogant creatures we human beings are!  We think we know so much, and that given enough time, we can solve all our problems by science and education.  Yet in reality, how frail and insignificant we are compared to our great Creator. Remember the story of Job?  He and his friends tried and tried to understand his suffering.  Finally, after they had failed to come to a satisfactory explanation through their human reasoning, God answered Job out of the storm with a series of questions reminding Job of God’s Sovereignty, Wisdom, Majesty and Power as Creator of the Universe.  That was enough for Job – he repented and quieted himself before God. Over and over again in Scripture God claims that He is the Creator and Ruler of the heavens and earth, and that we are his creatures.  The awareness of this should bring us to our knees in worship and awe.  However, when we refuse to accept God’s explanation for the world as it is, we arrive at alternate explanations that seem plausible only for the moment.  In the long run, though, the feebleness of our thinking becomes evident. How often, even in our lifetimes, have scientific “facts” been relegated to the scrap heap because of new discoveries.  The obvious truth is that science is always changing, because we don’t know everything and we are continually discovering new things.  How foolish then it is to rely on science to give us answers in matters of eternal importance! In Romans 1, Paul tells us that God has made Himself known in the natural world, and that men who reject him will be held responsible.  He says, “Professing to be wise, they became fools.”  How foolish man’s theories look when viewed through the glasses of time!  Since we know that theories that were “modern” just a few years ago are now laughed at, how foolish then to think that we know better than God!  His Word never changes.  He is always the same. “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord?  Or who has been his counsellor? Who has ever given to God that God should repay him? For from him and through him and to him are all things.  To him be the glory forever! Amen.”               (Romans 11:33-36)   By Dave and Mary Jo Nutting This was published as an article in the March/April 1992 Think and Believe. Please call our office or email us at aoi@discovercreation.org for additional resources on these...

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The Horned Lizard

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

What is a toad that is not really a toad at all? It’s the Phrynosoma, or Horned Lizard, found only in the western areas of the United States and Mexico. Usually called a Horned Toad, Horny Toad, and even Horned Frog, the Horned Lizard is neither a toad nor a frog. In fact it is not an amphibian at all. It is a reptile! The nicknames come from the horned lizard’s rounded toad-like face, and because it has a short, wide, and squat body like that of a frog or toad. Horned Lizards are fearsome looking. Their heads are covered with a rugged row of sharp, pointed horns (true horns with bone inside). Longer pointed horns sticking out over their eyes give them a fierce dragon-like appearance. They have a very wide, squat, flattened body. The tail is short and wide where it connects to the body, tapering to a point on the end. The tail and sides of the Horned Lizard are edged with sharp spines made from special scales. Some of them have a double row of spines along their sides. Along the back are rows of short, sharp, cone-shaped spines. The colors of a Horned Lizard are normally close to the colors of the dirt where they live. The head and back is usually a desert gray. Their body markings are in soft shades of brown, tan, yellow, or red. Their bellies are a pale, yellowish gray. They can change their colors from dark to light or from light to dark in only minutes. Their colors help them blend into their surroundings, making them hard to find. When frightened, the first thing the Horned Lizard will usually do is flatten their bodies close to the ground and sit really still to keep from being seen. If this doesn’t work, they might run in short rapid bursts and then stop very quickly, hoping to confuse the eyesight of the one chasing them. If this fails, they have been known to fill their lungs with air, puffing up their horny body, making it look bigger and painful to swallow. They will also twist and throw their head around while hissing a lot, pretending to be meaner than they really are. Four types of Horned Lizards have another trick they use to protect themselves … they squirt blood from their eyeballs! By cutting off the blood leaving their head, the blood pressure in their head increases and bursts tiny blood vessels around their eyelids, causing the blood to shoot out. They can squirt a stream of blood from their eyes as far as 5 feet!  The flying blood not only confuses the hunters, but it also tastes real nasty to canines (dog kind) and felines (cat kind). The nasty taste of the blood doesn’t seem to bother birds. If the hunter still tries to pick up the Horned Lizard,...

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Stars

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

On a clear night, an unaided observer can see somewhere around 2000 stars.  With a telescope multitudes more become visible.  How many are there in all?  No one really knows, and yet the Bible records God’s promise to Abraham thousands of years ago:  “In blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is upon the sea shore” (Gen. 22:17).  Just as no man could ever count the grains of sand on the sea shore, none could count the stars.  But the bible says that God not only numbers them, but calls them all by name. Though the stars all look much alike to the human eye, scientific studies based on light analysis show that they differ from one another in size, composition, and distance.  Scientists have grouped and categorized them according to their brightness and assumed surface temperature.  These categories range from blue-white (bright, hot) to red (cool, dim).  The categories are not distinct, however, and the dividing lines seem to be rather arbitrary.  Even our estimates of distances which are frequently based upon star brightness are speculative since we can only measure directly out a very short way into the universe.  We are only beginning to learn about our universe, but long before modern telescopes and other sophisticated instruments, the apostle Paul recognized the fact that stars differ from one another.  In 1 Cor. 15:41 he wrote, “One star differs from another star in glory.” Where did all these fantastic stars come from?  Evolutionists have come up with a very elaborate story describing the evolution of stars – yet it is merely speculation and is based upon many assumptions.  The Bible too has an explanation.  In Genesis 1:16 it says, “He made the stars also.”  That’s all, as if an after-thought.  “Oh, yes.  He made the stars too!”  Isn’t that characteristic of our God?  Myriads and myriads of stars, and just a simple statement of fact.  Is anything too difficult for God?  Then He goes on to describe in detail the object of His central concern – man.  David said, “When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy finger, the moon and the stars which Thou hast ordained; what is man that Thou dost take thought of him?  And the son of man that Thou dost care for him?”  (Ps. 8:3-4).  To God, it is not the stars that give Him great pleasure – it is man.  We are the recipients of His special love and concern.  What a privilege! (For more information see Henry Morris.  1984. The Biblical Basis of Modern Science)   By Dave Nutting This was published as an article in the November/December 1988 Think and Believe. Please call our office or email us at aoi@discovercreation.org for additional resources on these...

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Hurrah for Ants!

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

Many of us are familiar with the children’s counting song, “The ants go marching one by one…” Scientists have now discovered that at least some species of ants do appear to be counting their steps when they go marching out in search of food.  After training some desert ants to look for food in a specific location, scientists investigated how the ants could consistently locate the same source of food with seeming ease. It is known that ants will leave scent markers to guide their nest mates back to a food source. This is a rather laborious process, however, and slows the ants down.  The scientists glued extensions on the legs of some ants, lengthening their strides. When these stilt-walking ants were released to search for food, they started out in the right direction, but overshot the food source every time.  Scientists then cut the legs off other ants at the first joint, shortening their stride. Again the ants were released to search for food. This time they stopped short of the food source. The scientists concluded the scout probably lays a scent trail initially, but then the workers memorize the number of steps needed to arrive at the food. This is surprising evidence of relatively complicated communication from such a tiny creature.  Ants have a variety of ways to tell each other not only of food, but also warn the colony of danger. As mentioned above, scents, or pheromones, are an integral part of ant communication. Weaver ants have two scent glands in their abdomens and four more in their heads. They can release one or more of these chemicals at a time to convey a variety of messages. Entomologists estimate they can employ between 10 and 20 chemical “phrases” or “words” to communicate with their nest mates. These pheromone messages may be left on a hard surface or released into the air. Weaver ants also appear to use their feces to mark their territory. It is suspected there are scent components at work here, too.  A majority of species also communicate with sound. They can produce a high pitched squeak by rubbing a thin scraper located on their waist against a series of tiny parallel ridges on the adjacent abdomen. The signal is barely audible to humans. The squeaking is used for a variety of messages. Ironically, the ants are not influenced by the audible sound of the signal, but rather by the portion of the vibrations that come to them through the soil.  Ants have amazingly complicated communication systems. Are these the product of random chance, or complex by design? We don’t have to guess; God has already told us “look to the ant” (Prov. 6) for instruction. We can only add, “Hurrah! Hurrah!” By Joyce Trump Please call our office or email us at aoi@discovercreation.org for additional resources on these...

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Is Science Neutral?

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

When asked, “What is science?”  the picture that comes to most people’s minds is a man in a white coat, peering into a microscope, discovering some significant truth.  For most people, including Christians, science is basically observation and experimentation – a neutral pursuit of knowledge.  But, is this really science? Our modern view of science has become very narrow when compared to the great scientists of the past.  For example, Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines science as:  “In a general sense, knowledge, or certain knowledge; the comprehension or understanding of truth or facts by the mind… “At its very core, science is knowledge. If this is true, then science goes far beyond the scope of the laboratory.  It is the study of everything – material and immaterial.  In reality, there is a science to everything – from tadpoles to teleology. Now, pay attention to the phase “… the comprehension or understanding of truth or facts by the mind…” Science cannot simply be a collection of facts.  Facts are part of science, but science is not complete unless we comprehend and understand those facts.   Having knowledge of a thing is meaningless without also having an understanding of its purpose. Look at the scientific method for example.  It basically arises from a thought, an idea, or a need.  Someone has a question and sets out to find the answer.  As the search begins, it is done so with an intent – a purpose.  This purpose is inherently subjective and determined by the worldview of the pursuer. So, what about the scientist?  When he steps into his lab, does he leave his worldview at the door, and enter as an unbiased observer into the world of science?  Of course not!  The worldview a man holds, and the presuppositions he believes, are inseparable from him.  Whether he is an atheist or a Christian, these direct anything he puts his hand to. Ironically, the atheist, functions in a world that is driven by the purpose and intent of its Creator – whom he denies.  Yet, every day the atheistic scientist uses the natural laws that God instituted in the beginning to move from the unknown to the known.  So, whether he realizes it or not, he is functioning within God’s parameters. On the other hand, some Christians believe in the superintendence of the Creator, yet they do not extend that to the area of science.  This is a distressing paradox.  The atheistic scientist functions in a way that he doesn’t believe, and the Christian believes in a way that he doesn’t function. In reality, they both believe that science is a realm from which you can extract God and still maintain the integrity of the discipline.  But, if you do, then who governs the discipline of science?  “Nothing” cannot govern something.  Either God governs it, or man does.  There is no neutral area in between....

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Gems From Genesis – And It Was Good

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

Six times in Genesis 1, we find the phrase “It was good.”  This phrase follows a pattern:  God speaks and something happens.  Then God examines His work and pronounces it “good.”  Following the creation of man – male and female – God looks at all that He has made and says, “It is very good.” This is not a series of haphazard, trial and error events.  Rather, God follows a well thought-out plan.  He is purposeful and precise in what He does.  He doesn’t make mistakes.  Nor does He follow “dead-end” pathways or blind alleys.  Each step, each act is “good.”  How different this is from the evolutionary view of origins, based on time, chance, and natural processes – accidents, death, elimination of the “unfit,” and eons of time leading to extinction.  How different is the God of the Bible from the “gods” of evolution!  He knows what He wants and He does it – in an orderly, masterful way. Some people would have us believe that God used evolution as His method of creating.  But why would God use such a wasteful, cruel way, based on chance, struggle for survival, and death?  Evolution is not consistent with the revelation of God given in Scripture.  Throughout the Bible, we see God’s power, wisdom, and goodness.  We read that He is a God of order, not of chaos.  He continually acts to bring order out of chaos, light out of darkness, and life out of death. GOD IS GOOD!  He will not act in any manner inconsistent with His character.  He is Light and Life and Love.  And He is LORD!  All His works are done in righteousness, justice, grace, and truth.  At the cross, His love triumphed over hatred, and His goodness defeated the evil.  Even now, He is working to bring all things into conformity to His will and preparing a place for us to dwell with Him forever in righteousness.  His goodness is poured out on us abundantly day by day.  “The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.” (Ps 33:5) “O taste and see that the LORD is good:  blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Ps 34:8) “O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Ps. 118:29) By Mary Jo Nutting Originally published in the May/June 2008 issue of Think and Believe. Please call our office or email us at aoi@discovercreation.org for additional resources on these...

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Evolution: A Secular Religion?

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

We recently came across a brochure published by The Evolutionist Society entitled Evolutionism:  A Secular Religion. It made quite interesting reading, especially since we’ve so often been told that evolution is science and creation is religion.  Evolutionism was defined as “a secular religion not concerned with a supernatural god, with heaven, hell, angels, devils or experience beyond death.  It holds that these things exist only in the imagination.” “Evolutionism” as a religion is supposedly based on “science,” but it accepts as its most basic premise the theory of evolution, even though this “theory” has never been proven.  In fact, much scientific data contradicts it, although most people never have a chance to examine this data because it is not usually presented in the schools and media.  As merely one point in case, the fossil record which is frequently given as the best proof of evolution clearly demonstrates the lack of concern for what is actually the truth.  Textbooks picture neat sequences showing how fish evolved to amphibians, amphibians to reptiles, reptiles to birds and mammals, etc.  The accompanying text blatantly states that fossils show how this transition took place.  However, research into the fossil evidence discloses that these fossil intermediates simply do not exist.  In fact, no transitions have ever been found between any of the major groups of animals and plants.  How then, do the textbooks get these convincing sequences in the evolutionary “tree?”  They hire an artist to draw the supposed links, which they “know” must have existed (even though there is no evidence that they ever did). Believing in something you cannot see is frequently classified as religion.  These same people, who say they cannot believe in God because they cannot see Him, believe in intermediate fossil links that are not there.  The religious fervor of some of these individuals seems to be impenetrable by true scientific facts.  In trying to replace religious dogma with “science,” these evolutionists have merely substituted a different religious dogma.  This dogma then becomes the basis of value formation and often the guiding principle of life. We realize that not all evolutionists hold to the precepts of The Evolutionist Society and their viewpoints regarding the establishment of a secular religion.  However, if a scientific evaluation of the evidence supporting creation is excluded from consideration in the public schools on the basis that it favors a particular religious view, then evolution should also be excluded, since it definitely favors this religious view.  If the public schools are to be truly neutral in regard to the establishment of one religion over another, evolution should not be taught as the only alternative. By Dave and Mary Jo Nutting Originally published in the Sept/Oct 1985 issue of Think and Believe. Please call our office or email us at aoi@discovercreation.org for additional resources on these...

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Faith and Science

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

In most schools today, students are taught their ancestors began as slime, which changed over lots of time, into one kind of an animal after another, and finally into people. This idea is called evolution.   Some evolutionary teachers even teach it is “dumb” to believe in a Creator. They teach that faith in God and the “facts” of science do not agree. We have even heard it said, “If you believe in God, you cannot be a true scientist!” But does being a scientist mean we need to be an atheist (someone who doesn’t believe in God)? No! You can believe in God and still be a scientist! In fact many of the greatest men and women of science did not think it was “dumb” to believe in God. Many of these early scientists believed the Bible was the Word of God and could be trusted as truth. Many also believed in Jesus as the only way to be saved from our sins. As they studied the laws and workings of nature they realized that the Universe could not have made itself. They understood by the things they studied that it took a Creator to make everything (Romans 1:20). They believed that Creator was God. They thought part of science was “thinking God’s thoughts after Him.”(1) They used science to understand and use the laws God made in nature to help mankind, and to give God glory. Here are just a few early, Bible-believing scientists whose patient study and investigation led to the scientific age: 1. Francis Bacon (15611626) came up with the scientific method … a way of study in which a hypothesis (idea) is tested by careful, recorded experiments that can be repeated by any other researcher. 2. Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) found that many of the illnesses in humans and animals are because of harmful germs that attack the body. He invented pasteurization to kill germs in milk products. He discovered many germs that cause diseases and found vaccines to fight them. He found vaccines to fight rabies and diphtheria. Pasteur also proved that “spontaneous generation” (life comes from non-life) was wrong … life only comes from living things. 3. Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), a French scientist, taught himself geometry at the age of 12 years old. He invented a calculator and discovered that liquid in a container carries the same pressure in every direction. Known as “Pascal’s Law,” this important discovery is used to make hydraulic jacks and compressors work. 4. Matthew Maury (18061873) is known as “the Father of Oceanography.” One day he was reading the Bible and read about the “paths of the seas” in Psalms 8:8. Because he believed the Bible, Maury began to search for oceanic rivers and currents. Guess what? He found them! He wrote the first textbook on modern oceanography which has helped ocean travel ever since. These are only a...

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