I’ve posted three new old earth creationist books on the books page. One is titled “Why the Universe Is the Way It Is,” by progressive creationist Dr. Hugh Ross. The other two books are Theistic Evolution books. One is titled “Thank God for Evolution,” and the other is “Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution.” They are easily identified on the books page, as they have a red “NEW” under the title.
Young earth creationists often use the argument that Noah did not have to take all the earth’s species on the ark. He only took one dog-kind, one cat-kind, etc. I’ve posted a short article addressing one of these claims in Answers Magazine. Click here for the article.
I’ve posted a short article about the 270+ flood legends from various peoples around the world. It is a response to an article in Answers Magazine. It can be found here.
Due to the number of people accessing the free online Geology Curriculum, I’ve made some changes to the program so that it will be easier for me to manage. In the past, I required students to be registered in the test database (to access the tests). That way, I could keep up with who and how many people were using the curriculum. Now, I am not requiring registration to access the tests. All I ask for is a courtesy email letting me know that you will be using it. I will still have an idea of how many people are using it via the testing program that I use. Currently, the quiz/test program is being accessed about 800 times per month.
I’ve added the Answers In Creation bumper sticker to the Products page.
As many of you know, last year my father, who has Alzheimer’s, came to live with my family. At nearly the same time, I started working a new job, working 6 days a week as a mailman. As a result, I have not spent much time on the website the last year. Earlier this year, my father moved into an assisted living facility, and all is going well with him. Thank you all for your prayers.
The postal job, however, kept me from spending much time on the website. Now that I have been doing this for over a year, I have grown accustomed to it, and I plan to spend more time on the website. This blog is one step towards that goal. The blog will keep people up to date, without taking too much of my time.
My goal is to eventually work full time on the website. Considering the amount of false information that is out there, there is so much that needs to be done. Until then, I’ll keep chipping away little by little. Again, thank you for your prayers for my father, and for the website. God Bless You All.
Many an email has accused me of being an evolutionist. To set the record straight (although I know that these emails will continue), I defend evolution on my website, as it is a viable option for believers. I show that you can still believe in an inerrant Bible, with a literal interpretation of Genesis, and believe in evolution. Most young earth creationists will not agree with this, but since all believers are all free to interpret the Bible, and since there is nothing theologically wrong with this interpretation, Christians can believe in evolution. With that said, I also realize that the majority of theistic evolutionists do not believe in an inerrant, literal interpretation. I disagree with their beliefs, but I respect their right to believe in such a manner.
Personally, I am a progressive creationist. I believe God created out of nothing, without animals evolving from previous life forms. But He did so over the billions of years of our earth’s history. Am I 100% certain of my beliefs? Of course not. That would mean I am omnicient, and I am not God. I reserve the possibility (5-10 percent) that theistic evolution may be the correct interpretation. However, I am 100 percent certain that the earth is billions of years old. You don’t need to be omnicient to see that.
In the end, does it matter whether evolution is true or not? Or whether the earth is young or not? Fortunately it does not matter. Jesus said believe in Him and you will be saved. He did not say believe in a young earth and be saved. When we get to heaven, we will see both young and old earth believers there, and both evolutionists and non-evolutionists. Once God reveals to us the truth, we won’t really care anymore, because we will be rejoicing in Him.
I’ve just posted a new article answering a claim by ICR (Institute for Creation Research) about the supposed dinosaur mummy Leonardo. It can be found here.
A recent article by Answers in Genesis shows that they still are pitching the idea that evolution makes people violent. In their News to Note for 27 Sep 08, they mention a Finnish college man who killed 10 people in a shooting. The article ends with this paragraph…
“But when the tale of cosmic history students are taught includes eons of amoral death and violence, with the animals of humanity merely the accidental result of billions of years of chance, and morals simply a social construct to make us feel better, why should anyone be surprised when—quoting Darwinian “scripture”—self-proclaimed “natural selectors” pick up guns and start shooting?”
I’m fairly certain that the shooter was an evolutionist. However, this does not make evolutionists evil. On the contrary, there are millions of Christians who are also evolutionists…are they evil too? In their crusade against evolution, Answers in Genesis could care less who gets in their way…whether they be Christians or non-Christians.
I agree with one of the implied arguments of the article. Christians do have a moral guideline to follow, which makes us less likely to commit sins. However, the article ignores one other little fact. Vile crimes have been committed by many a Christian as well (click here). The truth is we are all sinners, and in a bad moment we too can lapse into sin. Evolutionists do not have a corner on the market on sinful deeds.
The article will have the desired effect…make young earth believers distrust evolution even more. But it will also have another effect. It will alienate those Christian brothers and sisters who believe in evolution. With rhetoric like this, its no wonder that young earth creationism is shrinking into a corner all by itself, as more and more people abandon it in favor of true science.
There is much talk about fixing our healthcare system here in the US. I don’t know which Presidential candidates’ plan will work better, but I do have a suggestion for them and our country’s leadership that will go a long way towards helping to fix our system…and at the same time, it will lower the cost that we pay for gasoline.
One of the largest expenditures on healthcare is the result of a suicidal activity. This suicidal activity should be made illegal, and it will cut costs to the US healthcare system by up to 12 percent. Of course, I’m talking about tobacco use. I propose that we gradually phase out tobacco production and smoking over a four year period. This would give people a chance to adjust, and give the farmers and industry time to convert their fields/facilities. Convert them to what? The production of corn for ethanol, to be used to produce E85 fuel, and to be added to gasoline that can be sold as 10 percent ethanol or E-85 fuel.
Healthcare coverage for smokers would continue after the end of the four year period, say, for a period of 6 more years. After that point, healthcare for anyone who illegally smokes will not be covered under insurance, and they will have to pay out of pocket.
This plan would make us a much healthier country, would eliminate a large chunk of healthcare expenditures, and bring fuel prices down.
Overall, I’m not too thrilled with either presidential candidate. In both cases, I prefer the vice presidential candidates over the presidential candidates.
Democrats – There are some issues that Obama has that I really like, such as taxing overseas companies. And between the two candidates, his health care plan is better. However, there are many unknowns with him. Where does he stand on homeschooling? What about his liberal background? However, I do trust Biden a lot more than Obama. Too bad their roles are not reversed. Biden is a friend to Amtrak, and as a railfan, I like it that Amtrak will probably not have any funding problems if he is vice president.
Republicans – I like McCain since he is a veteran. I have great reluctance to vote for anyone without military experience. However, McCain’s healthcare plan does not appear to be very good. And his history of outsourcing government jobs could put my own job in jeapordy. He is an outspoken critic of Amtrak, and if he is elected, you better take a cross-country train ride before Amtrak has to shut down their long-distance trains. On the positive side, his VP pick is a good one, with great Christian conservative values. The main reason to consider McCain is Palin. With McCain’s age, Palin could very well end up as President, which is fine with me. Many complain that she doesnt’ have much experience, but she would surround herself with experienced people, and she would take issues to the Lord in prayer. I would feel comfortable with her as President.
Who am I voting for? You will have to guess. I can say I’m voting for neither of the Presidential candidates (McCain/Obama). I’m voting mainly on my feelings about the Vice-Presidential candidates.
Welcome the the new Answers In Creation Blog. Due to the time contraints on my life, I hope to be able to update this blog more frequently than I do the main website. I’ll give quick reflections on articles posted on young earth websites, and on other items as they cross my mind. I’ll also have a category for my personal thoughts…things that have nothing to do with creation science. I hope that the readers of Answers In Creation (now close to 30,000 per month) will find this blog useful
Comments will be allowed initially. In the past, the discussion board that I had was abused. As long as the comments are relavent and clean, comments will be a part of this blog.