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Average Joe's Corner

  • How Does Global Warming Fit Into RTB's Model?

    March 23, 2007

    As Reasons To Believe science scholars travel and speak, audiences ask about global warming perhaps more often than any other issue. RTB does take a position and we've got a statement right here on our Web site, but if you're looking for an exhaustive treatment of a very complex phenomenon, you won't find it in this column. However, since RTB has developed a scientific model that attempts to explain natural history, I thought I'd ask the science guys where global warming fits into the model.

    • Global Warming
  • The Sky Is Falling!

    March 9, 2007

    You're used to it by now. Bad-news-for-the-Christian-faith stories seem to break with purposeful, timely precision. Assaults on Christianity are nothing new, but what's an appropriate response when the pounding appears relentless? Two recent examples illustrate the onslaught.

    • Christian Life
  • Human Parasites Teach History

    March 2, 2007

    Next time you find lice in your child's hair or the doctor tells you you've got a tapeworm, fret not. Scientists may one day take great interest in your hosting abilities because researchers have been able to track global human migration patterns by studying the histories of hitchhiking parasites.

    • TCM - Human Origins
  • It's a Junkyard out There

    February 14, 2007

    We've slung chunks of junk out in space and if we don't do something about it, we're sunk. Well, it may not be that bad, but space experts tell us that at least 10,000 four-inch-wide or larger pieces of orbiting debris beyond Earth's atmosphere pose a threat to spacecraft and satellites. As Jeff Zweerink explains on Creation Update, an accumulation of space objects over several decades has created a zone of dangerous, speeding debris. Jeff cites a New York Times article describing the junk as "dead satellites, spent rocket stages, a camera, a hand tool", and other assorted leftovers. Great. We've known about asteroid belts, but now we've got the junk belt to worry about. And this belt cracks a mean whip—try about 16,000 miles per hour.

    • Learning
  • Beware the Snow Line

    January 31, 2007

    Mountain climbers know the dangers of traversing the snow line. Conditions change dramatically, and life becomes difficult. However, a greater danger lies far beyond high mountaintops; in fact, way out in space. Astronomers have demonstrated that planetary systems develop snow lines of their own, and it's hazardous to any living thing to be on the wrong side of those lines too.

    • Solar System Design
  • Heresy History Tends to Repeat

    January 25, 2007

    Saturday visitors at your doorstep remind you that the finer points of doctrine can be tricky, especially for a layperson. So much is at stake, however, that you often feel like you'd like to say more, but you're not sure how. Part of the solution comes in recognizing the doctrinal error and its place in history.

    • Trinity
  • 365 Reasons to Celebrate a New Year

    January 3, 2007

    Forget about the New Year's resolutions; they seldom survive January anyway. (Besides, healthy living should already be automatic, right?) Perhaps it's better to focus on more reliable scenarios, such as daily doses of science apologetics that affirm belief in biblical creation.

    • General Apologetics
  • Water on Mars--Is Life Next? How about Pizza?

    December 8, 2006

    "Water could be flowing on Mars today." The headline on Nature's Web site on December 6, 2006, represented one of countless leads heralding the scientific breakthrough. When people hear about water on Mars, they almost instantly jump to life. What exactly was discovered, and what are the implications for biblical creation? Will naturalistic evolution be proven after all?

    • Mars
  • Rats! Why not Kill Them All?

    December 4, 2006

    OK, not everybody hates rats but most of us would prefer to get through a day without a rodent encounter. Some people might even gloat over reports of mass extinctions of these creatures. How can historical mass annihilations of rodents possibly provide evidence for biblical creation? A new study indicates that a Creator may have used an astronomical process to carry out His purposes—in this case small—mammal extinctions followed by rapid replacements.

    • TCM - Life Design
  • Long Way to Go to Foster a Culture of Life

    November 14, 2006

    One of the most important measures on the ballot (at least from my perspective) was almost lost in the coverage of the recent California elections. The Los Angeles Times buried it on page A32 (Nov. 8th) in a tiny block within a large table of local election results. Proposition 85 went down to defeat, perhaps leaving many pro-life voters perplexed or distraught. A yes vote on 85 would have change[d] the California Constitution to require a doctor to notify a parent or guardian at least 48 hours before performing an abortion on a minor (from the League of Women Voters web site). Seems reasonable to me—one little restriction on abortion that could help make it rare. But opponents maintained that vulnerable teens from violent, abusive homes would be at further risk because their parents will delay or deny them access to needed medical care and counseling.

    • Worldviews
    • Christian Life
  • Lion Eats Man . . . and There's Something Good to Say about It

    November 6, 2006

    Cat lovers beware! Your cute little feline that seems to smile as it eyeballs you each day may have lunch in mind. Scientists have learned that some big cats apparently consumed people in the past, and this discovery provides evidence for RTB's human origins model.

    • TCM - Human Origins
  • Football Fans Are Not Neanderthals

    October 20, 2006

    Each autumn the phrase "what a bunch of Neanderthals" makes its way into conversations or print. Fan behavior in the stands during football season evokes images of barbaric activity that hearkens back to early, uncivilized times in human history. And the prominence of evolutionary thinking in the public square leads some to the conclusion that shirtless, shameless fanatics awash in beer display behavior that evinces a connection to their evolutionary ancestors.

    • Neanderthals
  • Getting Brighter on Dark Energy

    October 2, 2006

    Q: What is dark energy? A: It's when your kids defy you after sunset, make noise, and refuse to go to bed.

    • Astronomy and the Bible
    • Universe Design
  • Playing the Evolutionary Shell Game

    September 25, 2006

    Unsuspecting tourists fall prey to the age-old shell game all the time. The skilled sidewalk operator rapidly rearranges the three shells around and the tourist bets he can guess where the pea is. Only after losing his "shirt" or authorities arrive—does he realize there's no winning. I've tried this game (just for fun) with my kids at home on the kitchen table but since I have no skill the kids often guess correctly. Some evolutionary biologists play a similar game—only their ruse involves words, not money, and far greater consequences. (See Hugh Ross's article, The Shell Game of Evolution and Creation.)

    • Naturalism
  • Straight from the Fish's Mouth

    September 18, 2006

    When did Antarctica change from the forested continent it was 50 million years ago to the desolate ice sheet it is today? And why is this event important from an apologetics standpoint? Thanks to ancient fish "and their big mouths," scientists have discovered evidence that points to a Creator's involvement in Earth's history. Researchers have dated a major geologic event, the opening of a seaway called the Drake Passage (approximately 41 million years ago), by studying neodymium (a rare earth element) deposits in fish fossils. The Drake Passage, named after English explorer Sir Francis Drake, who circumnavigated the globe in the sixteenth century, refers to the area of ocean between the southern tip of South America (Cape Horn) and the Antarctic Peninsula.

    • Life Design
    • Geophysical Design
  • Don't Flinch Over the Finches

    September 11, 2006

    A new study of Charles Darwin's famed finches on one of the Galapagos Islands appears at first glance to be a triumph for evolution. Biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant report in the July 14 issue of Science that survival competition between two species of finches has led to a smaller beak size in one of the birds. Medium ground finches (Geospiza fortis, or GFs) on the tiny island Daphne Major have for ages feasted mainly on small seeds. However, some of the birds belonging to this species were born with larger beaks that allowed them to consume heftier seeds from another plant.

    • Speciation Events
  • Does Hawking Believe in Multiple Universes?

    September 4, 2006

    Multiverse is in the news again. No, we're not talking about a type of poetry or a Bible memory verse program. A multiverse is a set of many universes. The multiple universe idea stems from some scientists' attempt to avoid the consequences of a singular beginning to the universe and what's known as the anthropic principle.

    • Multiverse
  • Introducing Average Joe's Corner

    August 22, 2006
    • Christian Life

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