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  • Deep Core Tests for the Age of the Earth

    July 1, 2005

    The clash between young-earth and old-earth creationists can seem bewilderingly technical at times. Is there any easy-to-understand scientific data for determining whether Earth is young or old?

    • Radiometric Dating Techniques
    • Geology and the Bible
    • Flood Geology
    • Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth
    • Solar System Design
    • Scientific Evidence for a Young Earth
    • Earth/Moon Design
    • Biblical Evidence for an Old Earth
  • Where does Homo antecessor fit?

    July 1, 2005

    Who am I? How do I fit into the grand scheme of things? These questions gnaw at someone going through an identity crisis.

    • Lucy and Other Hominids
  • GNINOLC: We Have It All Backwards

    July 1, 2005

    If I cloned myself would I be my clone's father or brother? Would a clone have its own identity?

    • Stem Cells/Cloning
  • Three Christian Classics

    July 1, 2005

    "When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food." These are the words of Desiderius Erasmus, the Dutch Renaissance scholar and theologian. Reading books has been an obsession since my conversion to Christianity when I was a sophomore in college. As a new Christian I sensed that my mind really mattered in serving the Lord, so I began a serious pursuit of the "life of the mind" to the glory of God. Today I have a personal library of between three and four thousand books. Because of this background, people often ask me for book recommendations, especially in such fields as philosophy, theology, and apologetics.

    • People of Faith
    • Learning
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  • Agriculture's Origin Fits RTB Human Origins Model

    April 1, 2005

    Did Adam and Eve really exist? Some people say no. They view the biblical account of humanity's beginning as mythical. However, recent scientific advances substantiate the historicity of the biblical record,1 and now a new discovery sheds light on an apparent discrepancy regarding the emergence of agriculture.

    • Origin of Agriculture/Human Civilization
    • TCM - Human Origins
    • Human Origins and the Bible
  • Staving Off an Ice Age

    April 1, 2005

    Drilling deep into the ice of Antarctica and Greenland, scientists have found a different story, including some thought-provoking surprises.1 They see hints of a providential connection between global warming and civilization's development-not to mention survival.

    • Origin of Agriculture/Human Civilization
    • Geophysical Design
    • Solar System Design
    • Global Warming
    • Earth/Moon Design
  • Why Would a Good God Create Parasites?

    April 1, 2005

    Some skeptics base their rejection of the Christian faith on bugs-specifically parasites. They argue that the existence of parasites is incompatible with belief in the all-loving, all-powerful God of Christianity. While human beings will never know all God's reasons for creating parasites, the following true story1 illustrates how their existence may be considered a good thing, rather than an excuse for rejecting God.

    • Speciation Events
    • Life Design
    • General Apologetics
    • TCM - Life Design
    • Creation Passages
  • Creation Ex Nihilo

    April 1, 2005

    Historic Christianity has always maintained a belief in Creation ex nihilo (CEN) as expressed in the ancient Nicene Creed: "We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible."

    • Creation Passages
    • Origin of the Universe
    • Creation Ex Nihilo
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  • New Clues to a Genesis Mystery

    January 2, 2005

    Medical doctors say if you live long enough you'll probably get cancer. Cancer is one reason why none of us can live much beyond 120 years.1 How is it possible, then, that humans (before Noah) could have lived 900 years or more, as the Bible says? Reduced exposure to cancer risk factors may provide at least a partial answer.

    • Long Life Spans
    • TCM - Life Design
    • Lucy and Other Hominids
    • Life Design
    • Galaxy Design
  • Creation Model Passes Big Test

    January 1, 2005

    This past fall I took part in a pro football "pick'em" contest. For readers unfamiliar with this game, let me explain that the contestants demonstrate their football "smarts" by predicting the outcome of NFL games played each week. Even though I consider myself to be quite knowledgeable about football, I finished dead last. No matter what, I just couldn't predict the winners. (I guess there's always next year.)

    • TCM - Life's Origin
    • First Life on Earth
  • Starting Points

    January 1, 2005

    Sometimes the hardest part of dialoguing with nonbelievers involves finding a place to start. "Should I begin the discussion with an argument for the existence of God? Or, should I defend the reliability of the Bible?" Well, it depends.

    • General Apologetics
  • Kidney Stones- Evidence for Divine Design

    October 1, 2004

    "It's the closest that a man will ever come to experiencing the pain of childbirth," the attending nurse proclaimed with a noticeable glee in her eyes. Her comment only added to my misery as I writhed in pain on a stretcher in the emergency room, waiting to pass a kidney stone.

    • Biochemical Design
    • Bad Designs
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  • Mars Rover Findings - the Real Story

    October 1, 2004

    Enthusiasm and hope for a possible Martian origin of life have suffered a major scientific setback.

    • Primordial Soup
    • Mars
    • Life on Other Planets
  • Human Curiosity as Evidence for God

    October 1, 2004

    Why do human beings ask why? Does this driving curiosity simply reflect humans' intellectual superiority? According to evolutionary theory, the distinctions between humans and other species are matters of degree, not of kind. What does careful observation reveal?

    • Origin of Agriculture/Human Civilization
    • TCM - Human Origins
    • Human Origins and the Bible
  • Integrating Argument and Virtue

    October 1, 2004

    Scripture declares that human beings are made in the expressed image of God (Gen. 1:26-27) and therefore possess unique, profound rational capacities.

    • Logic
    • Learning
  • Petroleum: God's Well-Timed Gift to Mankind

    September 1, 2004

    But, even at today's high prices, gasoline is a bargain compared to what it could cost if it were not so easily and abundantly accessible. Recent research by geologists and physicists reveals that humans are living at the best possible time in Earth's history for harvesting petroleum-a resource that helped launch and sustain advanced civilization. Without a series of just-right geophysical events and conditions, there would be no complaining about pump prices, because there would be little or no fossil fuel to complain about.

    • Earth/Moon Design
    • Life Design
    • TCM - Life Design
    • Geophysical Design
    • Biodeposits
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  • Can Christians Trust "Secular" Science?

    July 1, 2004

    How much trust can Christians-or anybody else-put in the findings of non-Christian scientists? Some believers say none, particularly on matters of origins.1 At first glance, such skepticism may seem warranted. After all, God's word says the unregenerate "suppress the truth by their wickedness" (Rom. 1:18; see also Eph. 4:17-19). Ephesians 2:1-3 comments that Satan manipulates the minds of unbelievers.

    • Philosophy of Science
  • Faith, Reason, and Personal Persuasion

    July 1, 2004

    (1) "Is it necessary to leave reason and move to faith in order to embrace Christianity?" and (2) "If there are strong arguments in support of Christianity's actually being true, then why aren't more people, particularly intelligent, well-educated people, persuaded as to its truth?"

    • Logic
    • General Apologetics
  • New Date for First Aussies

    April 1, 2004

    It may seem so, or at least it did a few years ago. The RTB creation model places the creation of humanity at roughly 50,000 years ago, with the spread of peoples and civilization outward from Mesopotamia some time after that, but probably no earlier than 30,000 years ago.1 Research findings published in 1996 claimed that aborigines inhabited Australia as early as 50,000-75,000 years ago.2 RTB’s scenario appeared to contradict the data. Time to go back to the drawing board?

    • Radiometric Dating Techniques
    • Human Origins and the Bible
    • TCM - Human Origins
    • Origin of Agriculture/Human Civilization
    • Early Human Migration
  • New Discovery Confirms Life's Early Appearance on Earth

    April 1, 2004

    Paleontologist Niles Eldredge refers to it as “the most arresting fact that [he has] ever learned.”1 Many others in the scientific community share Eldredge’s astonishment. What causes their amazement?

    • First Life on Earth
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