Sunday, November 15, 2009

Why Can't The Earth Have Been Created By God? - #12

Going in just a slightly different direction than we have been:

"Even if all the data point to an intelligent designer, such a hypothesis is excluded from science because it is not naturalistic." - Scott Todd, "A View From Kansas ON That Evoution Debate," - Nature 401 no. 6752 (1999): 443

In other words the facts do not matter. Truth does not matter. The only thing that matters is that we prevent God from being recognized as our creator.

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Welcome To The Year Of Darwin!

2009 will be proclaimed the Year of Darwin. It is the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book: "The Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life."

By the way, search for a copy of this book. It is available from many sources. Few, if any, use the full and correct title for the book. It is usually just called "Origin of Species."

So get ready for the onslaught of misinformation, half-truths, and dogma. Yes, there is some truth in what Darwin wrote. Natural selection is true. Natural selection takes existing traits (existing information) and favors those traits that best ensure survival. But what Darwin did, and what evolutionists today try to do, is extend the truth of natural selection into an explanation of the origin of life. That is where Darwin totally fails. A dog never evolves to become a cat. We have many kinds of dogs, beagles, poodles, german shepherds and boxers. But they are ALL dogs and a dog has never become anything but a dog.

Darwinian evolution says that life started from non-life (this was scientifically shown to be untrue by Pasteur two years after Darwin's book came out); then simple life evolved into more and more complex forms of life until mankind appeared. This is the fairy tale of Darwinism.

Throughout the year we'll let you know about resources that will help counter the false information that is used to promote Darwinism. To start I'm recommending an excellent book for the scientific minded, "The Design Revolution" by William Dembski. If you want a positive book presenting science supporting intelligent design, this is the book for you. It is available from using the link below:

832165: The Design RevolutionThe Design Revolution
By William A. Dembski / Inter-varsity Press

Is it science? Is it religion? What exactly is the Design Revolution?

Today scientists, mathematicians and philosophers in the intelligent design movement are challenging a certain view of science---one that limits its investigations and procedures to purely law-like and mechanical explanations. They charge that there is no scientific reason to exclude the consideration of intelligence, agency and purpose from truly scientific research. In fact, they say, the practice of science often does already include these factors!

As the intelligent design movement has gained momentum, questions have naturally arisen to challenge its provocative claims. In this book William A. Dembski rises to the occasion clearly and concisely answering the most vexing questions posed to the intelligent design program. Writing with nonexperts in mind, Dembski responds to more than sixty questions asked by experts and nonexperts alike who have attended his many public lectures, as well as objections raised in written reviews.

The Design Revolution has begun. Its success depends on how well it answers the questions of its detractors. Read this book and you'll have a good idea of the prospects and challenges facing this revolution in scientific thinking.

William A. Dembski (Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Chicago; Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago) is the Carl F. H. Henry Professor of Theology and Science at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is also a fellow at the Discovery Institute. He has previously taught at Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Dallas. He has done postdoctoral work in mathematics at MIT, in physics at the University of Chicago, and in computer science at Princeton University, and he has been a National Science Foundation doctoral and postdoctoral fellow. Dembski has written numerous scholarly articles and is the author of the critically acclaimed The Design Inference, Intelligent Design, and No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence.

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