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In honor of Darwin, on his “special” day…

Here’s a link to a lovely article from The Journal of Creation, 21 (3), 2007.  Astonishing DNA Complexity Demolishes Neo-Darwinism.  Tis a good summary of the awesome design found within DNA, and why Darwinian evolution is not a viable theory.  Thanks to Uncommon Descent for posting a link as well.

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Apologetics; The Teleological Argument for God

Within Philosophy in general, there usually is a discussion of whether or not “God” exists.  Now, it is important to keep in mind that the starting point in philosophy is a general idea of “God” not a specific religious POV on who/what God is.  So, there have been many philosophers that attempt to approach the question from a general standpoint, often formulating arguments for His existence.

One of the major arguments is the Teleological Argument for God.  Many people just refer to it as the Design Argument…however, it isn’t just limited to “design” as in the design of living organisms, but also of the apparent “purposefulness” of the universe; which includes the ordered nature of it, such as the laws of physics.

This would also include things like the apparent unity, and harmony of systems within the universe.  I’ve posted before on Ecological Biodiversity, and how the whole system works together to the point that naturalistic explanations fall flat.

Paley often comes up in the discussion of the Teleological Argument for God; him and his famous watch analogy.  If you happened upon a watch…even laying on the moon…would you believe it just happened to assemble itself, or would you assume it was designed by an intelligence?  Simplistic explanation, but you get the picture.

Of course now, the Intelligent Design movement has kind of resurrected this idea and really grounded it in more technical science.  The mass amount of information contained in DNA is one example of a subject now scrutinized by ID…not only the amount contained in DNA, but also how that information is read and interpreted and if there can actually be any logical naturalistic atheistic explanation behind all of this, which, thus far, there is not.

If we want to move more to the specific, we find that indeed God Himself puts forth a teleological argument in several places in the Bible, for example;

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

So, the idea that design and purpose shows forth the fact of God can be seen both in a general way, and also in a Christian framework.  As always in apologetics, some people will really like to use and/or hear logical arguments such as the teleological argument that can be used either generally to point to a God, or more specifically to point to The God.  Some people do not care for philosophical types of apologetics, and prefer to use other arguments.  I’m not coming down on the issue either way, in this blog post, just teaching about it, but I do know that as Paul said, everyone is truly without excuse.

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Ministry Review; Answers in Genesis

Answers in Genesis (AiG) is mainly known for its scientific approach to Creationism, and its literal interpretation of Genesis (for example; God created in six literal 24-hour days).  The founder is Ken Ham, originally of Australia.  If you want to try to find a creation-scientist’s view on something, this would be my first stop: www.answersingenesis.org

There are many Ph.D.’s involved in this ministry…and yes, the many of those degrees came from secular institutions.

One of the main teachings of the ministry is that the foundation for many Christian doctrines find their start in Genesis.  Also, that a non-literal reading of Genesis contradicts several other key scriptures.  It is quite interesting to follow along when the Young Earth Creationists (YEC’s) and the Old Earth Creationists (OEC’s) disagree.

Thus far, I do indeed lean YEC, though I’m open to many different ways of see the beginning of our world (and us), as long as it fits with scripture.  If someone puts forth a metaphorical position, it is important to make sure the it fits logically with scripture.  It also must be completely accurate.

AIG offers an extensive set of articles, and previously answered questions that you can take advantage of via their “search” on the main page.  Biology, Botany, Geology, Philosophy, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, etc… are all included.

Any drawbacks?  As always, I never agree completely with any ministry, just as one example, I believe that God could indeed have made starlight in transit to earth.  AIG rejects this notion, claiming it would be deceptive of God to do so, since it would contain events that never actually happened.  (Sometimes this gets thrown in with the “apparent age” hypothesis.)  Instead they favor other, alternative explanations for the “starlight” question.  Starlight in transit serves a purpose all on it’s own, IMO, and I believe it could indeed have been created on the way here for signs in the heavens, and also as a “declaration” of God’s handiwork.

Regardless, if you are interested in Creationism in the least, check out AiG; they are a very comprehensive ministry on the subject.

You can also see my Creation Museum Review.

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Two great videos on the cell…

Here is a vid from several years ago, you’ll need to click on the link to read the article and watch the video.  Cellular Visions.

The second vid was posted by VipChannel on youtube, my hubby “The ‘Shrink” spied it first, and put it up on his blog; Intelligent Design:

We are truly without excuse! Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

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Special Solar System…

I wrote before about Ecological Biodiversity, and how amazing it is, especially from an Intelligent Design POV, or a Creationist POV.  An article on Science Daily shows, once more, that our planet and our continued existence are pretty special indeed: Solar System is Pretty Special.  Do the authors see it as a sign of ID, or Creationism…probably not.

We must also keep in mind that this computer simulation was set up by man, and will be limited on both its scope and its knowledge base, and heavy on speculation and perhaps even bias…but I found it quite interesting, just for conversations sake.  It makes us look through the lens of the “macro” and see how unique the earth is.

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Thoughts about Ecological Biodiversity and ID…

I’m in the middle of a book titled: In Six Days; Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation (Ashton, 2000).  All the chapters (which are composed by the different scientists giving their reasons) have been informative and interesting, but one so far really stood out to me.

Dr. Henry Zuill holds a B.S. in biology, a M.A. in biology, and a Ph.D. in biology (from Loma Linda University).  His chapter is the fifth chapter in the book, and he brings up a perspective that I’ve never really thought about before.  Ecological Biodiversity is one of those things that I don’t set and ruminate on all that much, and I certainly haven’t pondered it fully when it comes to the Creationist vs. Evolutionist debate, or even ID vs. Evolution debate, but he got me thinking.

When ID proponents look a the world and try to spot irreducible complexity, it is usually sought at the micro level; within cells for example.  Dr. Zuill urges a different perspective too; a look at the macro and complexity.

One thing he brings up is the fact that we know that ecosystems are very complex in nature, and one thing in an ecosystem affects every other thing.  Take one species out of an ecosystem, and their will be changes, small or large.  Ecosystems, made up of plants, animals, bacteria, fungi, etc… serve to make our planet habitable.  On page 67-68 he notes:

When we look broadly at the panorama of life and ecological relationships, we see that ecological complexity is built on layer upon layer of complexity, going all the way down through different hierarchical structural and organizational levels to the cell and even lower.  Thus, if we think cytological complexity is impressive, what must we think when we realize the full scale of ecological complexity?

We are reminded again and again, even in the high school science classroom, that certain ecological relationships are essential for life; therefore, it could be an interesting way of looking at something at the macro level that is irreducibly complex.  For certain ecosystems to come to be, to survive, and to flourish, I’ve seen no evidence that mere naturalistic evolution could account for their existence; then it is entirely possible that they had to be designed and created in certain states.

It also has implications for the origins of life; not only do naturalistic evolutionists expect us to believe that life arose from time and chance, they would also be expecting us to believe that time and chance provided the correct ecological systems in place at the exact right time for life to 1) come to exist, 2) survive, and 3) reproduce, while at the same time balancing the ecological system itself.

Dr. Zuill points out that some naturalistic scientists do see that at the very least two species had to co-evolve, but also those same scientist see that they would have to have a close ecological relationship as a foundation for that co-evolution…that close ecological relationship would, “have to precede co-evolution.” (p. 69)

I love things that make me think in a different manner, and add to the scientific discussions between naturalistic evolutionists, creationists, and IDer’s.  Dr. Zuill’s thoughts on Ecological Biodiversity have enhanced the way I look at our world in general, and also added to my thoughts on Intelligent Design, and he points out some things that just may be irreducibly complex outside the world of the micro.

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We perceive design…

Can we humans perceive design?  Can we know, for example, that when we see a car that it was designed by someone with intelligence?  How about other objects?  The post, A Simple Perceptual Test and Intelligent Design, brings up some of these issues over on an Intelligent Design blog.  Sometimes it does seem like naturalistic evolutionists can’t see the forest for the trees…or in this case, can’t see design in nature because their presuppositions are blinding them.

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Creation Museum Review…

My husband and I went the the Creation Museum in Kentucky last year, and while they have added several new things to see/do at the museum since we went, I still feel that this review will help others get an idea of what to expect if you decide to go.  I want to say, right off the bat, that I’m not a “dogmatic” Young Earth Creationist; but at this point I lean toward the Young Earth Creationist position based upon the interpretation of evidence including historical, scientific, archaeological, scriptural, etc…  This museum is affiliated with Answers in Genesis.

First of all, yes, it’s worth going! We drove about 4 1/2 hours to go, and stayed the night at a hotel, going to the museum in the morning. That brings me to tip number one; there are lists of hotels on the Museum’s website: http://www.creationmuseum.org/plan-your-visit/hotels if you plan to stay at a hotel, make sure you ask if they have a special Creation Museum rate. The one we chose, Hyatt Place, was half price ($89) for Creation Museum goers, as opposed to something around $170.

Next tip; note the hours: Hours of Operation, and plan accordingly. From our other tourist activities we believed the museum would open a lot sooner, so we modified out plans a bit. When we arrived, we had to wait outside for a bit (maybe 5 – 10 min) because a large church group had gotten there right at open. We stood in line, when entering for about 5 min, waiting for tickets. I loved it here, because hardly anyone was complaining and most people were having a ball standing in line because that meant there was a lot of people visiting the museum, not only that, they were openly commenting on that fact with smiling faces!

There’s also a lot to look at while you wait, The Museum itself is gorgeous. The detail is really neat on the outside and inside, and there are some great fossils/models toward the front of the museum as well as sculptures right outside the door. We were also given a map of the museum to look at while in line, so we could plan our day. Here’s the next tip: definitely get the ticket with the stargazer’s planetarium on it! It costs seven dollars more if you get a ticket to the whole museum, including the planetarium (the prices are listed on the “hours” page). There are scheduled shows in the planetarium, so you need to have an idea of when you would like to go, and tell them when you buy your ticket. The Men in white show ran on a loop, every thirty minutes, so you don’t have to schedule it right off the bat, but be sure to check to make sure the scheduling hasn’t changed.

Also, if you had a really early breakfast, I would suggest eating lunch early; my husband and I had Noah’s cafe almost all to ourselves. (Another tip: there is another food stand, with different offerings, inside the cafe around the corner, what you first see is the “main” station.) We got our food and went outside to the beautiful covered patio, which overlooks the pond and botanical gardens. By the way, there are big covered shelters outside, past the botanical gardens for those people wishing to bring a picnic lunch.  One of the new additions that we didn’t get to see is a new food stand; The Lakeside Grill, which is located outside below the patio (you should be able to access it either from the grounds outside the museum, or by going into Noah’s cafe and down the outside steps.)

So, in the main hall, there is a lobby, which most people will recognize from all the interviews with Ken Ham about the museum, it is where there are two children in the company of dinosaurs. There are live fish in the water, and the kids were loving it. There are also fossils in display cases along the wall (esp. leading to the restrooms, and “Men in white” theatre) that were really interesting, as well as live finches, and dart frogs. The kids caught on quicker that they were “really” real and not animatronic…which I found quite amusing!

There is also The Bookstore entrance here, in the lobby. When we got there, there was maybe three other people in the bookstore, this means if you want to go shopping, you may wish to do it when first arriving. There are a ton of books, DVD’s, and also toys, t-shirts, and other knick-knacks. As of our trip, you could buy things and take them back out to your car without worrying about getting back in (thus avoiding the huge, wall-to-wall crowds in the store we witnessed before leaving). Which brings me to another interesting point: When we went, you could actually park, come into the lobby, go to the bookstore, go to Noah’s cafe, and tour all the botanical gardens without paying admission, and are free to walk around. So, you are basically paying for: the museum tour (which is the main part of the museum), the men in white show, the dinosaur den, and the planetarium (and now the new petting zoo).

The museum tour is really the heart of the museum, it’s a self-guided tour and you can go at your own pace. If you want to pass people up, you’re free to do so, as some people will look at everything much longer than others. The only problem with this was when rooms were really really crowded. Overall, though it is a good setup. There are several movies along the way; my favorite was “The Last Adam.” I will say, to all my fellow Christian women especially, you may wish to pack a kleenex. One of the things in the tour that (ironically) made secular evolutionists a bit hot, was the fact that both views are presented side by side and people are allowed to see both angles, as opposed to secular museums.

After the main museum tour, you’re spit out in a lobby where there is a dino den, a small coffee shop, more awesome fossils, a dino/dragon movie, and a small chapel. We also walked all the botanical gardens, outside, which I loved, I believe they have even added onto the walking path that was there originally, and of course the petting zoo is outside as well. They have a floating bridge, and a suspension bridge, and a huge pond, many flowers and paths, and a small creek, and statues too. If the museum gets too packed, it’s neat to be able to go out and walk around for a bit.

Plan to be there, oh, three to four hours at least, if not more (now I’d definitely say “more”). The only thing that was there at the time that we did not see was the Men in White show, we simply ran out of time and energy, but I heartily recommend it, I’ve heard good reviews, and it also, from what I’ve read, tends to annoy the secular evolutionists.  Yes, we are planning on returning sometime soon. The only “downside” (that wasn’t really a downside, really) was the amount of people there. It was still in the summer, so it was packed, most of the time you didn’t notice, but if there were fossils you wished to look at, or to be able to walk right into the Men in white theater you couldn’t do that sometimes because of the crowds — again, most people agreed, including us, that the museum being packed was a good thing.

If you study all of AIG’s materials, there won’t be anything earthshatteringly new you learn here (however, the planetarium is quite enlightening, and only after a presentation in the museum did I realize that Methuselah was alive when Adam was, AND when Noah was). I feel that one should go to be able to recommend it to others, both believers and non-believers, and I do heartily recommend it to anyone.  Everyone is welcome there, and I know that respectful questions from non-believers are also welcome. I do believe that people of different faiths can get a lot out of the museum, and old earth Creationists, and theistic evolutionists would enjoy it.  As for secular evolutionists, many would probably want to go to get a clear view of what Young Earth Creationists believe, and also, their interpretations of evidence are presented alongside the Creationist ones, so there seems to be something for everyone.

Some misc. notes; the atmosphere was lovely, everyone who worked there was extremely friendly and helpful. Also, we didn’t run into anyone (other guests) who seemed to be mocking the museum, but I’m sure there are some around in the tours and shows. There were people there from all over and from different denominations, included many Mennonites. Homeschoolers were very well represented. Also, there was, what I assumed to be, a young man’s choir group touring (could have been homeschooled brothers?) and the four boys actually stopped in the lobby and started singing gospel out of the blue, it was great! Also, now it is very important to check the museum homepage for any events and/or speakers that will be making presentations during your visit (I would really love to go around Christmas!).

I’m quite happy to attempt to answer any specific questions about the museum and hope this is a help to someone.

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