Friday, March 30, 2007

Creation - Evolution headlines: A geat website (loaded with information) that allows you to keep up with the creation/evolution debate.

Quotes and comments;
- the site is updated on an almost daily basis.
- someone adds great commentary to the stories as well.


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Thermodynamic Arguments for Creation - audio lecture by Thomas Kindell

Quotes and comments;

"This lecture describes why the second law of thermodynamics stands as an insurmountable barrier to a naturalistic origin of life. It also examines common evolutionists rebuttal arguments and demonstrates their utter bankruptcy."

1. "The traditional definition of science was 'the search for truth whatever it might be..." The modern (secular) definition of science is naturalism; the empirical search for material facts.


Sunday, March 25, 2007

Why does god allow suffering? - audio lecture by A. E. Wilder-Smith

Quotes and comments;
- scroll down the page to find lecture.

1. An engaging and thought provoking lecture. At one point W. speaks of a colleague of his who suffered from a deformity, who told him he couldn't believe in a god who'd made such a 'botch' of things.
- the most difficult of subjects for the christian to deal with, but well done. (By that I mean courageously confronted.)


Thursday, March 22, 2007

Creation or evolution? - audio lecture by A. E. Wilder-Smith

Quotes and comments;
- scroll down page

1. In the Huxley-Wilberforce debate, Huxley used the typewriter example (just invented) of apes typing for infinity... The claim he made was that sooner or later they will produce something intelligent. (I think the example was the 23rd Psalm.) This is in fact a worthless analogy. In the real world there are 'typewriters' no 'letters' no code, etc.
- W. claims wilberforce was crushed by not being able to answer the above argument. This is surpising because the fallacy at the heart of it looks obvious. A typewriter has intelligence built into it; this makes the huxley argument nonsensical, as there is no intelligence in his wview (ie. materialism) A 'typewriter' has information built into it (by its designer). And this is precisely what the materialist can't account for. This being the case he has no right to start off with information.
- Richard Dawkins uses the same argument even today; or at least he did until very recently.
- interestingly enough, Wilder-Smith debated Dawkins in the very same place the Huxley Wilberforce debate took place. (Unfortunately, I don't believe any tapes were made.) Dawkins (and others) later bragged about winning the debate by a landslide, when in fact the vote was only marginally in Dawkins' favor.


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

20 logical errors and fallacies used by evolutionists - audio talk by Mike Riddle

Quotes and comments;
- scroll down the page
- this is an archived segment from a one-time radio show.
- this is an excellent presentation, marred only by the brief length of time given to each fallacy. It needed at least twice the forty minutes it got.
- directed at a popular audience, the shows (there's about 30 of them online) had some good content to them. (I've listened to four shows so far.)


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Media, modernism and worship - audio lectures by Ken Meyers

Quotes and comments;
- a series of five lectures on modern culture, the church and worship.


Natural selection: fact or fancy - article by Arthur Custance

Quotes and comments;
- this is chapter two of a short work called the Survival of the UN-fit.
- The following chapter: 3. The True Harmony of Natural Communities, is also excellent.

1. 'Leo Berg, after a discussion of the imagined effects of the supposed struggle for existence pointed out that careful students of nature (26) "... could not observe any perceptible difference between the individuals which have survived and those which have perished. As far as may be judged from the available data, natural selection cuts off deviations from the standard by destroying extreme variations."


Monday, March 19, 2007

Crossed Fingers: How the Liberals Captured the Presbyterian Church. A book (available free online) by Gary North

Quotes and comments;
- look under the authors section (left hand side bar)
- this is an astounding history of the 'liberal' church. It's also one of the saddest books I've ever read. To see how far the P. church has fallen (into the Humanist sewer) I offer the following quote.

1. (p/626) 'By 1991, the spiritual heirs of Machen's enemies proposed this for consideration by the 203rd General Assembly: "Young people, regardless of their sexual orientation, need to understand the institutional power of heterosexism and the injustice that it perpetuates. As the church is called to speak a truthful word about sexuality, it does so in the name of God's call to justice--a call that invites gay and lesbian adolescents to explore (57) the goodness of their sexuality within the community of God's people."
It was little more than half a century's journey from theological perversion to sexual perversion. Machen had seen it coming: "God save us from the deadly guilt of consenting to the presence as our (58) representatives in the church of those who lead Christ's little ones astray..."
- the question Machen had then (and I do now) is, why do these people call themselves christian?


Friday, March 16, 2007

Toxic butterflies fool evolutionists - audio by Ian Taylor

Quotes and comments;
- this is a short (2 min.) piece from the daily radio spot called Creation Moments.
- I remember going to hear Ian Taylor give a talk at one of our local churches maybe close to ten years ago. He gave a fine talk.
- Ian Taylor wrote one of my favorite creation books 'In the minds of Men' (I believe it's available free online.) A fellow canuck, he's done yeoman work in the creation field.


Thursday, March 15, 2007

The five senses - audio lecture by A. E. Wilder-Smith

Quotes and comments;
- scroll down the page
- part of a six part series; Logos in Biology
- it was W-S's contention (and one I share) that the five senses cannot be accounted for by random chance.
- there's a fascinating bit on bats; and their ability to calculate mathematically.


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The fitness of the earth - article by Arthur Custance

Quotes and comments;

1. "It is a curious thing that so long as man was viewed as the centre of the universe because of his unique relationship to God, the earth which is his home automatically achieved its special status by association, and very little thought was given to its peculiar fitness in performing this function. It was only after man had been dethroned and the geocentric concept of the universe had been abandoned, that man suddenly began to realize what a unique body the earth really is.
The uniqueness of the earth as a setting for life is indeed quite extraordinary and the fact is very widely recognized among scientists who nevertheless view it as a purely accidental circumstance."


Sunday, March 11, 2007

Is man a machine? - audio lecture by A.E. Wilder-Smith

Quotes and comments;
- scroll down the page to find the lecture. (There are 20 more to choose from as well.)
- as good as the lecture is, his books are much better. (I believe a couple of them are available free online.)


Thursday, March 08, 2007

A scientific defense of young earth - audio interview with Dr. Russ Humphreys; from Radio

Quotes and comments;
- scroll down the page to 'recently aired shows.' (2/3/07)

1. This is a 2 hour interview that defends the idea of young earth; mainly using evidence from geology.

2. Though carbon-14 has a half life of 5700 years it is found in everything on earth; even things supposedly billions of years old. (This is a major anomaly in standard theory.)


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

The line of despair - audio lectures by Jerram Barrs

Quotes and comments;
- you'll have to scroll down the page to lectures 12 and 13.
- these lectures are part of course on the life and work of Francis Schaeffer.

1. In lecture 1. Barrs talks about the poetry of Thomas Hardy. It's interesting to me that while materialists like Hardy expressed a total lack of meaning, we have more recent materialists like R. Dawkins telling us life under the cloud of darwin is full of meaning. Maybe our 'new atheists'would like to tell us how they got from the pessimism of Hardy to their new found optimism. It seems unwarranted and hollow to me.

2. In lecture 2. Barrs talks about the (nihilistic) poetry of Ted Hughes. What is strange about his poetry is that in the age of darwin (and materialism) he personifies nature. (ie. stones are blind, the sea is bored, can't sleep, a tree loses her mind, etc. This is indicative of the intellectual 'schizophrenia' secular people live with. You wonder how a Materialist can write in such a way as Hughes does. Couldn't he see that Darwin hads ruined nature poetry? Didn't anyone tell him nature is a blind machine? (That the english elite made him poet laureate is surely expressive of some kind of death wish on their part.)
- people are taught in government schools to be materialists and evolutionists, but in life they can't live out this worldview. We see this in Hughes; there's a wild disconnect between his materialism and his mysticism. Evolutionists can't find any kind of integrated view of life. What they end up doing is tying two or more disparate wviews together.


Friday, March 02, 2007

God within nature - an article by Arthur Custance

Quotes and comments;
- this is chapter 1. of a 'Doorway paper' (#48/1958) called 'Nature as part of the kingdom of god.'
- as always with Custance you get a lot of very interesting anecdotes and quotations.

1. p/12) "Extraordinary things take place in Nature in connection with food supplies. It has been found, for example, that common aphids are wingless where the food supply is plentiful, but when a shortage begins to develop, the young of the following generation are born with wings."
- all the famous examples from evolutionary literature that supposedly 'prove' evolution are of this type; namely variation within a kind due to environmental pressures.

2. (p/20) "John E. Pfeiffer, in his book The Emergence of Man, spoke of the fact that animal behaviour was studied at first among captive creatures, penned up in small cages in an entirely unnatural environment. Here, for instance, apes and monkeys "engaged in bloody fights, often to the death, killed their infants, and indulged in a variety of bizarre sexual activities." But then he pointed out how, later on, when men went out into the fields to study these same creatures, they found an entirely different picture: so different, in fact, that it created consternation."
- the world is clearly not what Darwin and his peers imagined it; with their reliance on zoos and animal breeding as resources for study. They were led astray by studying animals in artificial environments.


Design arguments for the existence of god - audio lectures by Douglas Groothius

- you'll have to scroll down the page.
- there are four lectures
- I'm not a great fan of natural theology; but there's some interesting material here.
- the trouble with this approach is that natural theology always ends up in deism, and then finally in materialism.
- at one point G. says; ''this is a really stupid time to be a fedeist." I assume that's a shot at apologists who rely on scripture. There has been a decided drift in apologetics to abandon the bible for so called 'better arguments' and more 'up to date' arguments. In my opinion this inevitably ends up in 'liberalism' if not utter humanism. (witness G's position on women in the pulpit.)