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Countering Evolution…Intelligently

If one wants to oppose something, one needs to understand what the opposition is.  Makes sense, right?

Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose?One of the books I am reading at the moment is Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose? by Denis Alexander. Dr Alexander is a Christian and a scientist.  His book is very heavy at times, especially the chapters (three of them!) on what scientists mean by Evolution. Or rather, they seem heavy to me; I get troubled by the long words and even when I can read the words, the sentences don’t make sense.  I am sure he has already dumbed the material down to the most basic level without leaving any important bits out, so I don’t blame him at all for my slowness in trying to grasp the material. In any case, this blogpost is not about that.

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Dear YEC Friend – #9 Communication Breakdown

Dear Friend,

You say that the rules of the Bible are rigidly clear and that if Genesis doesn’t say what it means, then you are disgusted with a ‘god’ that can’t even communicate clearly enough to explain to us how the world came to be, scientifically and historically.

I think an important question to ask you would be: How important is it to you that the Bible explain how the world came to be in a way that can be verified by science and history?

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Why Didn’t Noah Appeal?

“I am interested in the psychology.” – Hercule Poirot

A few months ago, I came across Karen Armstrong’s In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis at my local library.  Being the sort who can’t resist a ‘new’ approach to things, I borrowed it.  I’ve since returned it – can’t keep a library book for too long and incur fines, don’t you know – so don’t have the book in front of me right now.  Nevertheless, one thing in the book has been bugging me ever since I read it and I feel I must write about it here.

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Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 9 – Art Heist Adventure

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Plot Summary

The Park and Brenan families are going to an art show, and Katie is left behind to babysit Ryan. However, during a series of babysitting mishaps, Katie and Ryan uncover an exciting plot to steal paintings from the show. (taken from here)

Topics in this episode:

  • Fibonacci Numbers
  • Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Ratio
  • Fibonacci Numbers and the Human Body
  • Famous Artists Who Studied Fibonacci Numbers
  • Evolution as a Chance Process Could Not Have Produced Fibonacci Patterns

The Study Guide for episode 9 can be found here: jp_vol1_study_guide_epi9

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Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 8 – The Clue from Nineveh

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Plot Summary

Rusty, the bully of Painted Dunes Elementary School, just can’t seem to leave Jonathan alone. The battle finally leads to a dangerous “showdown” at the Santa Fe Museum of Ancient Art. (Taken from here.)

Topics in this episode:

  • Evolution vs. Metamorphosis
  • Chameleons
  • Schools Should Teach ‘Both’ Sides of the Story
  • ‘Creation’ Can Be Taught Without Religion
  • Microevolution vs. Macroevolution
  • Artifact from Nineveh
  • Sumerian Land of Dilmun

The Study Guide for episode 8 can be found here: jp_vol1_study_guide_epi8

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Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 7 – Escape from Utopia

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Plot Summary:

The Park and Brenan families, on their way to Roswell, are stranded outside the city late one night. They end up in a retreat center run by Utopians — an alien cult. Will they find a way to escape from Utopia? (taken from here)

The main thrust of the program is to show how impossible it is for there to be any kind of life outside of planet Earth.  The idea that evolution is a random process is touted yet again.

Topics in this episode:

  • The Search for ‘Aliens’
  • The Odds Against Evolution
  • The Impossibility of Life on Other Planets
  • Why Earth is Specially Suited for Life

The Study Guide for episode 7 can be found here: jp_vol1_study_guide_epi7

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Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 6 – African Safari


Plot Summary:

The evil Dr. Cassat has discovered a multi-million dollar mine in Africa. But why has he asked the Park and Brenan Families to come to Africa on a fossil dig? What danger lurks in the African wilderness?

The main thrust of the program is about transitional fossils.  There is also mention of evolution being chance process.

Topics in this program:

  • Transitional Fossils
  • Australopithecus Afarensis
  • Creation vs. Evolution
  • Neanderthal and Ramapithecus
  • Lucy and Ethel
  • Determining How to Classify a Fossil
  • Evolution is a Chance Process

The Study Guide for episode 6 can be found here: jp_vol1_study_guide_epi6

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Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 5 – Disaster at Brenan Bluff

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Plot Summary

Dr. Kendall Park and Jim Brenan make a discovery of a lifetime — a dinosaur graveyard! However, it turns into a nightmare when the cliffs above the site collapse. Will it cost Jonathan and Jessie their lives? (Taken from www.jonathanpark.com)

The main thrust of the program is to show that there are real scientists who believe in Young Earth Creationism.

Topics in this episode:

  • Scientists Who Believe in a Creator
  • Life from Non-Life
  • Contemporary Creation Scientists

The Study Guide for episode 5 can be found here: jp_vol1_study_guide_epi5

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Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 4 – Adventure on the Aucilla River, Part 2

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This is part two of a two-part series.  Part 1 can be found here.

Plot Summary

Jonathan becomes a ‘big brother’ and a friend to young Billy Trent.  Angela decides to go Florida and help Dr Ash.  The Eagle’s Nest Gang catch the bad guys.  All in all, if one if willing to be used by God, good things will turn out.

Topics in this episode:

  • Water for the Flood
  • Ocean Temperatures in the Past
  • Ice Age
  • Mastadon Tusk
  • OOP Art
  • Modern Things in the Bible

The Study Guide for episodes 3-4 can be found here: jp_vol1_study_guide_epi3-4

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Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 3 – Adventure on the Aucilla River, Part 1

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Plot Summary

The Eagle’s Nest Gang witness a theft in an art museum and go on an adventure to track the thieves down.

Jonathan is encouraged by the Brenans to be a ‘big brother’ and a friend to the Brenans’ neighbour, a little boy called Billy (who is in a wheelchair).  Jonathan is unsure how to respond.

Angela Brenan is tracked down by a man who wants her help finding underwater artifacts in the Aucilla River that will point to evidence for the Biblical account.  Angela is unsure how to respond.

Topics in this episode:

  • Tell Hamoukar
  • How Different ‘Races’ and Languages Arose
  • Different ‘Races’?
  • Aucilla River
  • Atheists Have No Purpose in Life
  • Evolution is a Chance Process
  • Creation Seminars
  • Promoting Young-Earth Creationism

The Study Guide for episodes 3-4 can be found here: jp_vol1_study_guide_epi3-4

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