“The Scopes ‘Monkey Trial’ Revisited” - An invitation to examine both sides of the origins debate

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Dawkins gloats over boost to evolutionary dogma in schools
Another hollow victory for educational censorship

 

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For those who might not be familiar with our stance on #Speciation and how this fits within our #BiblicalCreationModel, here's a bit of clarification. This correspondence with one J.C. sheds light on this important topic. Let's break this down!

1. First off, it's important to note that we, at #CreationMinistriesInternational, have extensive knowledge in #Genetics and #EvolutionaryBiology. We're not strangers to the topic of speciation. We have published articles discussing various speciation mechanisms, such as #AllopatricSpeciation, #FounderEffect, #GeneticDrift, and more.

2. After the #BiblicalFlood, the Biblical Creation model actually predicts and requires not just speciation, but rapid speciation. This means that each animal kind diversified quickly, often forming new species in the process.

3. The claim that creationists do not believe in the formation of new species is a misconception and strawman. We reject the fixity of species, a concept that ironically has roots in the teachings of Charles Lyell and Aristotle, not the Bible.

4. Natural selection is part of the creation model for rapid speciation, but it is not the same as affirming evolution. #NaturalSelection is a process of culling pre-existing traits, while #Evolution demands the generation of radically new functions.

5.⌛ Evolutionists have a 'time' problem. They cannot account for the slow and gradual generation of complex functions, such as converting sugars to energy, one mutation at a time, nor can they explain the increasing decay of the genome over time due to genetic entropy.

6. Lastly, the Biblical model of human population genetics fits the evidence much better than the evolutionary alternative. This is well-documented in our resources such as #TheGenesisAccount, #TheNonMythicalAdamAndEve, and #GeneticEntropy.

We encourage all of you to delve deeper into the understanding of speciation through a Biblical lens. By doing so, we can engage in more informed discussions that honour our Creator.

 

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A groundbreaking discovery in paleomagnetism brings promising news for Biblical archaeology! Here are the key insights:

▶ Paleomagnetism measures past orientations and field strengths of the Earth's magnetic field, which are stored in magnetic minerals. This information helps in determining historical events.

▶ An Israeli team has achieved a breakthrough by accurately measuring paleomagnetism in archaeological materials related to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. The date of this significant event, 587/586 BC, aligns with Biblical records and acts as a historical anchor.

▶ The team analyzed the burnt remains of a large building from that era, measuring the paleomagnetism of stony material from the debris. Due to the precise dating of the destruction, this new data can help to verify other archaeological sites from this period.

▶ The timing of Jerusalem's destruction falls during the 'Hallstatt disaster/plateau,' a period from 800-400 BC which has been challenging to date using the carbon-14 technique. The new data can help recalibrate radiocarbon dating, thus proving beneficial for other significant historical events.

▶ If carbon-14 dating can be accurately calibrated using this data, the historical accuracy of other Biblical events such as the fall of Jericho can be reassessed. This may turn the tide of skepticism and reaffirm the historical trustworthiness of the Bible.

Once again, science is only just catching up with what has long been written in the Scriptures.

The full article is here: https://creation.com/paleomagnetic-breakthrough
 

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✨ Let's explore the incredible design of our Earth's atmosphere through the lens of today's captivating article, "Earth’s atmosphere—wonderfully designed for life", by Andrew Sibley.

1️⃣ First, our atmosphere isn't just a barrier; it's a carefully crafted, beautiful system that supports life in numerous ways. From letting in life-giving light while filtering out harmful UV radiation, it's indeed an extraordinary design.

2️⃣ Our skies' stunning colours from blue to red, orange, or pink at dawn and dusk, all occur due to the reflection and scattering of light. Even the majestic rainbows we admire are a result of light dispersion, refraction, and reflection by raindrops.

3️⃣ The Earth's ozone layer, high in the atmosphere, acts as a critical shield, blocking harmful UV rays from reaching the ground while permitting UV-A light to reach and support plant growth.

4️⃣ The Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere protect us from harmful solar flares and high-energy particles from the Sun and cosmic rays, giving us the mesmerizing aurora light displays in the polar regions.

5️⃣ Our atmosphere aids in warming the Earth through the greenhouse effect, largely contributed by water vapor and CO2. Without these greenhouse gases, Earth's temperature would be significantly colder. ❄

6️⃣ Carbon dioxide, although often criticized due to its role in climate change, is crucial for plant productivity. Through photosynthesis, plants convert water and carbon dioxide into sugars, carbohydrates, and oxygen, contributing to the circle of life.

Isn't it awe-inspiring to consider how each of these factors contributes to the perfect balance we enjoy on our planet? Truly, as Psalm 19:1 states, "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork." So, let's take a moment today to marvel at the wonder of God's design.

See the full article here: https://creation.com/atmosphere-design-life
 

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Professor Richard Lewontin (1929–2021), a geneticist (and self-proclaimed Marxist), was certainly one of the world’s leaders in evolutionary biology. He wrote this very revealing comment. It illustrates the implicit philosophical bias against Genesis creation—regardless of whether or not the facts support it.

‘Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural. We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism.
It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.
 

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The Beijing Anomaly

In the mid 2000s, research unearthed some astonishing findings about our planet.

A massive body of water, known as the “Beijing Anomaly”, was discovered nestled between 700 and 1,400 km below the surface, deep within the mantle. This discovery was made by analyzing over 600,000 seismograms - graphic recordings of shockwaves from earthquakes.

The evidence about our Earth's interior is often gathered through methods like drilling and studying shock waves. These techniques have led us to the idea of the Earth’s structure consisting of concentric spheres: the crust, the mantle, the outer core, and the inner core, each with different densities.

The discovery of the Beijing Anomaly lines up with the Catastrophic Plate Tectonics (CPT) model - a creationist perspective. This model suggests that during Noah's Flood, parts of the crust started sinking rapidly into the earth's interior, dragging down water and sediments with them. These transformed into active chemical solutions and gases that rose towards the surface.

What's more fascinating? These fluids, when reaching the crust, could solidify sediments into hard rock, explaining the large volume of chemical cements found in sedimentary rocks. Not only that, but they could also rapidly fossilize organic matter, potentially accounting for the vast known fossil record!

The Beijing Anomaly discovery confirms the predictions of the CPT model and provides additional evidence supporting the occurrence of a major geological event like Noah's Flood. The Bible and science continue to intertwine, deepening our understanding of the world we live in!

https://creation.com/water-inside-fire
 

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Notes on the above - the article concludes with the following:

'It's truly exciting to find that complex structures like the electric organ, which evolved completely independently in six groups of fish, seem to share the same genetic toolkit,' said Jason Gallant, MSU zoologist and co-lead author of the paper.​

Six different electrically capable organs emerge, explaining the same biochemical conclusion, arrived at independently?

Imagine winning the lottery six times in a row with the same numbers? The odds of one win being 1 in 45,000,000. Even assuming generously that it would be a multiple trillion to one chance to evolve an organ, to do so six times in the same way must stretch the faith of even Sam Harris or @Awoken2
 

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Imagine trying to prove a point about ANYTHING by posting a Daily Mail article as proof.

That's pretty poor form, even for you. :rolleyes:
 

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Imagine trying to prove a point about ANYTHING by posting a Daily Mail article as proof.

That's pretty poor form, even for you. :rolleyes:
@Awoken2 - the original paper from MSU.

I’m not trying to score points btw, just think about it…

 
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Algae to oil
Algal ‘slurry’ turns to crude oil in minutes
by Jonathan O’Brien and Dr Carl Wieland

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Scientists in the US have worked out how to convert algae into crude oil in less than 60 minutes. Looking much like pea soup, a mixture of green algae and water is subjected to a temperature of 350°C and pressure of 3,000 PSI, which breaks the algae down into oil and gas. The scientists learned that a mixture of up to 80 to 90% water made the best algal ‘slurry’ for the process.

Just like crude oil that comes out of wells, the resultant oil can be easily refined into aviation fuel, gasoline, diesel and other products, and the gas can be converted to natural gas, with multiple uses such as household heating and cooking, and powering cars.1

It has been widely believed for decades that ‘fossil fuel’ oil and gas took millions of years to form from algae and plants
It has been widely believed for decades that ‘fossil fuel’ oil and gas took millions of years to form from algae and plants (and other buried organic material—see box), after being slowly trapped in rocks and subjected to the earth’s heat and pressure over eons.

Heat and pressure suffice to form oil in ultrashort time periods.
However, we now know that the millions of years are unnecessary. This industrial process (which does not involve chemical reagents) shows that heat and pressure suffice to form oil in ultrashort time periods. And both heat and pressure are ‘naturally’ available when organic material is buried2deep within the earth, which would have happened on a vast scale at the time of the Genesis Flood. The thousands of years since then are thus far more than necessary to generate the huge fossil fuel deposits of the present day.

Interestingly, a high proportion of water is needed in the process of turning algae into oil. The evidence suggests that some of our fossil gas and oil came from vast algal blooms that occurred in the waters of the year-long global Flood, caused by volcanic activity altering the chemical balance and temperature of the water. We know that algal blooms occur today during times of environmental stress. Huge quantities of algae would have been catastrophically buried within sedimentary deposits during the Flood—about 4,500 years ago.

Ironically, whenever evidence such as this shows conclusively that fossil fuels would not require vast ages, reports often feature phrases like, ‘Process does in minutes what nature takes millions of years to do’.
 
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