Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 23, 2014

2. Recommended Resources – Creation Science for Kids

Evolutionism is not science! Rather it is atheistic naturalism masquerading as science. True science points to God.

Are your children learning how science points to God? Are they seeing the glory of God in their science studies?

Do you have trouble finding resources that teach children to think critically about scientific issues? Is it difficult to find resources that help you interpret the world of nature for children within a Biblical framework? If so, read on for help.

This is the 2nd article in a series covering six categories of Recommended Resources:
1. Creation Science
2. Creation Science For Kids
3. Creation Museums
4. Intelligent Design
5. Apologetics
6. Christianity, Culture, & Vocation

Each resource is accompanied by a brief description of what it provides. Listing of a resource simply means the resource has significant value. It does not mean that I endorse everything in it.

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2. Creation Science For Kids Resources

Note: Many of the Creation Science Resources listed in the previous post can be used with kids, but those listed here are particularly kid-oriented. The Creation Museums listed in the next post in this series are also kid-friendly and appropriate for children.
Not all of the following resources are explicitly creationist (watch out for “millions of years ago”), but all are helpful in teaching kids to scientifically investigate God’s world.

Bible-Science for Kids—Part 1
Bible-Science for Kids—Part 2

These two blog posts list a variety of creationist resources for kids, mostly from Answers in Genesis or the Institute for Creation Research.

Kids Answers
This children’s site from Answers in Genesis offers material specially designed for kids: answers to common questions, videos, activities.

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Creation Science 4 Kids (CS4K)
CS4K celebrates the amazing world God made for all who love to learn new things about nature and science without a bunch of big words. It helps people understand the differences between evolutionary thinking and young earth creationist thinking. It’s run by a 2nd-generation homeschooling mom, pastor’s wife, and science lover who believes that God spoke everything into existence in six 24-hour days (Genesis 1) and that the world that then was perished in the global flood of Noah’s day (2 Peter 3:6).

The Homeschool Scientist (THS)
THS seeks to equip and encourage homeschoolers by removing fear and adding fun to science education. THS includes experiment ideas, curriculum choices, science resources, and advice.

KidQuest Science Adventures
KidQuest seeks to inspire kids to learn and discover with real, fun, and exciting hands-on science that gets them out of the house and into nature. A series of workbooks and guides feature experiments, observations, games, and discovery activities.

The Kitchen Pantry Scientist
Features simple experiments in biology, chemistry, food science, and physics.

KidScience App

KidScience
This is a free iPhone/iPad app with science experiments that can be done at home. It features easy to follow, step-by-step instructions with pictures and simple explanations of the underlying science. The premium version ($5) has unlimited associated videos. Created by the Kitchen Pantry Scientist.

The Science Explorer
Thirty science experiments for kids.

Fun Science Gallery
Many science experiments in a wide variety of areas.

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Science Kids
Contains fun experiments, games, science fair projects, challenging quizzes, interesting facts, amazing videos, worksheets, lessons, and images. Subjects include biology, chemistry, physics, space, weather, and animals.

Steve Spangler Science
A large library of hands-on science experiments, science fair projects, professional demonstrations, and science videos available online. Subscribe to the Experiment of the Week to receive a brand new hands-on, kitchen science experiment and a high-quality video featuring the experiment’s steps each week by email. This is not creationist-oriented, but it has lots of science experiments you can do at home.

Creation Clues for Kids
This is a quarterly newsletter for kids from Creation Clues. It highlights many interesting creatures from the perspective of a commitment to Biblical Creation — 6 literal Creation Days 6,000 years ago and a worldwide Genesis Flood.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the second of a series of six blog posts on Recommended Resources.
Read the prequel:
1. Recommended Resources – Creation Science

Read the sequel:
3. Recommended Resources – Creation Museums …coming soon…

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For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods, in whose hand are the depths of the earth. The peaks of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for it was He who made it; and His hands formed the dry land. Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. (Psalm 95:3-6)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 16, 2014

1. Recommended Resources – Creation Science

Use every spare minute to study apologetics

Use every spare minute to study creationism and apologetics

Evolutionism is not science! Rather it is atheistic naturalism masquerading as science. True science points to God.

Biblical Creationism is soundly supported by scientific evidence, logical reasoning, and Scripture. In contrast, to believe that complex biological systems were gradually built up by small random changes is a “flagrant denial of common sense…an entirely unsubstantiated belief for which there is not the slightest evidence whatsoever.” Thus says agnostic geneticist Dr. Michael Denton, author of the book Evolution: A Theory in Crisis.

This and five subsequent posts will cover these six categories of Recommended Resources:
1. Creation Science
2. Creation Science For Kids
3. Creation Museums
4. Intelligent Design
5. Apologetics
6. Christianity, Culture, & Vocation

Each resource is accompanied by a brief description of what it provides. Listing of a resource simply means the resource has significant value. It does not mean that I endorse everything in it.

1. Creation Science Resources

Extreme Makeover: Library Edition
This article discusses a dozen books that comprise a Bible-Science Starter Library. The books offer nourishing brain food on Creation, Evolution, Intelligent Design, Rock Layers, Fossils, Dinosaurs, and Noah’s Flood. Reading these books will boost thinking skills, strengthen Biblical convictions, and superbly prepare you for great conversations with unbelieving friends or questioning believers. This Bible-Science Starter Library documents the paucity of evidence for Darwinism and the plethora of evidence for Creation.

Answers in Genesis (AiG)
AiG, co-founded by Ken Ham, runs the Creation Museum southwest of Cincinnati and is building a full-size replica of Noah’s Ark. Here are three articles about these projects: Creation Museum; Rebuilding Noah’s Ark; Ark Encounter Park. The AiG website has a vast number of sound creationist resources for free and for purchase. Answers Research Journal is a peer-reviewed technical journal sponsored by AiG. It publishes scientific research from the Biblical perspective of a recent Creation and a global Flood.

Institute for Creation Research (ICR)
ICR was started by Henry Morris, father of the modern Creationism revival. ICR’s mission is to “equip believers with evidence of the Bible’s accuracy and authority through scientific research, educational programs, and media presentations, all conducted within a thoroughly Biblical framework.” The ICR website has a wealth of creationist articles and research.

Creation Ministries International (CMI)
This worldwide ministry provides excellent answers to the most-asked questions about creation/evolution. It has a wealth of online articles published over the last 10 years.

Note: AiG, ICR, CMI above are the top three sites I recommend when people ask about Biblical Creationism.

Bible-Science Guy
Treatment of a wide variety of Bible-Science topics by the Bible-Science Guy. Contains over 7 years of monthly Newspaper Columns and almost weekly Blog Posts since Oct 2007.

Creation Wiki
This is a community-built encyclopedia of creation science and creation apologetics with over 7,000 articles.

Creation Training Initiative
Mike Riddle (formerly of Answers in Genesis) designed this organization to focus on training and equipping Christians to be effective teachers and speakers on the subject of Biblical Creation, so that the next generation can be trained to stand firm on Biblical truth and defend their faith. CTI currently offers three courses to help prepare Christians to defend their faith against today’s evolutionary onslaught. I attended one of their courses and strongly recommend this organization.

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Creation Moments (CM)
CM presents scientific evidence for the Bible and its literal truth. It offers books, videos, bulletin inserts, and radio spots that uphold the truth of God in creation.

Creation Education Center (CEC)
CEC addresses the challenge from the secular world regarding the validity and accuracy of the Bible, especially the creation account of Genesis. CEC aims to assist Christian organizations in teaching people regarding the authority of God’s Word. Genesis gets significant emphasis because it sets the foundation for the rest of Scripture and is attacked more than any other area.

Creation-Evolution Headlines (CEH)
CEH provides breaking news and color commentary on the greatest question of all time: Where did the universe and life come from? CEH critically examines the evidence and the underlying assumptions of evolutionism, pointing out logical and philosophical fallacies the other science news sites routinely ignore. Incisive wit and penetrating analysis characterize the reports.

Creation Truth Foundation (CTF)
CTF works to combat the evolutionary worldview by promoting and defending the Biblical worldview of creation. CTF offers the Truth in Science curriculum for grades 3-6. It provides academically sound training in science and objective reasoning while simultaneously teaching Biblical creation.

Creation Research (CR)
CR grew as an answer to the question, “How do we reach people for Christ who have been immunized against the gospel by the theory of evolution?” Christianity is the one religion in the world where faith depends on historical facts. CR aims to reach the millions indoctrinated to believe man evolved from ape-like ancestors who then reject the Bible as false, Creation as myth, and Christ as irrelevant. It encourages God’s people to know they can fully trust Christ and His Word concerning Creation, the Flood, and Babel and reach out confidently to a world full of evolutionists who reject the gospel.

Ask John Mackay
This is a Q & A website with an extensive bank of answers to Bible-Science questions from experts in biology, geology, creation, evolution, theology, or history.

Creation Studies Institute (CSI)
The lie of evolution is a stumbling block for many. CSI removes this stumbling block by teaching the truth that God is our Creator, that we are made in His image, and that by Him and through Him, all things were made. CSI combats the dogmatic teaching of evolution in public schools by exposing the brainwashing, censorship, and deception.

Creation Safaris
Creation Safaris are outdoor nature trips to look at fossils, stars and galaxies, animals and wildflowers, mountains and canyons and caves, trees, birds, butterflies, fish, rainbows, sunsets, snowflakes, and more, and to learn how all of Creation shouts against evolutionism and endorses the Bible’s record of creation. Despite the global devastation of Noah’s Flood 4500 years ago, the earth is still a beautiful place and proclaims the glory of its Creator.

Creation Today (CT)
CT is a Christian apologetics ministry focused on defending the literal interpretation of the Genesis creation account. CT offers a wealth of resources. Millions of copies of their resources have been distributed worldwide and translated into about 30 languages. The ministry was started by Kent Hovind and is now run by his son Eric.

Canopy Ministries
Speakers address a wide variety of Creation vs. Evolution issues in an engaging and arresting manner.

Creation Research Society (CRS)
CRS is a professional organization of trained scientists and interested laypersons who are firmly committed to scientific special creation. CRS was organized in 1963 by a committee of ten like-minded scientists, and has grown into an organization with worldwide membership. It publishes a quarterly peer-reviewed journal, conducts research to develop and test creation models, provides research grants and facilities, and provides qualified scientists to speak to groups. CRS has directories of Creationist organizations within the U.S. and Creationist organizations outside the U.S. with listings by state and country.

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TrueOrigin Archive
Vast library of online resource material exposing the myth of evolutionism and corroborating the truth of creation.

Center for Scientific Creation
Free online edition of Dr. Walter Brown’s book In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood.

Creation Science Hall of Fame
Brief bios of great scientists who believed in the Creator. It honors those who honored God’s Word as literally written in Genesis.

Creation Summit (CS)
CS strives to reinforce the faith of Christian students and to persuade unbelievers by presenting the evidence for creation. CS offers Creation Summit 1-day conferences at universities and Creation Fairs for grades K-8.

Creation Worldview Ministries
This is Dr. Grady McMurtry’s missionary and discipleship association. CWM provides Biblical and scientific seminars in churches and public forums like universities, radio and TV broadcasts. CWM is a resource center for education, consulting, missionary evangelism and discipleship concerning foundational Biblical truths, especially Biblical Scientific Creationism. CWM seeks to be a part of the revitalization of classical Christian intellectual activity for the preservation, promotion, and propagation of a Biblical Worldview.

Creation Sensation
This blog features scientific and Biblical evidence for young earth creation. You can view many debate videos, all of Kent Hovind’s Creation Science Seminar videos, along with many other resources.

Creation Instruction Association
This Bible-based creationist ministry offers Creation Camps, a library of articles and podcasts, and resources for purchase.

Scripturosity: Where Revelation Directs Reason
This blog’s purpose is to build the faith of believers and stimulate spiritual sensitivities in seekers. It endeavors to demonstrate that the record of history found in Scripture is compatible with the natural evidence and is the most intellectually satisfying cosmogony. By amplifying the historical and scientific harmony, author Marc Jacobs hopes to remove the shackles that naturalism has placed on man’s soul, and to validate the eternal, life-enriching truths the Creator recorded in Scripture. Jacobs presents well-reasoned, Bible-based, thoughtful material that will challenge your thinking and encourage your walk with God.

Returning to Genesis
RtG seeks to restore the authority of the Bible starting with Genesis. The ministry focuses on teaching from the foundation of the Bible, on offering evidence for Creation, and on spreading the Gospel. RtG’s founder has written a fictional novel on the Creation-Evolution controversy titled The Deception.

Defending Genesis
Blogger Tony Breeden is a Creation speaker, artist, writer, vocalist, minister, and homeschool father who affirms Biblical Creation and a worldwide Flood. Breeden also started the Creation Letter Project to counter the pro-evolution Clergy Letter Project by collecting signatures of clergy who support Biblical Creationism.

Dancing from Genesis
The author is a young-earth creationist who comments on how mainstream scientists willfully miss the boat as they interpret evidence about ancient history.

Creation Engineering Concepts
Explains how true science can easily be harmonized with God’s Word through the development of a proper Biblical worldview. Sound Science and the Bible are in perfect accord. The Universe looks designed because it is designed.

Robert Gentry’s Earth Science Associates
Scientific evidence abounds to support the Biblical accounts of Creation and Noah’s Flood. Gentry’s work on polonium halos is unrefuted evidence for earth’s instant creation! His book Creation’s Tiny Mystery explaining polonium halos is available online or for purchase, as are many interesting videos.

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Tas Walker’s Biblical Geology
This site focuses on flood geology. The geological features of the earth are explained in light of Noah’s worldwide flood.

GlobalFlood.org
This reports Dr. John Baumgardner‘s research on the vast geological transformation of the earth evident from the year-long Genesis Flood. He concludes that the Flood was one facet of a larger global-scale tectonic cataclysm. See Los Alamos Origins Debate (1995-97) to read the correspondence debate Baumgardner had with many scientists over the course of several years.

Revolution Against Evolution
Answering the tough questions concerning science and the Bible.

Evolution Is Dead
This site chronicles the demise of naturalism as a scientific philosophy. It offers many audios, videos, and books as free downloads. It has a large collection of useful creation/evolution/science quotes.

Missing Universe Museum
Exhibits contrast the Evolution and Creation models of origins and demonstrate that they are mutually exclusive. Provides evidence to help people make intelligent, informed decisions as to which model best explains the universe. An interesting Evolution Test highlights some of the silly aspects and major fallacies of evolutionism.

Creation SuperLibrary
A 12-language Creation mega-site providing answers, articles, and resources on Creation/Evolution.

Lambert Dolphin’s Topics in Science and the Bible
A wide variety of links to online resources.

Creation Science
Many resources related to the study of origins and science from a creationist perspective including a list of Top Evidences for Creation.

Evolutionary Truth by Piltdown Superman
This is the home of The Question Evolution Project. Today we are flooded with dubious claims for the “fact” of evolution, while opposing explanations are suppressed. This site links to creation science resources to promote learning something besides atheistic propaganda.

Wonder of Creation (WoC)
WoC explores the majesty of God’s creation and celebrates its beauty and wonder. Through creation, God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—are clearly seen and motivate worship. Includes an inspiring mix of pictures and scripture passages.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the first of a series of six blog posts on Recommended Resources.
Read the sequel:
2. Recommended Resources – Creation Science For Kids

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Wednesday July 16, 2014 A.D.

For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods, in whose hand are the depths of the earth. The peaks of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for it was He who made it; and His hands formed the dry land. Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. (Psalm 95:3-6)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 9, 2014

15. Famous Thinkers – Physician Is a Creationist

What world-famous medical doctor and inventor said this?

“I am a young earth creation scientist and believe that God created the world in six 24-hour days, just as recorded in the book of Genesis.”

This innovative scientist designed a diagnostic tool used worldwide to detect cancer. In 1989 he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for this invention.

Who is he?

In 1988 President Reagan awarded this man the National Medal of Technology for his invention. In 2001 he received the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award for his work.

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Who is this super-scientist and creationist?

He is Dr. Raymond V. Damadian (1936- ), the inventor of the MRI scanner that revolutionized the field of medicine.

Damadian discovered that tumors and normal tissue can be distinguished in live individuals by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). In 1971 he reported this discovery in a research paper in the journal Science.

Damadian invented the first MRI machine for scanning the human body. In 1977 he was the first to diagnose cancer via a full body scan of a human being.

Dr. Damadian is a Biblical creationist. He said,

“I am a young earth creation scientist and believe that God created the world in six 24-hour days, just as recorded in the book of Genesis. By God’s grace and the devoted prayers of my godly mother-in-law, I invented the MRI scanner in 1969. The idea that scientists who believe the earth is 6,000 years old cannot do real science is simply wrong.”

Listen to Dr. Damadian’s testimony (26 seconds) in his own forceful words:

Dr. Damadian is proof that Biblical creationists can do world-class science. Moreover, this Biblical creationist’s scientific work has saved countless lives worldwide — lives of both evolutionists and creationists.

Nobel Prize

Damadian was denied a share of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Medicine which went to two later researchers in MRI. Many think Damadian should have gotten the Nobel Prize for his invention. They suspect that his prominence as a Christian and Biblical creationist was the obstacle that prevented the Nobel committee from properly recognizing his work.

For example, evolutionist Professor Michael Ruse of Florida State University wrote,

Although he [Damadian] was the inventor of the first machine that discovers cancers through magnetic resonance imaging, the award went to two other and somewhat subsequent scientists…

But perhaps Dr. Damadian does have reason to feel having been slighted for the wrong reasons. He is not just an inventor, but also a very prominent Christian. And not just a Christian of any bland kind, but a Creation Scientist – one of those people who believes that the Bible, especially including Genesis, is absolutely literally true – six days of creation, Adam and Eve the first humans, universal flood, and all of the rest. It is as least as likely a hypothesis that Damadian was ignored by the Nobel committee because they did not want to award a Prize to an American fundamentalist Christian as that they did not think his work merited the fullest accolade. In the eyes of rational Europeans – and Swedes are nothing if not rational Europeans – it is bad enough that such people exist, let alone give them added status and a pedestal from which to preach their silly ideas. Especially a scientific pedestal from which to preach their silly anti-science ideas.

Is this unfair? One certainly feels a certain sympathy for the Nobel committee. Creation science is wrong and (if taught to young people as the truth) dangerous. It does represent everything against which good science stands. However, even the best scientists believe some very strange things, and if we start judging one area of their work in terms of other beliefs that they have, we could well do more harm than good. Isaac Newton, the greatest scientist of them all, had some very strange views about the proper interpretation of such Biblical books as Daniel and Revelation, and in respects believed things about the universe – its past and its future – that make today’s Creation Scientists seem comparatively mild. …

All of my life I have fought for evolution and against Creationism. … But as one who loves science above all and thinks it the greatest triumph of the human spirit – as one who has no religious beliefs whatsoever – I cringe at the thought that Raymond Damadian was refused his just honor because of his religious beliefs. Having silly ideas in one field is no good reason to deny merit for great ideas in another field. Apart from the fact that this time the Creation Scientists will think that there is good reason to think that they are the objects of unfair treatment at the hands of the scientific community.
(Ruse, M. “The Nobel Prize in Medicine – Was there a Religious Factor in this Year’s (Non) Selection?Metanexus Online Journal, March 16, 2004.)

Therefore…

Raymond Damadian is one of the great scientists of the 20th century. He was convinced of the Creator of Scripture who created the universe in six regular days. For Damadian , creation requires a Creator–the God of the Bible. Damadian was not duped by the evolutionism that deludes so many intellectuals today. How foolish is the arrogance and hubris of today–where man thinks he is so advanced and despises the wisdom of previous generations regarding the existence of a Creator!

Belief in a Creator is common sense based on looking at what has been created, just as
Paul the Apostle (Romans 1:18-23),
President Thomas Jefferson,
Benjamin Franklin,
Sir Isaac Newton,
John Calvin,
Dr. Werner von Braun,
George Washington Carver,
Johann Kepler,
Blaise Pascal,
Robert Boyle,
and innumerable others have argued. These men believed in a Creator and Intelligent Designer. None would have been fooled by the evolutionism that hoodwinks so many today. Throughout history the vast majority of mankind has known that there must be a Creator.

Damadian believes in the Creator and honors his written Word. Today’s intellectuals would do well to pay heed to one whose scientific discoveries far exceed those of most scientists today. Damadian has earned credibility and respect for his opinion.

Questions to Ponder
  1. Have you observed someone receiving unequal treatment because of Biblical beliefs?
  2. Are you prepared to sustain your Scriptural convictions even when experiencing discrimination or mistreatment?
  3. Can you think of a way to testify to the Creator through Damadian’s achievement, perhaps on an upcoming doctor appointment or upon visiting someone in the hospital?
  4. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the fifteenth installment in the Famous Thinkers series highlighting great men who believed in the Creator.
Read the prequels:
1. Famous Thinkers – Former U.S. President Supports Intelligent Design
2. Famous Thinkers – Scientist Supports Intelligent Design
3. Famous Thinkers – Mathematician Supports Intelligent Design
4. Famous Thinkers – Theologian Testifies for Creation
5. Famous Thinkers – Rocket Scientist Supports Intelligent Design
6. Famous Thinkers – Botanist Supports Creation
7. Famous Thinkers – Botanist Supports Creation 2
8. Famous Thinkers – Astronomer Is a Creationist
9. Famous Thinkers – Mathematician Is a Creationist
10. Famous Thinkers – Mathematician Is a Creationist 2
11. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 1
12. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 2
13. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 3
14. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 4

Read the sequel:
16. Famous Thinkers – Statesman Is a Creationist coming soon…

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For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. (Romans 1:18-23)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 2, 2014

Astronomy Campout

He made the stars also.

This brief comment from the end of Genesis 1:16 regarding God’s creative activity on the Fourth Day of Creation is astronomically astounding!!! Think what it includes:

The galaxies God made in a single day 6,000 years ago range from dwarf galaxies with “only” ten million stars to giant galaxies with 100 trillion stars. Our own Milky Way galaxy contains over 100 billion stars. And there are well over 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe.

How many stars did God make? The 2010 estimate is 300 sextillion (3 × 1023) stars in the observable universe. Only God knows how many stars are in the unobservable universe.

Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name. Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power not one of them is missing. (Isaiah 40:26)

Come learn about the Creator’s heavenly handiwork at a family astronomy campout! Let the Almighty’s night sky amaze and awe you. Learn about a few of the innumerable stars God made at the Michigan 2014 Consider Thy Heavens Campout.

Astronomy Campout

Jay Ryan of Classical Astronomy and Fourth Day Press is holding an astronomy campout Wednesday through Sunday, August 20-24, 2014 at Muskallonge Lake State Park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, 28 miles northwest of Newberry, MI. Jay is the author of the Signs & Seasons astronomy curriculum.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.
(Psalm 19:1)

The night skies at Muskallonge are among the blackest in the eastern U.S. Each night after dark Jay will give a free constellation tour. Parents and children of all ages are welcome!

The timing for this astronomy camp is good because the light from the waning crescent moon won’t interfere with star gazing. Also the campout is near the end of the Perseid meteor shower and in the midst of several other meteor showers, so we will see plenty of shooting stars.

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name in all the earth, Who hast displayed Thy splendor above the heavens! … When I Consider Thy Heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained, what is man, that Thou dost take thought of him? And the son of man, that Thou dost care for him? Yet Thou hast made him a little lower than God, and dost crown him with glory and majesty! Thou dost make him to rule over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes through the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name in all the earth! (Psalm 8:1,3-9)

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Each family will make their own camping arrangements at Muskallonge Lake State Park. The campground lies between Muskallonge Lake and Lake Superior with easy access to each by foot. See the Consider Thy Heavens Campout event page on Facebook for details.

Nearby daytime attractions (within a couple hours drive) include Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Tahquamenon Falls, Tahquamenon River Canoeing, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Lake Superior Agates, Oswald’s Bear Ranch, Riding Horses,
ATV Rentals, GarLyn Zoo, and the Soo Locks.

My family and I will be participating in Consider Thy Heavens. We are greatly looking forward to praising God over His stars and learning God’s map of the heavens.

I will also be speaking, as Jay has invited me to give a Bible-Science talk at the campout.

Please join us for the Consider Thy Heavens Astronomy Campout.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. And God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. And God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day. (Genesis 1:14-19)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 25, 2014

5. Population Growth – Is 10 Trillion Flood Deaths Reasonable?

The entire human population perished 4500 years ago–except for eight people. Noah’s Flood wiped out everybody except Noah and his wife and Noah’s three sons and their wives.

Records of the Great Flood appear in the historical lore of civilizations worldwide. Accounts from Africa, Australia, Babylon, British Columbia, Burma, China, Europe, Greece, India, Indonesia, New Guinea, North America, South America, and many more report the Flood. (See Flood Legends: Global Clues of a Common Event by Charles Martin.)

The previous post How Many Died in Noah’s Flood? calculated an estimate based on population growth formulas and Biblical data. This estimate was 10 trillion people died in Noah’s Flood.

Only the 8 people on the Ark were saved from Noah's Flood

Only the 8 people on the Ark were saved from Noah’s Flood

Is 10 Trillion a Reasonable Estimate for the Population at Noah’s Flood?

This estimated pre-Flood population is well over 1,000 times today’s world population of 7.1 billion people. How could this be possible?

To what annual growth rate did this population correspond? An annual growth rate of 1.78% or equivalently a doubling time of about 39.3 years would reach a population of 10 trillion from 2 people in 1656 years. This rate of growth is high, but it is less than Israel’s annual growth rate of 2.56% during 430 years in Egypt — mostly under cruel oppression and deliberate suppression! It is also less than the modern global annual growth rate which peaked at 2.2% in 1963. So it’s certainly a feasible growth rate.

Antediluvian people were much closer to the original creation of mankind, so they had less genetic degradation and greater vigor. If Israel could reproduce at a 2.56% annual growth rate in Egypt 700 years after the Flood, and if modern man could achieve a 2.2% annual growth rate in 1963, then the flourishing antediluvian people could surely reproduce at a 1.78% annual growth rate.

The earth can support a far greater population than it currently does as evidenced by the vast tracts of unused land. Post-flood, only 29% of the earth’s surface area is land. The land area comprises 57,268,900 square miles or 36,652,096,000 acres. This is over 5 acres for every person on earth today. Even assuming 40% of the land is currently unsuitable for habitation due to deserts, mountains, glaciers, etc., there is still 3 acres per person — plenty of room for more people.

For comparison, the average of the population densities of the world’s 10 most densely populated countries/regions with population over 1 million is less than an acre per person — it’s 1937 people per square kilometer or 748 people per square mile or almost 1.2 people per acre.
(See Most densely populated countries. Figures as of May 23, 2014.)

World population if it were concentrated as densely as Paris, New York, Singapore,
San Francisco, London, or Houston.

People can live on much less land space as indicated by city densities. The average of the population densities in the world’s 10 most densely populated cities is 82,147 people per square mile or 128 people per acre.
(See Most densely populated cities. Figures as of May 10, 2014.)

Click the graphic at right to see how much space the 2011 world population of 6.9 billion would require if it were as densely concentrated as various well-known cities.

Now certainly to support a population more land is required than simply living space. Land for needs like growing food, waste disposal, industry, and recreation increases a population’s “footprint.” But the current 3 acres of usable land per person is certainly much more than is needed.

The earth is not filled today. In 1974 experts estimated Earth could support 50 billion people — seven times today’s population. This corresponds to almost 2.3 people per acre for the 60% of land area suitable for habitation. Subsequent and future technological advances will undoubtedly increase this estimate. (See Margaret Mead; “World Population: World Responsibility,” Science, Vol. 185, September 27, 1974, p. 1113.)

But the report in Genesis 6:11, 13 that “the earth was filled with violence” suggests that men had filled the earth prior to the Flood, since the wickedness and violence that was the cause of the Flood is attributed to men. This suggests a far larger population than today, because the earth is not filled today.

Moreover prior to the Flood, there was much more land area to inhabit. Most of the Flood waters are now present in the oceans and major lakes of the world. Prior to the Flood they were within the earth and above the firmament or expanse (Genesis 1:6-10; 2 Peter 3:5-6), so the oceans were much smaller leaving more land for man’s use. The fountains of the great deep bursting open and the 40 days of torrential rain released this water to cover the globe (Genesis 7:11-12). Then it drained away into the ocean basins as “the mountains rose and the valleys sank down” (Psalm 104:5-9).

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Earth was far more fertile before the Flood, and therefore could support a larger population. This is indicated by the vast worldwide coal and oil deposits which came from abundant, dense, and productive pre-Flood vegetation.

Much of what is now uninhabitable land was habitable before the Flood. For example, much of today’s desert land was covered with lush vegetation before the Flood, as indicated by the bountiful oil deposits beneath the sands. Submarine oil deposits indicate the oceans once covered far less land. Today’s mountains were not as high before the Flood, for they rose up after the Flood (Psalm 104:5-9). Much of what is now impossible terrain on which to live was likely habitable before the Flood.

The ocean could have been an enormous reservoir of food for the pre-Flood population. This National Geographic aquaculture article on fish farms in the sea shows how people today are again beginning to take advantage of this resource.

Thus, 10 trillion is a fair and reasonable estimate for the earth’s population at the Flood. The annual growth rate of 1.78% is feasible, and the greater pre-Flood land area, vigor, and fertility could support many more people than today.

Population Growth Formulas

For those interested in checking the math, here are the relevant Population Growth formulas:
The population doubling time (length of time it takes a population to double) in years is
= T/d where T is the population’s elapsed time in years and d is the # of doublings.
= (log 2) / log(1+r) where r is the annual growth rate.

Starting with population P, the new population is
= P x 2d after d doublings.
= P x (1+r)n after n years at an annual growth rate r.

Questions to Ponder
  1. Why do people ignore Biblical information about what the earth was like before the Flood?
  2. Why is there such resistance to the idea of the earth’s population dying in a global flood?
  3. Why are people so antsy about overpopulation today when there’s plenty of room for more people? Should Christians have large families to obey God’s command to “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” (Genesis 9:1)
  4. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This concludes the series on Population Growth. Read the prequels:
1. Population Growth – Could Noah Fill the Earth?
2. Population Growth – Israel in Egypt
3. Population Growth – Challenge to Evolution
4. Population Growth – How Many Died in Noah’s Flood?

See these related articles I’ve written on Noah, the Ark, and the Flood:
Noah’s Flood—Key to the Past
Noah’s Flood—A Global Event
Noah’s Ark Replicas
Noah’s Ark Found?
Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Volcanoes, & Noah’s Flood
Rebuilding Noah’s Ark
Ark Encounter Park
Noah’s Ark Model in Holland
Noah’s Ark
Noah’s Ark Found?
(with video)
1. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Intro
2. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Kentucky Governor
(with YouTube videos)
3. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – How Big?
4. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Ark Encounter video
5. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Ark Encounter Park
6. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Location
(with maps)
7. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Funding
8. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Facing Opposition
9. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Ham Debates Lynn
(with video)
10. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – What Would Noah Think?
11. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Tour the Dutch Ark
(with video)
Dinosaurs on the Ark?
Tsunami Videos and Noah’s Flood
Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Volcanoes, & Noah’s Flood
USA TODAY features Noah’s Ark
Marilyn Monroe and the Age of the Earth
Wallenda, Niagara, & Noah’s Flood
(with video)
Mystery of Noah’s Flood (with videos)
Leftover from Noah’s Flood?
Noah, the Movie
(with videos)
The Truth about Noah
Meet the Real Noah
(with video)
Could Noah Fill the Earth?
How Many Died in Noah’s Flood?

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Wednesday June 25, 2014 A.D.

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. And the rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark, they and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, all sorts of birds. So they went into the ark to Noah, by twos of all flesh in which was the breath of life. And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and the LORD closed it behind him. Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days; and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth. And the water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark floated on the surface of the water. And the water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered. The water prevailed fifteen cubits higher, and the mountains were covered. And all flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind; of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died. Thus He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky, and they were blotted out from the earth; and only Noah was left, together with those that were with him in the ark. And the water prevailed upon the earth one hundred and fifty days. (Genesis 7:11-24)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 18, 2014

4. Population Growth – How Many Died in Noah’s Flood?

Noah, the Movie graphically portrays the devastation of Noah’s Flood, but it ignores a very intriguing question: How many people died in Noah’s Flood?

Forty-five hundred years ago Noah’s Flood wiped out the entire human population except for eight people: Noah and his wife and Noah’s three sons and their wives. Today’s
7 billion people are Noah’s descendants through 6 people — his sons Japheth, Shem, and Ham and their three wives (Genesis 9:18-19).
(See Tower of Babel – Origin of People Groups for information on the dispersal of Noah’s descendants across the globe.)

People Drowning Outside Noah's Ark

How Many People Died in Noah’s Flood?
Answer: Everybody outside the Ark

Population Growth Before the Flood

How many people died in Noah’s Flood?
The shortest and most accurate answer is “all but eight.” But how many does “all” include?

Prior to Noah’s Flood, population growth was much, much more rapid than today’s growth, because people lived much longer and had many more children. One can make calculations similar to those of previous posts to estimate the number of people who died in the Flood. However, this will be more speculative than the previous calculations, because we must estimate population growth parameters based on sparse data in Genesis.

From Adam to Noah’s Flood was 1656 years. If we assume for this period an average population doubling time of 74 years corresponding to 1804 to 2012 when humanity grew from 1 billion to 7 billion, then the world’s population would have been 10.9 million people at the Flood.

But this is surely far too low an estimate due to the much longer life spans, greater vitality and fertility, and far more children before the Flood. Let’s see if we can make a better estimate based on Biblical data.

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I will need to estimate lifespans, the average number of children per family, and generation lengths for the pre-Flood years.

1. Lifespans

The average lifespan of nine pre-Flood patriarchs Adam through Noah listed in Genesis 5 was 912 years. This average excludes the outlier Enoch, Noah’s great-grandfather whom God took early at age 365 (Genesis 5:23-24).

Thus I will use 900 for the average pre-Flood lifespan.

2. Children

Each of the 10 patriarchs in Genesis 5 except for Noah is described as having “other sons and daughters” in addition to the named son. So each of them had at least 5 children and likely many more.

The age at which the patriarch’s named son was born ranged from 65 for Mahalalel to 500 for Noah. This named son was not necessarily the oldest or the youngest; for example, Adam’s named son Seth in the Genesis 5 genealogy had at least 2 older brothers (Cain and Abel). The average age of the Genesis 5 patriarchs at which the named son was born was 155. So clearly the pre-Flood patriarchs were continuing to have children at much greater ages than people sire children today.

The Jewish historian Josephus of the first century A.D. reports that Adam and Eve had 56 children — 33 sons and 23 daughters.
(Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 1, Chapter 2, Paragraph 2, Endnote 8.)

Josephus also reports that Lamech had 77 children by two wives. Lamech was the sixth generation after Adam through Cain; this was a different Lamech from the father of Noah through Cain’s brother Seth (Genesis 4:17-19).
(Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 1, Chapter 2, Paragraph 2.)

Eve, mother of all living

Scripture records data on the children of 10 families immediately after the Flood which can be useful for estimating pre-Flood practices. Noah’s three sons had at least 16 sons among them. Seven of those 16 grandsons of Noah had at least 38 sons among them. The progeny of the other 9 grandsons is not recorded. Thus 10 families immediately following the Flood had at least 54 sons and presumably about the same number of daughters, thereby averaging at least 10.8 children per family. (Genesis 10; 11:10-13)

Based on all this data, I will assume for estimation purposes that the average pre-Flood family had 10 children. This is probably a low estimate because men lived for so long and could have children at least through 500 years of age. If a family started at age 20 and had a child every 2 or 3 years to age 500, they could easily have over 200 children.

3. Generations

How long was a pre-Flood generation? Today a generation is about 35 years, because on average families complete child-bearing by about age 35. Only 400 years after the Flood, Sarah was considered too old to bear a child at age 90 (Genesis 17:17; 18:11).

I will use 90 years to be the average length of a generation before the Flood. Then the number of generations before the Flood averaged 18.4 (1656/90 = 18.4), and the number of generations in a lifespan averaged 10 (900/90 = 10).

Genesis 5 lists 10 generations for the line from Adam to Noah covering the 1656 years before the Flood. However, many lines probably had many more generations. A family line for which offspring were born starting around 20 could have produced over 80 generations in this period. So 18 is again a conservative estimate for the average number of generations in family lines before the Flood. It was probably much higher.

Similarly, the number of generations in a lifespan probably averaged much more than 10. But I will use these very conservative estimates in order to compute a conservative estimate of the population at the Flood.

4. Population at the Flood

I’m now ready to calculate an estimate of how much the population grew from Adam and Eve to the Flood in 1656 years. I assume an average lifespan of 900 years, an average of 10 children per family averaging 5 boys and 5 girls that grow to adulthood and marry, 18 generations on average in family lines, and 10 generations in an average life span. Most of these estimates are probably pretty good except for the average number of children in a family which I think was probably much higher. But these estimates will enable me to calculate a conservative lower bound for the Flood population.

Using the third population formula included below (in bold), these parameters (P=2, c=5, g=18, k=10) yield a population of 9,536,742,187,500. To this must be added the unmarried childless people who were alive at the time. A very conservative estimate for this is 8% of the reproducing population. This gives a total estimated population at the Flood of 10,299,681,562,500. This is over 10 trillion people! And I believe this estimate is low, since I used conservative estimates for the parameters.

This estimated pre-Flood population of 10 trillion is another indication that the Flood was worldwide. The Flood would have to be global to destroy such a huge number of people.

This estimated pre-Flood population of 10 trillion people is well over 1,000 times today’s world population of 7.1 billion people. How could this be possible? Is 10 Trillion a Reasonable Estimate for the Population at the Flood? This is the topic of the next blog post.

Population Growth Formulas

For those interested in checking the math, here are the relevant Population Growth formulas:
The population doubling time (length of time it takes a population to double) in years is
= T/d where T is the population’s elapsed time in years and d is the # of doublings.
= (log 2) / log(1+r) where r is the annual growth rate.

Starting with population P, the new population is
= P x 2d after d doublings.
= P x (1+r)n after n years at an annual growth rate r.
= P x (cg+1 – cg-k+1) / (c-1) after g generations, where 2c is the average number of children per family who marry and have children (c boys, c girls), and k is the number of generations in a lifespan.

This last formula is derived as follows. Starting with an initial population P (consisting of P/2 men and P/2 women), the first subsequent generation would have 2c children in each of P/2 families for a total world population of
P + (P/2) x 2c = P(1+c).
The next generation would have 2c children in each of Pc/2 families for a total world population of
P(1+c) + (Pc/2) x 2c = P(1 + c + c2).
Similarly, after g generations with no deaths, the population will be
P(1 + c + c2 +…+ cg) = P x (cg+1 – 1) / (c-1) upon summing the geometric series.

To get the actual population after g generations, we need to reduce this by the number who have died. If the average lifespan is k generations (with k<g), then those who had died by the gth generation are those in the (g-k)th generation or earlier. By the same argument as above, this is P x (cg-k+1 – 1) / (c-1).

Subtracting those who had died in the first (g-k) generations from the total in the first g generations gives those alive after g generations: P x (cg+1 – cg-k+1) / (c-1).

This model assumes that on average in each generation families produce c boys and c girls who marry and themselves produce 2c children. Childless people are not counted in this model. This does not affect the growth rate, but an estimate of the living childless should be added to the formula if the intent is to use it to estimate the total population alive at some specific point.

Questions to Ponder
  1. Do you think 10 trillion people is a reasonable or unreasonable estimate for the world’s population at the Great Flood? Why?
  2. What would you estimate the world population to be at Noah’s Flood? Why?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Read the prequels in this series on Population Growth:
1. Population Growth – Could Noah Fill the Earth?
2. Population Growth – Israel in Egypt
3. Population Growth – Challenge to Evolution

Read the sequel:
5. Population Growth – Is 10 Trillion Flood Deaths Reasonable?

See these related articles I’ve written on Noah, the Ark, and the Flood:
Noah’s Flood—Key to the Past
Noah’s Flood—A Global Event
Noah’s Ark Replicas
Noah’s Ark Found?
Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Volcanoes, & Noah’s Flood
Rebuilding Noah’s Ark
Ark Encounter Park
Noah’s Ark Model in Holland
Noah’s Ark
Noah’s Ark Found?
(with video)
1. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Intro
2. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Kentucky Governor
(with YouTube videos)
3. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – How Big?
4. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Ark Encounter video
5. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Ark Encounter Park
6. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Location
(with maps)
7. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Funding
8. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Facing Opposition
9. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Ham Debates Lynn
(with video)
10. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – What Would Noah Think?
11. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Tour the Dutch Ark
(with video)
Dinosaurs on the Ark?
Tsunami Videos and Noah’s Flood
Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Volcanoes, & Noah’s Flood
USA TODAY features Noah’s Ark
Marilyn Monroe and the Age of the Earth
Wallenda, Niagara, & Noah’s Flood
(with video)
Mystery of Noah’s Flood (with videos)
Leftover from Noah’s Flood?
Noah, the Movie
(with videos)
The Truth about Noah
Meet the Real Noah
(with video)
Could Noah Fill the Earth?

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Wednesday June 18, 2014 A.D.

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. And the rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark, they and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, all sorts of birds. So they went into the ark to Noah, by twos of all flesh in which was the breath of life. And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and the LORD closed it behind him. Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days; and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth. And the water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark floated on the surface of the water. And the water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered. The water prevailed fifteen cubits higher, and the mountains were covered. And all flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind; of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died. Thus He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky, and they were blotted out from the earth; and only Noah was left, together with those that were with him in the ark. And the water prevailed upon the earth one hundred and fifty days. (Genesis 7:11-24)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 11, 2014

3. Population Growth – Challenge to Evolution

Noah, the Movie graphically portrays the devastation of Noah’s Flood, but it ignores a very intriguing question: How many people died in Noah’s Flood?

This Population Growth series will suggest an answer to that question.

On the other hand, if no Flood occurred and the evolutionary time scale for humanity were true, mathematical models predict that the Earth should have far, far more people than there are now. Where are they? Where have all the people gone?

Evolution speculates a time frame that would produce this kind of crowding over every acre of the planet.

Evolution speculates a time frame that would produce
crowding like this over every acre of the planet.

Populations grow exponentially, just like money in a savings account. Population growth is compound growth like compound interest. Simple figuring will show that if no Flood occurred, then using an evolutionary time scale, most of the human population is missing. This indicates that the theory of evolution cannot be true.

Evolution and Population Growth

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the post-Flood world population first reached 1 billion in 1804 and 7 billion in 2012. Over that 208-year period, the average population doubling time was about 74 years with an annual percentage growth rate of 0.940%.
(See Could Noah Fill the Earth?)

Evolutionists claim humans “evolved” a million years ago. For simplicity suppose humans started walking the earth only 150,000 years ago (far less than evolutionists claim), and use an average population doubling time of 150 years which is over twice the 74-year doubling time of the last two centuries. In that time there would be 1,000 doublings (150,000/150 = 1,000), so two people would grow to more than 10 to the 301st power. This is a staggering number! It’s many trillions of times the supposed number of atoms in the entire universe (whether scientists know this number is another topic — Spoiler: they don’t).

Now it’s true that the population could not grow at this constant rate for 150,000 years because of the limiting capacity of the earth and its resources. Nevertheless, assuming Noah’s Flood never occurred, this calculation shows there should be far more people alive and dead if humanity has been around for one million years.

Moreover, where are all those skeletons? Buried bones should easily last well over 200,000 years. In fact, evolutionists themselves date dinosaur bones that they find to over 60 million years old, and over 30 million fossilized dinosaur bones and parts have been found.
(See Dr. Jerry Bergman, The Evolution of Dinosaurs: Much Conjecture, Little Evidence, Creation Research Science Quarterly, vol 46, Fall 2009, p 124.)

Evolution Everywhere

Thus earth should be inundated with human bones. Yet only a few thousand human fossil skeletons have been found — not untold millions as one would expect if the evolutionary story were true.

Evolutionists try to get around this by claiming that the human population was stagnant for long periods of time. But this is only an assumption. There’s no actual evidence that this was the case.

Some argue that disease and wars retarded population growth. But the last two centuries which have seen rapid population growth from 1 billion to 7 billion people have also witnessed the worst plagues, famines, and horrific wars. All the real evidence available shows human population growing at varying rates but not stagnant.

For example, the world Jewish population in 1933 before the Nazi Holocaust has been estimated at 15.3 million (according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in the Holocaust Encyclopedia). Other estimates range from 16 to 18 million. I’ll make a conservative calculation of the Jewish growth rate using the smaller estimate of 15.3 million.

Jews are descendants of the initial Israelite population in Egypt that numbered approximately 100. (See Israel in Egypt.) In about 3700 years (circa 1767 BC – 1933 AD) the Israelites grew from about 100 people to 15.3 million people. This is an average doubling time of about 215 years and an average annual percentage growth rate of 0.323%. Even a small growth rate over a long period of time produces a significant population.

Thus the known facts of population growth fit the Biblical chronology very well, but they do not fit the evolutionary chronology of human history. The known facts support the history recorded in the Bible. The world was flooded and destroyed 4500 years ago (Genesis 6–9; 2 Peter 3:3-6), and today’s population is descended from Noah’s three sons and their wives.

Today’s population is easily reachable from Noah’s sons in 4,500 years with an average doubling time of 149 years and an annual percentage growth rate of 0.465%. (See Could Noah Fill the Earth?) However, to think that humanity has been here even 150,000 years is simply ludicrous based on population mathematics. Earth and humanity cannot be as old as evolutionists claim. There are not enough people dead or alive for evolution to be true.

Evolutionary scenarios presume humans have existed for a million years. That’s absurd! The entire known universe could not hold all the people potentially produced in that time.

Population growth mathematics clearly supports the Biblical record. The Biblical account of history is true.

Population Growth Formulas

For those interested in checking the math, here are the relevant Population Growth formulas:
The population doubling time (length of time it takes a population to double) in years is
= T/d where T is the population’s elapsed time in years and d is the # of doublings.
= (log 2) / log(1+r) where r is the annual growth rate.

Starting with population P, the new population is
= P x 2d after d doublings.
= P x (1+r)n after n years at an annual growth rate r.

Questions to Ponder
  1. Why do evolutionists ignore the glaringly contradictory evidence of impossibly small current population figures?
  2. How many people do you think died in Noah’s Flood? (This will be the topic for next week’s blog post.)
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Read the prequels in this series on Population Growth:
1. Population Growth – Could Noah Fill the Earth?
2. Population Growth – Israel in Egypt

Read the sequel:
4. Population Growth – How Many Died in Noah’s Flood?

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Wednesday June 11, 2014 A.D.

Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.
(2 Peter 3:3-6)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 4, 2014

2. Population Growth – Israel in Egypt

Interest in Noah and the Great Flood has never been greater due to the recent worldwide release of Noah, the Movie, starring Russell Crowe, in March 2014.

The movie graphically portrayed the devastation of Noah’s Flood, but it did not address a very intriguing question: How many people died in Noah’s Flood?

This Population Growth series will suggest an answer to that question.

Was it possible for Noah’s family to reach today’s 7 billion in only 4500 years since the Flood? Yes, easily, because population growth is compound growth like compound interest. Populations grow exponentially, just like money in a savings account.

The previous post Could Noah Fill the Earth? showed that an annual growth rate of only 0.465% was needed for the population to grow from 6 people (Noah’s 3 sons and their 3 wives) to 7.1 billion people in 4,500 years. This is a reasonable and easily attainable growth rate based on historical comparisons.

Israel Leaving Egypt

Israel Leaving Egypt
Scene from The Ten Commandments, 1956 movie by Paramount Pictures

Israel in Egypt

Populations can grow much more rapidly than the 0.465% average growth rate calculated from the time of the Flood to get the present Earth’s population. An example is the growth of Jacob’s family into the nation of Israel in Egypt in 430 years (Exodus 12:40-41).

Then Jacob arose from Beersheba; and the sons of Israel carried their father Jacob and their little ones and their wives in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him. They took their livestock and their property, which they had acquired in the land of Canaan, and came to Egypt, Jacob and all his descendants with him: his sons and his grandsons with him, his daughters and his granddaughters, and all his descendants he brought with him to Egypt. (Genesis 46:5-7)
All the persons belonging to Jacob, who came to Egypt, his direct descendants, not including the wives of Jacob’s sons, were sixty-six persons in all, and the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt were two; all the persons of the house of Jacob, who came to Egypt, were seventy. (Genesis 46:26-27)
Now these are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob; they came each one with his household: (Exodus 1:1)

Thus the initial Israelite population in Egypt numbered about 100:
1 (Jacob) + 3 (Jacob’s wives) + 66 (Jacob’s descendants from Canaan)
+ 3 (Joseph and his 2 sons in Egypt) + 12 (wives of Jacob’s 12 sons)
+ 15 (estimate for clan concubines and wives of Jacob’s 51 grandsons)

The final summand of 15 is a guess; the others are exact. At least two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon (Genesis 46:10) and Judah (Genesis 38) had concubines that bore them children. At least two of Jacob’s middle grandsons had wives, and likely a number of others since Jacob was age 130 when he went to Egypt (Genesis 47:9). The only result of 15 being too large an estimate is that the calculated growth rate using 15 will be slightly smaller.

In Egypt this clan of 100 and their descendants bred like rabbits:

But the sons of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly, and multiplied, and became exceedingly mighty, so that the land was filled with them. Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of the sons of Israel are more and mightier than we. “Come, let us deal wisely with them, lest they multiply and in the event of war, they also join themselves to those who hate us, and fight against us, and depart from the land.” So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor. And they built for Pharaoh storage cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out, so that they were in dread of the sons of Israel. (Exodus 1:7-12)

How large did Jacob’s family grow by the time they left Egypt 430 years later? Moses took a census near the start of the second year after they left Egypt (Numbers 1:1-3). The total number of fighting men aged 20 years old and upward was 603,550 able-bodied men, fit for war. (Numbers 1:45-49)

Bible Is History

To estimate the total population of Israel, I need to add to Israel’s 603,550 able-bodied men the able-bodied men in the tribe of Levi which was not counted in the census (Numbers 1:47-49) plus women, children, and the elderly.

Tribe of Levi: I will estimate the number of able-bodied men in the tribe of Levi by using the average of the other 12 tribes – 50,296 (Numbers 1:5-47). This brings Israel’s estimated total of healthy men fit for battle to 653,846.

Women: Assume there are about the same number of able-bodied women as men – 653,846. Including the able-bodied women, this brings Israel’s estimated total of able-bodied people to 1,307,692.

Elderly: Assume “able-bodied men fit for war” covers the age range of 20 to 65 years. Using 2010 U.S. Census data to calculate the ratio of the 65 and older U.S. population to the 20- to 65-year-old U.S. population, one finds the percentage is 21.74%. Thus I will use 20% of Israel’s able-bodied 20+-year-old population to estimate the number of elderly Israelites. This gives an estimate of 261,538 for the elderly. Including the elderly, this brings Israel’s estimated total to 1,569,230.
(See Table 2 (p.4) in 2010 U.S. Census: Age and Sex Composition and Table 1 (p.2) in 2010 U.S. Census: The Older Population.)

Children: Jacob had 12 sons and those 12 sons had themselves sired 53 sons by the start of their Egyptian sojourn (Genesis 46:8-27). For these original 13 fathers, this is an average of 5 sons per father. Assuming families in Egypt continued reproducing sons at this rate and had about as many girls as boys, it would mean each family averaged 10 children. The number was probably greater than this since Scripture marvels at the fruitfulness of the Israelites. They had even surpassed the native Egyptian population in numbers — so much so that the Egyptians were in dread of the Israelites (Exodus 1:9,12). Nevertheless, for estimation purposes, I will use a conservative lower average of 6 children per family.

How many families? Reduce the potential 653,846 able-bodied families by 53,846 to account for the unmarried. This assumes about 8% of the able-bodied population never married and never produced children. Then there would be 3,600,000 children for 600,000 families. This brings Israel’s estimated total population to 5,169,230.

Thus 5 million people is a reasonable conservative estimate for Israel’s population one year after the Exodus.

For a population increase from 100 people to 5 million people in 431 years, the doubling time would be 27.6 years, and the annual growth rate would be 2.54%. This is one of the highest known growth rates in post-Flood history. For comparison, the global annual growth rate peaked at 2.2% in 1963. The estimated Israelite growth rate, while greater than the maximum global rate, is certainly possible.

Population Growth Formulas

For those interested in checking the math, here are the relevant Population Growth formulas:
Starting with population P, the new population is
= P x 2d after d doublings.
= P x (1+r)n after n years at an annual growth rate r.

The population doubling time in years is
= T/d where T is the population’s elapsed time in years and d is the # of doublings.
= (log 2) / log(1+r) where r is the annual growth rate.

Questions to Ponder
  1. The estimate of 5 million for the number of Israelites leaving Egypt is a lower bound; the number was probably much larger. What would it be if Israeli families averaged 12 children in Egypt instead of only 6 as the calculation above assumes?
  2. Why do Americans have so few children these days? Is this change Biblical?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Read the prequel in this series on Population Growth:
1. Population Growth – Could Noah Fill the Earth?

Read the sequels:
3. Population Growth – Challenge to Evolution
4. Population Growth – How Many Died in Noah’s Flood?

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But the sons of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly, and multiplied, and became exceedingly mighty, so that the land was filled with them. Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of the sons of Israel are more and mightier than we. (Exodus 1:7-9)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | May 28, 2014

1. Population Growth – Could Noah Fill the Earth?

Interest in Noah and the Great Flood has never been greater due to the recent worldwide release of Noah, the Movie, starring Russell Crowe, in March 2014.

Have you thought about the Big Mysteries that the movie did not address?
How many people died in Noah’s Flood?
How could Noah’s family grow to over 7 billion people in only 4500 years since the Flood?

On the other hand, current global population statistics radically contradict the supposed time scale for human evolution. If evolution were true and no Flood occurred, mathematical models predict that the Earth should have far, far more people than there are now. Where are they? Where have all the people gone?

A few of Noah's Descendants

A Few of Noah’s Descendants

Forty-five hundred years ago Noah’s Flood wiped out the entire human population except for eight people: Noah and his wife and Noah’s three sons and their wives. Today’s 7 billion people are Noah’s descendants through 6 people — his sons Japheth, Shem, and Ham and their three wives (Genesis 9:18-19).
(See Tower of Babel – Origin of People Groups for information on the dispersal of Noah’s descendants across the globe.)

Is it possible for Noah’s family to grow to 7 billion in only 4500 years? Yes, easily! Populations grow exponentially, just like money in a savings account. Population growth is compound growth like compound interest.

On the other hand, some simple figuring will show that if no Flood occurred, then using an evolutionary time scale, most of the human population is missing.

Population growth is very understandable using “population doubling time.” This is the length of time it takes a population to double. Using it will permit me to avoid complicated math which sometimes makes people’s eyes glaze over. For those interested in checking the math, population growth formulas appear at the end.

Population Growth Since Noah’s Flood

Reliable world population data prior to 1800 does not exist. All we have are estimates and guesses which could be wildly inaccurate. Therefore we will start with 1804 when the post-Flood world population first reached 1 billion according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2012 it reached 7 billion. Thus over that 208-year period the average population doubling time was about 74 years. This corresponds to an average annual growth rate of 0.00940 or a percentage growth rate of 0.940%. This means that each year a net of 940 people were added for every 100,000 people. In other words, for every 100,000 people that existed at the beginning of each year, 100,940 people existed at the end of the year.

To calculate the earth’s population growth since Noah’s Flood, let’s be extremely conservative and say average population growth is only half this rapid. That is, let’s assume it takes 150 years for the population to double on average. This corresponds to an average annual percentage growth rate of 0.463% (for every 100,000 people, a net of 463 are added yearly). For comparison, this is the same thing as saying $6 invested at 0.463% annual interest for 4500 years would grow to $6,400,000,000.

Then in 6,000 years since Creation, there would be 40 doublings (6,000/150 = 40). Two people (Adam and Eve) would grow to 2.2 trillion in 6,000 years. This is far, far greater than today’s population. In fact it’s over 300 times today’s population.

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The Deluge
1840 painting by Francis Danby (1793–1861)

But about 4,500 years ago Noah’s Flood drowned almost everyone. Noah’s three sons and their wives repopulated the earth (Genesis 9:18-19). In 4,500 years there would be 30 doublings (4500/150 = 30), so those six people would grow to 6.4 billion. This is close to today’s world population of 7.1 billion.

Calculating the actual doubling time and growth rate since the Flood when the population grew from 6 people (Noah’s 3 sons and their 3 wives) to 7.1 billion people in 4,500 years, we get an average doubling time of 149 years and an average annual percentage growth rate of 0.465%.

A slight increase in the annual growth rate has a significant impact on the population when the number of years of growth is large. If we increase the average annual percentage growth rate slightly from 0.465% to 0.50%, then those six people would grow to over 33 billion in 4500 years. Therefore it is completely feasible for Noah’s family to grow to 7 billion in 4500 years at an average annual growth rate of less than ½%. This annual growth rate, 0.465%, is less than half of the average annual percentage growth rate of 1.19% from 1999 to 2012, when the population grew from 6 billion to 7 billion in 13 years.

Thus the known facts of population growth fit the Biblical chronology very well. Population growth mathematics clearly supports the Biblical record. The Biblical account of history is true, apart from our human attempts at verification. Nevertheless, it is fascinating to see how the available statistics do fit the record of Scripture.

Subsequent articles in this series on Population Growth will look at these topics:
- Israel’s growth into a nation in Egypt.
- Population growth mathematics challenges evolution.
- How many people died in Noah’s Flood?

Population Growth Formulas

For those interested in checking the math, here are the Population Growth formulas used in this article:
Starting with population P, the new population is
= P x 2d after d doublings.
= P x (1+r)n after n years at an annual growth rate r.

The population doubling time in years is
= T/d where T is the population’s elapsed time in years and d is the # of doublings.
= (log 2) / log(1+r) where r is the annual growth rate.

Questions to Ponder
  1. When observational data fits the Scriptural record, how does that impact your perspective on Biblical reliability?
  2. How many people do you think died in Noah’s Flood? (This series of articles will develop a suggested an answer to this question.)
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Read the sequel in this Population Growth series:
2. Population Growth – Israel in Egypt

See these related articles I’ve written on Noah, the Ark, and the Flood:
Noah’s Flood—Key to the Past
Noah’s Flood—A Global Event
Noah’s Ark Replicas
Noah’s Ark Found?
Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Volcanoes, & Noah’s Flood
Rebuilding Noah’s Ark
Ark Encounter Park
Noah’s Ark Model in Holland
Noah’s Ark
Noah’s Ark Found?
(with video)
1. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Intro
2. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Kentucky Governor
(with YouTube videos)
3. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – How Big?
4. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Ark Encounter video
5. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Ark Encounter Park
6. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Location
(with maps)
7. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Funding
8. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Facing Opposition
9. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Ham Debates Lynn
(with video)
10. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – What Would Noah Think?
11. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Tour the Dutch Ark
(with video)
Dinosaurs on the Ark?
Tsunami Videos and Noah’s Flood
Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Volcanoes, & Noah’s Flood
USA TODAY features Noah’s Ark
Marilyn Monroe and the Age of the Earth
Wallenda, Niagara, & Noah’s Flood
(with video)
Mystery of Noah’s Flood (with videos)
Leftover from Noah’s Flood?
Noah, the Movie
(with videos)
The Truth about Noah
Meet the Real Noah
(with video)

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And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. … And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.” (Genesis 9:1,7)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | May 21, 2014

Evolutionists Going After Children

Last month a Wall Street Journal article “See Jane Evolve: Picture Books Explain Darwin” announced a new strategy that evolutionists are employing against children.

According to the article, evolutionists have decided that the teen years are too late to start teaching evolution. They have found that children naturally use “design” thinking from a young age. Therefore they intend to start teaching evolution to children as young as five with picture books.

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The article cites research that shows “by elementary-school age, children start to invoke an ultimate God-like designer to explain the complexity of the world around them—even children brought up as atheists.”

It’s not surprising that children naturally connect the wonders of nature with God. Scripture says, “That which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made.” (Romans 1:19-20)

Researchers gave 5- to 8-year-olds picture books illustrating natural selection concepts in an attempt to head off design interpretations.

The article concludes, “The secret may be to reach children with the right theory before the wrong one is too firmly in place.”

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Those words are exactly right, though not when applied in the way the article intends. With all the evolutionary propaganda inundating children in the media and in government schools, it is vitally important for Christian parents to teach children the truth of creation from their earliest days.

Scripture is clear about training up the young in the truth of the Lord:
And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

We will not conceal them from their children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done. For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should teach them to their children, that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, that they should put their confidence in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments. (Psalm 78:4-7)

And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)

Children’s Picture Books Teach Evolution

There are scads of books and videos selling the story of evolution to children. Here are a few examples illustrating the visual approach evolutionists are taking to inculcate children with the lie of evolution.
(I Do NOT Recommend these books.)

No other creatures are as exciting and mysterious as dinosaurs! Yet practically every secular dinosaur book preaches evolution. Filled with engaging colorful pictures of dinosaurs, they teach children an evolutionary story for the origin of dinosaurs. I’ve never seen one that doesn’t mention “millions of years ago” in its first pages.

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For example, The Big Golden Book of Dinosaurs by renowned paleontologist Dr. Robert T. Bakker and illustrated by award-winning paleo-artist Luis V. Rey (Random House Children’s Books, 2013, 64 pp.) takes children on a safari through time to watch the evolution of dinosaurs and accompanying creatures including “human ancestors.”

The artwork is colorful, lively, and action-packed. It draws children into a story of the evolution of dinosaurs from their reptilian ancestors to their demise. It includes a tree of life diagram purporting to show where dinosaurs and humans fit in the evolution of life, emphasizing that dinosaur extinction was necessary for humans to evolve. It’s a clever tract for teaching children evolution using dinosaurs.

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The Tree Of Life: The Wonders Of Evolution by Ellen Jackson and illustrated by Judeanne Winter Wiley is a book promoting evolution for 4- to 8-year-olds. It is an example of the kind of picture books designed to teach children the story of evolution.

Here is the book description from Amazon:

Many children’s stories and books have addressed the idea of biblical creation, but the number of works written to acquaint youngsters with the extraordinary and continuing process of natural evolution has been few.
The Tree of Life shares the excitement and the beauty of evolution in an easy-to-read and fun manner. From the ocean’s microscopic life to amphibians, reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, birds, animals, and the first humans, author Ellen Jackson celebrates the marvels of evolution in a way that encourages young children to appreciate its significance.
The lavish illustrations by Judeanne Winter Wiley capture the wonders of evolution, from its first “beginning to be” forms to species that characterize the world as we know it.

In “A Note From the Author” at the beginning of the book, Jackson says,

During a recent trip to the library, I noticed that, while there were many books retelling biblical creation stories, there were relatively few books on evolution for younger children. Those books that attempted to explain evolution did so in a way that, though scientifically accurate, conveyed none of the wonder and excitement of this concept. The Tree Of Life is my attempt to help young children understand the beauty and power of this great idea.

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Bang!: How We Came to Be (Prometheus Books, 2011, 70 pp.) by author and illustrator Michael Rubino tells the story of evolution for older elementary children. It’s full of colorful, captivating paintings.

Here is an excerpt from Amazon’s description :

“Bang! And that was it, the beginning of everything.”

So begins this beautifully illustrated, panoramic story of evolution. Author and illustrator Michael Rubino conveys not only the facts but also the excitement of the scientific explanation of our world, from the origin of the universe in the big bang to the present reality of our planet, teeming with life but threatened by overpopulation and pollution.

Parents looking for an easy-to-understand guide to the scientific worldview for their children will find the perfect source here. The formation of stars and galaxies; the origin of our solar system and planet Earth; the epochal march of life from single-celled organisms through sponges, worms, insects, fish, dinosaurs, birds, and early mammals; and the evolution of the first humans from their simian cousins—it’s all here.

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Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story by Lisa Westberg Peters and illustrated by Lauren Stringer is a kindergarten to early elementary picture book teaching evolution.

Here is the book description from Amazon:

All of us are part of an old, old family. The roots of our family tree reach back millions of years to the beginning of life on earth. Open this family album and embark on an amazing journey. You’ll meet some of our oldest relatives–from both the land and the sea–and discover what we inherited from each of them along the many steps of our wondrous past. Complete with an illustrated timeline and glossary, here is the story of human evolution as it’s never been told before.

I certainly Do NOT Recommend any of these books, but they are examples of the kind of picture books evolutionists are using to mislead children with the fanciful story of evolution.

Amazon reviewers wrote about how their children loved these books and were fascinated by the pictures. Parents take WARNING!!! Teach your children the truth about God and Creation.

In November 2009, Evolution for Kids! (formerly Charlie’s Playhouse) celebrated the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s Origin of Species by interviewing kids about evolution. Their short (2:49) YouTube video, Kids Talking About Evolution, illustrates the effects deceptive teaching can have on children.

Creationist Resources

Many organizations provide excellent visual materials to teach children Biblical creationism. These include DVDs, color magazines, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School curricula, and beautifully illustrated color picture books. Here are links to some online stores with sound creationist resources for children:
Answers in Genesis store
Institute for Creation Research store
Creation Today store
Creation Ministries International store

It’s vital for Christian parents to obey Scripture and deliberately teach Biblical Creationism to their children from a very young age. We need to teach kids apologetics in order to prepare them for the world.

Questions to Ponder
  1. What evolutionary propaganda have you noticed in children’s TV programming and in movies?
  2. What are the main obstacles parents face in countering the evolutionary teaching kids get in government schools?
  3. How may these obstacles be overcome?
  4. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11)

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