Complex designs require a Designer to produce them. This is the Argument from Design, a powerful argument for the existence of God that has convinced countless people throughout history. It is also used throughout the Bible.

Evolutionists promote the view that scientists support Evolutionism and reject evidence for design. But this is false. Many eminent scientists accept the Argument from Design. This article and its prequels/sequels present quotations from a number of prominent scientists who have been convinced by the Argument from Design.

NASA astronomer John O'Keefe

NASA astronomer John O’Keefe

John O’Keefe

Astronomer John O’Keefe (1916-2000) began his career during WW II with the US Army Corps of Engineers. As a geodesist He worked on producing better maps for the war effort. In 1958 he left the Army Map Service to join NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center where he stayed until retirement in 1995.

O’Keefe is credited with the discovery of the “pear-shaped earth.” The earth is not a sphere, as it bulges near the equator and is flattened at the poles. Moreover, O’Keefe deduced from perturbations of satellite orbits that the bulge is in the southern hemisphere, slightly south of the equator. This results in a slightly pear-shaped earth and a larger surface area for the southern hemisphere than for the northern one.

O’Keefe’s scientific understanding of the universe led him to conclude that it was created. He said,

“We are, by astronomical standards, a pampered, cosseted, cherished group of creatures … If the Universe had not been made with the most exacting precision we could never have come into existence. It is my view that these circumstances indicate the universe was created for man to live in.”
(Quoted in F. Heeren, Show Me God, Searchlight Publications, 1995, p. 200.)

NASA Astronomer John O’Keefe recognized the signs of design in the universe. He implicitly used the Argument from Design to conclude there must be a Creator.

Questions to Ponder
  1. Did belief in a Creator handicap Dr. O’Keefe’s scientific research? Did it interfere with his discovery of the earth’s pear shape?
  2. How would you answer someone who says that rejecting evolution is a backward position that impedes a scientist?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 35th article in the Evidence for God series that discusses the question,
“Is There Evidence for God?” This is the 18th article in the sub-series on eminent scientists who have been convinced of creation through the Design Argument.
Read the prequels:
1. Evidence for God – Can You Answer a 6th-Grader?
2. Evidence for God – Design
3. Evidence for God – Experience
4. Evidence for God – Can You Prove God Exists?
5. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – Simple
6. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – Logical
7. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – Biblical
8. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – Old Testament
9. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – New Testament
10. Evidence for God – Stephen King & the Argument from Design
11. Evidence for God – Astronomy Quiz
12. Evidence for God – Astronomy Quiz Answers 1
13. Evidence for God – Astronomy Quiz Answers 2
14. Evidence for God – Astronomy Quiz Answers 3
15. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 1 – Ben Franklin
16. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 2 – Isaac Newton
17. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 3 – Johann Kepler
18. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 4 – Robert Boyle
19. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 5 – Albert Einstein
20. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 6 – Fred Hoyle
21. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 7 – Harold Urey
22. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 8 – Charles Townes
23. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 9 – A. E. Wilder-Smith
24. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 10 – Robert Millikan
25. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 11 – Rick Smalley
26. Evidence for God – Paul Walker & the Argument from Design
27. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 12 – John Eccles
28. Evidence for God – Polls Say People Don’t Believe in Evolution
29. Evidence for God – Why Don’t People Believe in Evolution?
30. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 13 – Ben Carson 1
31. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 14 – Ben Carson 2
32. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 15 – Ben Carson 3
33. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 16 – Ben Carson 4
34. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 17 – Ben Carson 5

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35. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 19 – ???coming soon

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Wednesday August 27, 2014 A.D.

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 | August 20, 2014

4. Recommended Resources – Intelligent Design

Mother & daughter researching Intelligent Design

Mother helps daughter research Intelligent Design

What is Intelligent Design? It’s in the news a lot, but exactly what does the phrase mean?

The basic claim of Intelligent Design theory is that one can look at empirical evidence and conclude that some things are caused by intelligence instead of by chance or undirected natural causes. Intelligent Design is the science that studies manifestations of intelligence and researches how to detect intelligent causes.

Check out the Intelligent Design resource sites described below to learn more about how Intelligent Design theory is challenging evolutionism.

This is the 4th article in a series covering 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.

4. Intelligent Design Resources

Note: Intelligent Design advocates argue solely for the existence of a Master Designer. They do not necessarily believe in the God of the Bible. They may or may not hold to the main tenets of Biblical Creationism recorded in Genesis, which are creation of the universe by God in 6 regular days about 6,000 years ago and a worldwide flood about 4500 years ago. Arguing for a Designer can be Step 1. Identifying the Designer as the God of the Bible is Step 2, but it’s outside the realm of Intelligent Design.

What Is Intelligent Design?
Can Evolution be intellectually defeated? Can its pervasive worldview be overthrown? Intelligent Design now challenges Evolution’s dominance. This article explains Intelligent Design and reports on a debate with a biology professor at Wayne State University on the topic, “Should Intelligent Design be taught in science classes?”

Darwin On Trial
This is the website of Phillip E. Johnson, former law professor at UC Berkeley and one of the fathers of the Intelligent Design movement. Johnson is the author of the book Darwin on Trial, probably the best critique of Darwinism ever published.

Stephen C. Meyer – Exploring and Explaining the Origins of Biological Information
Dr. Meyer presents a more fundamental argument for intelligent design than one based on a single feature like the bacterial flagellum. Alongside matter and energy, there is a third fundamental entity needed by all living systems: information — and that is generated only by an intelligent agent. Meyer authored Signature in the Cell where he showed that the digital code embedded in DNA points powerfully to a designing intelligence.

Creator Appreciation

ID.Plus
This is Englishman Peter S. Williams’ blog about Intelligent Design, natural theology, philosophy, and Christian apologetics. It includes a list of Peer-Reviewed Scientific Papers Supporting Intelligent Design along with links to excellent resources.

Uncommon Descent
Uncommon Descent holds that materialistic ideology has subverted the study of biological and cosmological origins so that the actual content of these sciences has become corrupted. The problem is not merely that science is being used illegitimately to promote a materialistic worldview, but that this worldview is actively undermining scientific inquiry, leading to incorrect and unsupported conclusions about biological and cosmological origins. Intelligent Design theory (ID) offers a promising scientific alternative to materialistic theories of biological and cosmological evolution.

Intelligent Design
Excellent material explaining the scientific theory of Intelligent Design.

Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture
This program supports research that challenges various aspects of neo-Darwinian theory and that develops the scientific theory known as intelligent design. It supports research exploring the impact of scientific materialism on culture and encourages schools to improve science education by teaching students more fully about the theory of evolution, including the theory’s scientific weaknesses as well is its strengths.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the fourth of a series of six blog posts on Recommended Resources.
Read the prequels:
1. Recommended Resources – Creation Science
2. Recommended Resources – Creation Science for Kids
3. Recommended Resources – Creation Museums

Read the sequel:
5. Recommended Resources – Apologetics …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 | August 13, 2014

16. Famous Thinkers – President Is a Creationist

What world-famous mining engineer, humanitarian, and American president said this?

“Our Founding Fathers did not invent the priceless boon of individual freedom and respect for the dignity of men. That great gift to mankind sprang from the Creator and not from governments.”

This son of a Quaker blacksmith was the first U.S. President born west of the Mississippi River. His 140th birthday was this past Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Who is he?

He was a superb mining engineer and administrator, well-known for turning marginal mining operations into very profitable enterprises all over the world. By the time he reached 40, his engineering efforts had made him a millionaire, and he devoted the remaining 50 years of his life to public service.

In gratitude for his World War I work organizing food supplies for Belgium after Germany overran the country, Belgian school children raised funds for a statue on the grounds of his presidential museum. Following the war he administered feeding programs for starving millions in central Europe and Russia.

Who was this creationist president who demonstrated such great concern for his fellow man?

Official Presidential portrait of Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover
Official Presidential portrait

This man was Herbert Hoover (1874-1964), the 31st president of the United States. He spoke the words of the opening quote on the occasion of his 80th birthday in his hometown of West Branch, Iowa.

Prior to becoming president, Hoover served both Presidents Harding and Coolidge as Secretary of Commerce.

Hoover’s brilliant administrative and humanitarian work in helping 1.5 million people displaced from their homes by the 1927 Mississippi River Flood earned him national recognition. He mobilized state and local governments, army engineers, militia, volunteers, and relief agencies to address the food, shelter, and health needs of the flooded-out Americans.

The resulting national appreciation led to Herbert Hoover’s landslide election as President in 1928, even though he had never previously held elective office.

In his inaugural address, he said,

“If we hold the faith of the men in our mighty past who created these ideals, we shall leave them heightened and strengthened for our children…I ask the help of Almighty God in this service to my country.”

In his 1931 Memorial Day Address at Valley Forge during the Depression, President Hoover said,

“If, by the grace of God, we stand steadfast in our great traditions through this time of stress, we shall insure that we and our sons and daughters shall see these fruits increased many fold.”

In 1935 Hoover said,

“Our Constitution…is based upon certain inalienable freedoms and protections which in no event the government may infringe…It does not require a lawyer to interpret those provisions. They are as clear as the Ten Commandments…Behind them is the conception which is the highest development of the Christian faith-the conception of individual freedom with brotherhood.”

For 45 years (1899-1944) his wife Lou Henry Hoover was at his side, until she died of a heart attack. They originally met as students at Stanford. Lou was athletic with an analytical mind and an independent spirit. She was the first woman to graduate from Stanford with a geology degree. Lou Henry was involved in her husband’s humanitarian causes. She also designed the presidential retreat Camp Rapidan, their California home on the Stanford campus, and directed the restoration of her husband’s birthplace cottage in West Branch, IA. The Hoovers had two sons: Herbert, Jr. born in 1903 and Allan born in 1907.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

In September 2013 we visited the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa, along with the Visitor Center. The National Historic site is very conveniently located just 0.3 mile north of I-80 at exit 254.

Astonishingly, we were practically the only visitors. Here’s a picture of our vehicle in the empty parking lot. I could hardly believe that we had such an interesting historical place all to ourselves.

Herbert Hoover Visitor Center Parking Lot

Herbert Hoover Visitor Center Parking Lot

A fascinating peep into history awaits visitors to the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. In addition to the Hoover Presidential Library, Museum, and Visitor Center, we toured Hoover’s birthplace cottage, a restored blacksmith shop similar to the one his father Jesse owned, the Quaker Meeting House, the school house, and the grave site of Mr. and Mrs. Hoover.

At Herbert Hoover’s 80th birthday celebration in 1954, he said,

“A nation is strong or weak, it thrives or perishes upon what it believes to be true. If our youth are rightly instructed in the faith of our fathers…then our power will be stronger.”

“To this whole gamut of Socialist infections, I say to you…God has blessed us with…heritage. The great documents of that heritage are not from Karl Marx. They are from the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States. Within them alone can the safeguards of freedom survive.”

Hoover considered the Bible to be one of the foundational documents of the United States. And he listed it ahead of the Declaration of Independence, and ahead of the Constitution.

Therefore…

We could use a man like Herbert Hoover again – a man with active faith in the Creator, one with selfless concern for his fellow man, and one with the necessary administrative ability to effectively manage and slim down our bloated government. Hoover believed in the Creator, the God of the Bible, and he lived his life by the dictates of that Book. Hoover 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,
Raymond Damadian,
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.

Hoover believed in the Creator and lived his life in honorable service to mankind. Today’s intellectuals would do well to pay heed to this mining engineer, humanitarian, Commerce Secretary, statesman, and President — one whose achievements far exceed those of most today.

Questions to Ponder
  1. What results when a leader does NOT recognize or give credit to the Creator as the Source of individual freedom and human dignity?
  2. How is the Bible a “safeguard of freedom” as Hoover suggested?
  3. In what ways was Lou Henry Hoover “a suitable helper” for her husband?
  4. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the sixteenth 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
15. Famous Thinkers – Physician Is a Creationist

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

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Wednesday August 13, 2014 A.D.

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 | August 6, 2014

3. Recommended Resources – Creation Museums

Is there any real evidence for Creation? Does all evidence support Evolutionism?

Check out some creation museums to learn how proper interpretations of evidence support the Biblical record and contradict the evolutionary story.

When you see the world through Biblical glasses, all the world is a creation museum.

When you see the world through Biblical glasses, all the world is a creation museum!

The creation museums described below are especially helpful in teaching children the truth about origins. They make superb vacation destinations as well. Use them to show your children the glory of God in their science studies.

This is the 3rd article in a series covering 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.

3. Creation Museums

Note: Visits to any of the various Creation museums around the country can encourage youth to explore science apart from the corrupting influence of the evolutionary thought which dominates science classes. Creation museums help demonstrate understanding of science within a Biblical worldview and help show that the whole earth is full of the glory of God (Isaiah 6:3). Visit one of these museums. You’ll never regret time and resources invested in knowing God better through exploring His creation!

Coyote Mystery Tour
Creation Museum Tour
This is a series of two articles describing a tour of eight of the creation museums listed below.

Creation Museum – Petersburg, KY
Sponsored by Answers in Genesis, this is the premier creation museum in the world. Its motto is “Prepare to Believe.” The $27 million museum opened on May 28, 2007. The museum is within a day’s drive of 2/3 of the U.S. population. Over 400,000 toured the 70,000-square-foot facility in its first year. The article Creation Museum describes a 3-day visit to the museum. We have found the Creation Museum to be far more interesting and informative than the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. A 10-foot high, 30-foot long Allosaurus dinosaur skeleton is one of the museum’s prime exhibits. The museum property also features the best zip line course in the Midwest with over two and a half miles of zip lines and sky bridges.

Family fends off dinosaurs at the Creation Museum

Family fends off dinosaurs at AiG‘s Creation Museum

 
Akron Fossils and Science Center (AFSC) – Akron, OH
AFSC features hands-on science activities and guided tours. Exhibits display fossils from Ohio and around the world. Devoted to teaching creation science and intelligent design models of the origin and history of life (in contrast to evolutionary models). Includes Truassic Park, a dinosaur-themed 2 1/2 acre outdoor adventure park with a 200-foot zip line. Here is the AFSC Blog.

At the trial: Darrow grilling Bryan on the Bible before 5,000 spectators

Scopes Trial
5,000 watched Darrow grill Bryan on the Bible

Scopes Trial Museum
– Dayton, TN
The “Trial of the Century” gasolined a Creation-Evolution conflagration still raging today. Scopes was a battle over free speech, Bible vs. Evolution, and taxpayer control of curricula. Legal ramifications were negligible, but it had enormous symbolic significance. In the popular view, Biblical credibility was damaged and Christianity was impugned when evolutionist Darrow confounded Bible-champion Bryan. Ironically, it is now evolutionists who use courts to enforce their dogma. The Scopes Trial Museum is housed in the restored Rhea County Courthouse, the scene of the July 1925 trial. This link has a panoramic video of the museum. See The Scoop on Scopes for a review and analysis of the trial.

The Bible-Science Guy in the judge's chair in the Scopes Courtroom

The Bible-Science Guy in the judge’s chair in the Scopes Courtroom

Creation Discovery Museum – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
In 1988, Tom DeRosa founded the Creation Studies Institute, sponsor of the museum. He believed that “lack of knowledge of the Biblical account of creation is greatly responsible for many barriers that keep people from Christ.” This interactive museum tells the account of human origins from a creationist viewpoint. The museum specializes in Ice Age and mammoth fossils and offers hands-on discovery workshops throughout the year.

Creation Adventures Museum (CAM) – Arcadia, FL
Biologist Gary Parker founded CAM with his wife Mary. It encourages Christians “to understand God’s world in the light of God’s Word.” Dr. Parker began his professional career as an atheist and evolutionist but was eventually compelled by evidence to become a creationist. The museum displays an extensive fossil collection from all over the world and offers fossil-hunting canoe trips, fossil digs, hands-on workshops, multi-day field trips, beach trips, Everglades trips, and snorkeling in the Florida Keys.

Creation Today Science Room – Pensacola, FL
This room in the Creation Today store is all that’s left of Kent Hovind’s Dinosaur Adventure Land, a combination theme park and science museum. But the science room has many interesting artifacts, a large ant farm, and a dinosaur hands-on activity area with two velociraptors. It has the largest collection of Ica Stones in North America.

The Bible-Science Guy inspecting fossil of dinosaur footprint overlapping human footprint from Paluxy riverbed

The Bible-Science Guy inspects fossil of dinosaur footprint overlapping human footprint from Paluxy riverbed at the Creation Evidence Museum

Creation Evidence Museum – Glen Rose, TX
The museum focuses on researching and displaying scientific evidence for creation, particularly excavating and displaying fossils. Dr. Carl Baugh founded the museum in 1984 to preserve and display results of his investigations of dinosaur and human tracks along the Paluxy River. Museum staff has excavated 11 dinosaurs, 475 dinosaur tracks, and 86 human footprints. Pictures and careful records of the excavations document the provenance of the fossils. They provide convincing evidence that humans and dinosaurs lived contemporaneously because of the intermingling of their footprints in many strata along the Paluxy River.

Ica, Peru, Burial Stones

Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum (MBFM) – Crosbyton, TX
MBFM excavates, restores, and displays fossils. Its motto is “Digging up the facts of God’s Creation: one fossil at a time.” Museum founder and tour guide Joe Taylor is a premier fossil restorationist whose work is solicited by museums and universities worldwide. MBFM is a scientific and educational institution dedicated to correct interpretations of Earth history and fossil remains: “We believe that evolution is an old-fashioned theory not substantiated by facts. What the Bible says is more scientifically accurate. Our museum shows there was a worldwide flood only a few thousand years ago. We show that most species are not getting more complex or larger. Numerous specimens show most fossils were buried rapidly.” MBFM displays burial stones from Ica, Peru. Over 11,000 of these stones have been found, with almost a third depicting men with dinosaurs. The Ica stones, engraved long before man discovered dinosaur fossils, corroborate the Bible’s record of man and dinosaurs co-existing. A plaster cast of dinosaur tracks crossing giant human footprints found along the Paluxy River in the 1970s is on display.

Creation and Earth History Museum (CEHM) – Santee, CA
Dr. Henry Morris, father of modern creationism, founded CEHM as part of the Institute for Creation Research. CEHM, the world’s first creation museum, is a 4,000-square-foot “Walk Through History.” Displays chronicle earth’s history beginning with the Six Days of Creation. Extensive information about the Flood includes a model of Noah’s Ark. Geologic strata, river canyons, volcanoes, and fossils are explained as relics of the Flood. An exhibit of the volcanic events in 1980 at Mt. St. Helens shows how the Grand Canyon could have formed quickly in only weeks following the Flood. Another exhibit explains the Ice Age as resulting from the Flood. CEHM displays a conjectured model of the Tower of Babel that Noah’s great-grandson Nimrod built and artifacts from ancient cultures that were dispersed over the earth. Eventually the “Walk through History” reaches the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, proclaiming the world’s Creator as its Savior. Additional displays feature the apostolic and early Church periods, Renaissance, and Reformation. The Dueling Scholars Hall highlights prominent protagonists on both sides of the Creation-Evolution debate. After ICR moved to Dallas, Texas, in 2008, it sold the museum. The Life and Light Foundation now operates it. Here is a virtual tour of the museum. The museum’s dedication plaque reads, “Dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ. From this building may His great Creation be applied to benefit mankind for whom He died and rose to save from sin.” The museum is open 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Saturday, and admission is free.

Mt. St. Helens & Spirit Lake Before 1980 eruption

Mt. St. Helens & Spirit Lake
Before 1980 eruption

7 Wonders Creation Museum
– Silverlake, WA
Catastrophic change at Mount St. Helens is the theme of 7 Wonders. Secular geology has long supported evolution by arguing that the earth changes slowly over millions of years. At 7 Wonders you will learn how layering and canyons were formed quickly by ash fall, mud flows, and pyroclastic flows. A mini Grand Canyon was carved in hours. The Mt. St. Helens Creation Information Center has a wealth of information and pictures including a Visitors Resource Packet to prepare for a visit or to facilitate study of the volcano in a homeschool.

Big Valley Creation Science Museum
– Big Valley, Alberta, Canada
Canada’s first permanent creation museum opened in June 2007 with world-class dinosaur fossils. It explains fossils and the geological column in terms of Noah’s Flood, arguing that dinosaurs lived recently and co-existed with man. Trails outside the museum lead children on a tour of dinosaur fossils. Highlights of the museum include a fossilized human foot in a boot, an iron pot in a lump of coal (claimed by evolutionists to be 312 million years old), and a giant model of Noah’s Ark. A DNA model illustrates compelling evidence for design by a Creator and disputes claims of naturalistic, random evolution. A genealogical display of scrolls from Lambeth Palace traces the genealogy of England’s King Henry VI (1421-1471) all the way back to Adam and Eve.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the third of a series of six blog posts on Recommended Resources.
Read the prequels:
1. Recommended Resources – Creation Science
2. Recommended Resources – Creation Science for Kids

Read the sequel:
4. Recommended Resources – Intelligent Design …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 30, 2014

Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”

KeplerStanding

For our 35th wedding anniversary I wanted to get my wife a small dog.

We spent months researching dog breeds and visiting shelters and dog shows. We considered Yorkies, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Dachshunds, Norfolk terriers, West Highland terriers, Scottish terriers, Beagles, Alaskan Klee Kais, and Shelties, along with mixed breeds and many other dogs.

Our choice was the 4-month-old Jack Russell terrier pictured here. When full grown, he will weigh about 15 lbs and stand about 13 inches at the shoulder.

What Should We Name the Puppy?

This was the first issue to decide. Many people will ask us his name at parks and campgrounds, so we wanted to make that question fruitful by using carefully-chosen words to explain the reason for his name. We wanted to select a name that will provide an opportunity to drop a nugget of truth and thereby “put a stone in someone’s shoe.”

Johann Kepler, 1610

We named the puppy Kepler for the Biblical creationist, mathematician, and astronomer Johann Kepler (1571-1630) who discovered the three Laws of Planetary Motion.

Kepler’s influence on astronomy has been so great that 400 years later in 2009, NASA named a research satellite for him. (See 8. Famous Thinkers – Astronomer Is a Creationist for more on Kepler.)

Kepler served as the Royal Mathematician for three emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. He said,

The chief aim of all investigations of the external world should be to discover the rational order and harmony which has been imposed on it by God and which He revealed to us in the language of mathematics.

Geometry is unique and eternal, a reflection from the mind of God. That mankind shares in it is because man is an image of God.

Kepler has a range of mountains in New Zealand as well as craters on Mars and the moon all named for him. A university in Austria is named in his honor, as well as numerous schools, streets, and observatories around the world.

KeplerSelfie

And now he has a little white dog named for him.

Johann Kepler believed that God created the universe according to a logical plan that man could ascertain through the application of his God-given reasoning powers. Professor Kepler described his own scientific research and study of the universe as
“thinking God’s thoughts after Him.”

His study of the heavens led him to proclaim,

“Great is God our Lord, great is His power and there is no end to His wisdom. Praise Him you heavens, glorify Him, sun and moon and you planets. For out of Him and through Him, and in Him are all things….. We know, oh, so little. To Him be the praise, the honor and the glory from eternity to eternity.”

Kepler (the puppy) is very calm, smart, and affectionate. He rapidly learned to come when we call his name, and he’s learned the commands “Sit,” Lie Down,” “Quiet,” and “Stay.” It is funny to see him come up and sit on his own hoping for a little treat.

Kepler has also turned out to be a great ice-breaker. People frequently come up and exclaim over him or start a conversation. This past weekend as we were out and about, Kepler facilitated the insertion of 34 stones in people’s shoes.

As a friend commented, the world-famous scientist Johann Kepler would be happy to know that he continues to glorify God through a little dog — at campgrounds — under the heavens.

Questions to Ponder
  1. In your own spiritual journey, whom did God use to “put a stone in your shoe?” Did someone plant an idea that worried around in your head and nagged at your heart, creating a discomfort that only God could relieve?
  2. Think of an ordinary question you get asked frequently. How could you use that opportunity to “put a stone in someone’s shoe?”
  3. Riddle: What phone service do Jack Russell terriers use?
    Answer: Sprint!
  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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Wednesday July 30, 2014 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind? (Job 12:7-10)

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 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.

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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.

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Read the prequel:
1. Recommended Resources – Creation Science

Read the sequel:
3. Recommended Resources – Creation Museums

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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?

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 – President Is a Creationist

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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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Wednesday July 2, 2014 A.D.

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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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)

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