Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 22, 2014

How Apologetics?

Apologetics is the defense of the Christian faith using evidence, reason, and logic.

The previous articles have discussed why apologetics is important and when apologetics should be used.

How should apologetic arguments be most effectively delivered? How should this defense of the Christian faith be made?

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The manner in which an argument is made can make all the difference in the world in its reception. A logically perfect argument can be undermined by pride, arrogance, and lack of empathy. The attitude of the speaker can prevent the listener from hearing, understanding, and absorbing the truth of the speaker’s words.

The Apostle Peter instructs believers, in the face of persecution, to be prepared to explain why their faith in Christ gives them a confident hope for the future. And he tells them how to deliver these explanations.

Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭3‬:‭13-15‬ NASB)

Peter commands believers to make their reasoned defense with “gentleness and reverence.

Peter instructs believers to be winsome ambassadors for Christ who speak gently with compassion and respect.

The Apostle Paul says, “We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us.” (2 Corinthians 5:20) An ambassador speaks with grace, attempting to win over his hearer through winsome persuasion. Paul instructs,

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person. (Colossians 4:5-6)

Paul says these characteristics should be evident in the believer’s life: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galations 5:22-23) These should characterize our attitude in delivering apologetic arguments.

Apologetics should be part of every Christian’s regular diet (intake) and regular testimony (output). To diminish doubt and foster faith, research questions and learn the answers developed by generations of thoughtful apologists. When attacked for faith, reply with calm, logical reasoning. Win over your hearers through your loving, respectful, and patient approach.

Questions to Ponder
  1. What unprofitable attitude do you have the most trouble quelling when doing apologetics?
  2. What attitude do you find most persuasive when someone is trying to convince you of something?
  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 brief series on Apologetics:
Why Apologetics?
When Apologetics?

See other articles I’ve written on Apologetics.

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Wednesday October 22, 2014 A.D.

But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.
(1 Peter 3:14-15)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 8, 2014

Why Apologetics?

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Do you sometimes have nagging doubts about Christianity?
Do you at times wonder whether there really is a God?
Do you occasionally wonder if Jesus is real?
In the face of our culture’s constant barrage, do you question whether the Bible is really true in all that it teaches and affirms?

If you ever struggle with questions like these, then Apologetics has the answers for you. Apologetics is the defense of the Christian faith using evidence, reason, and logic. Evidence and logical reasoning can still doubts and satisfactorily answer nagging questions.

Jesus understands this. Jesus does not expect us to believe without evidence. He Himself provided plenty of evidence during His time on earth. He said His miracles were evidence of His divine identity and purpose:

“…for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish, the very works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.” (John 5:36)

Following His resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days proving to His disciples that He was alive:

To these [His apostles] He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)

The top-selling biography of all time is the Gospel of John. The Apostle John said that the reason he authored this biography of Jesus was to provide evidence for belief in Jesus:

Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. (John 20:30,31 )

The Apostle Paul regularly did apologetics, reasoning and providing evidence that Jesus is the Messiah:

And according to Paul’s custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with a great multitude of the God-fearing Greeks and a number of the leading women. (Acts 17:2-4)

Apologetics should be part of every Christian’s regular diet. Reasons and evidence will keep your doubts at bay. To diminish doubt and foster faith, research your questions and learn the answers developed by generations of thoughtful apologists.

See Recommended Resources – Apologetics for many good apologetics sites.
The Debate Answers page from Answers in Genesis gives a long list of web articles answering the common questions posed to creationists.

Questions to Ponder
  1. How would you answer someone who says, “Apologetics is for eggheads. It never converted anybody.”?
  2. What do you think is the most troublesome question or doubt that Apologetics should address?
  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 series on Apologetics:
When Apologetics?

See other articles I’ve written on Apologetics.

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Wednesday October 8, 2014 A.D.

But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.
(1 Peter 3:14-15)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 1, 2014

Ham-Nye Debate: Behind the Scenes

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Who do you think won last February’s
Ken Ham – Bill Nye debate on
Is Creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?
Did you question Ham’s debate strategy?
Did you wonder why Ham didn’t refute more of Nye’s claims?
Did some of Nye’s points bother you?

Ken Ham has co-authored a new book,
Inside the Nye Ham Debate: Revealing Truths from the Worldview Clash of the Century,
to answer such questions and tell the inside story behind his debate last February with Bill Nye.

Answers in Genesis author, speaker, and researcher and Ham son-in-law Bodie Hodge is Ham’s co-author.

The book includes
– Extensive inside details from Ken Ham along with Ham’s personal thoughts on Bill Nye and his beliefs.
– Detailed answers to questions Nye raised. Many could not be answered in the debate due to time limitations.
– Complete transcript of the debate.

Ham says the book “thoroughly dissects the entire debate from the opening statements to the question-answer period at the end. This book expounds on many of the statements and arguments that I made during the debate, and respectfully addresses Bill Nye’s arguments against the biblical position and for evolution and naturalism….Believers will be equipped to stand firmly on the authority of God’s Word and respectfully dialogue with others. Skeptics will be challenged with the truth of God’s Word, the bankruptcy of evolution and naturalism, and the abundance of scientific evidence for the biblical model of origins.”

Debate Evidence

The 350-page book costs $17 and is published by Master Books. It can be ordered here. Shipping begins October 31, 2014.

Millions watched the live stream of the debate at the Creation Museum on February 4, 2014. Since then over 15 million have watched AiG’s debate stream. Additionally, the YouTube video of the debate has been viewed about 3.5 million times.

The AiG debate site has an indexed video of the debate, so that viewers can jump to any point in the debate using the drop-down menu index.

Answers in Genesis has provided a wealth of material answering questions that Bill Nye raised in the debate. There were so many that Ken Ham did not have time to address them all. But AiG’s Post-Debate Answers page gives a long list of web articles answering all the scientific issues brought up in the debate. This Post-Debate Answers page is an excellent resource for answering the common questions posed to creationists.

During the debate, Ken Ham challenged Bill Nye with two questions. He received no answer then, and Bill Nye has not answered since. In fact, Bill Nye has yet to publish any list of articles defending his debate claims or rebutting Ham’s debate statements. Ken Ham asked,

  • “How do you account for the laws of logic and laws of nature from a naturalistic worldview that excludes the existence of God?”
  • “Can you name one piece of technology that could only have been developed starting with a belief in molecules-to-man evolution?”

These are important and incisive questions. Various versions of these questions have been asked by creationists for decades without ever getting good answers from evolutionists.

Questions to Ponder
  1. How do you think an evolutionist would answer Ken Ham’s two questions? Do you consider such answers satisfactory?
  2. If Bill Nye cannot answer Ken Ham’s two questions (and he hasn’t so far), what does this say about the credibility of evolutionism?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Read the prequel articles on this debate:
Creation-Evolution Debate: Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye – background info & the YouTube videos that sparked the debate.
Ham on Nye Debate Update
Who Won the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye Debate?
– includes YouTube video of debate
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #1 – 4 web commentators
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #2 – 4 web commentators
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #3 – comments from debate moderator and post-debate challenges from debaters to each other
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #4 – Albert Mohler’s assessment
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #5 – Nye’s debate coach comments
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #6 – astronomer, CMI, WORLD mag
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #7 – Gary DeMar, Mally sisters video
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #8 – apologetics prof, science historian, debater
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #9 – chemist, ID advocate
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #10 – ID advocates
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #11 – space scientist
Post-Debate Buzz Heats Up for Ham vs. Nye #12 – creationist speaker, canyons
Ham vs. Nye Debate Continues – debaters issue statements

This completes my series of 17 articles on the Ham-Nye Creation-Evolution debate.

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Wednesday October 1, 2014 A.D.

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)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 24, 2014

37. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 20

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.

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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. The prequels in this series contain extensive quotations from 23 prominent scientists who have been convinced by the Argument from Design that there is a Creator.

More Scientists Who Accept the Argument from Design

Many more examples of scientists from many different scientific fields could be given. Here are links to a dozen lists of hundreds of respected scientists from many different fields who believe in Creation and don’t believe in evolution. The vast majority agree with the Argument from Design.
1. Scientists alive today who accept the Biblical account of creation
2. Scientists of the past who believed in a Creator
3. Creationists holding science doctorates
4. Creationist scientists past and present (scroll down for list)
5. Modern scientists who accept the Biblical account of creation (scroll down for list)
6. Scientists alive today who accept the Biblical account of creation
7. Creation scientists who have contributed to science
8. Creation Scientists
9. Contemporary and Historical Creation Scientists
10. Bible-Believing Scientists of the Past
11. Qualified scientists who support the creation theory
12. Scientists Dissenting from Darwinism

Innumerable other great men of science were creationists and did not believe in evolution. Belief in evolution is clearly not needed for scientific research.

Questions to Ponder
  1. Since these examples show that belief in evolution is not needed for successful scientific work, why are evolutionists so insistent that people believe in evolution?
  2. Thousands of eminent scientists agree with the Argument from Design and thousands do not. This suggests other factors besides the logic of the argument influence whether one finds the argument compelling. What are these other factors?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 37th article in the Evidence for God series that discusses the question,
“Is There Evidence for God?” This is the 20th 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
35. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 18 – John O’Keefe
36. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 19 – Henry Schaefer

Read the sequel: …coming soon

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Wednesday September 24, 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 | September 17, 2014

6. Recommended Resources – Christianity, Culture, & Vocation

Engage the culture: society needs the voice of Christians

Engage the culture: society needs the voice of Christians

Is the Bible applicable to daily life? Can it help with the everyday problems of relationships, family, and jobs? Here are resources that focus on applying the Bible to life.

This is the last 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.

6. Christianity, Culture, & Vocation

Albert Mohler’s Blog
Dr. R. Albert Mohler is president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world. Time.com called Mohler the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.” He comments on contemporary issues from a consistent and explicit Christian worldview.

Timeless truths for 21st century living…
David Dunbar’s blog applies the Word of God to a right view of the church, sound doctrine, and its practical application to everyday life. Reformed and conservative.

Thinking Christian
Tom Gilson’s blog encourages Christians to think deeply and well about faith and life and evangelism, with emphasis on science, culture, and ethics.

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Challies.com
A compendium of articles, information, and book reviews focused on commentary on the contemporary church and its interaction with the surrounding culture.

Wintery Knight
Integrates Christian faith with knowledge in the public square. Analyzes fiscal, social and foreign policy from a Christian worldview.

The Constructive Curmudgeon
A forum for reflection on culture, ethics, philosophy, and theology by Douglas Groothuis, Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary.

Cranach: The Blog of Veith
This is Gene Edward Veith‘s blog. In the spirit of Lucas Cranach, it discusses wide-ranging issues of Christianity and culture, with a Lutheran twist.

How Should We Then Live?
This is Francis Schaeffer’s 10-part video series detailing his analysis of the rise and decline of western thought and culture. This page has links to YouTube videos for the series.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the last 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
4. Recommended Resources – Intelligent Design
5. Recommended Resources – Apologetics

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“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Wednesday September 17, 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 | September 10, 2014

36. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 19 – Henry Schaefer

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.

Prof. Henry F. Schaefer

Prof. Henry F. Schaefer

Henry Schaefer

Computational quantum chemist Henry F. Schaefer III is the Director of the Center for Computational Chemistry at the University of Georgia and the author of over 1300 scientific papers.

A December 23, 1991 cover article in U.S. News & World Report described Schaefer as a five-time nominee for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Schaefer deduces the existence and character of the Creator from looking at the universe. This is in accord with the Apostle Paul’s words: “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 1:20)

Schaefer writes,

  • “A Creator must exist. The big bang ripples (April 1992) and subsequent scientific findings are clearly pointing to an ex nihilo creation consistent with the first few verses of the book of Genesis.
  • The Creator must have awesome power and wisdom. The quantity of material and the power resources within our universe are truly immense. The information, or intricacy, manifest in any part of the universe, and especially in a living organism, is beyond our ability to comprehend. And what we do see is only what God has shown us within our four dimensions of space and time!
  • The Creator is loving. The simplicity, balance, order, elegance, and beauty seen throughout the creation demonstrate that God is loving rather than capricious. Further, the capacity and desire to nurture and to protect, seen in so many creatures, makes sense if their Creator possesses these same attributes. It is apparent that God cares for His creatures, for He has provided for their needs.
  • The Creator is just and requires justice. Inward reflection and outward investigation affirm that human beings have a conscience. The conscience reflects the reality of right and wrong and the necessity of obedience.
  • Each of us falls hopelessly short of the Creator’s standard. We incur His displeasure when we violate any part of God’s moral law in our actions, our words, and our thoughts. Who can keep his or her thoughts and attitudes pure for even an hour? If each person falls short of his or her own standards, how much more so of God’s perfect standards?
  • Because the Creator is loving, wise and powerful, He made a way to rescue us. When we come to a point of concern about our personal failings, we can begin to understand from the creation around us that God’s love, wisdom, and power are sufficient to deliver us from our otherwise hopeless situation.
  • If we trust our lives totally to the Rescuer, Jesus Christ, we will be saved. The one and only path is to give up all human attempts to satisfy God’s requirements and put our trust solely in Jesus Christ and in His chosen means of redemption, namely, His death on the cross.”
  • (From Henry F. Schaefer, The Big Bang, Stephen Hawking, and God, 2004, p. 22)

Therefore…

Chemist Henry F. Schaefer recognized the signs of design in the universe. He used the Argument from Design to conclude there must be a Creator and to deduce some of His characteristics.

Questions to Ponder
  1. Did belief in a Creator handicap Dr. Schaefer’s scientific research? Did it interfere with his discoveries that have almost resulted in a Nobel prize?
  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 36th 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
35. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 18 – John O’Keefe

Read the sequel:
37. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 20

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“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Wednesday September 10, 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 | September 3, 2014

5. Recommended Resources – Apologetics

Studying apologetics together makes the heart grow fonder

Studying apologetics together makes the heart grow fonder

What is Apologetics? It’s a word that’s thrown around a lot in Christian circles, but exactly what does it mean?

Apologetics doesn’t mean being sorry for something. Rather it comes from the Greek word apologia meaning defense. Apologetics is the defense of Christianity using evidence, reason, and logic.

The Apostle Peter commands Christians to be prepared and ready to defend their faith:
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. (1 Peter 3:14-15)

Check out the Apologetics resource sites described below to learn more about how to intelligently defend faith in Jesus of Nazareth, the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of the universe.

This is the 5th 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.

Pondering apologetics

Pondering apologetics

5. Apologetics Resources

Warning: These resources are recommended for their apologetic value, not necessarily for their creationist value. Many below do 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.
Eat the meat and spit out the bones.

Apologetics 315
This is a world-class apologetics reference site (named for 1 Peter 3:15) run by Brian Auten from Belfast, Ireland. Vast apologetics resources are available (articles, videos, audios, debates, podcasts, book reviews, etc.) from beginning to advanced. Novice apologists will find the Apologetics Reading Plan for Beginners invaluable. The Christian Apologetics Blog Directory is a top-notch collection of apologetics blogs. The Ultimate Apologetics MP3 Audio Page is a huge collection of quality lectures on apologetics. The Debates Page has complete audio files for many apologetics debates.

Lee Strobel
Strobel is a best-selling author, journalist, and former atheist. His books The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus and The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God are excellent, easy-to-read introductions.

Please Convince Me
Founded by homicide detective and former atheist J. Warner Wallace, PCM‘s goal is to raise up Christian Case Makers who stand firm in their faith, ready to defend Christianity in a world hostile to the Biblical worldview. Wallace is the author of the superb book Cold Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels and writes the very interesting blog Cold Case Christianity on evidence for Christianity. The PCM Academy offers six apologetics training courses for free.

CrossExamined.org – Frank Turek
CrossExamined exists to address the problem that 75% of Christian youth leave the church while in college, mainly because they are not equipped to examine the skepticism and atheism they encounter from their college professors. Frank Turek and the CrossExamined team help young people understand why the Christian faith is true and reasonable and train them to defend that view. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman Geisler & Frank Turek is an excellent introductory apologetics book.

Stand to Reason (STR)
STR‘s focus is to train Christians to think clearly and to make public defenses of the Christian faith in an intellectually fair, gracious, and incisive manner. Founder Greg Koukl’s book Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions is the best I’ve seen on the topic.

Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM)
CARM is dedicated to the promotion and defense of the Christian Gospel, doctrine, and theology. CARM analyzes religious and non-religious movements and compares them to the Bible as the final standard of truth. They examine abortion, atheism, evolution, Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, relativism, Roman Catholicism, Wicca, universalism, and more, along with Christian preachers and teachers.

Confident Christians (CC)
CC offers help to those seeking the truth amidst the many worldviews that lead people astray. CC supports believers looking for help to better explain these issues to family, friends, and colleagues. CC believes in the strong evidences of the Christian faith and that God gets to each person’s heart through their mind. CC believes it is wrong to run from the questions of skeptics or those who have doubts about areas of the Christian faith. God is big enough to stand up under thoughtful and intellectual inquiries aimed at Him. Founder Robin Schumacher’s excellent blog on topics in apologetics is Caleb’s Path. It’s also available at The Confident Christian.

Associates for Biblical Research (ABR)
Archaeology has revolutionized knowledge of the Biblical world with many discoveries that relate directly to Scripture and confirm the historicity of the Biblical record. ABR reports on the latest discoveries in Biblical archaeology and related creation/evolution issues and provides a Biblical perspective on the significance of each discovery. ABR works to demonstrate the historical reliability of the Bible through archaeological research and related apologetic investigation. ABR resolves apparent conflicts between the findings of archaeology and science and the Bible; it illuminates and enhances understanding of the Biblical text through knowledge and correct interpretation of the findings from archaeology and science. The BIBLE and SPADE is ABR‘s non-technical quarterly magazine that shows how archaeological evidence, properly interpreted, upholds the history of the Bible.

Reasons for Hope
This is the apologetics ministry of Carl Kerby, formerly of Answers in Genesis. Reasons for Hope presents Biblical reasons for true hope to those who are lost and endlessly seeking false hope. It encourages those who already know True Hope to give Biblical answers to real-world questions and inspires them to lead people to Jesus. The strategy to globally communicate reasons for hope includes: sending out sound, Biblical speakers, providing thoughtful and creative printed and online resources, and developing an easy-to-understand apologetics curriculum utilizing the latest technology.

Ratio Christi
Ratio Christi (Latin for ‘The Reason of Christ’) is a global movement that equips university students and faculty to give historical, philosophical, and scientific reasons for following Jesus Christ. Bringing together faith and reason in order to establish the intellectual voice of Christ in the University, Ratio Christi is placing Christian apologetics clubs at universities around the world that unashamedly defend the veracity of God, the Bible, and Christ’s resurrection and engage in the battle for the mind.

Answers for Hope
This site seeks to demonstrate that Christianity is the only rational worldview that a person can hold. It aims to give an answer for the Christian’s hope (1 Peter 3:15), to respond to objections from unbelievers, and to teach Christians how to become effective apologists.

Reformed Apologetics
Online apologetics articles from the perspective of Reformed Theology.

Apologetics Press
AP has published materials for self study, group study, and evangelism for over 30 years. Subjects range from evidences supporting the Christian Faith to highly controversial areas that challenge that Faith. The site has many good online articles on a vast array of topics.

Apologetics Guy
Accessible Apologetics lessons, tips, and training with Mikel Del Rosario. He teaches Christians how to defend the faith with confidence.

What Do I Say to That?
An InterVarsity Christian Fellowship staffer offers tips on conversational evangelism in an attempt to bridge the gap between stuffy “for super philosophical people only” apologetics and the actual conversations people have daily.

Think Christianly
Jonathan Morrow’s blog aims to help Christians understand what they believe, why they believe it, and why it matters. Its goal is to train and encourage a new generation to think Christianly about all of life.

The Poached Egg
Greg West’s Poached Egg is where Christian apologetics, history, philosophy, science, theology, and pop culture collide. The goal is to help guide believers, seekers, and skeptics alike to the Ultimate Source of Truth and a better understanding of the Christian worldview. Many excellent resources.

Grace with Salt (GwS)
GwS is an apologetics ministry combating modern secularism that pulls people away from the Biblical message. Hot topics covered include creation vs. evolution, homosexuality, abortion, politics, separation of church and state, supposed inaccuracies in Scripture, end times. Posts are informative, researched from both sides, and considerate of opposing views (grace) but firm in stance (salt).

Flatland Apologetics
This is the blog of Shelby Cade, a certified apologetics instructor, science teacher, and pastor.

Gary Habermas
Dr. Gary R. Habermas is Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Philosophy and Theology at Liberty University. He specializes in defense of the Resurrection of Jesus, as he has dedicated his professional life to the examination of the relevant historical, philosophical, and theological issues surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus. His book The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus co-authored with Michael Licona is the definitive treatment of the subject.

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
RZIM is a global team of speakers led by Ravi Zacharias. RZIM seeks to reach and challenge those who shape cultural ideas with the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Distinctive in its strong evangelistic and apologetic foundation, RZIM intends to touch both hearts and the intellects of society’s thinkers and influencers. Many excellent resources.

J.P. Moreland
Moreland is the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. Moreland’s Love Your God With All Your Mind:The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul is a classic challenging you to intellectually engage with your Christian faith.

Reasonable Faith
This site features the work of philosopher, theologian, Christian apologist, and debater William Lane Craig. Reasonable Faith aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith. It seeks to challenge unbelievers with the truth of Biblical Christianity and to train Christians to state and defend Christian truth claims with greater effectiveness. Many valuable resources.

Confident Christianity
This is Mary Jo Sharp’s Apologetics ministry that addresses the hard questions of Christianity through research, writing, training, and debate. A former atheist and now Assistant Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, she is one of only a few women professionally engaged in Apologetics. Her book Defending the Faith: Apologetics in Women’s Ministry challenges women to approach their faith on an intellectual level and calls for women’s ministries to incorporate apologetics to help women love God with their minds.

Christian Research Institute
CRI exists to provide Christians worldwide with carefully researched information and well-reasoned answers that encourage them in their faith and equip them to intelligently represent it to people influenced by ideas and teachings that assault or undermine orthodox, Biblical Christianity.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the fifth 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
4. Recommended Resources – Intelligent Design

Read the sequel:
6. Recommended Resources – Christianity, Culture, & Vocation

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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)

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

Read the sequel:
36. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 19 – Henry Schaefer

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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

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Wednesday August 20, 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 | 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)

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