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Creation Ministry International’s Dr. Jonathan Sarfati in Bay Area of San Jose July 17, 2010

Posted by Dave Landis in Christian, creation, science.
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Dr. Jonathan Sarfati, of Creation Ministries International

Dr. Jonathan Sarfati, of Creation Ministries International will be in the San Francisco Bay Area on the dates listed below.

Dr. Sarfati’s most recent book, The Greatest Hoax on Earth, is a refutation of Richard Dawkin’s The Greatest Show on Earth.

He’s also the author of other creationist best sellers, Refuting Compromise, Refuting Evolution, Refuting Evolution 2, and By Design: Evidence for Nature’s Intelligent Designer—the God of the Bible

If you want to know more about Creation and the Bible, one or more of these events is for you!

Friday August 27, 2010

7:30pm Chinese Church in Christ
920 Sierra Vista Ave, Mountain View, CA 94043
Design, Deluge & Dilemma, + The Most-asked Questions—Answered!
Dr Jonathan Sarfati

Saturday August 28, 2010
6:00pm and 7:30pm – public meeting, World Mission Church
62 South San Thomas Aquino Road, Campbell 95008
Design, Deluge & Dilemma, + The Most-asked Questions—Answered!

Sunday August 29, 2010
9:30am Korean Central Presbyterian Church
50 Northridge Drive, Daly City 94015
Design, Deluge & Dilemma.
Dr Jonathan Sarfati

Sunday August 29, 2010
6:30 PM Neighborhood Bible Church
1302 Branham Lane, San Jose 95118
Design, Deluge & Dilemma.

What Calvin said about Creation, Part I April 15, 2010

Posted by Dave Landis in Christian, creation.
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Over the next several days, there will be some posts about what some famous and influential Christians said about creation.  Since I’m a Reformed Christian, I will kick off with several Reformed scholars.  Today, I begin with John Calvin.  Calvin was a prolific writer.  He wrote a systematic theology; The Institutes of the Christian Religion,  a number of commentaries from books of the Bible, and his sermons were widely published.  That he had a tremendous influence upon Presbyterianism and other Reformed Churches cannot be understated.  What did Calvin say about Genesis 1?   Here are some excerpts of his views:

For it is not without significance that he divided the making of the universe into six days [Gen 1:31], even though it would have been no more difficult for him to have completed it in one moment the whole work together in all its details than to arrive at its completion by a progression of all this sort. Institutes of the Christian Religion, J.T. McNeill, editor, Vol I,p. 182.  From this we see that Calvin would not fall into the Day-Age or theistic evolution camps.  He was a young earth creationist.

They will not refrain from guffaws when they are informed that but little more than five thousand years have passed since the creation of the universe. Ibid., vol 2, p. 925.   Today, there are  plenty of guffaws concerning Calvin’s view of the age of the earth.

More on Calvin tomorrow.

KKLA Creation Dialogue with Drs. Jason Lisle and Hugh Ross, Part IV April 7, 2010

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Elisha recovers the floating axe head.

Another point that Dr. Ross made in the debate was that “the laws of physics are fixed and constant”.    Yes, I would tend to agree with that.  I also realize that the one hour radio dialogue with Dr. Lisle and Frank Pastore would not allow him to go into all the minutiae  of his views.

If I drop a ball, I expect it to move towards the earth, because the earth has more mass than the ball.    If I place water in a large jar, I expect to find see water the next time I look at it. However, an axe head has been reported to float in water.  And water had been recorded changing into an alcohol.    Matter was spoken into existence.

Perhaps I’m being too nit-picky.  I assume that as a Christian, Dr. Ross believes in miracles.   However, a qualifier “except in the case of miracles…”  would have been nice to hear.  After all, the Creator is Sovereign over the laws of physics which He ordained.

KKLA Creation Dialogue with Drs. Jason Lisle and Hugh Ross, Part III April 6, 2010

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The topic of death before sin came up in the debate.    Dr. Ross conveyed his view that in Romans 5 , man’s sin had no correlation with animal death prior to the fall. Dr. Lisle pointed out that he could understand why Dr. Ross might think that this passage only had human death in mind, but said that there were numerous other passages that show that all death followed Adam’s sin.  It is my understanding that progressive creation posits there was a time millions of  years prior to the appearance of Adam and Eve when animals lived and died.  Dinosaurs became extinct before man’s creation.

If one looks at the narrative in Genesis 1, the word phrase “And God saw that it was good” is mentioned five times.  On day six, the phrase “And God saw that it was good” was mentioned after the creation of land animals, and then “And God saw that it was very good” was said after man’s creation.   Also, on the first day, after God created light, the text says “And God saw that the light was good”.  So in all, seven references to “good” in the creation.

So, since when is death good?     When is suffering “good”?   The fossil record shows that dinosaurs experienced brain tumors and cancer has been found in dinosaur fossils.   Again, I simply have to scratch my head when it comes to the definitions that Dr. Ross attaches to the words in Genesis.

8 internal Biblical evidences for divine authorship April 5, 2010

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I get it. For us to believe that the Bible is God’s word because it says it is doesn’t hold much water. Spare the comments.

However, there are internal evidences within the book that give credence to its claim to be divinely inspired.

1.The Bible has amazing unity – Some 40 authors with about half that many different professions – kings, shepherds, fisherman, lawgivers – wrote over a 1,600 year time span and still there is major consistency and unity in the message of the book. What other book can make that claim?

2. The Bible has been amazing preservation – Not a few times has the Bible been sent into exile, burned and discarded, yet we still have them. It will not go away. (more…)