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

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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.

Your famous scientists don’t agree with my favorite scientists. Guess who’s wrong? April 22, 2010

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How tiresome!

Your scientist doesn’t agree with my scientist, so yours must be wrong. You, yours, mine…pick your pronoun. It doesn’t really matter.

Every time a scientist with a creationist worldview (BUT, IT’S NOT SCIENCE!!! ) puts out the word on what they have learned, discovered, researched, concluded, a scientist with an evolution/atheist worldview (point, an atheistic worldview is not science either) puts out a rebuttal  or vice versa.

In other words, two well studied groups with very different starting points are going to end up reaching different conclusions. No surprise there. (more…)

101 evidences for a young age of the earth and the universe by Don Batten, PhD April 21, 2010

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This list ought to keep the young earth creation bashers busy for awhile.

Kudos to Don Batten, PhD for putting together such a list – 101 evidences for a young age of the earth and the universe.

Dr. Batten got his Ph.D. from the University of Sydney. He worked for 20 years as a research horticulturalist with the NSW Department of Agriculture.

Here are  five, one from each category…for the rest go here. (more…)

Coded information – a sign of intelligence or not? April 16, 2010

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Two scientists:

One is an astronomer who thinks that any code they pick up, no matter how tiny or unsophisticated is evidence that there is intelligence behind it. His/her thinking, “coded information does not come about by chance.”

The other is a biologist who thinks that the detailed information that can be found in each cell down to the molecular level with enough information to fill a library did NOT have an intelligent source because, well the only way it could come about is by chance.

Which scientist has the right idea?

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 II April 3, 2010

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Dr Ross said “Psalm 19 refers to the record of nature as a book.  It is actually in the Belgic Confession 1561. Both books are utterly trustworthy and reliable.”  I urge you to go the link provided to see if his claim if factual.   The Belgic Confession says “as a most elegant book” and “are as so many characters”.  This is different than saying nature “is an elegant book”.  Ross is equating nature with a book, this Confession is using a simile.  The two are not identical.  What disturbs me about Dr. Ross’ claim is that if both “books” are “utterly trustworthy and reliable”, then it follows that Dr. Ross is adding another book to the canon of Scripture:  nature, and hence scientific interpretations of nature.

I would agree with Dr. Ross that Scripture is “utterly trustworthy and reliable”.  But, he is on dangerous ground using science.  Truth cannot be determined from science because it relies on empirical data to draw conclusions.   It explains things from specifics to generals.  This is an inherent logical fallacy.  Science certainly can help with the understanding of natural processes, but it cannot provide us with truth.   Scientific theories have been known to be revised or even rejected as new data comes to light.

Not so with Scripture.  Let us be reminded of Christ’s words, “Sanctify them in truth; your Word is truth.”  John 17:17.

KKLA Creation Dialogue with Drs. Jason Lisle and Hugh Ross, Part I April 2, 2010

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On March 31st, 2010, KKLA radio host Frank Pastore had a dialogue with Dr. Jason Lisle of Answers in Genesis and Dr. Hugh Ross of Reason to Believe.  Dr.Wall Clock from Wikipedia

Lyle is a six-day young earth creationist, Dr. Ross a proponent of what is called Progressive Creation.  BCASV endorses Dr. Lisle’s position and disputes Dr. Ross’.  Both hold Ph. Ds in astrophysics.

I welcomed  hearing Dr. Ross directly for the first time, and I look forward to hearing him and Dr. Lisle dialogue in the future.   However, as I listened to the two, I thought that Dr. Ross was very loose with some of his terms and ideas.  I would like to discuss examples of these in several blogs.

Dr. Ross asserts that he takes Genesis 1 literally,  as does Dr. Lisle.  However they differ over the literal meaning of “day”.   Dr. Ross believes that in Genesis 1, “day” means a long period of time.   Indeed, in both Hebrew and English, “day” can take this meaning.   However, the context of Genesis 1 is in terms of enumerated days and in the context of “evening and morning”.   When “day” is enumerated “first day”, “second day”, etc., it never means a long period of time.  Coupled with the phrase “evening and morning”,  a simple reading of the text can mean nothing but days of normal length.

April 15, Chris Thomas on Creation vs Evolution March 31, 2010

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Chris Thomas has been studying the Creation/Evolution Issues since 1990.

He has made dozens of presentations to Grade school, Jr. High, High School.

He has taught multi-week sessions to home Bible study groups and has taught adult midweek multi week video based classes at Santa Cruz Bible Church. (more…)

Experimental versus forensic science March 31, 2010

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Admit it, we are not all of the Bones, Ducky or Abby mold. And even they can’t agree and have to make leaps in their assumptions.

See Your famous scientists don’t agree with my favorite scientists. Guess who’s wrong?

and Why there are expert witnesses on both sides of an argument – ask Bones.

There are, I understand, two types of sciences. One is experimental or operational science. The other is forensic or historical science.

The first – experimental/operational science involves doing experiments and drawing conclusions. It is also called process science. As a result of this kind of science we have computers, medicine and even fast food. It’s not always good, right? But good for the most part. (more…)

Scott Gillis, Creation vs Evolution and the Bible Seminar March 18, 2010

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Thu, March 18, 7pm – 9pm

Mr. Scott Gillis is accredited by Creation Ministries International to conduct a “relevance talk”, designed as an outreach to the church.

This presentation addresses the Biblical reasons that the creation/evolution issue is important to the church, deals with the presuppositional nature of science, and most importantly, encourages hearers to become equipped to defend the Bible (1 Pt. 3:15).

About Creation Ministries International: Creation Ministries International is a group of non-profit ministries in several countries. Though each is a legally and financially autonomous body, we have formally unified our efforts as a federation of ministries under the banner ‘CMI-Worldwide’ that helps to ensure unity, harmony, and efficiency of outreach.