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June 17, BCASV Monthly Meeting! June 17, 2010

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The Perspicuity of Genesis
Some people, when the hear the term perspicuity, think immediately of the last time they sweat too much while exercising. But what does perspicuity mean, and why is it important? 

To define perspicuity, let us ponder the celebrated words of Luther in his timeless classic, The Bondage of the Will: “If you speak of the internal clearness, no man sees one iota in the Scriptures, but he that hath the Spirit of God. . . .

If you speak of the external clearness, nothing whatever is left obscure or ambiguous; but all things that are in the Scriptures, are by the Word brought forth into the clearest light, and proclaimed to the whole world.” In other words, Scripture speaks about the creation of all things in the “clearest light.”

Please join us as we apply the doctrine of the perspicuity of Scripture to the early chapters of Genesis.

When: Thursday June 17, 2010, 7-9pm
Where: Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church
                 2350 Leigh Avenue
                 San Jose, CA
Cost: FREE!

Speaker: Dr. Ting Wang, Youth Pastor Korean Central Presbyterian Church, Daly City, CA.

Biblical Creation Course starts June 6, 2010! May 31, 2010

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Stop wrestling with the Scriptures to fit in Evolution and learn how to defend your Christian Faith Biblically and scientifically. Throw away your doubts whether the Bible means what it says and stand firm on the foundations of Biblical Creation. Reject the dying theory of Darwinian Evolution, only surviving on tax money, and give glory to God for his marvelous design!

Psalm 19:1 says: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

 
Start Time: Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 12:30am
End Time: Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 1:30am
Location: 62 S. San Tomas Aquino Rd. Campbel, CA

This 4-weeks program will provide biblical and scientific support for a recent six-day creation and a global Flood. Students will be introduced to critical thinking and logic, chronological biblical history, geology, astronomy and biology. After completing this program, students will be better able to defend what they believe and be prepared to defend their Faith against the secularist attack. All ages are welcome.

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May 20, BCASV Monthly Meeting! May 19, 2010

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Dismantling the Framework Hypothesis
Pastor Dave Bush will explain the structure and argumentation behind the Framework hypothesis view of creation, explain why the argumentation for the Framework hypothesis is fallacious, and offer a defense for the literal six day view as a more biblically consistent alternative.
 
When: Thursday May 20, 2010, 7-9pm
Where: Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church
                 2350 Leigh Avenue
                 San Jose, CA
Cost: FREE!

About the Speaker: Dave graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary California in 1999 with a MDiv degree. In 2002 he was ordained as a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church to serve as the pastor of the Oak Hill Presbyterian Church in Sonora CA. The preaching ministry of Oak Hill is broadcast locally under the title “Foundations” on Radio station KVML 1450AM, and hosts a preaching and teaching ministry at Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown. Dave is married to his wife Jennifer and are homeschooling their six children. Dave also serves as a chaplain for the Sonora Police dept. and the Tuolumne Co. Sheriff.

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…)

Fish-eating-a-fish fossil. Photoshopped? April 18, 2010

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I had never seen this fossil before. I still haven’t. But I saw a picture of it last month in a presentation and decided to look it up.

No doubt folks all over will say it was photoshopped, rigged in some way, anything but what it is – evidence of sudden and immediate death of the fish doing the eating and the other fish who was no doubt trying to stay alive. Good luck with that exercise in futility, eh?

How is this fossil to be explained? I mean, the fish eating side of the equation must have kept his/her mouth open for a long long time. And the being eaten side had to stay in place, too. Or is there a more reasonable explanation?

And while we’re at it, why are there marine fossils found up on top of mountains?

Oh, and another question. You have heard it said that there is not enough water for a world-wide flood. I learned that if all the mountains fell into the sea and the below sea-level valleys were filled in, there would be enough water to cover the entire planet to 2.7 km high. Hmm…sounds to me like there was enough water for a world-wide flood, no?

And we have forensic evidence of such an event to boot?

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?

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

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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.

Bruce Waltke – A Reformed Scholar Attempts to Serve Two Masters April 12, 2010

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Even though BCASV  is not a Reformed organization, the preamble to our Statement of Faith is taken from the Westminster Confession of Faith’s chapter on Creation.   I myself am Reformed.    My Reformation Study Bible has as one of its contributors Dr. Bruce Waltke, who until recently, was on staff at Reformed Theological Seminary.

Recently Dr. Waltke appeared in  a video blog at the Biologos Foundation where he stated his belief in theistic evolution.  This  led to RTS asking for his resignation.  At his request the video was removed because he didn’t want to be “taken out of context”.   In a subsequent posting, Dr. Waltke  stated that he believes in a historical Adam and Eve.  Jesus Christ did too.  What about the history that occurred before the creation of Adam and Eve? That  plants and animals were created after their own kinds, i.e. cats produced cats and roses produced roses.   Cats don’t produce dogs and roses don’t produce conifers.  Yet evolution teaches “from goo to you”.   The ideas of Biblical kinds and evolution are mutually exclusive.  Even the course of events are different, the development of life forms in the two accounts follow different chronologies.

I’m certain that Dr. Waltke and I are in agreement on many points of Scripture. However,  when it comes to Creation, I believe he  has departed from Scripture and the Confessional Standards to which we Reformed Christians give assent.   I for one am saddened by his views, but believe that his departure from RTS was for the good and necessary.

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.