December we showed The Privileged Planet, an outstanding
philosopher and a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute.
following paragraph is quoted from a catalog of the
"This video asserts that Earth is privileged because it is not only ideal for life, but also surprisingly conducive for viewing and measuring the universe around us. Earth is within the Sun's habitable zone; Earth has a large moon that regulates its tilt and gravity; Earth is protected by big planets in its solar system; Earth has an oxygen rich and transparent atmosphere; Earth inhabits an ideal place in the galaxy for life and discovery."
The improbability of these and many other factors necessary for life coinciding at another place, evidences that the Earth is likely the only planet in the universe where complex life can exist. The video discusses the physical forces that have to be finely tuned for matter as we know it to even exist. Some of these are: the precise strengths of gravity, nuclear forces and electrical charges of sub-atomic particles.
Remarkably, the location of the earth, our kind of atmosphere, and other factors make it a unique place to view and study the universe. One illustration of this is our ability to view total eclipses of the Sun, which requires almost exactly the existing sizes of the Sun and Moon, and their distances from the Earth. These eclipses have enabled man to gain much important knowledge of physics.
was scheduled to be shown at a special reception at
the Smithsonian Institute, but opposition by intelligent design
adversaries led to cancelling of the event. See articles about
Dr. Gonzales, the video and the Smithsonian dispute (for the latter,
read Denyse O'Leary's columns) at the web site of the Discovery
Institute, www.ARN.org. The
Douglas Wear, M.D. presented a talk entitled "Right Before Your Eyes" at this month's meeting of the Frederick Creation Society. He is head of infectious diseases at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, likely the preeminent such organization in the world. He presented a program showing how the truth and evidence right before our eyes are often missed because of our assumptions and past experiences.
Some misinterpretations are physiological such as optical illusions which he demonstrated. Others are due to our expectations as shown by a story puzzle which we could not solve, although the solution seemed
obvious after it was given.
His work often involves finding answers to baffling medical cases. These solutions not unusually go against accepted beliefs. As an illustration, Dr Wear told of a case highly suspicious for cat scratch
fever, a disease which for many years was thought to be
from a virus. He used a special stain to
rule out the unlikely possibility of syphilis, and this showed a heretofore
unknown bacteria. The stain was then
used on tissues from earlier cases of cat scratch fever which confirmed this bacteria as the cause.
Another situation involved apparent plague in
had observed that rock layers in the
About 50 people attended an enthralling talk on "Debating Evolutionists" by Dr. Charles Jackson (Dr. J.) at the October meeting of the Frederick Creation Society. He has lectured on origins at universities, schools and churches, and debated university teachers on evolution. Dr. Jackson has several degrees, including a PhD in Science Education, and has been on the staff of various schools and colleges.
power point system and many quotes, Dr. J. gave
an incisive presentation on the
weaknesses of evolutionary beliefs, including a review of a
feature article about the close relationship between chimpanzees and
humans in the
The major differences in the appearance and abilities between chimpanzees and humans makes it obvious that much cannot be explained by the claimed 1.3% difference in known protein coding genes. Dr. J. said mice have 70% (or 90%), and bananas 50% the same genes as humans, and asked is these were our ancestors.
Dr. J. said that among the major differences between humans and other primates, living and extinct, is the shape of the human pelvis, the only one known that can allow for bipedal gait. Lucy, a fossil of an ancient primate is believed to have walked upright, and to be a significant link between apes and humans. However, the half of its pelvis that was found appears distinctly ape-like. To account for this apparent impossibility, Dr. Owen Lovejoy, who is quoted in the Time article, had postulated on a PBS program that the pelvis had been human-like, but an animal stepped on the fossil breaking the pelvis and compacting it into one that appeared ape-like.
We were shown a video exert from the P.B.S. show in which Dr. Lovejoy cut a model of the Lucy pelvis into several pieces with a saw, and rearranged them into a human like pelvis. Dr. J. said this is a demonstration of a theory shaping facts, and not good science. Another Lucy type fossil has been found in recent years. Its pelvis is missing, as are the feet of the first Lucy fossil, but the new Lucy's feet are still imbedded in rock. Dr. J. expects that when excavated, they
will show thumbs on the feet, which is typical of apes.
Dr. Jackson told of debates he has had, and attributes to God the wisdom to answer the claims and questions of evolutionists. He said we should ask those who present the case for evolution how they know their claims are true. He encouraged the audience by saying that now that they know the basic fallacies of evolution, with God's help, they could answer the claims of this false theory. Following the talk, Dr. J. answered many questions from the audience.
While in our area, Dr. J. also spoke at four schools, 2 colleges and several church groups. His web site is PointsofOrigins.com. To receive his brief e-mails on origins, write Drjxn2004@Yahoo.com.
On September 12, the creation society was honored to
have Dr. Lester Harris as our speaker.
This brilliant and enthusiastic field biologist taught science at all
levels for over 50 years. In
undergraduate school he majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. At the
Dr. Harris had over a thousand articles in popular
nature magazines, articles in peer reviewed journals, and has written several
books. He spent 2 months a year for 20
years on the
Dr. Harris’ very interesting talk included many
subjects. He described amazing
creatures, perhaps the most unique being a species of frog that lives on an
island near the mouth of the
Dr. Harris said that new species can form in as little
as 20 to 100 years. But, there are
others that have remained essentially the same throughout a long history on the
earth. He believes that Noah's
These and many other absorbing accounts were enjoyed by the audience. He has written a new book, Theistic Natural History, which may soon be available to the public.
For our August meeting Mr. Reinagel continued July’s “stretching” of the imagination with another very interesting discussion that also stretched ones thinking. This part built on the foundation of the previous discussion and brought some ideas to the floor that challenged my thinking and understanding of who God is and what powers His angels may have.
Mr. Reinagel had a very interesting approach to Cosmology in Julys meeting; he calls it “Armchair Cosmology,” because it doesn’t involve any “hands on” the data but quite a bit of imagination. This lecture, he explained, originated in one of the college courses he taught.
This was the first time Dr. Smith spoke to our group. He
gave us a little background about himself and what he does, and then he showed
some clips from a
In this presentation, Mr. Auxt explained ICR's findings during an eight year research program called
“Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth” (or
The most easily understood of these is C14 dating. If fossils and other carboniferous objects which have been buried in the earth are more than 100,000 years old, they should contain no measurable carbon 14, but old fossils, coal and diamonds showed significant amounts of carbon 14 when evaluated with the most accurate tests at some of the best laboratories in the world. Also the various objects showed they may have been buried in the earth at the same time.
Material in the
“What's the big deal? Can't Creation and Evolution work together?” In this presentation Jay addressed some of the major differences between Creation and Evolution and the consequences and implications of each.
This presentation was a very basic introduction to the reason “why” evolution is such a problem and why it is important to study Creation Science. This discussion started with the differences between the two “world views” or ways of thinking that we call “Creation” and “Evolution.” After establishing the basic differences Mr. Auxt gave a brief over-view of ten areas of science that supports a special creation, by God, of the entire universe.
January meeting, the subjects were the Dover Pennsylvania School Board Trial
and Intelligent Design. Jay Auxt talked about "Intelligent Design in the
News Today." He presented the statements outlined below. We
showed an excellent
Jay started with a short quiz: True or False
recent court case in
2. Intelligent Design is a theory that certain aspects of science are "too complex to form naturally."
3. Intelligent Design is a religiously based theory.
4. To defy modern evolutionary science is to defy great scientists like Albert Einstein.
5. The theory of evolution is based on science, and the theory of creation on religion.
(If you answered true to any of the five statements above, you have been listening to the public media too much. All five statements are "false.")
The case pertained to censorship, not the teaching of intelligent design
(ID). The Dover School Board was merely attempting to inform the students
with a statement that other theories exist; specifically, "Intelligent
design is an explanation of the origin of life that differs from
2. The "ID" theory is not about complexity. The formation of hurricanes is extremely complex beyond our imagination, yet they do occur naturally. The theory of ID (in simple terms) illustrates that certain aspects of science could not have possibly formed naturally without defying existing natural laws. Consequently, they must have been directed by an intelligent being.
3. The modern "ID: movement was started by evolutionists that recognized the fallacies of the theory. As Christians, we know Who that Designer is, and should embrace ID guardedly. ID is an evolutionary attempt to scientifically address existing pitfalls of evolution.
4. Many great scientists were Christians. Although Albert Einstein did not profess to be a Christian, he was a proponent of ID long before the movement became popular!
a hundred years, the word "science" was defined by a concept called
"the scientific method" which is unfortunately too lengthy to address
in this short monograph. Today, the word "science" clearly does
not fit. However, regardless of one's definition of the word
"science," evolutionists claim that creation science is not science
because it cannot be observed or openly tested in a laboratory and defies
existing scientific laws. Since it isn't natural, it's therefore deemed
"supernatural" (outside the realm of science). YET, NEITHER the
evolutionary "Big Bang"