March, 2014 – Mr. Steve Schrader
At our recent creation meeting we had a very interesting talk by Steve Schrader about archaeological and other evidence for the historical reliability of the Bible. He brought books with him, "The Popular Handbook of Archaeology and the Bible" by Joseph Holden and Norman Geisler" which gives more details on the evidences Steve discussed. Along with other findings supporting the Bible are a 600 B.C. silver scroll of the priestly blessing from Leviticus and the 1st and 2nd century B.C. Dead Sea Scrolls of all the Old Testament books, except Esther, which are essentially identical to the present Hebrew Bible.
August, 2014 – Multiple Discussions
At the August creation meeting we showed an interesting video "From a Frog to A Prince" which shows that "evolutionary processes cannot produce new information." Information has to be brought in from outside in order to have life.
It was stressed that mutations are always a loss of information. Random changes in a highly ordered, precise system do not bring useful innovations. The effects of mutation on organisms are almost always neutral, but in a small percentage of cases are harmful, as seen in inherited disorders. In some limited situations, information loss due to mutations can be partly beneficial. An example would be a dog that has a gene mutation resulting in a lack of hair. This might be helpful in hot climates, but harmful in cold. A mutation might protect a bacterium from an antibiotic but decreases its general viability. Its cell membrane might be abnormal preventing entrance by an antibiotic, but in its usual environment the bacteria would be greatly disadvantaged.
The DVD has commentaries by M.D./Molecular Biologist Michael Denton, Israeli Biophysicist Lee Spetner, Biologist Don Batten, information expert Werner Gitt, and well known atheist and evolutionist Professor Richard Dawkins. The DVD can be borrowed from the creation society.
After the video, Brett Hunt talked about soft tissue in fossils. For at least 10 years it has been widely published that soft, fresh appearing tissue has been discovered in a variety of fossils, some supposedly up to 80 million and even 150 million years old. An article in the August 2014 Acts and Facts disclosed that for more than 100 years soft tissue had been documented, but not widely known. Go to www.ICR.org, Acts and Facts August 2014. A free subscription to Acts and Facts can be ordered thru the web site.
Dr. Per Houmann gave a very enjoyable presentation about birds, showing beautiful photos of birds he took off the internet, mainly of the species of birds he has seen in his own yard in Frederick. A bird enthusiast, he has seen and heard many types of birds on nature walks, including while hiking on the Appalachian Trail. A few surprising points were that some birds, including the mocking bird, can imitate a seemingly limitless number of other bird's songs. At least some birds have distinct calls for each of their chicks. Dr. Houmann noticed that one bird species has distinct accents in different areas of our country.