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  • The Measurability of the Universe––a Record of the Creator’s Design

    October 1, 2000

    If the universe were not measurable, scientific study would be impossible. Astronomy, biology, chemistry, cosmology, geology, physics, and the other disciplines of science would be no less quixotic than alchemy or astrology. Science would not—could not—shed much light in the cosmic darkness.

    • Geophysical Design
    • Solar System Design
    • Laws of Physics
    • Galaxy Design
    • Atheism
    • TCM - Cosmic Design
    • Einstein / Relativity
    • Earth/Moon Design
    • Constants of Physics
  • First Detection of Earth-sized Planet?

    October 1, 2000

    A team of 41 astronomers from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the United States took advantage of a naturally occurring telescope to image a small planet orbiting a star somewhere between us and the Galactic Bulge (the dense concentration of stars that exists at the core of our Milky Way galaxy).1 The natural telescope consisted of a large star functioning as a gravitational lens. According to general relativity, a sufficiently massive body can bend the path of a beam of light that passes close enough to it. Therefore, if such a body lies between us and another object located directly behind it, it can magnify for us the image of the more distant object (see diagram). The more massive the lense object is, the more it will magnify.

    • Extrasolar Planets
    • Solar System Design
    • TCM - Cosmic Design
    • Life on Other Planets
    • Habitable Planets
  • Protein Structures Reveal Even More Evidence for Design

    October 1, 2000

    Recent structural characterization of three proteins, RNA polymerase II, thioredoxin reductase (from E. coli), and chloroplast F1-F0 ATPase, provides exciting additional evidence for Design at the subcellular level.1-3 These three proteins possess, as part of their architectural make-up, components that are literally machine parts. These new discoveries add to the growing list of molecular motors (enzyme assemblies responsible for cellular movement) and other enzyme systems that are direct analogs to man-made devices.4-6

    • Biochemical Design
  • Problem of Evil

    October 1, 2000

    A good place to begin our downsizing of the problem of evil is recognizing the difference between two kinds of evil: moral evil and natural evil. Moral evil results from the choices and actions of human beings. When the question why is asked about some moral evil, the answer will include a reference to something that humans did or did not do. Moral evil sometimes results when a human acts, for example, by shooting a gun. But moral evil may also occur as a result of human inaction, the failure to do something. Perhaps someone could have prevented the person from getting the gun and didn’t. So moral evil results from human choices and actions; any other kind of evil is what we call natural evil. The class of natural evils includes such things as earthquakes, tornadoes, and diseases not resulting from human choices. Many wise people believe questions about the two kinds of evil require different kinds of answers. I hope to consider examples of these different answers in future columns.

    • Problem of Evil
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  • Thinking About The Incarnation: The Divine Word Became Flesh

    October 1, 2000

    At the very heart of historic Christianity is a truly astounding truth-claim that is celebrated all around the world at Christmas.

    • Incarnation
  • Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution

    October 1, 2000

    Finding Darwin’s God defends Darwinian evolution, responds to evolution’s most widely known critics, and attempts to communicate what author Ken Miller sees as a false dichotomy between evolution and traditional western monotheism. Miller, a cell biologist and professor at Brown University, has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and co-authored widely used high school and college biology textbooks. Miller has long been active in the creation/evolution debate and is a highly vocal critic of the growing Intelligent Design movement. Because of his involvement in the Origins debate, it behooves those interested in science apologetics to become familiar with his perspective and to contemplate his ideas.

    • Theistic Evolution
  • Convergence: Evidence for a Single Creator

    September 30, 2000
    • Convergence
  • A Beginner's-and Expert's-Guide to the Big Bang: Sifting Facts from Fictions

    July 1, 2000

    Heated reactions—and bitter resistance—have arisen from opposite directions in the last century but, ironically, for the same type of reasons: religious reasons. One group of big bang opponents includes those who understand the theory’s implications, and the other, those who misunderstand them.

    • TCM - Big Bang
    • Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth
    • Origin of the Universe
    • TCM - Origin of the Universe
    • Laws of Physics
    • Universe Design
    • TCM - Cosmic Design
    • Einstein / Relativity
    • Constants of Physics
    • Big Bang
    • Astronomy and the Bible
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  • Big Bang—The Bible Taught It First!

    July 1, 2000

    Most science textbooks that address cosmology credit Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson with the discovery that the universe arose from a hot big bang creation event.

    • Constants of Physics
    • Big Bang
    • TCM - Big Bang
    • Laws of Physics
    • Einstein / Relativity
    • TCM - Cosmic Design
    • Origin of the Universe
    • Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth
    • Universe Design
    • TCM - Origin of the Universe
    • Astronomy and the Bible
  • Biochemistry and the Bible: Collaborators in Design An Interview with Dr. Fuz Rana

    July 1, 2000

    I was born in Ames, Iowa, but my family moved to West Virginia when I was about four years old. At that time my father accepted a faculty position at West Virginia Institute of Technology. So I grew up in West Virginia and attended West Virginia State College.

    • Biochemical Design
    • Scientists
  • An Inquisitive Mind Eventually Led this Apologist to Satisfying Truth

    July 1, 2000

    Marj Harman is not apologetic about her desire to help those searching for answers. “It is a pleasure to help other Christians find answers to Bible or science questions that have troubled them for years,” says Harman. “I derive encouragement and satisfaction from sharing what I have learned about God through His creation and from seeing others understand that the universe bears tremendous testimony to God’s reality and love.”

    • Philosophy of Science
  • Jesus and the Gospels

    July 1, 2000

    Marj Harman is not apologetic about her desire to help those searching for answers. “It is a pleasure to help other Christians find answers to Bible or science questions that have troubled them for years,” says Harman. “I derive encouragement and satisfaction from sharing what I have learned about God through His creation and from seeing others understand that the universe bears tremendous testimony to God’s reality and love.”

    • Incarnation
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  • New Insight into the Ecology of the Cambrian Fauna: Evidence for Creation Mounts

    July 1, 2000

    A recent report by one of the world’s leading paleontologists, Richard Fortey, provides compelling evidence that chemoautotrophic symbiosis, a complex ecological relationship between sulfur-oxidizing bacteria and advanced, multicellular marine animals, first appeared close to the time of the Cambrian Explosion.1 This discovery adds to the growing weight of evidence for the supernatural introduction of complex animal life on Earth.

    • Cambrian Explosion
  • Yet Another Use for “Junk” DNA

    July 1, 2000

    A team of scientists from Case Western Reserve (CWRU) School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, has developed convincing circumstantial evidence for yet another function for so-called “junk” DNA.1-2 Critical to this discovery was the sequence data recently made available by the Human Genome Project.

    • Junk DNA
    • Bad Designs
  • The Explosive Appearance of Skeletal Designs

    July 1, 2000

    A team of scientists from Franklin & Marshall College (in Pennsylvania), the University of Chicago, and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City has recently reported a new measure of the dramatic biological innovations that took place during the Cambrian Explosion.1

    • Cambrian Explosion
  • New Y Chromosome Studies Continue to Support a Recent Origin and Spread of Humanity

    July 1, 2000

    Two related studies recently reported by an international team from Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, and Oxford University add to the growing weight of evidence supporting a recent origin of humanity that is in line with the biblical date. 1-2

    • Human Origins and the Bible
    • TCM - Human Origins
    • Adam & Eve
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  • Thinking About the Trinity: One What and Three Whos

    July 1, 2000

    Christians should use their reasoning to further reflect upon God’s revealed truths. The ancient church father Augustine called this process “faith seeking understanding.”

    • Trinity
  • The Unreliability of Hominid Phylogenetic Analysis Challenges The Human Evolutionary Paradigm

    July 1, 2000

    Recent work by two researchers from University College London (UCL) and George Washington University (GW) calls into serious question the capability of paleoanthropologists to detect and establish the evolutionary relationships assumed to exist among bipedal primates, or hominids.

    • Evolutionary Trees
  • Failure of Molecular Clocks: Important Implications for the Christian Faith

    July 1, 2000

    According to the biological evolutionary paradigm, molecular evolution parallels organic evolution. In other words, as the evolutionary changes proceed at the anatomical level (via the process of descent with modification from a common ancestor), molecular changes occur in the amino acid and nucleotide sequences of proteins and genes, respectively.1 These changes result from mutational events, the model says. Groups of organisms that have recently diverged from a common ancestor will have greater similarity in protein and gene sequences than groups of organisms that have diverged from the common ancestor in the more distant past.

    • Evolutionary Trees
  • Is Morality Only in the Eye of the Beholder?

    March 4, 2000

    In Romans 12:2, the Apostle Paul warns the Roman church to stop conforming to the “patterns of the world” and implores them instead to “be transformed” by the renewing of their minds. Just as ancient Rome had its particular zeitgeist (a German term referring to “the spirit of the age,” the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of a time period), so do the nations of the 21st century.

    • Ethics
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