Currently this page focuses on creation/evolution discussions, although anything of scientific interest may end up here eventually.
The Blind Atheist :: A friend of mine from church, Brad Wood, created a website for this book by Raymond Hendrix that looks at atheistic evolution and presents intelligent design arguments in favor of a creator.
Abiogenesis :: Jan from the Netherlands, AKA Darwinist, dialogues with me about how life began from non-life. This is a spinoff from the Darwinism discussion.
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Darwinism :: Jan from the Netherlands, AKA Darwinist, dialogues with me about science and Darwinism. This is a spinoff from the Turning Away discussion.
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Theistic Evolutionists such as Howard Van Till and Sir John Polkinghorne believe God used evolution to create. In this article, Van Till insists that his view is not methodological naturalism, but I have a hard time seeing a distinction.
This Van Till dialogue with Phillip Johnson discusses God and evolution.
In this interview, Polkinghorne explains that he does not adhere to process theology.
Old Earth Creationism (OEC) views vary rather extensively. Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe, who describes himself as a day-age creationist, believes God engaged in specific creative acts over millions of years. While he accepts Darwinian evolution for microscopic creatures, he believes larger species were specifically created. Dr. Ross is totally committed to the Big Bang theory and claims that it is taught throughout the Bible. He is strongly against molecules-to-man evolution.
Here are some anti-Big Bang links:
- Famed astronomer Halton Arp offers evidence against the Big Bang.
- Spacetimer's Page supplies numerous links.
- Read an excerpt from William C. Mitchell's The Cult of the BIG BANG: Was There A Bang?
- I used to link to Richard Carrier's essay, Was There a Big Bang? I Honestly Don't Know (2000). He has now changed his view to favor the Big Bang.
A popular OEC group is the American Scientific Affiliation, which seemingly has a continuum of beliefs from the Ross perspective to theistic evolution.
Intelligent Design Theorists (ID) prefer not to address the age issue, although most of them are old earth creationists. They focus on showing problems with Darwinism and similar forms of naturalism, while positively portraying evidence for intelligent design in the world. Check the Access Research Network, IDEA Center or the Discovery Institute for information.
Jonathan Wells, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, has a fine Icons of Evolution site about biology textbooks.
Leading ID thinker Phillip Johnson (in a November 2000 conversation with Randy Brandt) has expressed his openness to the work of young earth creationists such as John Baumgardner.
Here are a couple of Intelligent Design conferences that feature most of the leading ID theorists.
Life After Materialism-Biola Conference
Yale Conference-Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe
Young Earth Creationism (YEC) teaches that God created in six 24-hour days, approximately 6,000 to 10,000 years ago. A fundamental uniqueness of YEC apart from the obvious age issue and belief in Genesis 1 is the belief in the global flood of Noah as described in the Bible. The other views typically speak of a local flood in the region where Noah lived.
Leading YEC organizations include the Institute for Creation Research, founded by Henry Morris and Duane Gish, Answers In Genesis, and the Creation Research Society.
Here are a couple of Young Earth Creationism conference resources.
Answers Media is the media resource arm of Answers In Genesis. Scan through the program listings until you find a block of Special Webcasts starting with "Creation and Evolution: What itís all about." This is the start of a major conference featuring leading Young Earth Creationism scientists such as Dr. John Baumgardner, Dr. Jonathan Sarfati, Dr. Danny Faulkner, Dr. David Menton, and others.
The Central NC Origins Conference features Drs. Steve Austin, Joseph Pipa, and Kurt Wise. Dr. Wise is one of my favorite scientists/lecturers, although I've never met him. Read about some of his projects at C.O.R.E., the Center for Origins Research and Education.
I appreciate the Intelligent Design movement; I've met Phillip Johnson and a former college classmate of mine is part of the Discovery Institute. However, I believe a recent age for the earth is important theologically and defensible scientifically, and therefore I classify myself as a Young Earth Creationist, although with more reservations than some. I'm open to arguments for an old earth and universe. J. P. Moreland is one of my favorite writers/speakers/philosophers--he has said that he is a Young Earth Creationist two days a week, and an Old Earth Creationist five days a week. I assume he's a YEC on Sunday!
Scientific American is no friend of creationism, but is an enjoyable read and often has information of interest to creationists.