Saturday, September 30, 2006

Unveiling Overwhelmingevidence.com

As a student that graduated from a public high school, I can testify that for too long now, students have been lied to concerning the "overwhelming evidence" about evolutionary theory. "Science teacher" organizations such as the NSCE, the NABT, the NSTA along with other organizations such as the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State are determined to keep the facts about evolution away from students. As a student, that greatly irritates me.

Now, students will have a place to go to ask questions, receive answers, and discuss this "evidence" behind Darwinian evolution. Today marks the grand opening of yet another student organization/network. OverwhelmingEvidence.com is here to help today's students regain their freedom of speech, academia, and thought--all the freedoms that groups such as the ACLU and judges such as Judge Jones are determined to take away.

Join the revolution, go to www.overwhelmingevidence.com today!

Friday, September 29, 2006

Florida ID Conference Begins Today

I blogged about this conference being held in Tampa (and St. Petersburg), Florida earlier but the importance of this conference was seemingly overlooked in light of the news that Dr. Francis J. Beckwith was granted tenure by Baylor University. I think this conference is important and since the audio and video streaming of it is free around the world, I found it necessary to blog about it again today, since the conference begins today.

Here is the information for the two-day conference:

WHAT: "Darwin or Design? Resolving the Conflict" Conference
WHERE: University of South Florida Sun Dome (Tampa, Florida)
WHEN: Friday, September 29, 2006 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM
SPEAKERS: Dr. Michael J. Behe, Ph.D.
Dr. Jonathan Wells, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Ralph Seelke, Ph.D.
HOST: Dr. Thomas Woodward, Ph.D.
ALSO APPEARING: Dr. William A. Dembski, Ph.D., Ph.D.
COST: $5 per person, ALL HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS ADMITTED FREE (with appropriate ID).
OTHER NOTES: Each high school or college student in attendance will receive a FREE copy of the DVD Unlocking the Mystery of Life.

The next day, a dialogue with faculty, physicians, and students will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida. Here are the details:

WHAT: Dialogue with faculty, physicians, and students
WHERE: Radisson Hotel (Directions)
WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM
SPEAKERS: Dr. Michael J. Behe, Ph.D.
Dr. Jonathan Wells, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Ralph Seelke, Ph.D.
Dr. Thomas Woodward, Ph.D.
COST: FREE, but LIMITED TO 400 ATTENDEES

If you are in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area this weekend, this is a conference worth attending, especially if you are a student.

If you are NOT in the area, however, the conference will be broadcast around the world! Here are the details:

LIVE AUDIO STREAMING:
Friday, September 29, 2006
7:00 to 10:00 PM
www.860wgul.com

VIDEO STREAMING:
Sunday, October 1, 2006 and Monday, October 2, 2006
(48 hours after each event)
Physicians and Surgeons for Scientific Integrity (PSSI)

For more information, please visit:
http://www.pssiinternational.com/save_the_date.htm


Spread the word and tune in (or attend if you're in the area) to this conference. It will be worth your time!

***NOTE: The information for this conference was taken from the Evolution Questions Network***

Friday, September 22, 2006

OVERRULED: BECKWITH TENURED!

Earlier this evening, Baylor University President John Lilley reversed the decision from last spring to deny Dr. Francis J. Beckwith tenure. Despite a second vote to deny him tenure by the tenure committee (though much closer this time than in the spring), President Lilley has overruled the tenure committee and granted Beckwith his much-deserved tenure.

The powers attempting to undermine Baylor as a Christian institute of higher education have been stopped. The efforts to deny freedom of speech, academia, and even thought have met their demise in this decision. I commend and thank President Lilley for making the right decision. This vital decision has kept a top scholar at Baylor and has kept Baylor on its 2012 vision.

Major ID Conference

Dr. Thomas Woodward, author of Doubts About Darwin, is hosting a major ID conference next weekend in Tampa, Florida. Drs. Michael J. Behe, Ralph Seelke, and Jonathan Wells are the guest speakers and Dr. William A. Dembski will be doing an interview for the conference. The conference will have live audio streaming and video streaming to come two days after each presentation is made at the conference.

For those who wish to attend in person, please visit:
http://www.pssiinternational.com/save_the_date.htm

For those who cannot attend in person, please visit:
LIVE AUDIO STREAMING: www.860wgul.com
VIDEO STREAMING will come about two days after the event and will be posted on this site at that time.

For more information on this conference, please visit:
http://www.pssiinternational.com/save_the_date.htm

Monday, September 18, 2006

Tenure Committee Denies Beckwith a Second Time

Last spring, Baylor University denied tenure to the highly qualified Dr. Francis J. Beckwith. This past week, the tenure committee voted on the appeal of Dr. Beckwith's tenure. Though the vote this time was closer than in the spring (the vote this time was reported anonymously as being 6-5 with one absention), the committee again chose to deny Beckwith tenure.

The decision on Dr. Beckwith's tenure now rests with new Baylor University President, John Lilley. An official decision is expected soon.

For more information:

"Baylor Boot" (World Magazine)
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Pope Blasts Darwinism

Yesterday, Tuesday, September 12, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI called evolution "unreasonable." In an address to 300,000 in Germany, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the concept of Darwinian evolution in terms that reverses the Catholic Church's over 50-year acceptance of the theory.

Pope Benedict XVI, who voiced opposition to evolutionary theory while he was still Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, remains consistent with his previous views, which he last voiced on World Youth Day in April 2006. At that meeting, he told his young audience that "science supports a reliable, intelligent structure of matter, the design of Creation."

For the entire article, go here.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Silliness Pervades Textbooks

A close friend of mine, whose name shall remain anonymous for safety purposes, recently posted on a blog the following:


Do you want to read one of the silliest things to ever come out of a textbook?

...An existing adaptation may come under strong selective pressure for some new purpose, as did insect wings. These did not arise so that insects might fly, but rather as structures that were used to "row," and later skim, across the surface of the water. Later, the larger ones by chance proved useful for purposes of flight.

Insect wings happened to let insects fly... by chance? By lots of little evolutions over time? Insects just happened to have the right changes in the right places so that they could propel themselves through the air? I don't think so. I think natural selection is plausible in some ways, but not in this case.


Basically, evolution simply isn't logical. If professors and textbook authors can't see that, at least students can and, often times, do. Two thumbs up to my friend. Well done.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Another ID Book on the Market


Drs. Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt, both fellows at Discovery Institute, have published a new book, A Meaningful World, discussing design and "how the arts and sciences reveal the genius of nature."

"A Meaningful World is simply the best book I've seen on the purposeful design of nature. In sparkling prose Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt teach us how to recognize genius, first in Shakespeare's plays and then in nature. From principles of geometry to details of the periodic table, the authors portray the depth, elegance, clarity and pure cleverness of a universe designed to nurture the intelligent life that one day would discover that design. A Meaningful World recovers lost purpose not only for science, but for all scholarly disciplines."
-Dr. Michael J. Behe, Ph.D. (Author, Darwin's Black Box)

More information on the book can be found here.

Theistic Evolution: A Higher View of God?

As Pope Benedict XVI begins his weekend conference on the issue of evolution, creation, and, some believe, intelligent design, the evolution lobby has been seemingly up in arms and pleading with he pontiff to abandon his views which he published as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

Among these evolutionists is Kenneth Miller, a professor at Brown University. Besides being an outspoken advocate against intelligent design, Miller claims that Christians who reject evolution have a lower view of God than he does. His argument is that he believes God can use whatever means He desires to bring life to earth. Christians who reject evolution, believe that God isn't omnipotent and can only use one way to bring life to earth, namely, creation.

There are two main problems with this view, commonly called theistic evolution. The first is with the "evolution" part of the term. Intelligent design advocates don't oppose evolution because God couldn't have done it that way. They oppose evolution because God didn't do it that way. The argument is not, "God is limited on what He can do and He was only allowed to use design." The argument is, "God is able to use whatever means He wishes (including evolution), but the evidence is that He chose to use design."

For example, to get from Dallas, Texas to Chicago, Illinois, you can fly or you can drive. If you choose to fly, it doesn't mean that you were limited in your options and couldn't drive. You simply didn't drive. The the same manner, it's not that God couldn't have used evolution, it's that the evidence has been showing that He didn't use evolution.

The second main problem with theistic evolution is with the "theistic" part of the term. For Christians who hold to evolution, as does Kenneth Miller, a serious problem arises as to when the fall of man occurred.

Genesis Chapter 3 records the fall of man, when Adam and Eve took and ate the fruit from the the forbidden tree. Unlike with Genesis Chapter 1, Christians are typically unified on the idea that at this point (Genesis 3) sin has entered the world, which is why God must expel Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.

Evolution, survival of the fittest, and natural selection, are based on the idea that something is wrong, usually fatally wrong, and if evolution does not take place, the species will die. In order to survive, the species begins to evolve, to adapt to the environment, and to become better fitted for survival.

The problem lies in that if sin and death didn't enter the world until after humans were evolved, then how were species at risk of dying? Why were only the fittest surviving? The Bible makes explicity obvious that before sin entered the world, there was no death to living things. There would be, therefore, no need to evolve. The survival of these species would not be at any risk. Survival of the fittest would not be applicable at that time, since all species were surviving. Evolution would be pointless, since there was no need to evolve, seeing that all species were surviving. Natural selection would be non-existent because evolution was not occuring.

Theistic evolution assumes an already fallen and sinful world. There exists only two ways, then, for a Christian to reconcile the fall of man with evolution.

1. Accept that evolution is not a random and natural process. Instead, when the species would evolve, how they would evolve, what they would evolve into, and so forth would all be directly designed and guided by God. This, however, is considered intelligent design. Assuming no natural processes and no randomness, the very definition of evolution is shot.

2. Accept that man existed first, sinned, and then the evolution process began. The problem with this view is that evolution argues a process that took life from the simple, low-ordered species to the complex, high-ordered species. Going backwards would again shoot down the very definition of evolution.

So, the problem with "theistic evolution" is both with the "evolution" and with the "theistic." Knowing this, who really has the higher view of God?