Pasteur's Swan Flask

Louis Pasteur’s Swan Flask Experiments

Illustration of Pasteur's swan neck flask experimentSome time ago, I wrote about how Evolutionists still believe in spontaneous generation, just giving it a new name: Abiogenesis. That post mentioned Pasteur a bit and included a picture of one of his experiments using “swan flasks”. Ever since then, I’ve had a trickle of people searching for info about Pasteur’s flasks.

Eventually, I got so curious I did some searching of my own. Here’s what I found:

Louis Pasteur photo

Pasteur’s photo portrait by Nadar

Darwin’s Origin of Species book retelling the ancient idea of biological evolution was first printed in 1859. From the beginning, many people recognized what believing in life creating itself would do to Christianity and human equality, including Louis Pasteur.

Just a few years before, Pasteur had begun studying how microbes (tiny living creatures like bacteria and yeast) were the cause of food spoilage. He was in a perfect place to understand what Darwin was claiming and the scientific truth about life. He was soon busy showing how impossible the #1 necessary step of Evolution was: getting life to start in the first place.

Since the time of the ancient Greeks, people had believed everything from flies to mice to eels just popped into being every day. Slowly, scientists had shown all of them actually had parents.

But then we developed microscopes and started seeing all kind of miniature living things that Pasteur first called microbes. Where did they come from?

Others had tried to show whether microbes just came to life whenever things were right. Some reported that droplets of ocean water reenacted what they believed had been happening since the dawn of time: life springing into being all by itself. But no one really knew how these invisible things worked and they made mistakes like letting air in or not heating things enough to kill everything.

We all understand what Pasteur was the first to figure out: you don’t have to touch something dirty to get germs on you. Bacteria and viruses float around in the air ready to settle into a pleasant environment like your lungs and nose.

Pasteur proved this when he managed to catch some microbes from the air in cotton. He cultured the cotton and it grew the same kinds of microbes as usual. Now it was time to see if stopping those airborne germs stopped life from starting in a flask.

Swan Flask used by Pasteur

Here’s how Pasteur did it:

  • First he made flasks with bent, “swan”, necks. This was to trap all the organisms in the air before they could get through
  • He filled the bottom of the flask with some broth microbes liked to grow in
  • Then he boiled it to kill anything already there
  • While it was still hot, he melted the glass at the tip of the neck to keep microbes from getting in

Nothing grew in the broth

  • Even when the sealed end was broken off, the swan neck did its job (in fact, it’s still doing it’s job today almost 150 years later!)

Some people believed in a “vital ingredient” in air, so Pasteur broke off the tip of the glass neck to let air flow through. But the swan neck shape would catch anything heavier than gas. No microbes could float through.

Finally, Pasteur tipped the flask to expose the broth to the trapped microbes

  • sure enough, it started to culture just like usual

Artwork of Meteorite falling: WikiCommonsAs you know, Pasteur’s experiments were undeniable; what he discovered was true. To this day, evolutionists don’t like to talk about spontaneous generation; most books skip right over it to the “first cells”. The most recent experiment “proving” you could get life to start from non-life is over 60 years old. Some scientists have even turned to asteroids to give them enough time for the impossible to happen.

But, nature serves its Master whether people are willing to worship Him or not.

Let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That you might be justified in your sayings, and might overcome when you are judged. Romans 3:4

Want to see Pasteur’s original flasks keeping germs out? Have a look at the bottom of this page by the Pasteur Institute

You can do Louis Pasteur’s experiment for yourself with the right supplies. This article on how to do it at Biology Junction is worth the read even if you don’t have a lab.

There’s also an interesting 7 minute video about the Swan Flask Experiment at the Education Portal.

Did you notice how much these pages sound like creationists? The people who believed in spontaneous generation are rightly seen as ignorant of reality.

I found a lot of information for this post in the Answers Research Journal article by Alan L. Gillen and Frank J. Sherwin III: Louis Pasteur’s Views on Creation, Evolution, and the Genesis of Germs

Want to see Pasteur’s thoughts on evolution and the origin of life for yourself? Check out this speech he gave in 1864.

Honeybee on Purple Flower: USDA

Bees: Designer’s Showcase, Evolutionary Puzzle

Worker beesLast week, my dad gave me a article on the specialized members of the honey bee hive. Although I’ve studied some about these cool critters, I hadn’t realized just how many different roles the bees have to keep their hive functioning, so I thought it would be fun to pass it on to you.

We all know the basic subdivisions of jobs in a honey bee hive:

  • The Queen
  • The Workers
  • The Drones

But did you know just how many specializations the workers have? Throughout their lives worker bees have special jobs around the hive before they head out to collect the things the colony needs. They start out with housecleaning (sound familiar?), then move on to nursemaid, construction worker, grocer, undertaker, and guard. Only after spending about half their lifetime doing these inside jobs do they begin to venture out as foragers.

The most interesting job to me is the undertaker. I’m glad my family doesn’t need special people just to carry away our dead all the time! But it is a gift of God that these creatures are careful to protect their homes from germs and diseases that they have no way of knowing even exist.

Propolis in beehives Português: Própolis em co...

Propolis in beehives

Another help that God has given for times when the bees can’t remove something is Propolis. Pine trees and some other trees put out a sticky ooze called resin that just ‘happens’ to be antimicrobial [kills germs].  Bees and some ants collect this goo to protect themselves from getting sick. The bees mix the resin with their own wax to make the Propolis. Then, when something too heavy gets stuck in their hive (like a mouse that they sting to death), they coat it all over with Propolis and they don’t have to worry about the stink or illness! Reminds me a bit of what oysters do.

Check out some of these Fun Facts about Honey Bees:


  • Eating honey can help you [be] smarter! It is the only food to contain ‘pinocembrin’ that is an antioxidant that improves brain function
  • Many plants rely on insects like bees in order to be pollinated; which is why they provide nectar to say thanks


The Bible mentions honey 56 times. Maybe that’s because God knows how good this sweet stuff is for us.

Do you think plants are really smart enough to know they need the bees and invent a drink to “say thanks”? Considering they don’t even have a brain, it seems far more likely they were given the ability to make nectar by a very smart God who made them and the bees!

Honeybee on Purple Flower: USDA

When I started to research bees today, I plugged “bees + evolution” into my search engine. As I just mentioned, scientists find a number of things “surprising” about bees. They show up too early in the fossil record. They aren’t as dependent on the orchids that need them desperately as they should be. They can’t figure out why the other bees help the queen when it doesn’t help the workers.

Turns out bees were another creature that Darwin was interested in over a hundred years ago. Because he couldn’t find a bunch of fossil bees (we now have some preserved in amber, but they’re still bees!), Darwin made a story showing how they progress from simple to complex using bees that were all alive in the 1800s!

You’d think by now they would have all the answers with that much attention on how bees live.

But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.  Leviticus 20:24

He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee. Psalm 81:16

For more:

Creation Revolution Articles 4 Kids: Bees: A Honey of a Problem for Evolution

Video:Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution: Melipona Bee Defies Evolution

Answers in Genesis: Honeybees Navigate with a Map of Polarized Light

ICR: Honey Bee Orphan Genes Sting Evolution

Bagheera Kiplingi, Wiki Commons

Bagheera the (mostly) Vegetarian Spider

Bagheera Kiplingi, Wiki Commons
Low-resolution scanned image of the cover of t...

First edition of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Remember the panther in the Jungle Book who was always worrying about Mowgli? Turns out, he has a spider named after him. This jumping spider lives in Central America and Mexico. It was given the full name of Bagheera Kiplingi after the author of the book as well.

The Bagheera was first classified in 1896 just two years after the Jungle Book came out, so I think the scientists had a case of fiction fever. Sure seems that way since they named 3 other jumping spiders after characters in the book, too! The funny thing is, unlike many other jumping spiders, the Bagheera isn’t black, it’s brown/green/red depending on if its a mom or dad.

Now, I’m going to tell you something about jumping spiders in general before I get to the Bagheera. Several years ago, our family moved into a home smack in the middle of a pasture. My husband had the delightful job of dealing with the mouse trap every morning in the Fall, and I got to take care of the Summer flies.

It didn’t take long for me to notice my little, beady-eyed helpers. The first Summer, before I knew much about jumping spiders, it was startling to get down a toy for the little ones and find a fuzzy white patch on the bottom. Once, there was even something dark inside that I figured was an egg sack (from reading Charlotte’s Web). It was as surprising for me as it was for the poor spider when I tried to wipe off it’s nest with a paper towel!

The thing I soon realized was that these spiders are very smart, alert, and harmless to people. We never got bit, even when one had moved into a seldom used coat or bed corner. By the last year we lived there, I didn’t kill my fly-eating house guests unless they started dropping down on us from the ceiling. That was just too much when I had babies! Besides, they were so smart, you had to be quick and sly to catch them before they found a hiding place.

I respected them and they respected me.

Now, the Bagheera Spider is smart and quick, too, but wouldn’t have been any help to me in my quest for a flyless house. Why? Because the Bagheera is the first spider we’ve studied that eats mostly plants!

acacia, swollen stipules are home to acacia ants

acacia, swollen stipules are home to acacia ants (Photo credit: Vilseskogen)

The swollen-thorn acacia tree of Central America has long been known as an ant feeding specialist. We’ve known about the symbiotic relationship [where both organisms help the other survive], between those two for over 50 years.

The acacia has been designed with two special things to attract ants: fat thorns that the ants hollow out to live in, and special leaflet tips, called Beltian Bodies, that are an excellent food for the ants. In return, the ants protect the tree from other plant eaters by stinging and fighting all comers.

The Beltian Bodies are really amazing. They are full of proteins and fats which provide most of the nutrients the ants need to grow and live their busy lives.

Well, we now know the ants aren’t the only ones to enjoy the benefits of these leaf tip bundles. It was just back in 2001 that modern scientists noticed there was something else taking advantage of this food source that can’t run away.

Beltian Bodies on young leaf tips

Because the Bagheeras are so smart, have good eyesight, and are quick, they manage to avoid the stinging guardians of the acacia trees. Half-a-centimeter long Bagheera spiders make their nests in older, unguarded leaves. When they get hungry, they search out the clearest path to the leaf tips, jumping over the guarding ants to grab a bite and race back to the branches the ants don’t defend.

Bagheeras are never completely vegetarian. Some populations are just like other spiders: full carnivores. Costa Rican Bagheeras eat about equal amount bugs and plants, while their Mexican cousins get about 10% of their diet from bugs. They will help themselves to things like ant larvae if they get a chance (and even turn cannibal if they’re starving), but studies of their body makeup show that almost all of it is made from the acacia’s ingredients.

Another interesting thing that I found out is that Daddy Bagheeras are the only known spiders to help care for the eggs and babies. My thought is that they don’t usually have to worry about Mom eating them for lunch, so it’s safe to hang around!

And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.  Genesis 1:30,31

See more on today’s Quotes Post

I got the idea for this from The Vegetarian Spider

Rock Salt Mine showing bent layering, Wiki Commons

Study Guide: Rock Salt, Evidence for Catastrophe!

Wiki Commons

Rock Salt Mine (look at that cool bent layering!)


“One of the most obvious and easily understood forms of sedimentary evidence for very long periods of time in earth’s history is the existence of multiple-layer, thick beds of evaporite* minerals in many parts of the world.” -NEGLECT OF GEOLOGIC DATA:  Sedimentary Strata Compared with Young-Earth Creationist Writings

Evaporite: noun, Geology 1. any sedimentary rock, as gypsum or rock salt, formed by precipitation from evaporating seawater.

Oh, no! We can’t trust the Bible, we’ll just have to admit today’s Uniformitarian scientists have been right all along. Or, do we?

Here’s the typical story you’ll hear about how the massive layers of rock salt around the world got there:

Long, long ago, there were shallow seas where everything was lovely, but then things started to dry up. So, “living creatures swam to a more suitable home” (remember this, it will be important later). The heavy salts settled out gradually forming salt beds. These beds can be enormously thick, for example, one area of Michigan has rock salt layers 1300 feet [396m] thick.

Today we find rock salt layers under somewhere around 2% of the dry land. This doesn’t sound very big, But this means around 1,149,816.8 square miles [2978800km2] are covered in salt layers!

One of the things I’ve always wondered was where the salt came from in the first place. You can see the Uniformitarians think the salt came from the ocean and dried up on land to form all these layers. But, I checked where the salt in the ocean comes from with the US Navy. They say the salt comes from land’s rock salt.

Now, I’m really confused!

Look at what the University of Hawaii tells us about the formation of rock salt:

how is it formed?
It is typically formed by the evaporation of salty water (such as sea water)

If we know the salt didn’t come from the ocean in the first place, why do they believe the salt on the dry land came from the ocean? Seems they might have their thinking in a knot.

So, what’s really going on? There’s a man who’s been studying the rock salt near his home in the Netherlands and has found out some amazing things. The video itself doesn’t tell you anything about him, so I’ll send you to the Biblical Geology Blog to learn a bit about Stef Heerema. Then, come on back and we’ll examine his video.

His accent is a little thick so I’ll post a few of his words helping you can follow along better. After you’ve watched the video, see how many of the questions you can answer.

Here’s the link to YouTube (be sure to give him a like while your over there, too!)

The European salt formation is called the Zechstein salt formation

Evaporate model = theory of rock salt formation from evaporating sea water

Magma chamber

Magmetic = coming from under the earth’s crust

Catastroph = Catastrophe

Rock salt is most often table salt (sodium chloride) or calcium sulfate (CaSO4, also known as anhydrite)

Primary igneous origin = straight from under the crust

basin = low point on earth’s crust

Thermal shrink = getting smaller as it cools

Direct contact = no insulation between two things

Slanic Salt Mine Cavern, Wiki Commons

Unirea mine chamber, height 54m, 177 ft, Romania

Underground salt body = main layer of salt

  • We find _________ fossils in rock salt.  Would an animal or plant trapped in the salt have been destroyed or preserved by the salt?
  • Salt acts as a __________ when it is really hot. It flows like _________ but is twice as _________ as water
  • Hot salt will do what to anything organic (animal or plant remains) caught underneath it? _____________________
  • Do table salt and calcium sulfate mix together when they crystallize?
  • Where and when have scientists seen salt erupting from under earth’s crust? _______________________ in 19_____ For more see this link: unfortunately it’s a scientific paper, but just have a look for (CaSO4)
  • When the salts are so hot they are liquified, the salts can mix.
  • Which salt crystallizes first? _____Sodium Chloride  _____Calcium Sulfate
  • At what temperature does it solidify (answer on the left side of the chart)? ____________ in Fahrenheit this is ______________ (in Celsius this is ____________)
  • Which one is denser? ______________
  • Which salt is found in the highest layer of the Zechstein formation? _______________
  • At what temperature does the other salt solidify (T= on the chart)? _______________
  • Do these salts stay mixed as they crystallize? __________________
  • The first chart of rock pillars with houses on top is inaccurate. He’s showing what Uniformitarians tell us happened. Why couldn’t it have happened? The weight would have __________________
  • The next possible explanation was “plate tectonics.” You can learn about them in the posts on Folded Mountains.  Could this explain the salt pillars under Holland? ___________

Now for the Flood model of the salt pillars:

  • Salt erupts over a wide area, slowly cooling from the top down
  • Something cracks the crystalized top layers (perhaps volcanic activity, seismic waves, or contracting as it cools)
  • Liquid salt has enough heat energy to evaporate ____/______ of the same volume of water
  • That experiment is really cool, isn’t it! What happened to the red layer when the water above it started boiling? _______________
  • Why didn’t the white layers rise too? ________________
  • How is this like the solid layers of salt near the salt pillar? _______________________
  • When this lifts liquid salt up in the water, does it quickly cool to a stop or keep the process going? ____________________
  • The pillars can be up to 3.5km high. in miles this is _______________

Those detached diapirs (dye-ah-pier, not diaper, this is a geological term for a dome) are cool. How do we know there was something besides water and salt in the area when the pillars were forming? ______________________________________

  • The next chart shows a simple version of what would have been there as the salt rose. What does the brown color stand for? ___________

The next chart shows some odd colored lines running through. These are thin slices of the sedimentary layers covering all of the area with the rest stripped away so you can see the salt pillar. Pay attention to where the different colors are.

  • The lower layers of sediment don’t cover the top, so we know they were/weren’t there when the pillar was pushed up.
  • Those lower layers do rise up along the sides of the pillar. What could have pushed them up against the pillar as it formed? ______________________
  • Does the Gulf of Mexico salt formation make sense from a Uniformitarian view? Why? __________________________
  • Gypsum is made of ______________________ and ____________
  • You can’t make gypsum out of _________________ salt
  • There is gypsum on top of the salt pillars so the water they formed in was ______________. This is important because we need answers for how freshwater creatures could survive the Flood.

Does the evidence force us to abandon what God tells us about the early history of our world? Are creationists anti-science walking through life with our eyes blinded?

Not in the slightest

Praise the Lord we can know the truth and Him!

Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another. Mark 9:50

PS, Creation Ministries International has a whole long article by Heerema with a great map of world rock salt locations and lots more.

On November 19, 2013, Stef Heerema responded to a number of objections to his theory. It’s not the easiest reading, but gives a great example of how evidence can be used both ways and we aren’t the ones having to ignore it!

Genius of Ancient Man Book & Blog

Links: The Genius of Ancient Man Blog

Genius of Ancient Man book cover

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Originally published October, 2013, still relevant, their blog has just gotten way bigger!

One of the most exciting things to learn about is just how smart and talented our earliest forefathers actually were.

I just started a book with my six year old on people around the world and right at the beginning they had the usual “people slowly developed from ape-like animals” story. They tell kids with all the confidence in the world how fire was accidentally discovered and then another accident inspired them to continue dropping their meat into the warming blaze.

It would be really interesting to see their sources for such statements

With my older kids I’ve been reading about inventions that changed the world. They start out with the same kinds of stories. “Accidentally”, “perhaps” a million, or “approximately” 50,000 years ago, things like the wheel and cooking were discovered, revolutionizing the poor things’ lives.

Now, the dates they give starting at about 50,000 years ago are based on actual discoveries. To find out what’s going on and how trustworthy such statements are, check out my article on Carbon Dating. But these story lines also have to ignore a huge amount of discoveries we have made about our ancestors.

Farming terraces on the eastern side of the vi...

Chinese Farming Terraces

On this blog I collected some of the cool findings I ran into over the past few years. You can check them out under the categories Ancient Technology and Ancient Civilizations. My favorite posts are the ones on Farming Terraces and the Sewers from ancient times. Not only are they really cool, they also have nothing to do with idolatry!

Recently, I haven’t been adding any more articles to these categories. Not because I lost interest, but because I haven’t been running into any more discoveries, plus….

Another Creationist group is specializing in presenting these findings in a Christ-honoring light!

Last Autumn I was thrilled to buy a copy of the new book The Genius of Ancient Man published by Master Books, but I never bothered to tell you all about it because there was very little new info (for a student of the ancients) in it. It is, however, worth having in your family library for the worldview training alone and the pictures are cool.

So, when I found Jackson Hole Bible College was continuing their research and sharing with a blog I was ecstatic! This time my excitement has been justified. Every week or so the Alumni of the school post an article about some new place, artifact, or finding illustrating our forefather’s brain power.

Even better is the manner of presentation. They are careful to use credible sources, always have a couple good pictures, and best of all, they point people to Jesus. Some of the cultures and practices of the ancients were completely sold out to sin. That didn’t mean they lost their brain power right away, it meant everything they did was corrupted.

The Genius of Ancient Man blog provides us a safe environment to learn the truth about our past

They also continue to expand their worldview training. For example, they’ve recently posted about brain power not having to be connected to technology. This will be a relief to all of us who struggle to learn computer skills others already designed let alone create new things!

Squeeze Toy Alien guarding chemicals

(Photo credit: jepoirrier)

They’ve also just taken on the popular fascination with aliens. If you (or your kids) know someone interested in the new TV series, or who just feels drawn by this subject, these articles are for you. Ancient Aliens: Part One and Part Two.

You can easily sign up to receive updates about new posts on their blog and, if you’re on facebook, follow their page. It takes a while for the new articles to show up there, but it makes it super easy to share with your friends.

Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; Deuteronomy 7:9

Carbon12 Atom

Carbon Based Life Forms

Carbon12 Atom

Carbon, the 6th element in the periodic table of elements

Growing up, I would hear science fiction people talking about creatures with bodies as “carbon based life forms.” Not being good at chemistry (it’s too much like math for my taste), I didn’t understand what “carbon” had to do with anything.

Why didn’t the people who had no trouble inventing aliens with all kinds of crazy features just have them based on some other element?

What’s so special about carbon they presumed life had to use it?

It turns out carbon, the same stuff we use in our pencils, is one of the two building blocks for all life on earth. It is one of the basic elements that can’t be broken into anything smaller except protons and such. (For you Bible scholars, I found it interesting that carbon has 6 protons, electrons and neutrons. Interesting set of numbers, isn’t it?)

English: Chemical structure of methane. França...

Chemical structure of methane

There is something amazing about carbon’s ability to connect with other elements to form complicated compounds. When you compare every other element, mixing and matching liquids to help out (God uses water to do this on earth), you can’t come up with anything close to carbon.

Not only can you make a lot of different compounds out of carbon, they can be very stable. Which means they don’t just fall apart as soon as they form, so life forms can depend on their sturdy support.

Of course, there are people who so badly want there to be space aliens they insist things like ammonia and sulfur would work just fine, but see what you think. I found a perfect discussion of this at NASA where a 10th grader wrote in and asked this question. I’ll let the astrophysicist explain it to you HERE.

There are a couple of amazing pages about carbon to find out more: Properties of Carbon

Jefferson Lab: The Element Carbon Carbon

Here are some of the coolest bits:

  • There are nearly ten million known carbon compounds and an entire branch of chemistry, known as organic chemistry, is devoted to their study.
  • More compounds are known made with carbon than without. [This means that carbon forms more compounds than the other 117 known elements put together!]
  • Pure carbon is found in nature in three forms: Lamp black [that stuff on your candle jar edges], Graphite [for pencil leads and such] and Diamond
  • in 1955 American scientist Francis Bundy and coworkers at General Electric finally demonstrated that graphite could be transformed into diamond at high temperature and high pressure.
  • Graphite, one of the softest materials known, is a form of carbon that is primarily used as a lubricant. [They have to add clay to make it hard enough for pencils]
  • Diamond, on the other hand is one of the hardest substances known to exist!


Scientists have come up with a cool form of pure carbon that works a lot like one of these little kids balls. Nicknamed “buckyballs”, they have all kinds of plans for stuffing it with other molecules, and trying electric and magnetic stunts with it.

For more about this compound, aka Fullerene, see THIS PAGE from the U. of Wisc.

“No element is more essential to life than carbon, because only carbon forms strong single bonds to itself that are stable enough to resist chemical attack under ambient conditions. This give carbon the ability to form long chains and rings of atoms, which are the structural basis for many compounds that comprise the living cell, of which the most important is DNA.”

But when you send out your life-giving breath,
    things come alive, and the world is like new again!
May the LORD’s glory continue forever!

    May the LORD enjoy what he made. Psalm 104:30,31 Easy-to-read Version


Mary Cassatt Woman reading to small child

Indoctrination and Child Abuse

~Ned in an email to my website

Indoctrinate: : to teach (someone) to fully accept the ideas, opinions, and beliefs of a particular group and to not consider other ideas, opinions, and beliefs

Child Abuse has been defined as an act, or failure to act, on the part of a parent or caretaker that results in the death, serious physical or emotional harm, S*xual Abuse, or exploitation of a child, or which places the child in an imminent risk of serious harm.


Every parent teaches their children by example, word, and default environment the ideas, opinions, and beliefs. This is universal, even those who try to let their children choose freely can’t avoid exposing their children to their beliefs. It only becomes indoctrination when the second half of the equation is added. Refusal to expose them to differing opinions and beliefs is what takes the ordinary education of the next generation into the realm of indoctrination.

The facts would contest this is far more true of atheistic humanists and their constant fight to prevent children from hearing any other viewpoint than their own. How many humanists take their children to the Creation Museum or even borrow an intelligent design book from the library?

Sure, in years past there was a school of thought recommending Christian parents to only expose their kids to the Bible and believers’ materials. But this no longer the case. Very few parents I’ve interacted with hold this position. Certainly not me!

As a conscientious parent I educate my children in the area of religion fully. They know the basic tenets of Animism, Buddhism, Islam, Atheism, and Hinduism as well as Christianity. It is important for Jesus’ little ones to know the ideas held by others so they can be wise and harmless.

We read, watch, and visit many examples of alternate view points. By the time my kids are grown, they will understand the foundational principles of evolutionary thought better than the vast majority of evolutionists.

The truth has nothing to fear from the lie. The lie has much to fear from exposure to truth.

Tihamér Margitay: Boys reading an exciting story

As for the charge of abuse (which I receive regularly), I find this particular accusation so out of proportion to reality as to revolting. Some of my family members have endured many forms of child abuse from which they suffer to this day. I’ve worked with many more childhood abuse survivors as they seek to establish a healthy life for themselves decades later.

To put this in the same class as what I teach my children is irresponsibly demeaning to true victims of abuse.


Parents, this kind of accusation is becoming more common. At this point the accusers have no power to do more than insult us, but that doesn’t mean it will remain that way.

You can also expect your children to hear they were abused by you as they enter the secular world. It will be wise to give them answers.

Tweet: You can also expect your children to hear they were abused by you as they enter the secular world. It will be wise to give them answers.

Much prayer is needed

For more information you can check these articles:

Answers in Genesis: Is It Child Abuse to Teach Christianity to Your Children? Dawkins Thinks So

Christianity: Child Abuse? A Virus? Ken Ham

Creation Today: Is Teaching Children Creation “Child Abuse”? Eric Hovind

A whole series of videos from Creation Ministries International

I found these by using Search Creation. Answers in Genesis has been particularly vocal on this issue. Kudos!

Earth’s Atmosphere, A Superhero Walk in the Woods

Clear Evening SkyEpisode 2: What was the Holy Spirit doing while “hovering over the waters”? Why is the sky blue? These are the questions we look at today. Plus, we get to meet a superhero who likes to explore the natural world on his day off. Or, is it? Listen to find out what he does when he runs into a rattlesnake!

Genesis 1:2 has been one of my favorite verses since I was a girl. It was fun to imagine what it would have looked like to watch the Holy Spirit moving on the face of the water. Learning more about outer space has given me some good ideas of what he was up to no matter what form he took.

Episode 2 Direct Link

Find out how to listen any time anywhere HERE

I had an interesting time doing research for this show. At first it was hard to find anyone talking about how importance the atmosphere is to allowing earth to have liquid water. I found an article on Mars and how we know it can’t have liquid water on the surface because of the low atmospheric pressure and temperature.

Then I ran into a great article by Ethan Seigel talking about what happens to Water in Space. His blog has ads (it used cookies to show products I’ve searched for recently), but the pictures he has and way he covers things are great. He really helped me get my ideas together.

You can see photos people have taken of the Space Shuttle dumping water on the Satellite Observers’ community page, plus a link to NASA talking about what’s going on.

If you just want to find out more things about how good God is to us by giving us an atmosphere, check out this page:

Science Terrific: What does the Atmosphere do?

For more on what makes the sky blue:

and the milk experiments:

A glob of clear bluish glass lets orange light shine through

A glob of clear bluish glass lets orange light shine through

Causes of Color, best example pictures: Sunset in a Glass

Exploritorium has the best directions and good diagrams

Science Fun University of Wisconsin has the best large scale experiment (got an empty aquarium?) and diagram of earth’s light.

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11

Oh, yes, want to see our superhero, Pandaman? Here’s his portrait:

Pencil drawing of a caped and costumed smiling panda



Mossy Rock

The Wonders of Wood

English: Cabin on the RMS Queen Mary.

Cabin on the RMS Queen Mary.

My family and I have been taking daily walks through the woods this Summer. We’ve seen downed branches and trees, but many more that weathered the storms. It takes a lot to fell a healthy tree in good soil!
Which is better for building a strong home, wood or steel? Should I build my boat from wood, or some fancy, modern material? Even today these are questions builders ask because wood is something that just keeps on giving.

The question of what kind of floor to put in if you can afford whatever you want almost always leads to- wood.

What’s so special about wood that engineers still look to it as a main resource and something to copy if possible?

Wood is lightweight compared to metal and nearly as strong as steel. It has natural chemicals in it to stop microbes from growing. Wood is beautiful to look at and helps a home feel and look warm.

English: Garlaff Farm near Skares This beautif...

hedge row

It is way cheaper to produce than metal and instead of messing up the environment, preparing wood by growing trees is really good for it! Because wood can be grown on the same land over and over, it is one of the best renewable resources we have. Trees help air condition the air, encourage rain fall, stop erosion, clear pollution, and give us lots of oxygen to breath.

As long as we carefully choose the wood we buy, the farmers growing trees for us are actually improving their land and other crops at the same time. In fact, there’s a whole branch of farming studies called Agroforestry working to find the best ways to include trees into farms because they help so much.

How can a plant be so strong it is a close match to steel? To find out, you have to get down to the microscopic level (BTW, this is one of the things I love about God: the closer you look, the more amazing it gets).

A tree’s woody cells are 100 times longer than they are wide. That’s pretty skinny! You can see them in an amazing picture of wood fibers by clicking on that biomimicry link from the beginning.

If you know anything about cloth, you know the longer the fibers, the stronger the cloth. This is true for trees, too, although they aren’t being pulled apart. Although, come to think of it, we DO use wood to make cloth, it’s called Lyocell rayon (brand name: Tencel).

Sequoia sempervirens in Redwood National Park

Sequoia sempervirens in Redwood National Park

Wood cells also have really thick outer walls to hold everything in place. Long before we chop it down to make a table, that tree was holding itself up a lot higher than we ever grow. Think of a redwood reaching hundreds of feet [60+ m] into the air. Even ordinary trees reach close to 100 ft [30+ m] tall when full grown. Their woody cells make this height possible.

These cells are designed to carry huge amounts of weight without getting squashed or bending over. Engineers call this “tensile strength”. Have you heard of PSI, or “pounds per square inch” [sorry, I didn’t search for a metric site, just think “x453 grams per square 2.54 cm”]? Check out this list of wood’s psi strength:

Willow, Black 4,100 psi

Pine, Lodgepole 5,370 psi

Maple, Bigleaf 5,950 psi

Beech, American 7,300 psi

How much do you think you could pile on your head before collapsing?

God was very good to us and everything living on our planet by giving us trees. Every time you see a tree, sit on a wooden chair, or write in your school books, you know just whom to thank for His amazing gift.

And the earth brought forth… the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day. Genesis 1:12-13

More links to check out:

Plane and simple

Plane and simple (Photo credit: rich13)

Woodworking page with great microscopic photos of wood showing grain and resin pores.

How much weight can a 1/4 inch [.63 cm] thick piece of wood hold up? Find out HERE

Easy and barely messy experiment to see how strong wood is: Paper Rope

For more on why wood is so great to work with you can read this page on the Properties of Wood and Timber

Click HERE to read a long list of why using wood is so wonderful. They say the same thing several times and are evolutionists, but what they say about today is pretty good

Earth’s Force Fields


Aurora seen from the International Space Station

Aurora seen from the International Space Station

As a girl, while traveling to our new home in Alaska and then during years living there we often got to see the Northern Lights: the Aurora Borealis.  I knew they were caused by tiny particles from the sun colliding with earth’s magnetic field.  Now I know lots more about these amazing events and the power of God’s protection over us.

For the basics, check out Astronomy For Kids to read up on what’s happening.

On the Alaska Public Lands page, they mention that the Aurorae [plural of Aurora] are highly electrified.  Sometimes they are so strong they knock out electrical equipment or even a whole power grid.  This dose of power isn’t always a bad thing, though.  Transmitters, like radios and telephones (the site doesn’t say if those are landlines or cell), can work by the electricity coming from the Aurora alone!

Artist's rendition of Earth's magnetosphere.

Artist’s rendition of Earth’s magnetosphere. The Aurorae show up where the blue lines come in toward the earth

The basic cause of the Aurorae is the “Solar Wind” coming off of the Sun and running into particles in earth’s magnetic field which push them back away from earth (that page is really cool, check it out!).  As the particles calm down from this collision, they give off the lights that we see.

The zone where the particles collide is known as the Van Allen Radiation Belt. It is pretty complicated stuff, so just follow the link if this is fascinating to you!

Just what is this Solar Wind and why is it important?  Most of the Solar Wind is made of tiny electricity-conducting particles [plasma ions] blasting away from the sun.  These particles would really mess up our electronics if they were able to get straight through to the surface.

But there is another piece to the Solar Wind puzzle: radiation.  Some of the stuff that the sun puts out along with all that plasma is a form of UV radiation.  If you’ve ever spent time in the sunshine without sunscreen, you know what UV does to you right away even under our protective shield. Imagine what all this would do to astronauts outside!

A war shieldFrom technology review: “On Earth, humans are protected by the atmosphere, the mass of the Earth itself and the Earth’s magnetic field. In low earth orbit, astronauts loose the protection of the atmosphere and radiation levels are consequently higher by two orders of magnitude.

In deep space, astronauts loose the protecting effect of the Earth’s mass and its magnetic field, raising levels a further five times and beyond the acceptable limits that humans can withstand”

Long term exposure to radiation is very dangerous to living beings.  The radiation ions get right down into our cells and can cause all kinds of serious damage.  You’ve heard of melanomas?  That’s one kind of damage that UV radiation can cause.  Our atmosphere with its ozone layer protects us from much of that kind of radiation.  If we didn’t have a strong shield protecting us, life would have been wiped out by cancers and such long ago!

English: Example of Heliosheath from Hubble Te...

Example of Heliosheath from Hubble Telescope image of Orion Nebula.

Did you know that it is also a very good thing that the sun puts out all that radiation and plasma in the first place?  Turns out that Solar Wind is a force field of its own called a Heliosheath to protect us.

The rest of the universe is filled with something called High-Energy Cosmic Rays.  Pierre Auger Observatory has an interesting page on these.  We can’t tell straight out what makes all this powerful stuff.  Our best guess is that it comes from exploding stars, but they may be shot out from black holes or something completely unknown.

Since people have never traveled outside of our solar system, we can only guess what would happen if the sun wasn’t protecting us.  Here’s a bit of what NASA has to say about Cosmic Rays:

Cosmic rays are different—and worse….  Unlike solar protons, which are relatively easy to stop with materials such as aluminum or plastic, cosmic rays cannot be completely stopped by any known shielding technology.

Even inside their ships, astronauts are exposed to a slow drizzle of cosmic rays coming right through the hull. The particles penetrate flesh, damaging tissue at the microscopic level. One possible side-effect is broken DNA, which can, over the course of time, cause cancer, cataracts and other maladies.

Thank you, God for protecting us from these things that would have killed us long ago!  Thank you even more for providing a shelter of protection from the judgment that you are sending on sin!

English: Castle in Olsztyn, PolandTruly my soul waits upon God: from him comes my salvation.   He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.
God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs unto God.
Also unto you, O Lord, belongs mercy: for you give to every man according to his work.  Psalm 62:1,2,11,12

Did you know the moon passes through the “tail” of our magnetic field every month and picks up quite an electrical charge?  Fascinating stuff!

There is debate among scientists whether our magnetic field has allowed earth to hold onto its atmosphere better.  We seem to be losing atmosphere at the same rate as Venus which doesn’t have a strong magnetic force.  Seems to me this is just another sign that the earth with its water and thick atmosphere can’t be as old as they need it to be for abiogenesis to have time to work.