What Would Neutral Science Ed Look Like?

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The American education system claims to teach as fact only things which aren’t part of any religion. But they refuse to admit Evolution is a form of religion without a central “god” but with all the other parts any religion has. Every area of evolution is based on reasoned guesses and belief about things no one observed or experimented on as it happened.

Creationism has more observational science on its side (chickens have chicks, beans grow beans, rapid deposits of sediment can be observed in real time, etc.), but is still rooted in faith.

In this case, what would science class look like if the teaching was truly neutral?

  • Astronomy would discuss what we see and detect with our telescopes. No mention would be made of how anything got there or of “star formationsince no human being has ever seen these things happen.eColi image: Wiki Commons
  • Biology would discuss systems, cellular processes, and interactions without guessing how any organism came to be the way it is.
  • Animal and plant studies would sort things by form, function, and location, never stating that one type developed into another beyond what can be observed (like breeding, interbreeding and rapid adaptation).
  • Geology would look at rocks and layers based on depth, layering, and composition without guessing how they formed or how old they could be.
  • Anthropology would begin with the first artifacts without assuming the makers of those objects lacked intelligence and would acknowledge the sudden jump from survival-living to high civilization.

In other words, you can’t touch on any origins without touching on faith in something.

Does this seem like an impossible dream? Well, it probably is for governmental schools. But, it is a present reality in homeschooling circles. Many curriculums have decided it would turn too many people away to go beyond observable facts to worldview based conclusions.

 

Now, many of these curriculums are authored and published by Christians (I would list them by name, but want one of them to publish my book). You don’t have to look too far to find books happy to say “God did it”. But it is far more rare to find ones willing to say, “and this is how God told us He did it” with the natural conclusions that must follow (there are plenty of differing theories in Creationism. You could mention all of them, or just leave the details vague).

So, what’s a parent or caring adult to do? Just recognizing this reality is a good step. My parents were and are firm young earth creationists but didn’t realize the low level of instruction we were being given by our homeschooling curriculae. Turns out, my brother fell for Evolution the first time he read a cool, popular level magazine article for himself. There are no guarantees as parents, but preparing our kids gives them a fighting chance.

 

If you’re homeschooling, take the extra time to search around my site, creation.com, answersingenesis.org, and Dr. Wile’s blog for direct responses to common Evolutionary claims. The facts ARE on the Creator’s side, but the media surely aren’t.

For public school kids, the same holds true. They will also benefit from training in how to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves in their classrooms. Creation Ministries International has a good article on what this would look like.

Basically, no caring, God-fearing adult can afford to let their kids just slide through life. Not that this has been ever true, but we now know how serious the consequences are for the upcoming generation!

Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. Psalm 78:3,4

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Book Review: Tower of Babel

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by Bodie Hodge published 2012 by Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group

I’ve been really looking forward to sharing this book with you. It was next on my list to purchase when I found out New Leaf was making it possible for more bloggers to get review copies. I asked for mine the same day!

If you’ve ever had questions about how the tower of Babel fits into world history, this is the book for you. It answered everything I’d ever wondered (disappointingly, sometimes the answer is “we don’t know”) plus covered a lot more issues I’d never thought of.

Apparently, so many people wonder how to pronounce the word “babel” the book spends a whole chapter talking about it! Mr. Hodge did a great job tying this into the changes in language which began at Babel.

Others wonder whether the tower was ever finished or not. The book discusses not only this but whether it was round (like some European paintings) or square like a ziggurat. It takes the time to cover the purpose of the tower and how high it would have been.

But, don’t worry about the book just dealing with trivial details, most of it is spent talking about more important things. Mr. Hodge isn’t afraid to tackle slightly controversial topics, like whether Nimrod led the rebellion at Babel or if the continents didn’t split until the time of Peleg. This is an area where the book really shines. Mr. Hodge is fair and detailed on why and what each side believes. He isn’t afraid to share what he believes, but you know he would still like you if you disagree with him (which I do on one issue: the timing of Job).

The largest section breaks down the descendents of Noah mentioned in Genesis 10 one by one. It gets rather dull slogging through unfamiliar names and I wish there was a reverse index so we could look up our most likely relatives, but it’s worth it. There are general “they headed this way” maps for each one, which helps a little.

Dry as the genealogy/migration section is, it makes some important things clear:

  • Interesting mixes of blood lines happened everywhere. (Just wait til you find out whom Japan is named for!) Which means, the idea of anyone being a “blue blood” is absurd. We’re all hybrids, just like good old Americans. 😀
  • All people are valuable. The way the book draws out God’s care for and knowledge of every group is delightful and encouraging. This is not a Euro-centric book!
  • We may not know exactly where far-flung groups fit in, but the Bible makes a lot of sense of our ancestry. Not only does it describe where we split, but you can start from the other end…

Many people groups carried memories of their early founders, and the more you study them the more you find the names at the beginning match what the Bible states. The better a people’s memory, the easier it is to see where they fit in to Genesis 10. Plus, like Noah’s Flood, many people around the world remember Babel. Awesome stuff!

I especially enjoyed Mr. Hodge’s explanation of common elements of early beliefs and false religions. I won’t spoil it for you, but he addresses ancestor worship, legendary heroes, demigods, and other interesting phenomena. All of this in a God-centered, Jesus honoring format safe to leave around the house.

I highly recommend this book as a family resource for showing how our history ties in with the Bible. I also plan to go through the people group sections looking for all the likely ancestors for my own family’s tree.

PS One aspect of this book is making me take some extra time going over my own manuscript. When you write over a period of time, redundancies are unavoidable. That’s part of the job of editing. None of the errors were major, but there were about 4 or 5 places I got the impression no one took the time to really polish the manuscript. It doesn’t interfere much with the content, but I hope they can do an update (with newly uncovered answers?) to correct them.

Find out what other people are saying about the Tower of Babel on New Leaf’s Blog

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the Tower of Babel from New Leaf Publishers in exchange for sharing my honest opinion of the book.

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Creationary vs Evolutionary Thinking: Conservation, or Survival of the Fittest?

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Darwin’s finches or Galapagos finches.

 

Next in the series Scientific Predictions:The kinds of animals, insects, plants and all living things still alive on earth are shrinking.  We never see a known animal give birth, or a plant’s seed develop into a brand new living thing.  Genesis 1:11,12,21,24,25 all talk about God creating KINDS.  Unlike the neat and orderly charts you find in textbooks, figuring out what the limits of each Kind is isn’t simple.  The Institute for Creation Research is studying this HERE and HERE’S a specific study they are already reporting on.

We are still finding all kinds of living things that hadn’t been written about in modern Science catalogs.  Occasionally, we find a live sea creature, plant or land animal that we were told had died out millions of years ago.  You’d think that would make people wonder if the millions of years are true…  At the same time, we know that many things we know were alive 100 years ago are gone now.  This is called Extinction.

Evolution says that Natural Selection will cause the highest developed and best adapted animals to do well, while primitive (that actually means early, but they use it to mean simple) forms are pushed out.  One hundred years ago, Evolutionists thought it would be good for fish to have heavy fishing weed out the weaker populations.  That ended up in BIG DISASTER we are still trying to fix.

From the production of salted codfish

From the production of salted codfish

This page says nothing about evolutionary thinking causing overfishing problems, but it does show the effects with good video clips.  Interestingly, it was only in 1989 that fishing authorities were able to break out of their long-held belief given by Huxley, “It is impossible, not merely to exhaust them, but even noticeably to lessen their number.”  [which means: it’s impossible to kill all the fish or even shrink their population].

Today’s evolutionist has had to recognize how close to extinction many animals are.  So they want to save any form of life they come across. But Evolution itself says that animals and plants dying out is ordinary and expected; after all, it’s been happening for millions of years.  There is no real loss to the world because if an animal had been better evolved, they would have done fine.

Using the evolutionary worldview, there is no problem with invasive species.  If a new animal or plant is better able to adapt to the environment, natural selection will ‘favor’ this one.  Evolution says, so be it, what else is new?

Creationism says that God made each Kind of animal by itself.  If a group of animals or plants loses its habitat or is hunted too much, it will die out and be gone forever.  Creationism also says that you can develop hybrids, for example: dog breeds or extra petals on roses, but there will never be a brand new kind of animal or plant.  So conservation makes sense in a created world, but doesn’t truly fit an evolutionary world view. Genesis 1:28

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albino fruit flies at the bottom of a glass vial

Evolutionists have been working to get one type of animal to turn into something different for about 100 years.  The most popular animal to work with is the fruit fly because it is easier to care for and has a very short life cycle.  To see some of the interesting types of animals 600 generations of working with these flies you could check out this study from NATURE [an eye-crosser for sure!] and then have a look at this page: MUTANT FLIES

Hmmm, what shall we call these ‘new’ things?  I know, Weird, Mutant FRUIT FLIES!

God’s word cannot be broken.  Much as people try to force nature to obey their ideas, nature is going to honor and obey her true master, the CREATOR.

The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: Isaiah 14:24

For more, see ICR’s: Counting Sheep Since Jacob’s Day

Scientific Predictions

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I’ve read Evolutionists say that Creationists don’t make any predictions about science that can be checked out.  What are they talking about? And is this claim true?

First, read this post on Scientific Method.

What kinds of predictions would you make if you were an evolutionist or creationist?  Well, you could check these pages: what the Evolutionists  and the Creationists have to say. I don’t know about you, but both pages made my eyes cross and didn’t make me much more sure which one fits reality better.

(While researching this post, I ran into this page from John MacKay’s [rhymes with pie] website.  He is much clearer on his predictions.  These are just lists of articles showing how Creationism predicts reality while Evolution can’t.)

Basically, both views of origins come down to Worldview differences.  Are we going to trust our own smarts and thinking?  Do we trust our human teachers who choose to believe that there is nothing beyond what can be observed in the present? Or are we going to trust the Creator God who told us what He did and had His men record what He wants us to know?

This is the first of a series of posts that will list some of my thoughts to put on the Creation side of the prediction list.

Creationist Predictions basically boil down to two big predictions.

1. The universe will show evidence of being carefully and brilliantly designed.

2. The universe will show that it is running down and wearing out [also known as devolution].

Evolution has to predict that the way the not-living world (weather, rock formation, gas exchange from rocks, the magnetic field) functions today is the same way it has worked for millions of years.  This is how they say we can know for a fact what happened in the past by studying the present.

Evolution must predict that living things are getting better and better, more and more complex.

Evolution predicts that development and change in living things will be random and unguided.  This will produce senseless, unpredictable variation that still (miraculously) makes functioning, new adaptations and kinds that never existed before.

Posts in this series:  Prediction #1,  Prediction #2,  Prediction #3,  Prediction #4  

But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach you; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell you:  or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto you.  Who does not know in all these that the hand of the LORD has wrought this?  In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.  Does not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?  With the Ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.  With Him is wisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding. Job 12:7-13

Evolution is full of Surprises! and will Explain Anything

Messier 53 has surprised astronomers with its ...

Messier 53 has surprised astronomers with its unusual number of a type of star called blue stragglers.

During my research I noticed how common it is to run into articles that talk about how “surprising,” “unexpected,” or even “baffling” the results of a study or find is to scientists.  Although I know Creation Scientists are probably often surprised as well, I can’t help thinking that scientists would be less surprised if they all had a more accurate worldview.

Here are some of the surprises that we’ve uncovered recently:

illustration of convergent evolution

One of the ways Evolutionists get around characteristics that “unrelated” creatures have in common is called Convergent Evolution.  This is not something they mention often to children, because you’re too smart for it, but they talk about it a lot in the science community.  Somehow, I don’t think they would have expected development to happen like this if they hadn’t seen it first.

What do they think happened in Convergent Evolution?  Here’s the story from Simple Wikipedia:

“Convergent Evolution is what happens “when two species from unrelated lines develop the same traits or features. This happens because they live in similar habitats, and have to develop solutions to the same kind of problems.”

This describes what we see, but gives no reason why it should happen the same way in two or more unrelated creatures (why didn’t the bat start spinning a web, or grow a long sticky tongue to catch mosquitoes instead of wings?).  The faith of Evolution shows up more and more.  They dare not believe in a smart Creator, so they change the story so Evolution fits no matter what they find.

As for me, I’m going to worship and honor my super genius Creator God as my Savior and Lord!

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Romans 1:18-21

For more check these articles out:

CreationWiki: Convergent Evolution

Evident Creation: Convergent Evolution

In The Beginning online Book by Dr. Walt Brown: Convergent Evolution

And those Blue Straggler Stars: ICR: New Study Can’t Explain Blue Stragglers’ Youth

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Parents: Believe in Special Creation if you must, but don’t pass it on to your kids!

Yesterday this video made the rounds on the Creation facebook pages.  It is not from a Creationist site and this guy is certainly not a Creationist himself.  Have a look for yourself:

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Notice how he says that it’s OK with him if you old people continue to believe your misguided worldview, but don’t hurt society by teaching it to your kids.

If I were an Israeli or German, Indian, I would be hurt by his Ameri-centric view of science.

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Does that look simple to you?

My brother is a mechanical engineer and I asked him if he used evolution to do his science.  His immediate response was, “no, that’s for biology.”

The world is more complicated without evolution, and Creationism is “self inconsistent”?   Compared to what? Evolution?  I note that he didn’t give any examples of where Creationism would get in the way and where consistent Evolutionary thinking would point researchers in a useful direction.

Check out this list of Creation believing scientists to see how incompatable Creation is with science.

Notice that they need VOTERS that believe Evolution.  Can you guess why that would be?  Because if we believe in a Creator God that we are accountable to and that people are more special than animals, then our vote will be harder to control.  For example: We won’t be for euthanasia.   We won’t want to holding society back because people are singlehandedly overheating the world.  We also won’t be for forcibly limiting population growth.

When he said it was fine to continue believing if we want to, but not passing our belief on to the next generation, it reminded me of some other groups saying the same thing.  Check these out:

Persecution of Christians during the USSR: The deprivation of parental rights for teaching religion to their children, a ban on the presence of children at church services (beginning in 1961 with the Baptists and then extended to the Orthodox in 1963) and the administration of the Eucharist to children over the age of four.

China: it is illegal to teach Children about Jesus until they are 18 

Sweden is going to make it illegal to talk about God outside of Religion class and “Björklund told reporters that the Intelligent Design theory would be banned from Swedish biology classes even as a proposed theory.”

And of course we are well aware of the desire Evolutionary Atheists have to stop children from hearing about the possibility of an Intelligent Designer.  “Public schools shouldn’t teach Intelligent Design for the very same reason that they shouldn’t teach flat-earth or Creationist theory.  Because it is nonsense…We know—just as surely as we know that the earth revolves around the sun—that evolution has spawned earth’s wonderful diversity.  We have an obligation to tell our students the truth, not whatever a group of well-meaning but misguided intelligent design theorists think we should tell them.”

Now, how will we react to this news?  Cover our children’s ears and buy a ranch in the middle of Montana?  Hardly!

Is God real?  Is He powerful?  Can our children be deceived against their will?  There is no reason to worry, but there is a lot of reason to PRAY, prepare ourselves for the battle and be honest with our children.  My kids will know more about Evolution than any of their peers by the time the graduate high school.  They will just also know the flaws, problems and faulty predictions that go along with Evolutionary thinking.

The scariest thing for me as a parent is that each of my children has free will.  I called my engineer brother last night and learned he has turned theistic evolutionist.  That hurts, but he has free will just like I do.  If your kids are more interested in being liked by everyone than they are the truth, they have a good chance of ending up like that, too, whenever they get out in the world (which will happen).  I have a couple of young ones like that with those tendencies in my house now!

So am I worried?  No, because Jesus is more powerful and I’m teaching my children as much about the Enemy’s [Satan, never people] tactics and lies as I can.  There are no guarantees, but there is a lot of hope- as long as they belong to Jesus, it’s all going to be alright in 100 years!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness [seized] it not. John 1:1-5

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  Matthew 24:24

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.  I John 4:3-6

For more check out:

As For Me and My House by Eric Reinstedt at A Great God and Good Coffee

Creation Ministries International, Video: Evolutionism is not appropriate for anyone

Time is Nye for a Rebuttal and Bill Nye “The Humanist Guy” by Ken Ham Videos

Biblical Relevance in Modern Culture: Bill Nye – The Philosophy Guy a longer, thoughtful article by Marc Jacobs of Scripturosity

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