Review: Answers Books for Kids

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by Ken Ham with Cindy Malott, published by Master Books

My mom bought the first 4 of these for my kids, and as of now I’m the only one to take an interest in them, so these are just my take on them. We figure having a mom who’s a creation geek is education enough. We don’t force them to sit down and read a catechism on top of what gushes out of me! ūüôā

These are cool little books. If you haven’t seen them in person it’s hard to picture how perfect their size (6″ [15 cm] square) and design (hardbound) is for kids.

At this moment my beginning reader is sitting next to me and looking through the first book and taking in all the pictures. Each book tackles 22 questions from kids on two page spreads. The question is on the left and Ham’s answer is on the right. There are tons of graphics plus photos of kids on each page.

The books don’t shy away from tough topics. I can’t find our copy of the 2nd book, but the series seems to move in order of increasing difficulty. But that might be just the way they divided things by topic (Volume 1: Creation and the Fall. Volume 4: Sin, Salvation, and the Christian Life, and so on).

I was really impressed with the depth and clarity of the kids’ questions. They know how to get us grown ups thinking! I was pleased with Ham’s handling of the answers, although the limited space he had brought back feelings from the Ham/Nye debate. There just wasn’t room to do many issues justice.

I’ll probably keep these books hanging around for my kids to pick up when the mood strikes them. At the same time I think the series would be ideal to read as a family (as long as you aren’t given to long-winded sermons when you talk about serious issues! ūüėÄ ). Tackling one idea at a time would be an awesome course in Christian thinking for any family.

Here are a few samples to get your brain juices flowing:

  • Why does God let the bad guys win sometimes? (Vol. 4)
  • Why did God create sin? (Vol. 3)
  • Did Adam and Eve have bellybuttons? (Vol. 1) I’m going to write about this next time!
  • Does God laugh? (Vol. 3)
  • Did God use the same design for humans as for monkeys? (Vol. 1)
  • How do we know other religions aren’t true? (Vol. 4)

See what I mean? This series would keep a pastor on his toes, but these are the kinds of questions we need answers for in today’s (and any day’s) world.

At the end of Ham’s answers there is always a Bible reference or two to look up on your own to check what God has to say on the issue. As always, it’s an issue of authority.

Maybe I’ll include a reading from these next year for my oldest two (9 + !0)!

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. II Timothy 3:16-4:2

This is a perfect place to let you know about some changes here on CS4K. It’s time to start repaying my family for all the time I’ve poured into this ministry. As soon as my “real” life settles down I’m planning to publish my own kids’ book. But even now I’m participating in a program to earn a little money here.

If you click on the link to the Answers in Genesis store above, or the sidebar links on the right, I earn a commission on everything you buy from them. It helps your family, supports these ministries, and helps me improve this website and eventually take my family on missions trips (the whole reason I decided to become a writer in the first place).

Thanks!

 

Conjoined Trees http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Monkredding_-_inosculated_tree.JPG

Convergent Evolution

A pod of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in t...Did you know dolphins/toothed whales and bats use the same kind of system to ‚Äúsee‚ÄĚ with sound? Scientists call this ability ‚Äúecholocation‚ÄĚ [I bet you can figure out why: echo + location!] and it is really fun to learn about.

Here’s where things get tricky for an Evolutionist. They don’t believe there was a common echolocating ancestor for both dolphins and bats. So, how did such different animals both get the same ability?

English: Echolocating bats adjust their vocali...

We Creationists don’t have a hard time with this. We know the same Designer God used a really good idea to help two of His creatures. He programmed them both with the same type of skill to help one in murky water and another in the dead of night (or caves).

But, what about people who choose to believe the only way anything can do anything is because of mutations? Do they throw up their hands and say, ‚ÄúI give up. There must be a smart Creator behind such amazing things!‚ÄĚ Well, a few have, but most just turn to another kind of ‚Äújust so story‚ÄĚ to explain these amazing similarities.

They call their story Convergent Evolution:

English: Phylogenetic tree showing evolutive r...

Phylogenetic tree showing evolutive relationships, genetic distance, and convergent evolution among waxbills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dictionary.com: The appearance of apparently similar structures in organisms of different lines of descent. Origin: 1965‚Äď70

The Free Dictionary: The appearance of similar forms and/or functions in two or more lines not sufficiently related phylogenetically to account for the similarity.

The evolutionary development of similar structures in two or more species, often widely separated phylogenetically, in response to similarities of environment; for example, the wing-like structures in insects, birds, and flying mammals.

Does this really explain anything? Is it even scientific? Can you test this, observe this, experiment with this? Well, they’ve been trying, but haven’t gotten anything like “convergent evolution” to happen in a lab.

You might have your parents help you do a GoodSearch for ‚Äúconvergent evolution‚ÄĚ and see the kinds of things this process is supposed to have done. Here are some examples I‚Äôve found. Just be prepared for their unwavering confidence that convergent evolution actually happened:

Octopus eye

Octopus eye (Photo credit: Derek K. Miller)

Here’s the bottom line. No human being was around when the first dolphin, bat, or octopus began. We all have to believe something we didn’t see.

Creationists have chosen to trust the God who was there and told us about what He did in the Bible. Many people don’t want to do this, so they come up with other ideas. But either they are the people who invented the ideas or they trust the people who did.

Who will you trust?

PS Echolocation is one of the things we’ve studied to use in our own technology. Know what we call it? Sonar. We’ve been using Biomimicry for way longer than we’ve been using the title!

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Romans 1:22-23

Some Creationist articles on convergent evolution:

Creation Ministries International: Are look-alikes related?

Answers in Genesis: Do Genetic Similarities in Bats and Dolphins Echo Evolutionary Convergence?

Institute for Creation Research: How Some Insects Can Eat Poisonous Plants

Evolution Made Cavefish Go Blind?

Examples of Darwinianism and Creationism in action

This first one is fiction, but see if you find it fits reality:

The Lorax (film)

The other day my dear husband borrowed The Lorax movie from the library for us to watch. Very rarely do we let our kids watch anything before pre-screening it, so we spent a cozy evening watching after the kids were tucked in.

I wasn’t looking forward to it very much because we’d owned a copy of Dr. Suess’ book in my youth and I’d found the book rather depressing. As it turned out, I was pleasantly surprised by the screen version. I especially liked their handling of the “bad guy” the Once-ler. Not only was he a well-fleshed out character, you really felt for him by the end.

Now, this is hardly a movie review blog, but something at the turning point of the movie pricked up my ears. The Once-ler was singing a song to excuse his wanton destruction of the trees and right in the middle, what should come up? Survival of the fittest. One of his foundational arguments was that he had the right to prove he was more “fit” to “survive” because of Darwin’s claim.

Of course, the consequences of his actions were horrible and all his excuses fell completely flat.

I was thrilled! Unlike Horton hears a Who where they took a wonderfully pro-life story and made it an anti-home-schooling and anti-bigot rant.

Personally, since we can’t have my 7 and 9 year old watch without the 4 year old seeing it too, we’re holding off on showing it to our own kids. But, for the slightly older set, this would be a great chance to talk about how conservation makes way more sense in God’s worldview than Evolution’s.

The truth is, it’s atheistic countries like the USSR and China that decimate their environments the worst. Of course, just because a nation claims to be Christian (as the USA used to), it doesn’t mean they suddenly don’t have greedy, selfish, Darwin-influenced people.

Links for this next story are strictly for the older crowd ready to read the Foxe’s book of Martyrs.

Then, on Sunday, we had the awesome experience of hearing my grandfather preach on his 90th birthday. His sermon was on how God gave because He loved, but his main example was thrilling.

Cabanatuan Prison Camp Survivors

Cabanatuan Prison Camp Survivors (Photo credit: England)

Grandpa shared the account of Ernest Gordon in the Japanese prisoner of war camp during WWII. It wasn’t easy hearing the horrors of people being consciously goaded into living by the law of the jungle. If someone can still believe in the inherent goodness of the human soul after that, they don’t want to face reality.

What was wonderful was to hear how people in the middle of all that began practically living moment by moment according to Jesus’ law of love,using His power.

I’m not going to share more here. There is a book by Gordon himself that you can purchase, and I found a blogger who has a pretty good (not too graphic) account.

What you would have to get directly from the book is that Gordon and some others became true believers in Jesus. It wasn’t just a “mystic” experience (as one, graphically photographed, page claims) which helped him turn his life around. It was the power and love of our Creator and Redeemer.

When the rubber meets the road, when life throws its worst at us, God and His ways work. We do have to choose to believe what is invisible, but when we do, there is more than enough evidence to show the reality and faithfulness of the One who made and loves us.

Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried; and you shall have tribulation ten days: be faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life. Revelation 2:10
Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold youe with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10 

Media Links You Won’t Want to Miss: Worldview, Grand Canyon, & More

Doing chores today I realized it would be a shame not to share the programs I was listening to with you all.   There are a number of other things I try to keep up with, but occasionally something is so amazing or vitally important I pass them on.

English: view into Grand Canyon from South Rim...

Each one is just under a half hour long; odds are, you can figure out some way to fit listening/watching them into your schedule.  The Creation Today ones are great to share with your kids, too, especially when you watch the most recent one!

It had been a while since Creation Today had done a new show (they were busy with some seminar somewhere….), but the last couple of weeks they’ve gotten right back into it:

I was in prison and ye came unto me - Eglwys L...

Then, while I was preparing supper I started to catch up on my Ravi Zacharias podcasts.  This two part speech on why there is suffering and how can a person know what true good and evil are is so good I had to pass it on as well.  Note how he brings creation and God as Creator in toward the end. There is a reason the atheists are attacking us here!

We cannot afford to just slide along through life without thinking through the big issues.¬† Even if major suffering never crosses your thresh hold, it will happen to many around you.¬† Just saying things like, “Jesus loves you, it will be fine” doesn’t cut it!¬† But there are Biblical ways to look at the world that speak truth and hope to the deepest part of our souls.

But in all things showing ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,  II Corinthians 6:4-7

 

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Has God Said? God is Really Mean

tree snake

Now the serpent was more subtil [crafty, sly] than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.  Genesis 3:1,4,5

I’ve heard some Christian speakers claim that there is no such thing as an atheist [one who believes that God doesn’t exist].¬† They say that everyone knows God is real, they just don’t want to let Him be their Lord.

Since I don’t go to university or other places that atheists hang out, I’d never been able to put this idea to the test.¬† Until now.¬† Over on my facebook page it is impossible to turn off comments completely (I can block bad words like Creatard- you can figure out what that means for yourself).¬† I haven’t had to deal with the really nasty stuff like that personally yet, but I’ve had a couple of interesting exchanges with Creation doubters.

Turns out that in my experience their claim about atheists is true.¬†¬† They know perfectly well that the God of the Bible is real and they HATE Him.¬† Since I know that Jesus promised we would be hated just as He was, this isn’t a surprise (John 15:18).¬† Guess what, even if you’re homeschooled right now, it will come someday.¬† That is what books like I Peter are written to help us with.

There is also the reminder of II Timothy 2:24-26 which I’ve loved since I had to memorize it at age 13:

The Daily Struggle

And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

These people aren’t extra wicked compared to me, they are slaves, captured in a trap with no hope of escape except through God Himself.¬† So, my job is to love them, be gentle, and teach with patience and meekness.¬† It is also my job to pray.¬† There is one guy that often visits my page who isn’t mean and even uses proper English, but is in this crowd.¬† He gets more prayer time on my list than anyone but my family.¬† I would sure love to see him and others find Jesus, His life and hope, but that isn’t my job, it’s God’s.¬† Whew, am I glad for that!

OK, now I want to give you some idea of what they will throw at you to shake your love for God.¬† We already know they use Evolution to shake our faith.¬† Turns out they throw bits of the Bible at you to try to get you to despise God with them.¬† That’s where the verses from Satan’s temptation of Eve come in.

NO Signs.

First, Satan accused God of denying us the natural pleasures of life.

This is a lie.¬† The Living God gives us richly all things to enjoy (I Timothy 6:17b).¬† He had made a wonderful home for Adam and Eve and filled it with every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food.¬† They could even eat from the tree of life (Genesis 2:9), but Satan didn’t want Eve to think about that, he wanted her to resent God’s restriction.

It worked on Eve.¬† It works on all of us if we don’t focus on the truth and become one of Jesus’ lambs so the Holy Spirit can whisper the truth and strengthen us inside.¬† How many people focus on all the fun that Christians aren’t allowed to have?¬† They overlook the abundance that we do have and the pain, sorrow and destruction that God is trying to spare us.¬† Just like Satan did with Eve.

Next, Satan assured Eve that God was lying to her.¬† Eve had never heard a lie, so she didn’t recognize one right in front of her nose.¬† Now, Satan didn’t actually say, “God is lying to you.”¬† He didn’t want to get Eve’s warning system working.¬† All he said was, “You won’t die.”¬† Period, statement of fact.¬† The way things were, it was God’s word (Genesis 2:17) against Satan’s and Eve had to decide whom she would trust.¬† We know her choice; we know who was telling the truth and who had lied.

Angel

ye shall be as gods

Lastly, Satan told Eve that God was holding something wonderful back from her.¬† He wanted Eve to believe that God was selfish and wanted to keep Eve from her full potential.¬†¬† God had blessed Adam and Eve with authority and control of the whole world (Genesis 1:28), but Satan got Eve to think she was being mistreated.¬† If I hadn’t ever fallen for a line like that myself I would never believe someone could be that gullible [easily deceived]!

I’m already way over my usually word limit and I don’t want your eyes to glaze over, so I’ll continue this tomorrow.

Just be aware, these are the same things Satan throws at us today.¬† He hasn’t changed.¬† We are still weak, but God is far stronger!!!

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 

IIFrampton 1 Corinthians 2:11

 

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.  I John 4:4 

Human Population and Creation vs Evolution

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Today was a rare day where I wasn’t already chomping at the bit to share something with you.¬† So I decided to see what the Institute for Creation Research is actively investigating right now.¬† If you want a short overview, you can check out¬†ICR’s Bio-Origins Research¬†and it’s mini-links to the four special areas they are looking into.¬† By the time this decade is up we should have a lot of information to help us stand strong in our belief in a single Creator with many similar but separate¬†designs.

What really got me excited was a sort-of-technical article from ICR:¬† Conservation ethics based on evolution¬†that talked about human population and the earth’s ability to support us all.¬†¬† I don’t know how much you’ve heard about the “overpopulation crisis,” but not so long ago it was very popular to be frightened of the human pest problem on earth.¬† It still is popular in some circles.

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So what’s the problem with more little people running around? Water, food, medicine, jobs. Some people believe that there is just so much to go around, so if I have more, you will have less. Now, this is a Creation Science site, not a political one, but sometimes these things interact. The truth is, if we could stop destroying our own homeland and our neighbors, there wouldn’t be a problem. If we would pass along God’s blessings as we are able and help one another rather than grabbing all we can for ourselves, there wouldn’t be a problem.

Smokestacks

Less you think I’m a raving leftist, it’s not Americans who shop at Wal-Mart that I’m talking about, it’s militias that hold their own countries’ citizens under their thumbs and communistic thinking that the earth is ours to exploit that is far more of a problem.¬† Apparently this isn’t something that many people want to admit anymore, but I did run into a book called¬†Ecocide in the USSR¬†that is willing to talk about that fallen government’s¬†horrible care for its land and people.

The thing that I wanted to bring out to you is the difference Worldview has on our care for the land and our fellow man. China has been trying to cure its problems by murdering tiny babies before they are born.  But is this the only way to handle such problems?   Have a look at these pages:

Don’t tell me you’re in big trouble because you have just too many people to try to feed.¬† I¬† didn’t realize what I had discovered at the time, but if you look at the Chinese Flood legend, you will find¬†how old this thinking is. For 1000s of years, the Chinese people have believed that¬†babies dying¬†and¬†people being unable to have children were blessings given them to prevent another horrible flood.¬† They¬†have thought God’s command was a curse for a very long time.

Map of precipitation regimes in the world

Map of precipitation regimes in the world

Now, to show you a different way to think about people and the land, have a look at Israel.¬† Israel has a population density of 803 people per square mile (sorry, I don’t know the metric equivalent) while China has a density of 365psm.¬† Any way you slice it, people are packed in a lot closer in Israel than in China.¬† Yet the only¬†food stuff that they don’t manage to grow enough of¬†to¬†feed themselves¬†is grain.¬† How do they do that without forcing their moms to only have one child¬†or destroying their environment?¬† All while living in¬†one of the driest areas of the world!

 

I rather liked what this article has to say about how Israel can help India (one of the world’s most densely populated countries) feed their people.¬† Their opening paragraph talks about how Israel combines all its areas of study to help produce the most food in the smallest space.¬† They are very good at¬†using a little bit¬†water and all of this requires only a few people to spend their time growing it.

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And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.  Genesis 1:28,29

And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. 

And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. Genesis 9:1-3,7

And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. Luke 14:22,23

Pyramids of Giza, Wikimedia

Quotes: Atlatl

Carved atlatl at the National Museum of Anthro...

Carved atlatl at the National Museum of Anthropology and History in Mexico City.

To go with the article Ancient Technology: Atlatl, Super Weapon

Quote from Atlatl.com, “The great innovation of Atlatl weights in the evolution of this technology bears the mark of true genius.”

Now that’s the right way to use the word Evolution!¬† It comes about by the application of intelligence.¬† In biology, Infinite Genius took no time at all to arrive at the best possible solution to the desired result.

Quote from Ingenium: Atlatl, “It seems that archaeologists had concluded that the atlatl really wasn’t a very good weapon. But when Bob started actually working with them he learned that by using a flexible dart instead of the rigid darts that the professional archaeologists had been using, the atlatl¬†was revealed¬†to be a very efficient weapon indeed.”

Once more we see that Evolutionary, ‘we’re the best there’s ever been,’ thinking turns out to be backwards.¬† The “primitives” were way smarter than Darwinian archeology gave them credit for.

Quotes from Dons Maps: Atlatl, “It launches projectiles at high speeds, kills at 40 metres and can even be fitted with a silencer. Kurt Kleiner reveals the surprising sophistication of a 25 000 year old weapon.”

Does it surprise you?¬† It doesn’t surprise me!¬† Check out what the same article says about modern engineers,

“he is one of a group of people who have been studying the mechanics of this primitive weapon and found it to be surprisingly sophisticated. Using modern engineering concepts and experimental techniques, they are rediscovering ancient construction methods that make subtle but important improvements to the weapon’s performance.”

I suppose this would have to be¬†classified as “Paleo”mimicry?

Again from Dons Maps,

“According to archaeological evidence, the atlatl first made its appearance between 25 000 and 40 000 years ago in the region that today encompasses Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.”

But the World Atlatl site says that there is no proof of Atlatl use in Africa.  And Daryl Hrdlicka of the Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site says,

” While it was used extensively in North and South America, Australia, and Indonesia, the rest of the world seems to have missed it. Except for a few artifacts found in France, it’s not found in Europe; except for some Siberian Aleuts, it’s not found in Asia; and except for some references in Sumerian, it’s not found in Africa. These cultures seemed to go directly from spears to the bow.”

I think I’ll pass this on to my Ice Age collecting colleague, because many sites say the same thing as Dons Maps!

Also from Dons Maps,

“‘The physics and math is all in here,’ Perkins says, weighing an atlatl¬†in his hand at a recent workshop on primitive technology held near Phoenix, Arizona. ‘It really impresses me, the ability of these ancient people to be able to do this. They certainly didn’t have calculus. Wave mechanics, they didn’t know that. But they knew intuitively.'”

Prove they didn’t know it!¬†Which is easier, wave mechanics or earth wobble geometry?¬†They knew how to measure the earth, build ocean going vessels and make accurate world maps, why not wave calculus?

I ran into a technical article on how precise you have to be¬†in the size and length of dart points and shafts to keep your weapon effective.¬† Here is¬†Bob Perkin’s¬†closing statement, “A complete understanding¬† of this impressively complex weapon must be¬†achieved before any single component can be¬†properly analyzed. So long as it is thought of and referred¬† to a “spear thrower” that will never happen.”

This same guy had this to say about these people,

“I’ve made the study of atlatls¬†and the technology they represent my life work.¬† Every time I think that I have learned or discovered nearly all there is to know about the physics of this most ancient of weapon systems, something new arises and I am humbled¬†again by the obvious sophistication of the ancient mind.¬† Ancient people were every bit as intelligent as we are today. In fact H we were able to go back in time we would find a species as capable and intelligent as ourselves. Simply because we live in an age of super computers doesn’t mean that we possess the license to label primitive technology as crude or to claim that every idea we come up with today is original.”

Woo hoo! Whose Worldview is being proven accurate this time?

Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?
Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?
Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.
I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.  Isaiah 45:9-12

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Are Your Kids Ready for Science Class This Year?

Bake a Cake for Darwin 2012

Bake a Cake for Darwin 2012 (Photo credit: Beaty Biodiversity Museum)

In this post¬†I’m going to talk straight to all of us parents out there, although you kids are welcome to listen in.

Yesterday, I ran into a page that didn’t surprise me but rather made me sad and excited at the same time.¬† It so clearly shows what is going on in a typical science classroom that I thought I would take today’s post to forewarn and forearm all you parents who will be sending their kids out the door to school¬†in a month or so.Today’s text¬†to check out is on¬†Miss Barbara’s Montessori teacher guide to¬†“The Time Line of Life.”

It’s a long page, but just reading the opening paragraphs on Setup and Presentation will give you a feel for what your child is going to be exposed to.¬† I found the product page for the timeline she uses, but it didn’t have a good picture of the details they cover.¬†I did find that this same teacher is very pleased with the webpage from Berkeley, so if you want to see what she’s showing¬†her kids you can follow the link there.

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Geological time spiral

The first thing that caught my eye on Miss Barbara’s page was her complete comfort with presenting a lesson that she¬†is well¬†aware¬†is¬†full of errors.¬† It doesn’t seem to bother her conscience at all that she is leading the children to wonder and be amazed at something that she knows isn’t true.

Personally, I never present¬†an idea to children as fact if I have any doubts about¬†it.¬†¬†My kids know the story of¬†St. Nicolas and watch¬†Christmas¬†specials with flying reindeer, but they’ve never¬†believed that¬†you could go visit them if you¬†travelled far enough north.¬†¬†Interestingly, this is the same¬†tack that many people in Montessori also take on Santa Claus.¬†¬†Yet, they have no problem presenting the Evolutionary story of spontaneous generation as truth.

I’m not going to go through her whole long page, but it doesn’t take long to get the idea of what she is expecting the children to believe:

  • Animals knew what they needed to develop and had the ability to change themselves to meet that need
  • Extinct animals show how needs change and leave some behind
  • Living things spontaneously become larger and more complicated given enough time
  • Animals buried at different levels in the fossil record must have lived at very different times

EvolutionThe first point is the most mind-blowing for me. I noticed the same thing happening with the story of plant development last week. Living things knew what they needed and how to meet that need and changed themselves to accomplish their pre-planned goal. That is one tall tale! See if it works for your little Superhero wannabe. You just will yourself to develop some new desirable ability and presto you can do it. NOT!

Points one and two cannot both be true.¬† If some animals can will themselves to change, why can’t the rest (considering they believe all animals have¬†a single¬†ancestor)?¬† As we look around the world we can easily discover which of these two ideas¬†matches the¬†reality we see.¬† This morning on facebook¬†I shared a picture that said, “beware the half truth, you may have gotten hold of the wrong half.”¬† It is rare for any falsehood to be presented in a completely invented framework, it would be too obvious.

Giant prehistoric shark jawNumber three is also quickly falsifiable. I’ve discussed this briefly in posts on all kinds of animals and in more detail about human beings. There is an organization called Greater Ancestors who’s whole focus is on this subject. They’ve collected enough fossils, photos and stories just on this topic¬†to be planning to open a museum shortly. People and animals can be shown over and over again to be Devolving into smaller, less capable forms.

As for point number 4, you can have a look at what’s really going on by beginning with my post on the Geologic Column¬†and checking out¬†the links to even¬†more evidence.

UHA PterygotusOne last area stood out to me from Miss Barbara’s page: the power of really cool animals to capture our imaginations. Remember God’s technique for reminding Job of His power and authority? The Creator pointed to natural processes and lots of animals. I remember reading Job’s response for the first time as an adult and being stunned at his complete humility and acceptance of God’s Lordship from this line of reasoning alone. Now I understand better the potency acknowledging the Creator has.

We can just as easily, and with more authority, show how all the amazing creatures of the past and present show the mind and majesty of God to our children.¬† Let us not be fearful or naive, but wise and proactive as God-fearing parents of tomorrow’s Christian leaders!

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.  Matthew 10:16

For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.  Luke 21:15 

Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.  I Corinthians 14:20 

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. II Corinthians 11:3 

That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;  Philippians 2:15 

For more ways to help your kids check out the resources being offered by Creation Today