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Un-holy Laughter

I do not know whether to laugh or to cry…….

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Pray for this un-reached people group.

Identity
Although the Lop Nur people have been officially included as part of the Uygur nationality, “they differ from the Uygur people in both language and appearance – looking more like Mongolians.”

History
The Lop Nur Uygurs are “believed to be descended from the ancient Loulan people. Their ancestors all lived at Lop Nur and were engaged in fishing and hunting. When Lop Nur dried up several decades ago, they were forced to move and settle down in Miran.” When Marco Polo visited the ancient city of Lop, now buried deep beneath the sand, he noted, “There are many springs of bad and bitter water, though in some places the water is good and sweet. When it happens that an army passes through the country, if it is a hostile one, the people take flight with their wives and children and their beasts two or three days’ journey into the sandy wastes to places where they know there is water and they can live with their beasts.”

Customs
Seven centuries ago, Marco Polo described the effect the Taklimakan Desert had on stray travelers. “When a man is riding by night through the desert and something happens to make him loiter and lose touch with his companions he hears spirits talking in such a way that they seem to be his companions. Sometimes, indeed, they even hail him by name. Often these voices make him stray from the path, so that he never finds it again. And in this way many travelers have been lost and have perished.”

Religion
The Lop Nur Uygurs converted to Islam several centuries ago. They retain many features of their pre-Islamic spirit-appeasement rituals, including the worship of the sun, moon, stars, and wind.

Christianity
There is no apparent Christian presence among the people living in the desolate wastes of the Lop Nur region. Nestorian missionaries from the eighth to thirteenth centuries established churches along the Silk Road townships, but all memory of them and their message has long since been obliterated by the all encompassing sands of the Taklimakan Desert.

More of the Uygur.

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These great videos are collected by the apologia project.

Unlocking The Mystery Of Life

Take a fascinating journey to the interior of a single living cell—an elaborate microscopic world bearing the hallmarks of intelligent engineering. Featuring state-of-the-art computer animation and insight from expert scientists and scholars, this compelling video (by Illustra Media) examines an idea with the power to revolutionize our understanding of life … and to unlock the mystery of its origin.
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The Privileged Planet: The Search for Purpose in the Universe
Building upon the overwhelming success of Unlocking the Mystery of Life (widely acclaimed as the most effective refutation of Darwinian theory, ever produced), Illustra Media presents The Privileged Planet. This hour-long documentary explores the scientific evidence for intelligent design and purpose in the universe. In the process, Earth is revealed as far more than the product of time, chance, and random natural processes.
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Icons of Evolution (documentary)
Are students learning the whole truth about Darwin’s theory of evolution?

According to a growing number of scientists, the surprising answer is no. They claim that many of the most famous “Icons of Evolution”–including Darwin’s “Tree of Life,” finches from the Galapagos Islands, and embryos that look remarkably similar–are based on outdated research and sloppy logic. They say students are being hurt by the failure to present both sides of an emerging scientific debate over Darwin’s theory. Come explore this fascinating new conflict over evolution in the classroom–a conflict based on science, not religion. Learn about the controversy that engulfs one town when a teacher actually tries to tell students that some scientists disagree with Darwin. From the Galapagos Islands to China, Icons of Evolution (Coldwater Media) will take you on a fast-paced, fascinating journey into one of the most controversial issues in today’s public arena.

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The Incorrigible Dr. Berlinski
David Berlinski was raised in New York City, educated at Columbia College and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University. He later became a Fellow of the Faculty in Mathematics and a Post Doctoral Fellow in molecular biology at Columbia University. He has taught philosophy, mathematics, and English at Stanford, Rutgers, Columbia, the Universite de Paris at Jussieu, the University of Puget Sound, the University of Santa Clara, San Jose State University and San Francisco State University. He has been a fellow at both the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques. He is the author of works on systems analysis, differential topology, theoretical biology, analytic philosophy, and the philosophy of mathematics, as well as the author of ”A Tour of the Calculus,” “The Advent of the Algorithm,” and “Newton’s Gift.” Berlinski is currently a Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute. The producers of the critically acclaimed documentary “Icons of Evolution” recently sat down for an interview with Dr. Berlinski. The interview was a lucid and entertaining critique of Darwinian evolution. Some will find him persuasive, others simply inflammatory. Perhaps the best way to describe him would be from one of the nation’s leading advocates of “Darwin-only Education” She called him ‘incorrigible.’

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Voyage Inside The Cell
Voyage Inside the Cell is a 15-minute animated journey through the cell that leaves the viewer stunned with the amazing complexity and information content of the living cell. The haunting music and soothing female narration leaves you feeling like you have just stepped off a Disney ride at the end.
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A Question of Origins
During the past century, much of the world has accepted the theory of Evolution as fact. Yet the molecules-to-man theory has no direct evidence to support it at all. Origins provides overwhelming evidence in favor of Creation. The theory of Evolution has been applied to most scientific fields and this video thoroughly exposes the blind speculation and evolutionary bias in three of these areas of science including: Cosmology, Chemistry, and Biology. This visually rich, full production reveals conclusive evidence that the universe and all life were created by a Supernatural Being, and that the God of the Bible is that Creator. Features widely-traveled Creationist speaker, Roger Oakland, who makes the issues easy-to-understand for laypeople. Various scientific experts share evidence and proofs.
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The Blind Watchmaker
In this lecture, Professor Johnson summarizes the major conflicts between neo-Darwinian theory and natural science including the Cambrian explosion and the existence of biomolecular systems of irreducible complexity.
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On The Origin Of Life
Dr. Dean Kenyon, author of Biochemical Predestination, discusses problems he sees with current origin of life scenarios and explores why unguided chemical reactions might have inhibited a purely materialistic origin of life on Earth. The Focus on Origins series is sponsored by UC Santa Barbara.
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On The Origin Of Life II
In this exclusive interview, Dr. Charles Thaxton challenges the assumption that time, chance, and natural processes are sufficient to explain the origin of life. Presented by UCSB as part of the Focus on Origins series.
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On Darwinism
In this fascinating interview, UC Berkeley’s Professor Johnson offers his unique insight into the philosophical basis of modern Darwinian theory and the many scientific problems which confront it. With his breadth of knowledge and keen intellect, he brings a fresh perspective to the timeless issue of origins. Presented by UCSB as part of the Focus on Origins series.
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On Darwinism II
The latest interview from the Focus on Origins series spotlights Dr. Michael Denton, author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis and Nature’s Destiny. Dr. Denton’s scientific critique of neo-Darwinian mechanisms argues for the need for further research in biology.
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Irreducible Complexity: The Biochemical Challenge to Darwinism
Using Examples of bacterial motors, cilia, vision, cellular transport, and more, Lehigh University’s Dr. Michael Behe helps to balance the facts on both sides of the question of origins in this latest installment from the Focus on Origins Series from UC Santa Barbara.
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On The Theory of Evolution
A panel discussion related to the philosophy and limits of science as well as the adequacy of Darwinian mechanisms to account for the diversity and disparity of life on Earth. Presented by UCSB as part of the Focus on Origins series.
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Icons of Evolution
Dr. Jonathan Wells, author of Icons of Evolution argues that much of what we have been taught about evolution may be wrong. The peppered moth, embryology, Darwin’s finches, and the fossil record are all examples used to help illustrate his point in this latest lecture from the Focus on Origins series sponsored by UC Santa Barbara.
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Darwinism on Trial
In this lecture from the Focus on Origins series, UC Berkeley Professor Phillip Johnson explores the academic shortcomings of Darwinism. He argues that the scientific community’s methods exclude presenting negative arguments for an accepted theory and calls for a more intellectually honest evaluation of how life arrived at its present state.
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On The Origin of Phyla
Widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on invertebrate paleontology and evolutionary paleobiology, UC Berkeley Professor James Valentine’s research tackles what many consider the most difficult and enigmatic problem facing neo-Darwinian theory: explaining the origin of phyla.
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From The Big Bang to Irreducible Complexity
This program from the Focus on Origins series features an exclusive interview with Dr. Michael Behe, author of Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. Dr. Behe discusses a number of inferences to intelligent design including the Big Bang, the fine using of the Cosmos, irreducibly complex molecular machines, and the ability of natural selection to inhibit major evolutionary change.
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From The Big Bang to Biology
On this episode of Focus on Origins, author Dr. Robert Newman discusses the Big Bang theory, mathematical fine tuning of the universe, and a summary of the strengths and weaknesses of four general models of origins.
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Darwinism: Science or Philosophy
Two eminent professors, Phillip Johnson of UC Berkeley and William Provine of Cornell University, come to grips with the most important of all questions: Do we owe our existence to a creator? Can the blind watchmaker of natural selection take the place of God? Vigorous arguments and a lively question and answer period illuminate the contemporary debate between naturalistic and theistic ways of understanding our existence. Presented by UCSB as part of the Focus on Origins series.
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How Darwinists Think
Phillip E. Johnson reviews the past 50 years of Darwinian thinking from the 1959 centennial celebration of Origin of Species to the present controversies over Darwinian mechanisms and philosophical naturalism.

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On The Origin and Design of the Cosmos
Dr. Strauss reviews the scientific evidence related to the Big Bang in addition to the fine-tuning of numerous cosmological constants required for advanced life to exist in the cosmos. He discusses the philosophical and theological implications of both.
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Paradigm of Design: The Bacterial Flagellum
Dr. Minnich argues that the proton-powered reversible rotary motor and flagellum of E. coli is an example of irreducible complexity which could not have arisen in a gradual step-by-step Darwinian process.
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The Right Questions
This exclusive interview with Phillip E. Johnson covers a broad range of issues from education and science to religion and politics raised in the author’s latest book, “The Right Questions: Truth, Meaning, and Public Debate.”
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Can Science Know The Mind of God?
With truth, understanding, and reason in the balance, UC Berkeley’s Phillip Johnson makes a persuasive case for the reality of the mind of God arguing against the naive idea that all reality can be explained in terms of purely physical and material causes. His lecture is thought-provoking. The questions and answers that follow reflect intellectual discourse at its best! Presented by UCSB as part of the Focus on Origins series.
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The Rhetoric of Charles Darwin
Dr. John Angus Campbell explores how Charles Darwin used his rhetoric skills to persuade others of the creative power of natural selection. The logic and structure of Darwin’s Origin of Species is analyzed in this fascinating interview. Presented as part of the Focus on Origins series from UC Santa Barbara.
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Science and Belief in God: Concord not Conflict
Professor Robert Koons traces the development of science through history, especially as it relates to theism.
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Time For Truth
Os Guinness, author of Time for Truth: Living Free in a World of Lies, Hype, and Spin, argues that in our postmodern society, truth no longer exists in any objective or absolute sense yet is necessary for freedom and “a good life”. Presented as part of the Let There be Light Series.
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What Christians Believe: Peter Kreeft
Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, addresses “What Christians Believe,” Book II of “Mere Christianity” by C. S. Lewis, which Kreeft calls “Lewis’s most powerful book.”
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Jesus: Legend, Teacher, Critic, or Son of God
Dr. Robert Price of the Jesus Seminar and Dr. Gregory Boyd engage an academic dialogue on the subject of the historical Jesus.
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The Feminist Case Against Abortion
Serrin Foster, President of Feminists for Life of America, discusses the pro-life convictions of the early feminists and how it takes courage to be both pro-women and pro-life.
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