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Evolved by random chance and time  or designed by a Designer?

More from ABC Science.

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This is an interesting piece from NY Times.

What does Hillary, Obama and Huckabee show to us (sex, race and Christianity)?

At a New York or Los Angeles cocktail party, few would dare make a pejorative comment about Barack Obama’s race or Hillary Clinton’s sex. Yet it would be easy to get away with deriding Mike Huckabee’s religious faith. Liberals believe deeply in tolerance and over the last century have led the battles against prejudices of all kinds, but we have a blind spot about Christian evangelicals. They constitute one of the few minorities that, on the American coasts or university campuses, it remains fashionable to mock.

What has the libs done? Why are they not in Darfur, Burma, Laos, Tibet or Iraq helping someone in great need? Many are busy mocking the Christians or indulging in their own flesh…

In parts of Africa where bandits and warlords shoot or rape anything that moves, you often find that the only groups still operating are Doctors Without Borders and religious aid workers: crazy doctors and crazy Christians. In the town of Rutshuru in war-ravaged Congo, I found starving children, raped widows and shellshocked survivors. And there was a determined Catholic nun from Poland, serenely running a church clinic.

That is why the challenge by Greg Bahnsen in the great debate to the atheists still left unanswered till today!

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What has Thomas Huxley got to do with these 6 Sulawesi Monkeys?

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Thomas Henry Huxley was an English biologist and the chief proponent of Darwin’s theory of evolution. He is often referred to as “Darwin’s Bulldog” due to his aggressive defense of Darwin.

There was a debate between Huxley and Wilberforce (A British Mathematician), there is very little record of the debate, so little can be certain about actually happened. According to legend Huxley was asked to explain how all the apparent design in life could be the result of chance and responded with the following analogy:

If given an extremely long period of time, an infinite amount of ink, six monkeys who never die and six typewriters that never break. The monkeys would eventually type the complete works of Shakespeare.”

According to legend Wilberforce did not have a good objection to the analogy and that marked a great turn in the public opinion concerning evolution.

Let us Understand Huxley’s Analogy,

  • The universe is the paper and the ink
  • The monkeys are “random” external causal agents.
  • The input of the random forces is restricted by the laws of the typewriter which would correspond with the laws of nature.
  • The complete works of Shakespeare are supposed to be analogous to the complexity of life.

Let us put Huxley to the test

In an interesting experiment, Huxley’s idea was put to the test. A Plymoth University research team left a computer in the monkey enclosure at Paignton Zoo in southwest England, home to six Sulawesi crested Macaques named Elmo, Gum, Heather, Holly, Mistletoe and Rowan. Mike Phillips, who runs the university’s Institute of Digital Arts and Technologies, had the following comments concerning the results,

1. “The lead male got a stone and started bashing the hell out of it.”
2. “Another thing they were interested in was in defecating and urinating all over the keyboard.”

3. “The monkeys failed to produce a single word”

Conclusion

The chance god!

By the way, you can even buy the book written by Elmo, Gum, Heather, Holly, Mistletoe and Rowan titled, “Notes Towards the Complete Works of Shakespeare” for UK 25 pounds.

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View the project with pictures and videos.

Or, if you don’t want to buy the book just view for free.

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Simply amazing!

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1. Evolution and the Modern Christian

2. Darwin’s Black Box

3. Science and Faith: God and Materialism DVD

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Alvin Plantinga weighs in on Richard Dawkins, “The God Delusion,”

Richard Dawkins is not pleased with God:

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction. Jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic-cleanser; a misogynistic homophobic racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal….

Well, no need to finish the quotation; you get the idea. Dawkins seems to have chosen God as his sworn enemy. (Let’s hope for Dawkins’ sake God doesn’t return the compliment.)

The God Delusion is an extended diatribe against religion in general and belief in God in particular; Dawkins and Daniel Dennett (whose recent Breaking the Spell is his contribution to this genre) are the touchdown twins of current academic atheism.1 Dawkins has written his book, he says, partly to encourage timorous atheists to come out of the closet. He and Dennett both appear to think it requires considerable courage to attack religion these days; says Dennett, “I risk a fist to the face or worse. Yet I persist.” Apparently atheism has its own heroes of the faith—at any rate its own self-styled heroes. Here it’s not easy to take them seriously; religion-bashing in the current Western academy is about as dangerous as endorsing the party’s candidate at a Republican rally. More at CT.

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You can download the debate

Part 1 | Part 2

(HT: JT)

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A lecture on Intelligent Design
A lecture on The New Cosmology: Theistic Implications
A lecture on Quantum Cosmology

 

Stephen C. Meyer is director and Senior Fellow of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute, in Seattle.

 

Dr. Meyer earned his Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University for a dissertation on the history of origin of life biology and the methodology of the historical sciences. Previously he worked as a geophysicist with the Atlantic Richfield Company after earning his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Geology.

 

Dr. Meyer has recently co-written or edited two books: Darwinism, Design, and Public Education with Michigan State University Press and Science and Evidence of Design in the Universe (Ignatius 2000).

 

He has also authored numerous technical articles as well as editorials in magazines and newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Houston Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, First Things and National Review.

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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.
Watch it now using RealPlayer.

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.
Watch it now using RealPlayer.

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.

Watch it now using RealPlayer.

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.’

Watch it now using RealPlayer.

 

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.
Watch it now using RealPlayer.

 

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.
Watch it now using RealPlayer.

 

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.
Watch it now using RealPlayer.

 

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.
Watch it now using RealPlayer.

 

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.
Watch it now using RealPlayer.

 

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.
Watch it now using RealPlayer.

 

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.
Watch it now using RealPlayer.

 

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.
Watch it now using RealPlayer.

 

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.
Watch it now using RealPlayer.

 

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.
Watch it now using RealPlayer.

 

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.”
Watch it now using RealPlayer.

 

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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Books

The Answers Book
Chapter 1: Does God exist?
Chapter 2: Did God really take six days?
Chapter 3: What about the ‘gap’ and ‘ruin-reconstruction’ theories?
Chapter 4: How about carbon dating?
Chapter 5: How can we see distant stars in a young universe?
Chapter 6: How did bad things come about?
Chapter 7: What about similarities and other such arguments for evolution?
Chapter 8: Cain’s wife—who was she?
Chapter 9: Were the ‘sons of God’ and/or nephilim extraterrestrials?
Chapter 10: Was the Flood global?
Chapter 11: What about continental drift?
Chapter 12: Noah’s Flood—what about all that water?
Chapter 13: How did the animals fit on Noah’s Ark?
Chapter 14: How did freshwater and saltwater fish survive the Flood?
Chapter 15: Where are all the human fossils?
Chapter 16: What about the Ice Age?
Chapter 17: How did animals get from the Ark to places such as Australia?
Chapter 18: How did all the different ‘races’ arise (from Noah’s family)?
Chapter 19: What happened to the dinosaurs?
Chapter 20: What can I do?

Frozen in Time: The Woolly Mammoth, the Ice Age, and the Bible
Preface
Chapter 1: Frozen mammoth carcasses in Siberia
Chapter 2: Why live in Siberia?
Chapter 3: The mystery of the Ice Age
Chapter 4: A mammoth number of mammoth hypotheses
Chapter 5: The extinction wars
Chapter 6: The multiplication of ice age theories
Chapter 7: The Genesis flood caused the Ice Age
Chapter 8: The snowblitz
Chapter 9: The peak of the Ice Age
Chapter 10: Catastrophic melting
Chapter 11: Only one Ice Age
Chapter 12: Do ice cores show many tens of thousands of years?
Chapter 13: Where was man during the Ice Age?
Chapter 14: Mammoths thrive early in the post-Flood Ice Age
Chapter 15: Were Siberian mammoths quick frozen?
Chapter 16: Extinction of the woolly mammoth
Appendix 1: The confusion of elephant and mammoth classification
Appendix 2: Possible explanations for disharmonious associations
Appendix 3: The elephant kind
Appendix 4: Woolly mammoths — Flood or Ice Age?

In Six Days
Preface by John F. Ashton
Science and origins
Jeremy L. Walter
Jerry R. Bergman
John K.G. Kramer
Paul Giem
Henry Zuill
Jonathan D. Sarfati
Ariel A. Roth
Keith H. Wanser
Timothy G. Standish
John R. Rankin
Bob Hosken
James S. Allan
George T. Javor
Dwain L. Ford
Angela Meyer
Stephen Grocott
Andrew McIntosh
John P. Marcus
Nancy M. Darrall
John M. Cimbala
Edward A. Boudreaux
E. Theo Agard
Ker C. Thomson
John R. Baumgardner
Arthur Jones
Religion and origins
George F. Howe
A.J. Monty White
D.B. Gower
Walter J. Veith
Danny R. Faulkner
Edmond W. Holroyd
Robert H. Eckel
Jack Cuozzo
Andrew Snelling
Stephen Taylor
John Morris
Elaine Kennedy
Colin W. Mitchell
Stanley A. Mumma
Evan Jamieson
Larry Vardiman
Geoff Downes
Wayne Frair
Sid Cole
Don B. DeYoung
George S. Hawke
Kurt P. Wise
J.H. John Peet
Werner Gitt
Don Batten

One Blood: The Biblical Answer to Racism
Foreword by Zig Ziglar, author/motivational teacher
Preface by Jim Fletcher, editor-in-chief, Master Books
Introduction
Chapter 1: Cain’s wife
Chapter 2: Natural selection and speciation
Chapter 3: Genetics and the human family
Chapter 4: One race
Chapter 5: ‘Interracial’ marriage?
Chapter 6: Are black people the result of a curse on Ham?
Chapter 7: Pseudo-biblical arguments refuted
Chapter 8: ‘Stone age’ people
Chapter 9: Darwin’s body snatchers
Chapter 10: Ota benga: The Pygmy put on display in a zoo
Chapter 11: How to become a member of the Last Adam’s ‘race’
Closing: Why does it matter?

Refuting Evolution
Foreword by Ken Ham
Introduction
Chapter 1: Evolution & creation, science & religion, facts & bias
Chapter 2: Variation and natural selection versus evolution
Chapter 3: The links are missing
Chapter 4: Bird evolution?
Chapter 5: Whale evolution?
Chapter 6: Humans: images of God or advanced apes?
Chapter 7: Astronomy
Chapter 8: How old is the earth?
Chapter 9: Is the design explanation legitimate?
Chapter 10: Conclusion

Refuting Evolution 2
Introduction
Unit 1. Claim: Evolution is Science (Evolutionists insist that evolutionary theory is science, and claim that creationism is religion.)
Chapter 1: Argument: Creationism is religion, not science
Chapter 2: Argument: Evolution is compatible with Christian religion
Chapter 3: Argument: Evolution is true science, not ‘just a theory’
Unit 2. Claim: Evolution is well supported by the evidence (Evolutionists claim that they have found abundant, observable evidence of evolution.)
Chapter 4: Argument: Natural selection leads to speciation
Chapter 5: Argument: Some mutations are beneficial
Chapter 6: Argument: Common design points to common ancestry
Chapter 7: Argument: ‘Bad design’ is evidence of leftovers from evolution
Chapter 8: Argument: The fossil record supports evolution
Unit 3. Claim: ‘Problems’ with evolution are illusory (Evolutionists argue that there are reasonable theories for even the biggest ‘surprises’ of evolution.)
Chapter 9: Argument: Probability of evolution
Chapter 10: Argument: ‘Irreducible complexity’
Chapter 11: Argument: Evolution of sex
Chapter 12: Argument: Evolution of mankind
Appendix 1: Common arguments for evolution that have been rejected
Appendix 2: Common arguments for creation that should not be used (See Arguments we think creationists should NOT use)

Why Won’t They Listen?
Foreword by Tim Dudley, president, Master Books/New Leaf Press
Chapter 1: A worrisome trend
Chapter 2: What is the gospel?
Chapter 3: Communication—it’s a problem
Chapter 4: The Cross—a stumbling block!
Chapter 5: The Cross—foolishness!
Chapter 6: Pioneer evangelism—outstanding success!
Chapter 7: From ‘Jews’ to ‘Greeks’
Chapter 8: The evolution connection
Chapter 9: Beauty and the Curse
Chapter 10: The seven Cs
Chapter 11: Practical creation evangelism
Chapter 12: The generation gaps
Chapter 13: ‘Myth-ing’ the point
Chapter 14: The victory chapter!

Booklets
Adam’s Rib: Creation & the Human Body

Does Carbon Dating Disprove the Bible?

Evidence for a Young World

Is There Intelligent Life in Outer Space?

The Seven C’s of History

Six Days or Millions of Years?

Was There Really a Noah’s Ark and Flood?

Where Did Cain Get His Wife?

Where Did the ‘Races’ Come From?

What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?

Why Is There Death & Suffering

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