Researching Creation

January 21, 2009

General / Interesting Biblical Chronology Blog

JB

I recently discovered a blog on Biblical Chronology called ShallowTime. This is great for me because my sources for Biblical Chronology material are very slim.  What also caught my attention was the link to a photograph of the historical site of Ai (from Joshua 8).  This is very interesting for me, because this is the area of scripture that my son and I are reading (we read Joshua 12 tonight), and we just read about the battle of Ai a few days ago.  I'll have to show him the picture of Ai tomorrow.

January 16, 2009

General / This Makes Me Want to Buy Their Magazine

JB

It turns out that Discover Magazine is standing by their claim that Forrest Mims is one of 50 best brains in science despite the harsh criticism they are receiving for it.

In our feature, we recognized Mims specifically for his contributions as an amateur scientist, and we stand by that assessment. His work on the Altair 8800 computer, on RadioShack’s home electronics kit, and on The Citizen Scientist newsletter has been undeniably influential. DISCOVER does not in any way endorse the Discovery Institute’s views on “intelligent design.” At the same time, Mims’s association with that group does not invalidate his role as a leading figure in the American amateur science community, any more than James Watson’s dubious speculations about race take away from his groundbreaking research on DNA. (emphasis mine)

This is a breath of fresh air in the controversy over intelligent design.  May more magazines and journals take the same approach!

January 11, 2009

General / Bryan CORE Releases Several Foundational Papers on Creationism

JB

I was searching for some of Todd Wood's old papers, and I ran into CORE's 20th anniversary website.  Bryan CORE is Bryan College's "Center for Origins Research" - one of the few centers for Creation research in existence.  Normally, I wouldn't really care about their anniversary, except that they have a page on this site where they released several foundational papers on Creationism which had previously been unavailable online!  If you go there, the graphical circles on the bottom are links to the different papers defining foundational aspects of Creationism.  Anyway, they have papers on:

  • The basics of baraminology (Creationary classification of organisms)
  • The origin of diversity in created kinds
  • Transitional forms
  • The pre-flood/flood boundary
  • Kurt Wise's paper on the multiple-nesting of life (as opposed to a single tree of life)
  • The role of human perception and understanding in unravelling God's design
  • The role of the Creation model in apologetics

Anyway, I'll probably be commenting on some of these papers soon.  Many of these have been buried in expensive International Conference on Creationism volumes which I have not been willing to purchase, or in old issues of other magazines.  It's fantastic that they made them available here!  Thanks guys!

January 05, 2009

General / The Personal Cost of Creationism

JB

I myself have not experienced any discrimination based on my belief in Creationism.  However, that is not the case for many in academia.  Jerry Bergman's new book, Slaughter of the Dissidents, reveals in excruciating detail the perils that befall most academics who are Darwin-dissenters of any stripe (Creationists, IDers, or even evolutionists skeptical of the Darwinian mechanism, or honest enough to allow open conversation about the subject or the possibility that they could be wrong).

If you want to learn more, I posted a review of the book on UncommonDescent.

For those of you wanting to do Creation research in an academic setting, I'll just say this: use caution, but stand up for what you believe in.

By the way, here is an inspiring story about someone successfully standing up for Creation in academia.