I doubt that many of you will be in Rome next week, but I still thought you might be interested to know about the Catholic Creationism conference being held there next week. The topics covered are pretty basic, but it is good to see elements of the Catholic church supporting Creationism.
Now, of course, they actually don't call themselves Creationists:
The scientists participating in the conference at Sapienza University are not creationists. They represent thousands of world-renowned scientists whose evidence against evolution is often downplayed or ignored by academics who support evolution.
But I know that Berthault is a diluvialist at least. However, Berthault doesn't consider himself a Creationist because his position is based on data, not theology.
Our understanding of pseudogenes is currently being revolutionized. Jean Lightner reviews some literature which discusses pseudogenes that code for proteins! Pseudogenes have already been shown to provide lots of different types of regulation, but now we are seeing that different ways of reading the genes can actually produce functioning proteins from pseudogenes.
This should re-emphasize a point - science is always changing. Those of you who think that we should put our faith in science instead of God and God's word in scripture, remember that what we think we know today about science can turn out wrong tomorrow. Science is great, but only if we understand it as a subordinate discipline. Science is a servant, not a master. Many of the "proofs" of evolution are based off of things that we are only beginning to understand.
I worry that the Church is banking too much on the "established fact" of evolution. There is so much theology that is currently being systematically skewed because even conservative evangelicals are shifting to the evolutionary paradigm.
Matthew 24:24 - "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect."
I think many Christians are turning to science as a false Christ and false prophet. If you look at the way they justify their theology, it is based on all of the wonderful achievements of science, and then they go and reinterpret the whole Bible based on an evolutionary paradigm. That rings to me of following a false Christ because of signs and wonders.
2 Peter 3:3-6 - "First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." 5But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed."
MikeGene has had several great posts of late but I haven't had time to blog on them. However this one I think is important enough for us that I'm taking the time to post it: 10 Signs of Intellectual Honesty. This is a very easy value to sacrifice when trying to convince people of the value of your position, especially when something important like scripture or creation is being discussed. However, I would argue that overreaching/intellectual dishonesty have the biggest long-term downsides.
Apparently Ken Ham will be appearing on a web debate among Christians on BeliefNet, debating Karl Giberson. Could be interesting, annoying, or painful. We'll see. I'm currently reading Nature's Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith. Afterwards, I'll review it, with an eye towards why I think Creationism is important to the Church. Maybe Ken and I can compare answers afterwards :)
D. audaxviator survives in a habitat where it gets its energy not from the sun but from hydrogen and sulfate produced by the radioactive decay of uranium.
The original article has a picture - this is a micro-organism that was collected from cave-water.
It seems like all of the research in YEC is going towards cosmology physics. Some reasons why this might be are:
Anyway, as usual, I know next to nothing about physics, and I promise to try to educate myself on this sometime before global warming switches back to global cooling.
Barry Setterfield is an interesting character in YEC. Here's his latest paper reviewing the potential for the Universe to have a primarily plasma origin. If I remember correctly, Setterfield believes that the "formless and void" state of the universe in Genesis was a plasma of hydrogen and oxygen. I have no idea if that relates to the paper or not :) As I said, someday...
For those of you interested, Ian Juby just overhauled his website, and has some interesting material on it. Ian has regularly allowed me to repost his emails and newsletters here which have had some pretty interesting material in it. For instance, Ian reported on the cause of "death pose" in dinosaurs long before it was published in technical journals.
He also is starting a new blog which I will suggest for those of you wanting to keep current.
My wife found a cool-looking caterpillar outside near the sandbox. Turns out it is potentially a stinging caterpillar. Anyway, we are keeping it for a pet in a butterfly cage. It is a Banded Tussock Moth (Halysidota tessellaris).