Researching Creation

April 13, 2009

Geology / Paul Garner and The New Creationism

JB

Paul Garner, an excellent Creation Geologist from the UK, has a new Creationism blog out, and it is fantastic reading.  He also has a new book out, which I have not yet read, called The New Creationism: Building a Scientific Theory on a Biblical Foundation.  Some posts of interests from his blog:

Anyway, Paul Garner is a first-class researcher.  I got the opportunity to meet him at the 2006 BSG meeting, and again at ICC last year.  I am so glad that he is blogging now!  [Hat tip to Todd Wood]

April 10, 2009

General / Is Biology Boring?

JB

One of the reasons I did not go into biology after high school was that I had this idea that biology was extremely boring.  The reason I thought biology was boring was because the classes about biology and the textbooks in those classes were, in fact, boring, and left no reason for me to want to pursue it.

It wasn't until much later that I realized that, because of Creation, by looking into biology we are seeing God's own handiwork.  Isn't that an amazing conception?  How could that possibly be boring?

Charles Jackson described this in a recent debate (see full debate here):

I am suggesting that it is not inappropriate to discuss in the classroom anything that’s controversial, that’s already in the minds of the students, and that they are capable of comprehending...It will take longer to teach a unit, but the students will learn it better.  Controversy–if you were a government teacher, during an election year, the discussions you could have would be fabulous.  And the discussions that I had in my biolgoy and Earth science classes were wonderful during a unit when I address origins.  I bent over backwards to be fair about the evolution thing.  My students thought I believed in evoluiton.  I had a Catholic boy get chewed out by a Muslim girl for not believing in the Garden of Eden.  So we had some really good discussions.  The students like this.  It worked great.  Whenever there’s something controversial, it boosts student interest.  They get very interested.

On the whole, I homeschool, so what gets taught in public education doesn't impact me much.  However, from my own personal experience, I wish that someone had interested me more in biology.  His point (which there was even a more interesting part slightly earlier) was that you build from where students already are.  Whether you agree with Creationism or not, it is not inappropriate to bring it up in a science context, and do discussions on it, because that's the best way of teaching - even if your purpose is to teach evolution.  If you don't, it just bounces off and makes no impact.  Students need to be engaged where they are, not where the evolutionists wished that they were.

Studying Creationism has ignited my passion in biology - a passion which I never knew that I had.  I hope more science teachers realize that connecting God to science doesn't stop science, but instead broadens the interest base by a huge margin.

April 03, 2009

Geology / Spotlight on Marcus Ross

CMI has an interesting profile on paleontologist Marcus Ross.  Check it out!

April 03, 2009

Biological Change / SNPedia

JB

A new wiki is out, called SNPedia, which documents the effects of DNA variations on phenotypes.  You can also check out the SNPedia blog.