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5 June 2004 

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 Weekly News        

Q: What’s the significance of the famous White Cliffs of Dover in England to the debate over creation and evolution?

Quotable quote:

‘We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is an absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.’

– Richard Lewontin, ‘Billions and billions of demons,’The New York Review, p. 31, 9 January 1997.

A: The White Cliffs of Dover hug the coastline of southeastern England. These cliffs—made primarily of chalk—are eroding at an alarming rate. While we don’t have an exact idea how much erosion has occurred at the White Cliffs, we can compare it to what has happened in other parts of England.

For example, a lighthouse near Eastbourne had to be rescued from a cliff’s edge. The erosion was more than 70 feet in 165 years, or about 5 inches per year!

Now how does this relate to Genesis—and evolution? These rates of erosion contradict the evolutionary belief that landforms are hundreds of millions of years old. If they were that old, the White Cliffs of Dover would have been disappeared long ago. Evolution requires millions of years, but rates of erosion argue against it.

The Bible is correct—our earth is on the order of thousands of years old, not millions!

This week on www.AnswersInGenesis.org …

29 May: Skeptics challenge: a ‘God of love’ created a killer jellyfish?
31 May: Movie Review: The Day After Tomorrow
1 June: Operation: Refuting Compromise: Critique of the introductory chapter of Hugh Ross’ new book A Matter of Days: Resolving a Creation Controversy
2 June: Evolutionary naturalism: an ancient idea
3 June: One Blood: The biblical answer to racism: Introduction and Foreword
4 June: Criticism of ‘Darwinism and the Nazi race Holocaust’

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 Education News        

For Educators | For Students

Educators

Education question:

What’s in a name?

In biblical times a person’s name had deep significance and was often an expression of his or her origin, character or destiny. There are many terms for God in the Bible, all having special meaning or significance. Even the first book, Genesis, uses different terms, for very good reasons. Find out why!

Additional resource:

Textbook of the month:

Our featured textbook of this month is Body by Design.

Body by Design defines the basic anatomy and physiology in each of 11 body systems from a creation viewpoint. Every chapter examines different organs and structures giving evidence for design. Focus sections that highlight the interwoven complexity between the body systems are also included. Students are challenged to think through the evidence—the facts as we know them today—and to consider the statistical likelihood of molecules-to-man evolution. The end result is an effective, interwoven presentation of anatomy, physiology and creation.

Questions? Comments? Let us know your thoughts!

Students

The Second Law of Thermodynamics

Have you ever used the ‘second law of thermodynamics’ as a confirmation of the biblical account of creation, only to have someone provide a critique of the argument which you couldn’t answer? Find out how to respond to common criticisms of the ‘second law’ argument.

Questions? Comments? Let us know your thoughts!

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 PrayerNet        

Praise and Prayer | Upcoming AiG Events

Praise and Prayer

Please pray over the following items during the next two weeks …

  • There is a buzz in our four Northern Kentucky locations as we begin planning to move our offices to a new headquarter facility AiG is building (west of the Cincinnati Airport). This will place us—in September—right next to the Creation Museum under construction. Please pray that the offices will be ready for occupancy by early September.

  • Pray that donations to the museum project will not dip through the summer.

  • You can view some recent photos of the museum site at www.CreationMuseum.org.

  • Pray that more Christian leaders will read our new Refuting Compromise book.

  • See the schedule below, and pray for these Bible-upholding outreaches.

 Upcoming AiG Events       

4-5 June
Syracuse, NY
Ken Ham

4 June
Arvada, CO
Carl Kerby

5-12 June
Grand Canyon raft trip

6 June
Walton, KY
Brandon Vallorani

13 June
Kokomo, IN
Buddy Davis

15 June
Mars, PA
Dr Terry Mortenson

23 June
Mt Vernon, OH
Buddy Davis

24 June
Hilliard, OH
Buddy Davis

24–26 June
Columbus, OH
Ken Ham

26 June
Haslett, MI
Dr David Menton

27 June
Okemos, MI
Dr David Menton

As always, AiG deeply appreciates your partnership with us in prayer!