American Thinker | Andrew Walden | May. 3, 2008
Speaking at the White House, Pope Benedict XVI April 16 embraced America’s “quest for freedom….” Benedict explained: “Freedom is not only a gift, but also a summons to personal responsibility. Americans know this from experience – almost every town in this country has its monuments honoring those who sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom, both at home and abroad.”
Today, as in the Civil War, Logos is on the side of freedom. And in spite of the secular media effort to obfuscate, Benedict’s message couldn’t be clearer: Logos rises to defend against the secular call for submission to the Chaos unleashed by Islam. [Read more…]
OrthodoxNet.com | C.S. Lewis
In the second place, to understand that logic must be valid is to see at once that this thing we all know, this thought, this mind, cannot in fact be really alien to the nature of the universe. Or, putting it the other way around, the nature of the universe cannot be really alien to Reason.
We find that matter always obeys the same laws which our logic obeys. When logic says a thing must be so, Nature always agrees. No one can suppose that this can be due to a happy coincidence. [Read more…]
ARN | Roddy Bullock | Apr. 29, 2008
Q: How many materialists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: None. Given time the light bulb will change itself.
No joke. Light from darkness, life from non-life, mind from matter; it’s all a mere marvel of matter in motion. Never mind where matter came from, and no matter where mind came from, for matter-only materialists everything that is came unplanned from everything that was in a string of unguided eternal change. Magically transforming the mundane into the marvelous, it seems nothing is impossible with change–time makes light work of miracles. For the life sciences branch of materialist philosophy, Darwin’s theory mandates the same explanation for all life: unguided change over time gave us eyes to close and mouths to open in the service of a dead philosophy emanating from a brain that thinks it has a mind. Who would have thought? [Read more…]
William Dembski ID relies not on Genesis but on reliable scientific methods for discriminating designed from undesigned structures. Reprinted from The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent Design.
Intelligent design needs to be distinguished from creation science, or scientific creationism. The most obvious difference is that scientific creationism has prior religious commitments whereas intelligent design does not. Scientific creationism is committed to two religious presuppositions and interprets the data of science to fit those presuppositions. Intelligent design, by contrast, has no prior religious commitments and interprets the data of science on generally accepted scientific principles. In particular, intelligent design does not depend on the biblical account of creation. The two presuppositions of scientific creationism are as follows:
* There exists a supernatural agent who creates and orders the world.
* The biblical account of creation recorded in Genesis is scientifically accurate. [Read more…]
Townhall | Brent Bozell III | Apr. 18, 2008
Everyone should take the opportunity to see “Expelled” — if nothing else, as a bracing antidote to the atheism-friendly culture of PC liberalism. But it’s far more than that. It’s a spotlight on the arrogance of this movement and its leaders, a spotlight on the choking intolerance of academia, and a spotlight on the ignorance of so many who say so much, yet know so very little. [Read more…]
Evidence of more problems with the universal “macro-evolutionary” theory. It seems beetles are also exempt from evolution. They join the mighty cockroach, horseshoe crab, and many other species who stopped progressing millions of years ago.
LiveScience | Dave Mosher | Dec. 26, 2007
Wait, don’t squash that beetle! Its lineage predates dinosaurs. New research hints that modern-day versions of the insects are far older than any tyrannosaur that trod the Earth. [Read more…]
OrthodoxNet.com | Chris Banescu | Dec. 15, 2007
As scientific research and advancements, supported by increasingly more powerful computer technologies, delve into the vast complexities of biological organisms, the handiwork and genius of their Creator become more obvious and irrefutable. Recent experiments by researchers using a computer generated “cortical simulator” designed to duplicate a miniscule fraction of the functions of a mouse brain illustrate the immense structural sophistication and the enormous intricacies inherent in all living creatures. [Read more…]
AP | Seth Borenstein | August 8, 2007
WASHINGTON – Surprising research based on two African fossils suggests our family tree is more like a wayward bush with stubby branches, challenging what had been common thinking on how early humans evolved.
The discovery by Meave Leakey, a member of a famous family of paleontologists, shows that two species of early human ancestors lived at the same time in Kenya. That pokes holes in the chief theory of man’s early evolution — that one of those species evolved from the other.
Ed. (Banescu) Another “living fossil” discovery pokes holes in the secular Macro Evolutionary theory.
AP | Ali Sultan | July 16, 2007
ZANZIBAR, Tanzania – Fishermen have caught a rare and endangered fish, the coelacanth, off the coast of the Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar, a researcher said on Monday.
The find makes Zanzibar the third place in Tanzania where fishermen have caught the coelacanth, a heavy-bodied, many-finned fish with a three-lobed tail that was thought extinct until it was caught in 1938 off the coast of South Africa. Since then two types of coelacanth have been caught in five other countries: Comoros, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar and Mozambique, according to African Coelacanth Ecosystem Program.
Referencing: Not a Chance by Dean Overman
I’ve thought a lot about this compelling article today and came up with an idea I will attempt to explain. I never write about science so I havn’t developed the vocabularly to explain myself as well as I should, so have patience.
Overman talked about the mathematical improbabilities of the DNA molecue developing by chance (contra Darwin). As I reflected on this I took it a bit in a different direction based on my experience designing and maintaining this website, particularly learning and using the design coding.
The DNA molecule is essentially an information grid. The bits of proteins that assemble to determine how a human body develops are really biochemical bits of information.
Chris Banescu, webmaster of OrthodoxNet, had his review of William A. Dembski’s book “Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing” published on Town Hall.
“Intelligent Design,” the movement challenging Darwinism, bears watching because it may overthrow Darwin. ID challenges Darwinism on scientific grounds. For example, probability theory (which did not exist during Darwin’s time) reveals there is less chance of a single cell emerging from inert matter than a tornado blowing through a factory and assembling a Boeing 747. A single cell, in other words, is more complex than the airplane. Design advocates argue that the Darwinian notion that parallel processes developed simultaneously, thereby allowing the movement within systems from simplicity to ever greater complexity, is based on naturalistic philosophy rather than credible science.
Touchstone Magazine has taken the lead on this issue on religious/cultural circles. Phillip Johnson, who one day will be rightfully considered the father of the Intelligent Design movement, is an editor of that outstanding magazine.