Around the web — 5/31/2012

Another rapture prediction! -- Hal Lindsey was wrong (The Late Great Planet Earth). Edgar Whisenant was wrong (88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988), Harold Camping was wrong (his well-publicized prediction of the rapture in 2011). Don't worry, however, because the Bible tells us that the rapture will really be in 2014 or 2015. …

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Around the web 5/12/2012

YEC and Dispensationalism -- The discussion on my 1000th post has been interesting: the relationship between young-Earth creationism and dispensationalism. Dispensationalism is the theological system that divides salvation history into "dispensations" or periods of time in which God relates to humans in distinct ways. Usually, the last dispensation---that is, the End Times---is just around the …

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Regarding “PCA Geologists on the Age of the Earth”

We moved to a new city last year, and recently became members of a church in the Presbyterian Church in America. We are delighted to be a part of this local church, with its commitment to the truthfulness and authority of the Scriptures, excellent preaching, worship that is rooted in the Bible and the liturgical …

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Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism

Christianity Today has a brief interview with philosopher Alvin Plantinga regarding his recent book entitled Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism. The main points of the interview are: The alleged conflict between theistic religion and science is superficial. There is a deep harmony between theistic religion and science. Part of the reason …

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Creationists drive young people out of the church — Karl Giberson

Karl Giberson: Creationists Drive Young People Out of the Church Here is a quote: In a recent piece titled "Nine Year Old Challenges Nasa," [Answers in Genesis president Ken] Ham blogged proudly about "Emma B" who, when told that a NASA moon rock was 3.75 billion years old, asked "Were you there?" The suggestion that …

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The stratigraphic column — not a figment of geologists’ imaginations

I have been involved in an online discussion regarding whether or not the geologic column (Cambrian-Ordovician-Silurian-Devonian...) is real, or  some sort of figment of geologists' imaginations. Dr. Jay Wile, on his Proslogion blog, has written a post entitled Yet Another Failure of "Geological Column" Reasoning. Please note that I consider Dr. Wile (author of the …

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C.S. Lewis, evolutionist

Dr. Jay Wile has an excellent summary of C.S. Lewis's beliefs about evolution on his Proslogion blog: Another Point About C.S. Lewis. To summarize the summary: Lewis refused to join or endorse the Evolution Protest Movement, even though it was led by a personal friend. His writings state acceptance of biological evolution [and, I should …

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The tragedy of “creation evangelism”

The following item was originally posted in October 2009, and I have added it to my blog recycling program. Because I have new readers of The GeoChristian, I will occasionally go back and re-use some of my favorite blog entries (sometimes with a little editing). This post quotes from Michael Spencer, the late author of …

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The Genesis Flood — 50th anniversary

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Genesis Flood, by Henry Morris and John Whitcomb. This was, perhaps, the most influential young-Earth creationist book of the twentieth century, and was listed at #22 on Christianity Today's Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals. Morris (a hydraulic engineering professor at the time) …

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The other book that saved me

"So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." -- Romans 10:17 ESV I became a Christian through the proclamation of God's word. The Law was proclaimed and I was convicted of my sin and need for a savior. The Gospel was proclaimed and I was drawn to the Lord Jesus Christ, …

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Ken Ham and Richard Dawkins agree with each other, but they are both wrong

Ken Ham is an Evangelical Christian and is perhaps the world's most prominent anti-evolutionist and advocate of young-Earth creationism. Richard Dawkins, author of the best-selling book The God Delusion, is perhaps the world's most prominent proselytizer for atheism. The two men are worlds apart on a number of important issues, but they seem to be …

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Ken Ham, home schooling, and theological orthodoxy

From Christianity Today: Creation Museum Founder Disinvited from Homeschooling Conferences Ken Ham, founder and president of Answers in Genesis, was disinvited from several homeschooling conferences after he criticized a fellow speaker at two Great Homeschool Conventions conferences and on his blog. "The Board believes that Ken's public criticism of the convention itself and other speakers …

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Skepchick

An atheist writer has an entry on her blog today about The GeoChristian (see Skepchick: Genesis and Geology). She obviously has more readers than I do, and she has sent them in droves to click on "Myth" on my Understanding Genesis 1 poll. Skepchick started her blog entry by saying some nice things about me …

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YEC college scores #1 in academics

A week ago I blogged about the possible link between creationism, home-schooling, and apostasy. I am the first to admit that my hypothesis that there is a link between creationism and apostasy (falling away from the faith) was anecdotal, and I am pleased that there are many home-schooled kids raised on young-Earth materials come out …

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John MacArthur on the age of the Earth and theistic evolution

Influential Reformed blogger Tim Challies recently interviewed the popular pastor and radio Bible teacher John MacArthur (5 More Questions with John MacArthur). One of the questions had to do with creation, evolution, and the age of the Earth: One pressing issue in the church today is that of creation and evolution. Do you believe that …

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The doctrine of creation before Westminster and before Darwin

Young-Earth creationists commonly assert that until the 1700s, the almost universal interpretation of Genesis 1 was six consecutive literal 24-hour days about 6000 years ago. They say that the only reason that Christian scholars since then have suggested alternative interpretations was because they have sought to impose science on Scripture. Justin Taylor, on his Between …

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The ESV Study Bible on creation — Dinosaurs in Job?

The ESV Study Bible is a theologically conservative Evangelical work, and is certainly one of the most comprehensive study Bibles ever produced. It has been out for only three years, but it looks like it will be a highly influential reference work for decades to come.One potential positive impact of the ESVSB relates to its …

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Creationism, home schooling, and falling away from the Christian faith

Warning: the following statement is anecdotal and not the result of any sort of formal research: Christian kids who are home schooled all the way from pre-school through high school are only about fifty percent likely to retain their Christian faith once they finish high school. As I said, this "statistic" is not the result …

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Poll: Understanding Genesis 1

Welcome readers from Skepchick. I invite you to look around; a good place to start would be my Best of The GeoChristian page, which is only partially complete.There are newer posts beneath this one. Ever since eighteenth century geologists suggested that the Earth might be older than 6000 years, Biblical scholars have attempted to reconcile …

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The ESV Study Bible on creation — Noah’s flood

The ESV Study Bible is a theologically conservative Evangelical work, and is certainly one of the most comprehensive study Bibles ever produced. It has been out for only three years, but it looks like it will be a highly influential reference work for decades to come.  One potential positive impact of the ESVSB relates to …

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