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Wed

10

Sep

2014

Why I gave up YEC, and then Christianity

After a long and difficult struggle, I'm finally stepping away from the Christian faith I've known for 46 years--the faith I grew up in, then selected for myself as an adult and shared with my husband and our 5 children, and hundreds of people in churches, women's groups, Sunday school classes, and Awana clubs. Shortly after "coming to Christ" and being "born again" at 22, I discovered Young Earth Creationism through Answers in Genesis, and was completely convinced by their mantra: "The issue is not the age of the earth, but biblical authority. If you can't trust Genesis, you can't trust the Bible." Without the Genesis explanation of "original sin" corrupting God's perfect Creation, there would be no need for a Savior to save us from its consequences, and no explanation for the disease, suffering and death we observe despite "God's goodness". I decided--and taught--that if you're going to invest your life in a religion with the Bible as its foundation, that demands that you study it, quote it, sing it, connect with others over it, legislate your morality by dissecting it, and worship and pray to its central figure, you must accept it as true and fully reliable--or you've allowed "compromise" to creep in, and any undesired doctrines could be cast aside as well: you could tell God what he really meant. So I subscribed to Answers magazine, watched AiG videos, funded an advertising campaign for their Creation Museum on a Christian radio station, and visited it along with nearly 2 million others. I knew YEC was dismissed by many Christians as a "fringe belief", but I championed it because it starts with the Word of God, not man; I often declared, "God made the rules, so he has the right to say we're wrong." A year ago, my book was published and I got on Twitter to promote it...and was challenged by atheists who knew a lot more about science, reality and the Bible than I did. In order to be able to present my position with any credibility--and be a good witness to my faith--I had to quickly learn what the arguments were and how to address them...so I continued to engage in conversations with non-believers...and became one myself.

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Thu

28

Aug

2014

My thoughts on creationism as viewed through "Baloney Detection Kit"

AFTER 20 YEARS, MY VIEWS ON YOUNG EARTH CREATIONISM HAVE EVOLVED AND I NO LONGER HOLD THE POSITION. MANY CONTENDERS ON TWITTER HAVE CHALLENGED ME AND HAVE OFFERED MUCH MORE REASONABLE, SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATIONS OF EVIDENCE WE ALL SHARE THAN THOSE PRESENTED BY YEC PROPONENTS. I HAD HIDDEN THIS POST AND SUBSEQUENT COMMENTS BECAUSE IT'S MY BLOG AND I'M SUPPOSED TO BE THE EXPERT, BUT I'M OPENING IT UP AGAIN IN THE INTEREST OF DISSEMINATING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING. Originally posted January 17, 2014, updated August 28, 2014.

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Thu

28

Aug

2014

Fossilization must happen fast, can't wait millions of years!

UPON FURTHER REVIEW...

I NO LONGER HOLD VIEWS ESPOUSED BY YOUNG EARTH CREATIONISM.

I AM OPENING THIS POST BACK UP FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION BECAUSE IT'S AN EXAMPLE OF HOW "NOT" TO PRESENT A CASE AND IS FOLLOWED BY COMMENTS THAT ARE INSIGHTFUL, IMPORTANT, AND PROVE ME WRONG.

Originally posted March 26, 2014, updated August 28, 2014.

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Fri

11

Apr

2014

Responses to the AiG Model of the Creation of the "Races"

I had a thought provoking discussion with an atheist friend, @davestewart4444, in response to the short Answers in Genesis video  Many Skin Tones One Race. I don't want to cast any aspersions on AiG, but he pointed out some inconsistencies between Genesis chapter 10, which says the tongues were already divided and the people groups spread out, and chapter 11, which says all the people, descendants of Noah, were of one tongue and clustered together: they attempted to build a tower reaching heaven, thus in their pride violating God's command to fill the whole earth, so God confused their languages and they could no longer work together, and they separated into language groups and moved apart. He pointed out that in chapter 11 "verse 8, it tells us how God 'Scattered them abroad' specifically, away from the region of Shinar. The use of the word abroad is pivotal here. It’s talking about their removal from that region and assimilation into other cultures elsewhere." ...I will leave that for other scholars or future research to modify...I need to clarify the Creationist model however, as Dave's understanding of what it says isn't correct to start with, so he's working from some basic misconceptions.

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Thu

10

Apr

2014

Irreducible Complexity? Inconceivable Complexity!

Intelligent Design advocate Michael Behe argued in the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District in 2005 that some biological processes are too complex to have evolved through natural processes from simpler forms, but instead indicate that an intelligent designer was at work. He said that at some point, components of an organ or system cannot be taken away--it becomes "irreducibly complex" and will cease to function, like a mousetrap if any of its parts is removed. "Irreducible Complexity has been debunked!" several evolution proponents on twitter declared when I inadvertently referred to it while making a point about systems that depend on each other, indicating that they were designed and developed by an intelligent Creator. This sparked a long string of tweets between me and them, and an essay from @davestewart4444 (mabus on dalnetdebates.com/board); this essay is a response to both.

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Sun

02

Feb

2014

The spouse in your house takes precedence over the stranger on your screen!

Developing healthy relationships obviously takes time and effort--and the willingness to set aside distractions and hindrances that take away time and absorb effort. Strangers on social media and anonymous competitors on game sites continue to wreak havoc on relationships throughout the world as they consume the attention of spouses and partners, parents and children, roommates and friends, employees and coworkers. Advice columnists regularly answer complaints from writers who have been left out of the lives of the people they live with, neglected in favor of a never-ending discussion with strangers, another urgent update on a news feed, or "just one more level".

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Thu

23

Jan

2014

Some thoughts on the evidence of design in the universe

I acknowledge that I'm a Christian and a Young Earth Creationist, and understand that not everyone who claims either title accepts both. I have been interested in creation vs evolution for over half my life, since I first heard from Jehovah's Witnesses that it was an issue--at age 22! (Subsequent research indicated that they have Genesis 1:1 right, but their theology is in error, significantly at John 1:1, when they say that Jesus is just "a" god.) I grew up attending Catholic church every week and have very faithfully attended various Protestant or nondenominational churches and Bible studies my entire adult life, in many different places, yet sadly, nearly all the apologetics information I share I've had to learn on my own, such as the identity of God as Creator of the universe, YEC interpretations of scientific evidence of natural history, and the validity of the Christian faith. I primarily use resources from Answers in Genesis and the Institute for Creation Research, and recently found Stand to Reason.

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Wed

15

Jan

2014

Henry Blackaby's 7 Realities of Experiencing God

My all-time favorite Bible study is Experiencing God, by Henry Blackaby and Claude V. King, which has sold over 7 million copies in 47 languages. I've worked through it several times since 1995, and each 13-week session has yielded amazing physical and spiritual results as I've sought to know and do the will of God--I'm reminded of many of them as I look at the notes I've written in the margins of requests and replies, and the dates I made and received them--or repeated them. The 7 Realities are summarized as 1. God's Work 2. Relationship 3. Invitation 4. God Speaks 5. Crisis of Belief 6. Adjust 7. Obey and Experience. 

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Tue

14

Jan

2014

How are you spending the time you've been given?

Think about how you're spending your free time and the impact you're making on other people with your activities. Here's a classic lesson illustrating that there are 168 hours in a week, and some of them--a lot of them!-- should be devoted to pursuing God. Take some colored water, dyed rice or other visual aid and measure out a spoonful  or unit for each hour per week that you spend focused on God-- in church, worship, Bible study, prayer, Sunday school, apologetics research, evangelism, and online or physical ministry. If you feel like you have issues with playing too many games, reading too much non-edifying material, or allowing too many hobbies or too much TV to consume your time, add spoonfuls or units of a different color to represent the hours you spend. Now calculate how many units you will need to reach 168 and add that many spoonfuls of plain water or rice or a third color of the unit to represent sleep, work, and family responsibilities, then stir. If you're like me, you feel convicted that the color representing your spiritual pursuits and preparation is awfully light and an earnest effort needs to be made to inject them into each week.

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Thu

02

Jan

2014

My One Word for the new year: GLORIFY!

Watching NBC's Today Show on New Year's Day, I was captivated by Jon Gordon presenting his signature piece, One Word That Will Change Your Life, which is of course a book, with coauthors Dan Britton and Jimmy Page. Their website, getoneword.com, probably offers the short & sweet clip from the show, which I did not see in the plethora of "life-changing" videos offered on YouTube! The premise is that "clutter and complexity lead to procrastination and paralysis", so by regularly reviewing one word that we've identified as the central value of our life, we eliminate a lot of wondering and wandering, and are more inclined--even compelled--to focus on what really matters.

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Tue

10

Dec

2013

Faulty Fossil "Facts" (2nd of 2 Science Experiments)

 "Facts" about dinosaurs and evolution abound, but many of these are simply not true or not testable, and can only be based on assumptions and evolutionary biases of what "should" have happened if the scenario played out as the scientist (or lay person) predicted. Often these ideas get presented as indisputable facts and passed on, with questioners being dismissed as "against science" or "pushing an anti-science agenda". My son developed 2 experiments for his middle school science fair, using the scientific method to prove that there is a lot that cannot be known about prehistory, and a lot of room for differing proposals. This post describes Experiment 2, on the right half of his display.

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Mon

09

Dec

2013

Faulty Fossil "Facts" (1st of 2 Science Experiments)

 Setting out to prove that there is a lot of information that we've been given by scientists that is not supported by the fossil evidence on which it is based, and a lot of facts that we simply cannot know about extinct creatures because nobody was present to observe them, my son developed 2 experiments for his public school science project in 8th grade. You'll note that there are no references to Creation or God or millions of years, just 2 experiments that present evidence, follow the scientific method, and arrive at valid conclusions. The following is the text from Experiment 1, on the left half of the board. Experiment 2 is posted also.

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Sun

08

Dec

2013

God created the universe, he can handle this, too!

 During my radio interview with Mark Maxon on www.k-talk.com last week, he asked me how I respond to people who question where God is in the midst of tragedy, and how we can have faith despite terrible circumstances in our lives and in the world. My simple answer was: "God created the universe, he can handle this, too." Knowing without a doubt that the God who created my life in all of its intricacy also cares deeply about what I do with it is precious reassurance that I have a purpose and God has a plan.

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Tue

03

Dec

2013

The "Evolution of Flight"?

I've spent many hours arguing with Evolutionists and anti-theists on Twitter, and have been told over and over again that, rather than presenting real evidence, all I've got are "arguments from ignorance" and "arguments from incredulity". The terms, of course, were designed to be thrown at the speaker to discount anything they say, because nobody would ever want to give credit to someone who has been labelled ignorant or unwilling to believe in "science". Contenders repeatedly declare that Creationists begin with the end in mind, while Evolutionists are real scientists who only go where the truth leads them. And yet, article after article they toss at me begins with "The Evolution of ..."

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Sun

17

Nov

2013

It's not logical to make up dates for a stone wall or a stone outcropping.

  On a recent trip to Harpers Ferry, WV, I was fascinated by the enormous stone cliffs that are seen throughout the town and region. The large mural in the National Historical Park station declares that they were formed "500 million years ago" by "the continents of North America and Africa colliding at the rate your fingernails grow". But wait! This page on Geologic Activity says those same mountains began to form 550 million years ago--50 million years is a LOT of time--who's right, and how can we know? Could anyone really know what happened that long ago, or are even the best scientists simply giving their best guesses? Well, according to geologists who start from a Creationist viewpoint, millions of years were not involved at all in Harpers Ferry's history, but the amazing formations are largely the result of the cataclysm known as Noah's Flood.

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Fri

08

Nov

2013

Encouragement for homemakers: God hears & answers! Includes "I Appreciate You!"

   My husband and I were blessed with 5 children in our first 8 years of marriage--once upon a time they were 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, and now they're 16, 18, 20, 22, and 24. We got to live in 5 states and 2 foreign countries thanks to his career, and I had the privilege of not having a career--or the associated childcare issues. I didn't know I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom (and had no idea that 5 kids were in our future!) so I started out trying to make working work...Tho I'm no longer claiming the name Christian, 2 decades of faithful devotion were good for me at the time, and satisfied a lot of needs that I might not have had met elsewhere...The unedited story follows:

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Mon

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Oct

2013

Extrapolation is basis for dating methods

Since nobody was around more than a few thousand years ago to witness and record what happened, any dating method that claims to look into the past must be based on extrapolation of the data that is currently available. A very simple example of this involves a familiar concept: if a runner trains hard, over time she'll become a faster runner. So if it takes me 18 minutes to run one mile this week, then I train and build my muscles, and get down to 17 minutes next week, and 16 the week after, I would be thrilled to extrapolate or project that in just 15 more weeks, it will take me only 1 minute to run a mile! 

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Thu

26

Sep

2013

Surprises, Successes, Stresses, Struggles, Stories

In a recent blog post, Pastor Matt Keller suggests that leaders and coaches develop conversations around 5 starting points: surprises, successes, stresses, struggles, and stories.  I've conversed with Christians for 2 decades and taught my Creation vs Evolution lessons and workshop to Christian audiences many times, but had never ventured onto the wider stage, so I'll encourage you to "get out there" by evaluating some of the things I've learned in my first couple of months of Twitter ministry. 

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Sun

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Sep

2013

In the beginning, God theistically evolved the heavens and the earth???

"Even the Jews didn't believe that God created the universe!" a friend declared when I showed her my book--a friend who has been a student and teacher of the Bible for over 6 decades. I have to wonder which Bible she's been using, since every one that I've ever seen or heard about introduces God as the Creator in the very first line, Genesis 1:1-- In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. There are dozens of references to Creation or the things God made:

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Sun

08

Sep

2013

The Emperor's New Doughs

I have offended and even enraged anti-theists, atheists, theists, and evolutionists, and many people have expressed incredulity that I would challenge "all of science", popular culture, many religions, and "common knowledge" by declaring the Theory of Evolution to be unsubstantiated, and unsubstantiatable.  Because I assert that observation of present-day phenomena as well as the fossil record shows complete creatures that could only exist if all of their parts were fully functional, and that it simply doesn't make sense for a "single-celled organism" to survive and change through "random luck" and miniscule "selections" over millions of years into compatible males and females of thousands of species, I have been called delusional, uneducated, ignorant, and even "a threat to children" (which has yet to be explained).

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Wed

04

Sep

2013

Birth defects prove millions of years of macro-Evolution's not possible

There's a video on GodVine that shows a happy couple playing with a severely handicapped baby, whom they adopted from the horrified parents, rather than allowing them to euthanize him immediately after birth. The story is obviously pro-life, and details the expense, medical procedures and trouble the couple is willing to endure to allow their precious child to try to overcome some of his many problems; inadvertently, the story also shoots holes in the Theory of Evolution, which claims that mutation and "random luck" produce fully-functional left and right hands, legs, knees, feet, palates, hair, teeth, eyes, and noses, which this poor baby does not have, but virtually every other human being does.

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Wed

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Aug

2013

Creation is as plain as the nose on your face!

  Observing the amazing complexity and diversity of life and the mind-boggling variety of environments in which it exists, it's easy to be in awe of nature. Taking a closer look at just some of the things going on within every organism, it's fascinating to realize that these processes are happening simultaneously for billions of creatures around the world. 

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Sun

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Aug

2013

Debating with atheists on Twitter...

...I've learned:

...that there are a LOT of atheists on Twitter! I got "swarmed" one night, and had up to 15 responses waiting for me by the time I finished reading a post or typing a reply.  Many of the comments seemed to indicate that their writers hang out on Twitter deliberately to gang up on anyone who professes faith or dares to challenge the claims of evolution.

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Thu

08

Aug

2013

Creation vs. Evolution: Origins Matters!

"Millions of years ago"..."as everyone knows by now, dinosaurs evolved into birds"..."animals have evolved certain characteristics" ..."evolution in action"..."living fossils"..."pick a god, any god--we're all just cosmic accidents anyway"..."Darwin awards"...references to the Theory of Evolution abound in our society, on newscasts and in nature programs, in textbooks and cartoons, on the radio, TV, and movie screen. Anyone who dares to deny that apes could evolve into humans or state that our universe is not actually the unsubstantiated billions of years old that evolutionists claim, is subject to ridicule and mistreatment. Even Christians who sing songs praising God as the Creator accept the propaganda that the earth is billions of years old, that apemen are real, and that the Bible can't be trusted; in fact they often get quite upset when challenged with the fact that the Bible gives no indication that millions of years have elapsed, and actually gives very detailed lifespans for dozens of real men and women--adding these up, we see that God created the universe just 6,000 years ago!

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Tue

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Aug

2013

Faulty vs True Creation Models

Dr Kurt Wise points out that the Creation model is often misinterpreted--or deliberately misrepresented-- as looking like a "lawn", as proposed by Linnaeus' classification system, with all creatures being created exactly as we see them today, and no mechanism provided to account for the amazing diversity and obvious adaptation that exists in our wonderful world. Some of the "blades" are shorter than others due to extinction, but all are said to have arrived from the Creation event to the present unchanged. "God designed the universe perfectly" seems to have been the prevailing view until the 1850s, when Charles Darwin's groundshaking book, On the Origin of Species was introduced. Darwin documented the obvious variety among finches, tortoises, and human "races", so his Theory of Evolution was seen not only as scientifically accurate, but "proof" that the Bible couldn't be trusted. The "lawn" model also infers that as many critters currently existed at the time of the Flood (around 2,500 BC) as exist currently, so it challenges the logic of "all" the kinds of animals fitting onto Noah's Ark, further eroding faith in the authority and historicity of the Bible.

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