Old Earth Creationism

From the World-Wide Flood to the World Wide Web: Creationism in the Digital Age

Reports of the National Center for Science Education
Title: 
From the World-Wide Flood to the World Wide Web: Creationism in the Digital Age
Author(s): 
Stephen C Burnett
Year: 
2008
Date: 
July–August

INTRODUCTION

Recent research has shown strong support for science among the public in the US (National Science Board 2006). At the same time, this research shows that this same public is generally not well-informed about scientific issues (National Science Board 2006). In fact, the NSB report concludes that “the public’s lack of knowledge about basic scientific facts and the scientific process can have far reaching implications” (National Science Board 2006). This problem is not limited to adults, as tests of scientific literacy rate US students below the level of their counterparts in many other countries (National Science Board 2006). In particular, understanding of evolutionary biology is especially poor among Americans (Miller and others 2006), and it seems to be an issue from grade school (Michigan House Civics Commission 2006) to college (Holden 2006a). While this issue exists in other countries, the United States is the arguably the developed nation where the problem is most severe (Lazcano 2005; Miller and others 2006). Clearly, public perception of evolutionary biology is out of line with the actual state of science, and efforts to correct this should be a high priority.

Review: The Science of God

Reports of the National Center for Science Education
Year: 
1998
Date: 
March–April
Reviewer: 
Frank Sonleitner
Work under Review
Title: 
The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom
Author(s): 
Gerald L. Schroeder
This book is essentially an elaboration and update of Schroeder's earlier book Genesis and the Big Bang published in 1990. Schroeder is an Israeli physicist who has also extensively studied biblical interpretation. He uses the arguments of the Anthropic principle (the Big Bang and the fine-tuning of the universal constants) as evidence for God; but he also insists that the Bible and science agree. Genesis is not to be taken literally nor dismissed as poetry but must be interpreted correctly following the lead of talmudic scholars such as Nahmanides and Maimonides.

Review: Forbidden Archaeology's Impact

Reports of the National Center for Science Education
Year: 
1999
Date: 
May–June
Reviewer: 
Tom Morrow
Work under Review
Title: 
Forbidden Archeology's Impact: How a Controversial New Book Shocked the Scientific Community and Became an Underground Classic
Author(s): 
Michael A. Cremo

What if somebody published a 592-page book to answer all the critics of his previous book? That's what Michael Cremo does in Forbidden Archaeology's Impact. In 1993, Cremo and Richard Thompson published Forbidden Archaeology (FA), a voluminous exposé of "anomalous archaeological artifacts" that suggested modern people possibly lived on earth almost as long as the world existed, some 4.3 billion years ago.

Review: Science of Today and the Problems of Genesis

Reports of the National Center for Science Education
Year: 
2000
Date: 
November–December
Reviewer: 
Colin Groves, Australian National University
Work under Review
Title: 
Science of Today and the Problems of Genesis: A Study of the "Six Days" of Creation, The Origin of Man and the Deluge and Antiquity of Man Based on Science and Sacred Scripture; A Vindication of the Papal Encyclicals and Rulings of the Church on These Questions. New Edition.
Author(s): 
Fr Patrick O'Connell, BD
If there is any book that was really pivotal in laying "creation science" before the public, it is surely Duane Gish's Evolution: The Fossils Say No!, first published in 1972. Among other tidbits in this book, there is a 13-page exposé in which Gish purports to demolish the claims for the very existence of "Peking Man", arguing that the conclusions supporting this human fossil are based on not merely bad science, but fraud.

Over the Hump — Taking the AIG Camel Challenge!

Reports of the National Center for Science Education
Title: 
Over the Hump — Taking the AIG Camel Challenge!
Author(s): 
Andrew J Petto
Year: 
1998
Date: 
November–December

A Camel Skull!!!

How Can a Camel Skull Be Used in the Ministry?

Take a look at the following three overheads. I think you will see how we can use even a camel skull to show that our pre-conceived ideas will influence how we see the world around us. Remember when you use these the audience will not know (usually) that it is a camel skull.

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