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Volume 44, Number 3
Winter, 2008
Abstracts


Toppling the Timescale
Part I: Evaluating the Terrain

John K. Reed

The geologic timescale has stood as a fortress of uniformitarian natural history for nearly two centuries. It is an intellectual idol that must be overthrown in order to reassert biblical authority in the realm of natural history. Most creationist critiques focus on empirical detail and thus fail to address the weak religious and philosophical foundations of the timescale. These foundations, rooted in the worldview of naturalism, are the key to overthrowing the flawed and misleading timescale.

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Water Gaps in the Alaska Range

Michael J. Oard


Two of the six water gaps through the Alaska Range will be briefly described. These water gaps fit in with a worldwide pattern of well over one thousand water gaps. Water gaps are a major mystery to uniformitarian geology. The three main uniformitarian hypotheses for the origin of water gaps will be analyzed and found wanting. There does not appear to be any evidence for either of the two hypotheses suggested for the origin of the Alaska Range water gaps. However, the Flood paradigm successfully explains these water gaps, as well as practically all others, and even wind gaps. Both wind and water gaps could have been rapidly carved during the Channelized Flow Phase of the Flood, when strong water currents were flowing perpendicular to mountains or ridges. An analog for a water and wind gap occurred during the gigantic Lake Missoula flood at the peak of the Ice Age.

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The Primordial Seed of Life:
Creation, Spontaneous Generation, and Emergence Theory

Kareem I. Batarseh

In this work, I examine the origin of the universe in terms of the complexity and the order exhibited in terrestrial life by analyzing the universe’s design based on the “intelligent design” of creation. This paper is based on a repertoire of scientific resources and looks at whether an intelligent extraterrestrial “Creator” exists or the entire universe emanated merely from “spontaneous generation.” Drawing on different examples extracted from mathematical, scientific, and philosophical resources, I hope to present a decisive argument about the gap that exists between real creation and the mere dogma of spontaneous generation. The emergence theory is discussed, and a tangible example of the failure of the emergence theory is given. The results suggest that two ostensibly very different aspects—not even acting in spaces having the same dimension—actually are equivalent. These two aspects are human perception and physics.

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Origins of Apoptosis:
Selfish Genes or Intelligent Design?

Jerry Bergman


Apoptosis is a complex biochemical mechanism whereby a specific cell destroys itself under certain conditions, without injury to the cells around it. A literature review reveals that neo-Darwinists have been unable to explain how the mechanism for apoptosis could have evolved in a step-by-step process. The mechanism of apoptosis regulates cell life for the advantage of the organism as a whole and not for the mere advantage to the genes, as Dawkins proposed. Apoptosis supports the concepts of irreducible complexity and intelligent design.

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Clays of the Central Georgia Kaolin Belt:
A Preliminary Evaluation

John Reed, Carl R. Froede, Jr.

Clays of the Central Georgia kaolin belt comprise a significant percentage of commercial grade kaolin produced worldwide. Kaolin lenses occur in terrestrial Coastal Plain sediments in east-central Georgia, in updip sections near the Fall Line. Uniformitarian models of the clay’s origin suggest the following sequence occurring over millions of years: (1) kaolinite minerals slowly formed as weathering products of updip igneous and metamorphic rocks of the Piedmont and Appalachian provinces, (2) kaolinite was transported by rivers to the ancient coastline, and (3) extensive, slow post-depositional changes resulted in nearly pure kaolin bodies. However, present theories are troubled by a number of inconsistencies and the diluvial paradigm may prove more fruitful for understanding the occurrence of the clay. Though a diluvial model is not presented, bounding parameters and key questions for such a theory are proposed.

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Was the Prostate Gland Poorly Designed?

Jerry Bergman

The common claim that the prostate is poorly designed is reviewed, and it is concluded that many very good reasons exist for its design and placement around the urethra. The main prostate problem, benign prostatic hypertrophy, is caused by disease, hormone imbalance, and other health problems, not poor design.

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