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Volume 11, Number 1
Can There Be True Science Without True Religion?
T. Robert Ingram
Science, philosophy, and
religion are considered as limited aspects of a given body of truth.
Attention is given to careful definition of each term. Then science
and philosophy are discussed as two branches of religion. Faith, reason,
and revelation are mentioned with regard to the creation account. The
author concludes that Christian thinkers should agree that philosophy
may be understood to be the activity of right reason, and science may
be said to be the knowledge of things knowable to sensory perception
(direct or indirect), and these cannot be studied without reference
to religion, but must serve religion which is Christian truth and life.
On The Distinction Between
Religion, Philosophy, Science, And History
Harold L. Armstrong, M.S.
Careful attention is given
to what is meant by "religion," philosophy," "science,"
and "history." Religion has to do with right relation to God.
Philosophy involves one in the study of all things, and creation and
origins would rank only as one are of study among many. Science is organized
knowledge and methods of investigation of the natural environment. Therefore,
creation, origins, and evolution cannot be studied scientifically. History
is developed from written records. The "fossil records," then,
cannot be considered as history.
Time Upside Down
Erich A. von Fange, Ph.D.
A new look at world prehistory
is presented. Substantiations are enumerated at length to support the
author's contention that much evidence has been ignored too long by
authors of conventional textbooks. Upside down formations, odd things
in wrong places, extensive challenges of dating methods, the fading
magnetic field of the earth, stalagmite formation, footprints in stone,
petrified wood, reexamination of the Sahara, Neanderthal man, and oddities
found below the earth's surface are itemized. Keys to unlocking mysteries
of ancient history are discussed also.
Is Molecular Evolution Of
M. Trop, Ph.D. and A.
By statistical considerations,
the probability that amino acids and other components would combine
spontaneously to form a protein with a chain of one hundred amino acids
is examined. The conclusion is that there are not enough amino acids
available, nor enough time from the beginning of the earth, even according
to the most liberal estimates made nowadays, to bring about even one
molecule of any type of protein.
Geochemistry Of The Stable
Don B. DeYoung, Ph.D.
A review is given of geologic
investigations using stable isotopes and changes in their abundance.
Many natural processes tend to concentrate particular isotopes by a
factor of several percent. Four creationist applications arising from
this natural isotopic enrichment are considered. First discussed are
large scale errors in C14 radiometric dating of fresh water
Mollusk shells due to C12 isotope exchange. It is shown that
this age-determination uncertainty may also affect all other radiometric
dating methods. Popular concepts of evaporite deposition and continental
drift, that are dependent upon long geologic ages, are discussed. Recent
stable isotope data which can be used to contradict these ideas is interpreted.
The final application concerns information from extraterrestrial isotopes.
Looking ahead, future research with stable isotopes will concentrate
on paleotemperatures which may provide additional evidence for a preflood
Hybrid Corn: Man's Glory
William J. Tinkle, Ph.D.
Hybridization and heterosis
are discussed in relation to development of hybrid corn. Brief consideration
is given to early investigations of Shull and East; then tests by the
author are described whereby he was able to demonstrate to students
some of the aspects of hybridization of corn. After considering relationship
of his subject to "evolution." the author concludes, "If
corn had developed from some 'simple' plant, such as an alga, it would
necessarily have been by the introduction of many new and improved genes.
Instead of introducing new genes, the remarkable process of making Zea
mays more useful to man involves experts rejecting undesired genes
and collecting other genes into more desirable groups.
Let The Oceans Speak
Drawing from recent studies
of the oceans, the author shows that there is much evidence for a young
Earth. The amounts of various minerals dissolved in sea water, for instance,
would have taken only a tiny fraction of the age of the Earth to accumulate,
even according to the position of uniformitarian concepts. A similar
statement may be made about the sediment at the bottom of the ocean.
Sex And Ear Size In The Bullfrog
E. Norbert Smith
Ear sizes differ significantly
in male and female, frogs, Rana catesbeiana. If ears are a means
of warning of impending predation, one would expect the ears of both
sexes to be the same size. Or, if hearing is essential in feeding behavior
no difference in ear size would be expected. Actually male frogs of
this species possess greater hearing capability than female frogs. Research
is mentioned, and relevance of all these ideas to a creationist framework
Evolution And Archaeological
Donovan A. Courville,
The few hundred years after
the flood are crucial years for anyone who believes in a young earth;
for in that time populations had to increase and disperse, and the arts
and crafts of civilization had to be taken up again, after the destruction
of the former order. The author shows that, in fact, the interval need
not have been very long. In particular, no more than about 200 years
need be allowed between the flood and the beginning of the dynastic
period in Egypt.
Additional Notes Concerning
The Lewis Thrust-Fault
Clifford L. Burdick, M.S.
A paper, "The Lewis
Overthrust," by Burdick appeared in the September issue of the
Creation Research Society Quarterly. Field data was reported
that had been gathered in recent years from the study of the so-called
thrust contact along the visible exposures. The standard physical evidences
for thrust or low angle faults are: 1) mylonite or ground-up rock along
the upper and nether plates of the natural mill, 2) tectonic breccia,
or angular fragments of rock along the contact, and 3) slickensides,
or grooves made by the differential movement. In the exposures visited
these criteria were missing; therefore the author concluded that the
Lewis block may not be a genuine overthrust.
In the summer of 1973 geologists
Malcolm Fargher and Walter Peters accompanied the field trip sponsored
by the Bible-Science Association under the personal direction of Rev.
Walter Lang. Fargher reported the existence of slickensides and other
physical criteria in the vicinity of the thrust contact, thus perhaps
causing a re-evaluation of previous conclusions regarding the Lewis
Accordingly a special plane
was chartered to fly Fargher and Burdick to the scene in October, 1973.
Geoffrey McMahon kindly offered to pilot the plane and, as it turned
out pay for a large portion of the expense of the trip.
Variation And Fixity In Nature
Frank L. Marsh, Ph.D.
This article is the substance
of a paper delivered at Lansing Community College, Lansing, Michigan,
in October 1973, as part of a Special Creation-Evolution Seminar, and
is presented here as being of interest to a larger number of people.
Using quotations from writers who assume evolution, the writer points
out that there is no evidence, from fossils or from anything else, for
the vast changes between kinds, which are required according to the
evolution model. The evidence may be used much more conclusively to
support the special creation of the various kinds, followed, in some
cases, by their limited diversification.
Kohoutek, Comets, And Christianity
Peter A. Steveson
When compared to predictions
and expectations of many, the comet Kohoutek was the disappointment
of the century. Still, the immense publicity which it received raised
questions to which creationists should find answers. The author notes
that, while comets do not, as some have hoped, contain evidence about
the origin of the origin of the universe or of the solar system, they
can be considered as evidence for a young solar system, and hence for
a young earth.
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