PURPOSE: To help
Christians understand the Canyonlands area, the history of the
earth as seen in the rock record, and how that history
correlates with a literal understanding of the Bible.
JULY 23-27, 2012
DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS FOR
OUR 2012 CANYONLANDS TOUR IS MAY 1, 2012
MUST GET MOTEL RESERVATIONS MADE — PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU
WANT TO GO.
WHERE: Leave from Flagstaff, AZ,
visiting Sunset Crater, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion
National Park, Meteor Crater, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest,
and points in between.
CONDUCT: Air-conditioned motor coach
with lectures presented by John Clayton and Alan Doty en route.
At each point participants will have the option of hiking or
staying in one place and enjoying the view. Hiking is not
PARTICIPANTS: Anyone age eight or
older who is willing to participate in lectures, devotionals,
studies, and wholesome activity.
INCLUDED: Bus transportation, motels,
field guides, entry fees, breakfasts Tuesday through Friday. Not
included: Other meals, gratuities, souvenirs,
transportation to and from Flagstaff.
COSTS: No money is paid to Does God
Exist?, to your guides, or to John Clayton. The only cost is for
the items described above. Cost is: singles: $949; doubles:
$889; three or four in a room: $549. Trip insurance is
FOR A COMPLETE ITINERARY, RESERVATION, OR
call Queenslander Tours at 877-865-6711 (toll free) or by e-mail
at email@example.com. Information can be viewed at www.queenslandertours.com/qtt/grandcanyon/.
Other questions can be directed to John Clayton at 269-687-9426
or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FASTER THAN LIGHT FLAP.
September the newspapers were full of material from an experiment
in Italy in which neutrinos were measured to have traveled from
Switzerland to Italy, a distance of some 456 miles, at a speed
slightly faster than the speed of light. Since one of Einstein’s
prime principles is that the speed of light is an absolute limit,
there was great media play on the idea that Einstein was wrong. In
fact, such a discovery would be revolutionary! But it now appears
that uncertainty in the measurements, not a failure of Einstein’s
work, is the cause. The primary problem is that neutrinos should
release energy in such a journey and no released energy has been
detected. There will be more on this later, but do not throw out
all your physics books yet. Source: Science News
, November 5, 2011, page 10.
PLESIOSAUR HAD LIVE BIRTH.
One of the
interesting questions about ancient reptiles is whether they were
like our modern reptiles or something altogether different. A
discovery in Kansas of a plesiosaur with a large, fully-formed
baby inside has provided more confusing data. Apparently this sea
reptile did not lay eggs, but gave live birth in a way that
resembles a whale. This is one more evidence that these animals
were living in a different kind of world than the one we live in
and were not a part of the description of man and his world given
in the Genesis account. Source: El
, August 12, 2011.
TEXAS BOARD OF EDUCATION REJECTS INTELLIGENT DESIGN
In July 2011 the Texas state board
in charge of curriculum rejected an attempt to have anti-evolution
supplements added to high school biology textbooks. A spokesman
for evolutionists said that the supplements were “laced with
creationist arguments … remarkably shoddy, teeming with
misspellings, typographical errors and mistaken claims of fact.”
We have requested but have not been given a copy of the
supplements. It is important to understand the nature of such
material. Pressure from denominational creationism which includes
church positions on science will never be accepted into the
schools. When things like this come up I am always reminded of the
Arkansas case which was one of the first to go to the courts. In
that case the textbook being pushed by people opposed to evolution
had a section in which UFOs were presented as angels of Satan
coming to begin the Battle of Armageddon before the rapture. This
was a view that many who were promoting the teaching of creation
in the schools could not accept and did not want taught. It is
important for all of us to be careful that religious views of all
kinds, including atheism, are not promoted in public education.
Source: Scientific American
October 2011, page 92.
VIRUS SOURCES AND UNCLEAN ANIMALS.
and more data becomes available on the origins of the viruses
affecting mankind, it is becoming increasingly obvious that most
of the major virus infections of man have come about because of
careless handling of animals. It is clear that HIV has been
contracted by sexual and butchering practices with monkeys. The
SARS virus has come to humans from civets, which are small
cat-like mammals. The H1N1 virus emerged in pigs in Mexico and is
a mix of other viruses. It is interesting that these animals were
considered unclean in the time of Moses and would not have had
enough contact with the humans who followed God’s law to cause a
pandemic. Source: Time
November 7, 2011, page 35.
BELIEVING IN GHOSTS.
One of the areas we
have gotten involved in studying recently has been claims of the
paranormal. Ghosts are a part of that, and we have tried to point
out that there is no evidence scientifically or biblically that
ghosts are real. There are always relatively simple scientific or
cultural explanations for claims of ghosts. In Reader’s Digest
2011, page 94) there is a survey of belief in ghosts by country.
The leading country for belief in ghosts is Malaysia where 57% of
the people say they believe in ghosts. Number two is the United
States and number 3 is Canada — with 47% of Americans and 43% of
Canadians saying they believe in ghosts. We have frequently quoted
the adage that “when you don’t believe in something you’ll believe
anything,” and as people reject God the substitute is frequently
ghosts or aliens.
NCSE AND ASA IN CONFLICT.
Two of the organizations most involved in education in America
have had some interesting dialogue over a man involved in both.
National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is opposed to
creationism and any attempt to limit the teaching of Darwinism in
American schools. American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) is an
educational group of scientists who hold advanced degrees in
science but are believers in God and in Christianity (in the
broadest sense). The ASA recently ran an article about Dr. Peter
Hess who works for the NCSE and is a member of the ASA. Hess is a
practicing Catholic but feels that evolution is not a threat to
Christianity, only to certain hermeneutics — or interpretations.
As a result of the conflict, Hess has received a formal
denunciation of heresy lodged with the Bishop of the diocese of
Yakima, Washington, while atheists have bombarded the NCSE with
demands that Hess be fired. There is a detailed treatment of this
conflict titled “God and Nature — Clearing the Middle Path” on the
ASA website at asa3.asa3online.org/zine/?p=737.
IS OUR WORLD MORE VIOLENT?
On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik managed to kill 77 people
in Norway. Because the media now reports things from anywhere in
the world, we frequently get the idea that our world is more
violent than it has ever been. A long study by Steven Pinker has
been released which shows this is not the case. In fourteenth
century England violent deaths were at a rate of 110 per 100,000
people and today in the same area the rate is one death per
100,000. Violent deaths of all kinds have declined from 500 per
100,000 in pre-state societies to 50 per 100,000 in the Middle
Ages to 8 per 100,000 today. Pinker has an 832-page study entitled
The Better Angels of our Nature:
Why Violence Has Declined
published in 2011 by Viking
Press. There is a reference with some of the data in the October
2011 issue of Scientific
, page 90.
ABUSE OF WOMEN CONTINUES IN
In the October 2011 issue of Christianity Today
an article by Chai Ling who escaped from China 22 years ago and
has been working to expose the abuse of women in that country. The
data she reports is astounding: 500 Chinese women commit suicide
every day, child brides number in the hundreds of thousands,
35,000 baby girls are aborted every day. We hear so much in the
media about cooperation between the United States and China on
trade and manufacturing issues, but the human rights issues
connected with the one-child policy are not addressed and will not
be addressed by the mainstream media.
GLOBAL WARMING REPEAT.
The October 2011 issue of National
has an article by Robert Kunzig titled “World
Without Ice. ” It tells about a natural historic event (56 million
years ago) that sent global temperatures soaring, apparently
caused by a massive release of carbon. In our day of
finger-pointing and alarmist claims about global warming and man’s
role in causing it, this article should be considered.
ATHEIST NAME-STEALING BACKFIRES.
technique that atheists have used over the years is to quote major
political figures of the past to make it appear they were atheists
or shared atheist views. In Costa Mesa, Calif., a billboard was
erected which said “I do not find in Christianity one redeeming
feature. It is founded on fables and mythology. — Thomas
Jefferson.” It now seems to be apparent that Jefferson never said
this, and that it is another case where a famous name is tied to a
belief he did not have. Jefferson opposed organized religion, but
he did not embrace atheism. The atheist group responsible has
admitted not doing enough research, but has used the media
attention to emphasize their goal which is to “expose the myth
that this is a Christian nation.” Source: huffingtonpost.com,
October 27, 2011. (See the next note relating to Jefferson.)
THOMAS JEFFERSON’S BIBLE.
The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., is displaying the Bible of
Thomas Jefferson until May 28, 2012, in the Albert H. Small
Documents Gallery. Jefferson called his Bible The Life and Morals of Jesus of
. What Jefferson did at the age of 77 was to cut
verses from the four gospels and paste them into blank pages which
were then bound to make a book. The Smithsonian will also air a TV
show in February titled “Jefferson’s Secret Bible.” There is more
information available at americanhistory.si.edu/jeffersonbible.
Atheists like to claim Jefferson as one of their own, but while
Jefferson had some complex views on religion, you cannot read what
he did and conclude he was an atheist.
LESBIAN COUPLE DELAYS SEXUAL
IDENTITY OF CHILD.
A lesbian couple in California
has been giving their 11-year-old-son hormone blocking therapy.
They plan to continue until he is 14 or 15 when they will let him
choose whether to be a girl named Tammy or a boy named Tommy.
Gender Spectrum is a California-based company that is defending
the process. It would seem that such action would lend credence to
those who do not want homosexuals to adopt or use artificial
insemination to produce children. Dr. Paul McHugh at Johns Hopkins
University says “This is child abuse. It’s like performing
liposuction on an anorexic child.” The physical damage of the
drugs, and the psychiatric problems in the case are unknown, but
most experts believe they will be extensive. Source: FoxNews.com,
October 17, 2011
SESAME STREET REJECTS GAY MARRIAGE.
attempts of special interest groups to push their agenda has
involved Sesame Street. Sesame Workshop, the creators of Sesame
Street, revealed that they are rejecting a “campaign” demanding
that Bert and Ernie have a same-sex marriage ceremony. The program
released a statement that “They remain puppets and do not have a
sexual orientation.” It is one thing to teach children tolerance,
but when they have no capacity to understand the motives behind
something like gay marriage the point of doing something like this
has to be totally political. Source: nypost.com, August 12, 2011
SCIENTOLOGY AND CREATION.
In the November 2011 issue of Scientific
(page 94), Michael Shermer has an article on
Scientology. Shermer classifies the Scientology story of the
origin of souls and unhappiness as a “creation myth.” Scientology
teaches that 75 million years ago Xenu, the ruler of a Galactic
Confederation transported billions of souls to earth where they
were placed near volcanos and killed by hydrogen bombs. They then
inhabited the bodies of future earthlings causing spiritual harm
and unhappiness that can only be cured by the use of a special
technique using an “E-Meter” (Electropsychometer) in a process
called “auditing.” The late science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard
is claimed to be the author of much of this, but it continues to
have growing influence in America. May we point out that this is a
paranormal explanation and not a creation story. The origin of
time, space, matter/energy, etc., is not what is being described,
but rather an explanation of the problems of human beings. Bizarre
as the explanation is, there have been many famous names who have
KIDS SHARE — CHIMPS HOARD.
A recent study of what
happens when a surplus of food is gathered has shown a surprising
difference between adult
and human children. Humans divide the spoils of a food gathering
while chimps hoard the food. The study is reported in the August
27, 2011 issue of Science News
on page 10 and is in the online August 18, 2011, issue of Nature
Explaining human nature in evolutionary terms is always
extraordinarily difficult and we would suggest it is because man’s
spiritual nature is involved in things like sharing and caring for