MATERIALS FROM DOES GOD EXIST?
NEW STUDY COURSE:
TO STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH AND TO HELP YOU TEACH OTHERS!
We are pleased to announce that we have a new Does God Exist?
This is a general apologetic, 13-lesson course suitable for upper level
high school, undergraduate college, and adult classes. The course
begins by assuming that the student is a blank slate with no
preconceived notions and may not even believe in any kind of God nor
accept the Bible as an authority. The first two lessons make a
cosmological argument for there being a “Causer” based on the evidence,
with no Bible dependence. The next two lessons deal with what the
nature of that Causer must be, and how the physical and quantum
mechanical evidence supports the notion of an intelligent God outside
of space and time. The next lesson explores which of the various world
religions fits the God we have been describing. Remaining lessons deal
with the accuracy of the Bible and challenges to that accuracy,
evolution, morality, anthropological questions, and the logic of the
Church in the Christian system. The complete course, including student
and teacher materials may be purchased online through
www.doesgodexist.tv or by writing to Does
at the address on the Contact
page of this Web site. If ordering by mail, the cost of the
teacher’s manual is $5.00 and the cost for each student set is $4.00
We now have four new programs available in our series
of video lessons on Does God Exist?
making a total of 28 lessons. As with the previous lessons you can
download them for free of charge or purchase them (using a credit/debit
card) on DVDs through www.doesgodexist.tv. You can also purchase the
DVDs or get them on free loan from Does
at the address on the Contact
page of this Web site. The new programs deal with:
ANNOUNCING A NEW
|The New Atheism, the New
Science, and Belief in God
||An update of the challenges of
modern atheists with some answers to them and an introduction to the
next three programs.
||Cases where both atheists and
religionists employ bad science in their arguments.
|Quantum Mechanics and God
||A simplified explanation of
quantum mechanics and why the cosmological argument is not affected by
this field of study.
| Bad Theology
||Cases where both atheists and
religionists employ bad theology in their arguments.
For many years we have had a series of 14
children’s books helping elementary-school-age kids learn about unusual
animals and how they are designed to live in unusual environments. Now
we have added a new book to that series entitled Frogs and Toads: God’s Bug Snatchers
These books are four-color, attractive books that catch kid’s
attention, and this one is especially colorful and informative. There
are also books in this series that deal with the uniqueness of man as a
being created in God’s image and how that impacts self-image and the
role we have in serving God. A complete list of these books is
available on our Web site and in our catalog. Like all of our
children’s books, this book will be available for $2.00 postpaid or all
15 books can be purchased for $25.00 postpaid. Send your requests to us
at the address on the Contact
page of this Web site. You can also order these materials using
your credit card by going to www.doesgodexist.tv.
CONCERNING SEMINAR TRIPS.
The trip we had planned to the
Galápagos Islands was cancelled due to problems with boat
availability. The fact that this was an anniversary year for Darwin
overloaded the system and made it necessary for us to cancel our plans.
We have not given up the idea and will work on it again next summer.
The September Canyonlands program escorted by John Clayton and Alan
Doty is still on and still has room. Go to this link
for more information.
In recent issues of this journal we have
discussed the deluge of atheist books and materials sweeping the United
States. A new movement is now being launched which plans to establish
“God-less congregations for humanists.” The leader of this movement is
Greg Epstein who is a humanist chaplain at Harvard. Epstein is
beginning a tour of the United States funded by The American Humanist
Association and the Secular Student Alliance. Epstein, who was raised
as a reformed Jew, has written a book titled Good Without God
(due in October
2009), which is being promoted in his tour.
This movement plans to establish local humanist centers that will act
like churches providing “the community-building functions of the
church, only in the service of the humanist creed.” The plan is to
establish small groups, similar to what many churches do. There is now
a humanist parenting group functioning at Harvard which does activities
together like going to museums, and offering parenting classes.
Epstein’s chaplaincy hosts a “Humanist Small Group” biweekly which is a
Sunday brunch, and buys drinks at “Humanist Community Pub Night.”
The latest “American Religious Identification Survey” shows that 15
percent of respondents said they had no religion--up from 8.2 percent
in 1990. That growth has catalyzed humanist efforts to get better
organized. Epstein has a Web site which spells out more details at
FIGHT TO OPEN ADOPTION.
The American Civil Liberties Union is
promoting what they call “Key States Initiative.” In a solicitation
letter sent to supporters this past spring, the ACLU announced it is
fighting to overturn a state law banning gay and unmarried straight
couples from adopting children or being foster parents. Like most ACLU
causes, all of the attention is being paid to the desires of adults,
with no consideration of what happens to children. Those of us who work
with homeless and adopted children know that the best foundation for
these kids is a stable family with clearly defined roles and values.
The law was enacted because professionals saw a need to exclude
unstable units and living arrangements. The fact that an adult wants to
be a parent does not necessarily mean that desire is rooted in wanting
what is best for the child. It is the same issue as the ACLU’s push for
abortion, with no consideration for the rights of the baby that is to
NEW BOOK GIVES
10 BIBLICAL CREATION THEORIES.
Thomas Patrick Arnold has a useful
reference book entitled Two Stage
(available at www.thomasarnoldpublishing.com).
The book diagrams 12 creation theories and explains 10 major ones. The
576-page book is a useful reference for anyone interested in the
FOR LIFE IN SPACE.
The media has been pushing the idea that there
are large numbers of earth-like planets in space with life on them.
Much of this hoopla has come from the number of extra-solar planets
which have been found. These are planets orbiting other stars (not our
sun), and the number is now approaching 400. NASA reported in April
2009 (www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2009-064) that the Spitzer
Space Telescope which has been studying the cooler extra-solar systems
is not finding some critical chemicals necessary for life as we know
it. Hydrogen cyanide is a component of adenine, a basic building block
of DNA. Studies of 61 cooler stars have shown no hydrogen cyanide at
all, and unless one postulates a whole different biochemistry, there
would be no life in such systems.
PARENTHOOD HAS BIG YEAR IN 2008.
One might think with all the
economic problems our nation has had in the last year, that abortions
might be down, too. However, Planned Parenthood announced in April that
in 2008 they conducted 305,310 abortions (up 15,000 from 2007),
distributed 1.4 million “emergency contraceptive kits” which contain
the “morning after pill” and made a profit of $1.014 billion.
Thirty-four percent of that money came from taxpayers in the form of
grants, and $10 million went to Obama’s campaign. The abortion issue is
difficult, but it seems that more and more effort is going into killing
the unborn and less and less is going into education and preventing the
pregnancies. Data: Washington Update by Tony Perkins, Family Research
“MANY PATHS TO
GOD” GROWS IN ACCEPTANCE.
A survey of 35,000 American adults
conducted during 2007 shows that 70 percent of Americans believe there
are many paths to God--all equally valid. Sixty-eight percent said that
there was more than one true way to interpret the teachings of their
own religion. Michael Lindsay of Rice University said that “the survey
shows religion in America is, indeed, 3,000 miles wide and only 3
inches deep.” The problem is that people do not know why they believe
what they believe, and certainly do not understand the uniqueness of
the Christian system. Universalism and pluralism have become the
politically correct positions, and because people do not know their
Bibles they can subscribe to these things and dismiss Jesus’ clear
statement, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Data: A.P. release by Eric Gorski, South Bend Tribune
, June 24, 2008,
MULTIVERSE THEORIES AND SCIENCE.
One of the things happening in
science today is that new theories are being proposed as answers to the
creation question that in reality are not good science. Suggesting that
there are infinite numbers of universes, 11 spacial dimensions,
collisions of particles that are 6th or 10th dimensional are wonderful
fantasies. A growing number of scientists are saying that these
proposals cannot be taken very seriously. This is because they cannot
be tested, are immune to falsification, or have so many solutions to
the equations that describe them that they just cannot be taken
seriously. Leonard Susskind in his book The Cosmic Landscape
there are 10 to the 500th power (10500
) different universes
possible according to the theories, each having its own distinct set of
physical properties. Lee Smolin in his book The Trouble With Physics
inability to falsify these theories. Lawrence Krauss in his book Hiding in the Mirror
question of whether these theories are grounded in reality. All of
these books are available from Scientific
(www.sciambookclub.com). When someone starts referring
to these ideas as ways of denying the creation of the cosmos, remember
that to do so scientifically one must conform to scientific method and
not just wild imaginative proposals.
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, June 9, 2007, page