Web Site of the Month - January 2020
by Lothar Janetzko

Creation-evolution controversy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creation%E2%80%93evolution_controversy

WIKIPEDIA The Free Encyclopedia

As we begin the new year of 2020, I thought it would be interesting to review for this month how the ongoing creation-evolution controversy is currently described in WIKIPEDIA, The Free Encyclopedia.  “Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project supported by the Wikimedia Foundation and based on a model of openly editable content.  Since its creation on January 15, 2001, Wikipedia has grown rapidly into one of the largest reference websites, attracting 374 million visitors monthly as of September 2015.”  If you want to learn more about Wikipedia, you can find an encyclopedia article about itself in Wikipedia.

As with most Wikipedia articles, the Creation-evolution controversy article begins with a general introduction and provides numerous links which describe various terms and footnotes which provide more detailed information about various topics.

Here is how the creation-evolution controversy is described in the introduction:

The creation-evolution controversy (also termed the creation vs. evolution debate or the origins debate) involves an ongoing, recurring cultural, political, and theological dispute about the origins of the Earth, of humanity, and of other life.  Species were once widely believed to be fixed products of divine creation in accordance with creationism, but since the mid-19th century evolution by natural selection has been established as an empirical scientific fact.

It is interesting to note that the introduction focuses mainly on the debate as being religious and not scientific.  Only as you arrive at the table of contents do you find links that provide more detailed discussion of the role science plays in the ongoing creation-evolution debate.

The article about the creation-evolution controversy in Wikipedia spends a great deal of time focusing on the history of the debate and very little material is presented that provides insights into the topics being debated about creation and evolution today in 2020.  Also, the article clearly shows a bias in only presenting material that supports evolution and not creation.

A feature of the Wikipedia is that you can download an article as a PDF file or select a Printable version.

As always, just use the many links you find in this article to explore topics you find of interest in learning about the ongoing creation-evolution controversy and decide for yourself whether or not the material presented in the article really builds a strong case in favor of either creation or evolution.

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Web Site of the Month - February 2020
by Lothar Janetzko

The Matter of Life & Death – Part 1
https://thegodofthebible.org/the-matter-of-life-death-part-1/

The latest scientific research leads to an indisputable conclusion!

The website review for this month looks at a blog post sent by a reader of our monthly newsletter.  This blog post addresses the most fundamental question regarding human life.  It discusses how scientists look to provide answers to the question of “How did life get here?”

In the section of the post with the title “SCIENTISTS LOOK FOR ANSWERS,” the author states that “There are only two possibilities to explain the existence of life on planet Earth.  The first is that life came into existence from natural processes, meaning it was not caused by a life form.  The other possibility is that a supernatural creator is responsible for the life on planet earth.”

In reviewing the history of scientists pondering the creation of life, the post discusses the work of two scientists, Francesco Redi in the 1600s and Louis Pasteur in the 1800s.  These scientists did experiments and developed the “law of biogenesis.”  The post quotes the Biogenesis article in Wikipedia as saying, “…biogenesis is primarily attributed to Louis Pasteur and encompasses the belief that complex living things come only from other living things, by means of reproduction.  That is, life does not spontaneously arise from non-living material, which was the position held by spontaneous generation.”  It is interesting to note that today scientists use the term “spontaneously” to mean “by natural processes.”

The next part of the blog post presents a discussion about perpetual motion machines.  The author states that “A perpetual motion machine is a hypothetical machine that can do work indefinitely without an external energy source.” It is then pointed out that the laws of thermodynamics make perpetual motion machines impossible.

After this discussion of abiogenesis and perpetual motion machines, the writer asks the question the reader might be asking, “How can scientists be wrong? Don’t they follow the scientific method?”  His response is “The only thing wrong with the scientific method is the human being that practices it.”

To explain the reason why “belief perseverance” is a problem for the advancement of science, the blog author presents “THE SAD STORY OF IGNAZ SEMMELWEIS.”  Ignaz Semmelweis was a Hungarian doctor.  “In 1846, doctors like Semmelweis were no longer thinking of illness as an imbalance caused by bad air or evil spirits.”  At his job in the maternity clinic at the General Hospital in Vienna, he wanted to figure out why so many women in maternity wards were dying of childbed fever.  Although he didn’t know anything about germs, he ordered his medical staff to start cleaning their hands and instruments not just with soap, but with a chlorine solution.  You need to read the rest of this story to learn why it is so sad.

The blog author makes many observations about the above story that makes for interesting reading about science in general.

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