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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Web Site of the Month - March 2020
by Lothar Janetzko

Meridian Creation Science
https://www.creation.xtn.co/

Meridian Creation Science – from the meridian to the nations

The website review this month discusses a site which contains a great deal of information regarding the controversy concerning the subject of Darwinian evolution and the Special Creation of God. The home page of the site presents tabs which allow the reader to explore the wealth of information the site has cataloged about the various creation and evolution websites found on the internet.  The tabs have the following titles:

The home page also provides a search box to allow the reader to search for topics of interest.

The HOME tab makes interesting observations about the ongoing controversy between creation and evolution.  “The theory of evolution (molecules, to microbes, to mammals to man) is widely taught as proven fact, it pervades the media and dissenters suffer scorn or worse.  Creation science however refuses to be silenced and as can be found from this website has a great explanatory power.”

The BASICS tab presents 11 papers covering the fundamental differences between the worldviews of creationists and evolutionists and a section that defines terms.

The I tab serves as providing Site Information.  Here you will find a description of how to navigate this website to find information about various creation and evolution websites.  You can search for site names alphabetically or search for creation-related subjects alphabetically.  To help you find websites of interest, the cataloged sites have a Site Rating and a Site Description. Subjects covered, and data format types of the various websites, are also given a code to make it easier to provide a short description of the contents of the various websites.

The SITES tabs provide a list of all websites listed in Meridian Creation Science along with a rating for each entry.  Here you will also find a detailed listing of the above-mentioned Site Descriptions.  By hovering on the SITES A-D tab you will find a pull down menu that will lead you to a listing of all Creation or Creation Science websites beginning with the letters A through D.

The O tab provides Other creation-related sites, positive, neutral and anti-.

Whether you search for websites alphabetically or by subject, there is much to explore on this website, which makes searching for information about creation and evolution on the internet interesting and even fun.  Just select a letter on one of the SITES tabs or SUBJECTS tabs and be surprised by what you will find.

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Web Site of the Month - April 2020
by Lothar Janetzko

Apologetics Press
http://www.apologeticspress.org/

Providing scripturally sound and scientifically accurate materials in the field of Christian apologetics

While searching for an article for the April 2020 newsletter for our website, I happened upon a link to an article found on the website of the Apologetics Press. Since there is a great deal of information about Creation vs. Evolution on this site, I thought it would be appropriate to describe in some detail what the reader may find by exploring this site.

The main page of the site serves as the launching point to learn about new and archived information of the Apologetics Press. Here you will find an RSS link that will enable you to easily subscribe to the latest news from Apologetics Press. If you are not familiar with what an RSS feed is, “Unlike a subscription email, an RSS feed doesn’t require you to use an email account to stay up to date with news and updates on your favorite content.” All you must do is use a modern web browser and configure it to support RSS feeds. If you want, you can also just sign up for the E-mail Newsletter.

The main page of the site also provides links to four recent and timely articles that you can explore as well as links to

  1. Featured Video
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  4. Reason & Revelation Journal Issue and Archive
  5. Discovery Magazine Issue and Archive

Reason & Revelation is a monthly journal on Christian Evidences for Adults and has been published since 1981. Discovery is a monthly Christian evidences magazine for kids and has been published since 1990.

On the main page of the Apologetics Press you will also find a link to a section called, “Creation vs. Evolution.” By selecting this link, you arrive at a list of articles providing the article Title, Author and Publishing Date. A search box is provided to allow you to Search By Keyword or Search By Bible Verse. Also, to make it easier to find articles of interest, the articles can be viewed by selecting one of 31 different Topics.

Besides exploring the many different articles about creation and evolution on this website, you can also explore the PDF Books link found on the main page of the site. Here you learn that “Apologetics Press also publishes numerous books, tracts, research articles, article reprints, video tapes, audio tapes, and other items…However, because our work is strictly non-profit, over the next few years (as time and funds allow) we plan to place on our Web site electronic versions of almost all of our books. As additional titles are placed in electronic format, we will add them to the ‘PDF Books’ section of our Web Site.”

As mentioned above, there is much to explore on this website. Just search for topics on the Creation vs. Evolution link or read books on the PDF Books link that you may find of interest.

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Web Site of the Month - May 2020
by Lothar Janetzko

The Guardian’s Claims
https://www.theguardian.com/science/head-quarters/2016/mar/31/intelligent-design-popular-evolution-creationism

“Evolution makes scientific sense.”

The website review for this month looks at an article found in The Guardian, a news publication from the UK that also produces a US edition, Australian edition and International edition. The title of the article says “Evolution makes scientific sense. So why do many people reject it?” They answer their own question in the subtitle by saying, “Child psychology studies have identified a natural human bias toward the theory of intelligent design, and pose a solution: teach evolution earlier.”

The article begins with the observation that “Evolution is poorly understood by students and, disturbingly, by many of their science teachers.  Although it is part of the compulsory science curriculum in most schools in the UK and the USA, more than a third of people in both countries reject the theory of evolution outright or believe that it is guided by a supreme being.”

The author of the article then expresses the belief that “It is critical that the voting public have a clear understanding of evolution.  Adaptation by natural selection, the primary mechanism of evolution, underpins a raft of current social concerns such as antibiotic resistance, the impact of climate change and the relationship between genes and environment.”  The author seems puzzled why even with formal scientific education, intelligent design remains intuitively plausible while evolution remains intuitively opaque.

In trying to address this problem, the author says that developmental psychologists have identified two psychological biases in young children.  The first is psychological essentialism – belief that species are defined by an internal quality that cannot be changed.  The second is promiscuous teleology – all things are designed for a purpose.

What follows next in the article is a general discussion of these two biases and the problems they pose for teaching the theory of evolution to both children and adults.

The author next supports the belief that these psychological biases in children can be overcome by teaching evolution to younger children – 5-8-year olds.

The problem with this kind of thinking is that it is basically supporting mind control for children.  I believe it shows how far evolutionists will go to try to force their beliefs on children at even a young age.  What is being advocated here is “brainwashing.”  You can find a good definition of this term in Wikipedia.  “Brainwashing (also known as mind control, menticide, coercive persuasion, thought control, thought reform, and re-education) is the concept that the human mind can be altered or controlled by certain psychological techniques.”

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