"John Ray's Diary" is an attempt to bring Ray's Christian principles to the fore when commenting on contemporary issues in science. This is in two parts: first some comments on contemporary issues and secondly Pick of the Web
John Ray's Diary
The Genesis Flood 50+ years on
British Humanists campaign to restrict academic freedom
Creationism, Intelligent Design and Darwinism this week on Channel 4
Please use this opportunity to join in the debate online at www.4thought.tv.
On Darwin anniversaries
Has the Royal Society’s rough handling of Michael Reiss backfired? On 11 September 2008, Professor Michael Reiss, then Director of Education of the Royal Society, addressed a British Association Festival of Science meeting and suggested that science education must incorporate respect for the individual and teachers need to recognise that creationists have a worldview which differs in significant ways from our secular culture. Read more ...
'How to live with Delusion - a response to The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins" If matter is all there is, governed by the laws of physics and chemistry, what becomes of personality, consciousness, morality and free agency? What has Richard Dawkins to say on these issues that are central to our thinking about who we are and what is our place in the world? Read more ...
'Truth in Science' deserves our appreciation! Outrage and alarm was the media greeting for the launch of the ‘Truth in Science’ initiative on 20 September 2006. Schools up and down the country were sent two DVDs with a study guide helping teachers to utilise these materials in biology lessons. Instead of welcoming a constructive and stimulating input to the educational process, the denunciations were almost universal. Read more ...
Recolonisation and Earth History. The Committee of the Biblical Creation Society have noted a web page on the Answers in Genesis web site which refers to several members of BCS (who are also contributors to Origins) as "compromisers" who have "allowed their 'science' to lead their understanding of the Bible, rather than the reverse." The AiG authors are referring to the Recolonisation approach to understanding geology and the fossil record. To find out what the Committee thinks about this, click here ...
Rod Liddle on the New Fundamentalists. Rupert Kaye writes: "I tuned in to watch this edition of Dispatches (screened on Channel 4 at 8pm on Monday 6 March 2006) in eager expectation that Rod Liddle would visit a number of new Christian schools to find out if, how and why they are distinctive. After all, there was plenty for him to have got his teeth into." To read more, please click here ...
How should Christians assess Intelligent Design? ID should be welcomed by Christians. It is far from being an intrusion into our intellectual heritage. ID leaders are expressing clearly and incisively an understanding of the created order that is essentially biblical. Our forefathers held similar views, but their thoughts lacked maturity and were expressed in a less rigorous way. In essence, ID is the view that intelligent design is manifested in the created order. Design is not an aesthetic response to creation or a subjective feeling. Design is really there. Concluding that life is designed is not a matter of faith, but a matter of physical evidence. . ... Click here for more
Intelligent Design - Science education and design in the natural world: Judging by media interest, the concept of Intelligent Design (ID) is having a major impact in the USA.. ... Click here for more
The Amazing Shrinking Humans from Flores: On 28th October 2004, something genuinely novel appeared in the pages of Nature and hit the front pages of newspapers around the world.. ... Click here for more
Pope Benedict XVI and his challenge to evolutionary theorists: Pope Benedict XVI says "We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution." ... Click here for more
Questioning Orthodoxy: Dr. Alan Feduccia Speaks on the Origin of Birds A Report by Casey Luskin Click here to read more ...
High Priests of Evolution: . ... Click here for more
Teaching that does justice to the data about origins: In early September 2004, the media carried... Click here to read more ...
Just-so stories and Design Explanations: the Elephant’s Trunk. On Monday 9 August 2004, BBC Radio 4 ... Click here to read more ...
The BBC Floats with Noah– but not the biblical one! On March 21st, the BBC showed a “drama documentary” on Noah’s ark. Click here to read more...
Is Belief in the Second Coming of Christ Bad for Creation?, by Joe Carter (Acton Institute Blog, Monday, May 6, 2013). A rebuttal of the claim that Christians who look forward to the second coming of Christ don’t care about environmental devastation.
Modern Y-Chromosome Variation Surpasses Archaic Humans, by Jeffrey Tomkins (ICR Science Update, 6 May 2013) Neanderthals and Denisovans were well within the DNA variability range of modern humans and not extinct primitive evolutionary offshoots of the human lineage.
In the Context of Human Artifacts, Something Like Darwinian Evolution Actually Does Happen, by Tom Bethell (Evolution News & Views, May 14, 2013) Every instance of the evolution of languages is produced by intelligent agents.
Evolution's Central Claim Has Not Yet Been Observed, by Tom Bethell (Evolution News & Views, March 23, 2013). A challenge to Darwinists: support your claim, that macroevolution is microevolution extrapolated, with evidence.
The Unpredictable Pattern of Bioluminescence, by Brian Thomas (Acts & Facts, April 2013, 42 (4): 17) Dozens of different kinds of animals can bioluminesce, multiplying their Maker’s glory.
A Good Man Under a Bad Emperor: James Shapiro's "Natural Genetic Engineering", by David Klinghoffer (Evolution News & Views, March 5, 2013). We have much common ground with Shapiro - we have to give prominence to the issue of information within cells.
Did the eye really evolve in a geological blink?, By Vincent Torley (March 2013) A thorough review of a much-acclaimed model of eye evolution.
When atheists break ranks, Subby Szterszky. FOCUSinsights (26 March 2013) An explanation as to why Thomas Nagel’s new book creates a headache for materialists.
A road trip with a difference! Creationism on trial, by Phil Robinson (CMI, 24 January 2013). Comments on the BBC television documentary “Creationism: Conspiracy Road Trip” aired October 2012.
Book Review: “Darwin and Lady Hope". Reviewer: Todd C. Wood, (Evangelical Times, September 2012) Discussion of Charles Darwin’s reported deathbed conversion to Christianity.
Humanism for children, by William Lane Craig, Washington Post, Guest Voices (blog of 10 December 2012). Commentary on the American Humanist Association’s new Web site for children promoting a naturalistic/atheistic perspective on science and sexuality.
Dembski, W.A., Design Inference vs. Design Hypothesis, Evolution News & Views (1 October 2012). A clear explanation as to why design inferences and design hypotheses are mutually reinforcing, and why they are valid within science.
Book Review: “Among the Creationists” Author: Jason Rosenhouse. Reviewer: Todd C. Wood, The Colossian Forum (2 October 2012). A good antidote to stereotypes afflicting the Creation-Evolution debate.
Responding to ENCODE “Skeptics”, by Dr. Fazale Rana, Reasons to Believe (8 October 2012). A response to skeptics who say the ENCODE project results have been overhyped and misconstrued.
Ruse, M. Curb your enthusiasm, Aeon Magazine (October 2012) With high priests, holy writ and excommunications, Humanism is acting like a religion.
A Real Darwinian Eye-opener at Malvern, by Alastair Noble, Centre for Intelligent Design (September 2012). Report of the Intelligent Design Conference at Malvern, England, on September 28/29, 2012
The Manifest Destiny of Artificial Intelligence, by Brian Hayes, American Scientist (July-August 2012, 100(4), 282-287). A useful analysis showing why AI produces mindless machines that will never be conscious.
The Giant’s Causeway controversy: some free advice, by Paul Garner (The New Creationism (blog), 6 July 2012) A response to the National Trust being besieged by critics about a new exhibition centre.
Science and Human Origins:A Review, by Jonathan M. (Evolution News & Views, June 25, 2012). A thoughtful and timely evaluation of the scientific evidence bearing on the question of human origins.
Richard Dawkins in furious row with EO Wilson over theory of evolution, by Vanessa Thorpe (The Observer, Sunday 24 June 2012) A book review sparks a war of words between a grand old man of biology and Oxford's most high-profile Darwinist.
People Matter, by Bruce S. Thornton, (City Journal, 22 June 2012) Robert Zubrin critiques antihumanism in his book: Merchants of Despair.
Still Set in Stone:A Response to Stephen Moreton, by Paul Garner (The New Creationism, May 21, 2012) A response to a critique of the DVD “Set in Stone” by chemist/mineralogist Stephen Moreton.
Creationism and Free Schools,a “Voice of Russia London” radio debate with Sylvia Baker as a participant. Originally broadcast on 30 March 2012 (28 minutes).
Exquisite Design, by Ann Gauger (Biologic Institute, 27 April 2012) and ...
Intricate Coordination, by Ann Gauger (Biologic Institute, 30 April 2012) The first two instalments of a series on protein structure and why it challenges the Darwinian story.
The God gap, by Stephen Cave (Financial Times, January 20, 2012), Review of recent books exploring the tensions between atheist explanations of the world and the human condition.
The God wars, by Bryan Appleyard (New Statesman, 28 February 2012), Reflections on why the followers of reason (the new atheists) are so unreasonable.
Workplace lawsuit gets NASA tangled up in evolution debate, By Gillian Flaccus (msnbc.com, 12 March 2012), The Expelled file expands: this Cassini team member claims NASA have terminated his employment because of anti-Darwin views
The Church Fathers on the Genesis Flood,by Paul Garner (CMI: 28 February 2012), Belief in a worldwide Flood with geological effects is not a twentieth-century innovation
Archived Pick of the web(if these links become dead they will be marked as such)