NEWS & VIEWS
Creation Update is our quarterly full-colour, 4-page magazine containing news and articles on creation/evolution. It is sent out on a donation basis. On this page are some items from the latest issue, No. 105
In March Professor Andy McIntosh conducted a busy schedule of creation meetings in three South African cities — Cape Town, Durban and the Johannesburg area. He reports that in every location there were opportunities to speak to non-Christians, as well as to encourage believers that they can trust the Scriptures in Genesis.
INTRICACY OF HEARING
At the University of Cape Town he spoke on the intricacy of hearing in mammals involving three little bones called the ossicles, which are the only bones that do not grow after you are born. He questioned whether, as evolutionists maintain, these could really have evolved from the jaw bones of reptiles.
At Hillcrest Baptist Church, Durban, nearly 300 people attended a lecture on “A Sceptical look at Atheism.” In the hills of Natal above Durban, Andy spoke at Treverton School and Grace College. He writes, “At both schools we had about 300 listening and many booklets went at the end as young people saw the implications of the science pointing to Creation and the truth of the Bible and the Gospel.” There were a number of meetings in the Johannesburg area, including a youth meeting at Beroni Baptist Church, attended by more than 150 young people.
Many people wrongly believe that when Charles Darwin published his Origin of Species in 1859 the scientific world welcomed it with open arms. Nothing could be further from the truth! A large number of scientists and academics remained deeply sceptical, and in 1863 no less than 717 of them signed a manifesto entitled The Declaration of Students of the Natural and Physical Sciences. Signatories included 86 members of the Royal Society.
The Declaration began: “We, the undersigned Students of the Natural Sciences, desire to express our sincere regret, that researches into scientific truth are perverted by some in our own times into occasion for casting doubt upon the Truth and Authenticity of the Holy Scriptures. We conceive that it is impossible for the Word of God, as written in the book of nature, and God’s Word written in Holy Scripture, to contradict one another.” It went on, “We believe that it is the duty of every Scientific Student to investigate nature simply for the purpose of elucidating truth, and that if he finds that some of his results appear to be in contradiction to the Written Word, or rather to his own interpretations of it, which may be erroneous, he should not presumptuously affirm that his own conclusions must be right, and the statements of Scripture wrong, however much they may appear to differ.”
Signatories included James P Joule (above right), Adam Sedgwick, Sir David Brewster (middle right) and Rev. J Hudson Taylor (bottom right).
The Institute for Creation Research held the groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited ‘Discovery Center for Science and Earth History’ on April 21st. This world-class facility in Dallas will feature interactive exhibits and a state-of-the-art planetarium with 3-D imagery, to demonstrate the scientific evidence for the accuracy and authority of the Bible. Final completion is anticipated to be in late 2018. Thousands of people are expected to visit the Centre every year, where they will be able to learn about the incredible harmony between scientific evidence and the Bible’s creation account.