|Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000|
Lamech was the great great great grandson of Cain, the world’s first murderer. We don’t know much about him, but what little we do know is not good. We know, for example, that he took two wives, despite the fact that the created order of things was for there to be one man and one woman in a marriage. We also read that he had four children, three of whom were significant pioneers in culture, as the world’s first nomadic herdsman, musician, and metallurgist.
|A Lesson from an Hourglass|
|Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000|
Calculating the age of the earth, from empirical data, requires presuppositions. The scientists, who calculate the age of rocks using, for example, uranium-lead dating, are intelligent people, and completely capable of performing careful experiments. Their care, coupled with their technology, means that they make highly accurate measurements of the amounts of uranium and lead.
|Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000|
One of the many delights of moving to the Pacific North West of the United States has been getting acquainted with hummingbirds. Watching wildlife documentaries in British television had certainly piqued my interest for these miniature superbirds, but to be able to see them up close is a wondrous thing.
|The Problem of Abraham’s Age|
|Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000|
Abraham was 175 years old when he died. This is an unusual age. It is a much greater age than people tend to live today. However, it is much less than the ages of the pre-Flood patriarchs, listed in Genesis 5. How can we understand this age?
|Language and Babel|
|Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000|
Those of us with a Western-centric background often come across similarities between languages. For example, the second most widely spoken language in the United States is Spanish, and those English-speakers who learn it will often find words that have a similar look and feel to English words.
|Is the Earth Flat?|
|Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000|
A number of Christians have, in the last couple of years, posted articles and YouTube videos, and even published books, stating that the Earth is not a sphere, but is flat.
|Death of a Comet|
|Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000|
Comets are fascinating things. Although there are a lot of them out there in our night sky, the overwhelming majority of them are insufficiently bright to see with the naked eye. But every so often, a comet appears, which is bright enough to see during the night, and sometimes bright enough even to see during the day.
|Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000|
Gold is a chemical element, with the symbol Au. It has an atomic mass of 197 and an atomic number of 79. It is a yellow-colored metal, highly malleable, ductile and lustrous. It is rare, and this makes it valuable. Throughout history, it has been used to represent wealth. There was a time when many of the world’s currencies were basically backed by an equivalent amount of gold. Chemically, gold is quite boring.
|What Is the Matter, My Lord?|
|Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000|
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, there is a famous scene where Hamlet is talking to Polonius. Hamlet – for various reasons too complicated to go into now – is feigning madness. Polonius finds him reading a book, and asks “What do you read, my Lord?” Hamlet answers “Words, words, words.”
|Molecules on the Backs of Crystals|
|Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000|
Michael Ruse famously told Ben Stein that complex lifeforms could have begun as “molecules on the backs of crystals”. The reason for his comments was that Stein was questioning Ruse on how the information in life could have arisen by chance. The conceit offered is that crystals show a remarkable regularity, which can be reproduced. New crystals will have molecules in the same arrangement as a previous crystal. Therefore, it is said, the regularity of information in a DNA crystal could have arisen in the same way.
|In the Beginning Was Information|
|Tue, 13 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000|
In the year 2000, a German scientist called Dr. Werner Gitt, wrote a book called In the Beginning Was Information. In this book, Gitt introduced the reader to the sophistication of Information Science. Gitt says that information consists of five levels, of increasing complexity. Evolutionary biologists assume that information can arise by itself from statistical accumulation.
|The Spiral Staircase of Life|
|Mon, 12 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000|
Did you know that a spiral staircase is not really a spiral? The width of the loops in a spiral staircase does not change, but the structure winds upwards or downwards. The correct name for this shape is a helix.
|When Did God Create Angels?|
|Fri, 09 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000|
One question that I get asked a lot, after my talks, is “When did God create angels?” It is a fair question. Angels are created beings, so it is fair to ask when God made them. The assumption in many people’s minds is that God must have made them before the Creation Week. However, this idea does not seem tenable.
|Mind the Gap|
|Thu, 08 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000|
“Mind the gap” is the refrain constantly heard on the London Underground, warning people to be careful not to step into the gap between the platform and the train. But “mind the gap” would also be a good refrain for students of the Bible!
|Heavens, Earth and Everything|
|Wed, 07 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000|
What exactly did God create? How much of everything did He create? An impression is sometimes given, by those who want to accept long, deep timescales, that there is much in the universe, which is just going on and on, and has gone on since eternity past.