Category: Creation/Evolution

THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER AND THE EVANGELICAL BETRAYAL OF THE BIBLE: Exposing the Major Weapons Levied Against the Trustworthiness of the Bible

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. NOTE: This is a companion article to our article “CREATION MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL AND THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER: Why the Monster Wins” The Rise of the Three-Headed Monster The historical era misnamed The Enlightenment, which began in the seventeenth century, was characterized by the exaltation of human reason as …

CREATION MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL AND THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER: WHY THE MONSTER WINS

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. NOTE: This is a companion article to our article “THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER AND THE EVANGELICAL BETRAYAL OF THE BIBLE: Exposing the Major Weapons Levied against the Trustworthiness of the Bible” Introduction In our article “The Three-Headed Monster and the Evangelical Betrayal of the Bible: Exposing the Major …

“THAT’S JUST YOUR INTERPRETATION!”: A Response to Dr. Thomas Howe on Understanding the Bible

© 2018, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction [N.B. READ THE FOOTNOTES, FOLKS. THEY ARE IMPORTANT!] Recently, Dr. Thomas Howe posted “A Response to Ken Ham” on the SES website,[1] in which article he took Ham to task for claiming that Christians who maintain that the Earth is some 4.6 billion years old (“old-earth”) …

IS CREATIONISM SUPPORT DROPPING? A Response to USA Today and a Warning to Creationists

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. A Response to USA Today The American national newspaper USA Today treated us to an interesting opinion essay on Friday last.[1]  It was called “Creationism drops for hopeful reason,” and was authored by Yale Divinity School’s communications director Tom Krattenmaker.  Krattenmaker was cheering the results of a …

WHO IS FALLIBLE? Proper Exegesis and the Origins of the Earth

© 2016, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction I must be quite the quixotic fellow.  I was actually cheered when I came across an article online that was about creationism and was entitled, “You can trust God, but men are fallible.”[1]  It is too rarely acknowledged or accepted that what the word of the …

DOES GENESIS 2:4-5 CONTRADICT SIX-DAY YOUNG-EARTH CREATIONISM? A Response to Meredith Kline

© 2016, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction The first two chapters of the Bible, Genesis 1 and 2, describe the original creation by God of the world and the life in it, including Man.  Prima facie, these chapters are not difficult to understand.  Genesis 1 gives a description of the entire process, beginning …

IS A 4.6-BILLION YEAR-OLD EARTH COMPATIBLE WITH BIBLICAL INERRANCY? A Response to Norman Geisler

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. NOTE: This article is a companion to our article “THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER AND THE EVANGELICAL BETRAYAL OF THE BIBLE: Exposing the Major Weapons Levied Against the Trustworthiness of the Bible,” in which we look at, inter alia, Dr. Norman Geisler’s argument that seeing the resurrection of the …

NOT COUSINS: The Genetic Dissimilarity between Chimps and Men

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. An advertisement from the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada appeared in today’s Globe and Mail (January 1, 2015, p. A9), entitled “Cousin, we need to talk.”  It featured the face of a chimpanzee and the text began, We share almost 99% of our DNA.  We still have …

NOTHING FROM NOTHING (Response to the National Post, Nov. 19, 2014)

© 2014, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. According to an article in today’s National Post entitled “Answering the Great Questions” by Lawrence Krauss (p. A14), atheist Krauss tells us about “Hawking Radiation,” particles that are supposedly emitted by black holes.  (He does not tell us that Hawking radiation is a theoretical construct predicted by …

FANTASIA 2014: A Response to Yuval Harari’s “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind”

© 2014, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. When I was a young boy living in Montreal, my dad took me to a local theatre to see a re-release of Disney’s Fantasia.  Fantasia, made in 1940, features eight animated sequences set to classical music.  The sequences didn’t all have the same impact on me; I …

THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS AND THE TESTIMONY OF GOD IN OUR DAYS

© 2014, by Derek Casey. All Rights Reserved. Verification of Contemporary Facts and Proof for the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus “… because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained.  He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him …

WHY I AM NOT AN ATHEIST: A Response to Gil Gaudia’s “Why I am an Atheist” (American Atheist, 3rd Quarter, 2013)

© 2013, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. I have long been searching for a coherent and sound reason for believing in atheism, and so when I came across “Why I am an Atheist,” by Gil Gaudia, in the current issue of American Atheist,[1] I was interested.  After all, Gaudia, who holds a Ph.D., is …

AN IMPOSSIBLE ENTITY: A Refutation of “The Thinking Atheist’s” Unthinking Attack on Creationism

© 2013, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction There is a video posted on YouTube called “Top Ten Creationist Arguments”[1] that was produced by someone calling himself “The Thinking Atheist.”  This intrigued me, as I have long sought to find an actual “thinking” atheist[2], but without success.  After viewing the video, I have to …

EVIDENCE OF DIVINE AUTHORSHIP IN THE BIBLE: Job 26

Text © 2012, John Tors. All Rights Reserved.  (Images from NASA) He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing. He binds up the water in His thick clouds, Yet the clouds are not broken under it. He covers the face of His throne, And spreads His cloud over it. …

DO “VIOLENT NAMES” PROVE ANIMAL DEATH PRIOR TO THE FALL?

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. According to the creation account in Genesis 1-2, the world that God created and saw as “very good” featured no death of any sort, which necessarily means that animals did not originally eat other animals; indeed, Genesis 1:29-30 clearly states that both man and animals were to …

IS CREATIONISM NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN? Exposing the Muddled Thinking of Bill Nye “the Science Guy”

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Bill Nye, the mechanical engineer and well known host of the 1990s Disney/PBS educational show “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” is an ardent advocate of the theory of evolution.  On August 23, a video was posted on YouTube titled “Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate for Children.”  …

DO YOU HAVE TO STOP THINKING TO BE A CHRISTIAN? A Response to Charles Lewis (National Post, January 26, 2011)

© 2011, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. In an opinion piece titled “Less God, more excuses” in this day’s National Post newspaper (p. A15), Charles Lewis writes the following: The most popular objection to religion is that it replaces thinking with sets of unproveable truths – and that the rules flowing out of those …

A PRIMER ON ENTROPY (THE SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS)

© 2009, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. The significance of the Second Law of Thermodynamics (the Law of Entropy) for the question of the origin of life is profound, yet it is not well understood by the general public as it is a field of specialized study in engineering and physics; it is not …

PROBABILITY AND THE ORIGIN OF LIFE

© 2009, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. It is the common belief that the mechanism for evolution is natural selection acting on random mutations.  This means that evolution is fundamentally dependent on chance.  This also applies at the pre-biotic stage, which is known as chemical evolution: Simple chemicals, we are told, combined to form …

DEBUNKING SKY & TELESCOPE MAGAZINE’S ATTEMPT TO GET AROUND EVOLUTION’S THERMODYNAMIC PROBLEM

© 2009, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. In the article “The New Habitable Zones” in Sky & Telescope 118(4). Posted on October 2009, Chris Impey writes Life exists because we live in a universe where energy flowing through a system tends to organize that system, into ever more complex and unpredictable forms.  (The Second …

THE NEED FOR ADEQUACY AS WELL AS ACCURACY

© 2009, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Years ago, a junior high school English teacher told us this story: “There was a certain man once.  This man was a patriot who loved his country.  When his country was in dire straits, he wrote a book detailing the way forward, and this book became a …

THE NATURE OF SCIENCE

© 2009, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. In order to come to a proper understanding about what science says about origins, it is essential to understand the nature of science.  Yet, in my experience, most people do not understand it.  They fail to grasp science’s methodology, its limitations, the relationship between theories and laws, …

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