Web Site of the Month - January 2021
by Lothar Janetzko

Creation and Evolution
https://www.google.com/books/edition/Creation_and_Evolution/1EdLAwAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=Creation+vs+Evolution+Alan+Hayward&printsec=frontcover

Rethinking the Evidence from Science and the Bible

The January 2021 website review looks at a book I recently discovered while searching for information regarding the Creation vs. Evolution controversy on the Internet.  You can find a preview of this book by performing a search at books.google.com and entering "Creation vs Evolution Alan Hayward" as the search term.

The preview you find on the Internet presents the cover page of the book, the Table of Contents, the Introduction, and most of Part I – THE GENUINE SCIENTIFIC OBJECTIONS TO DARWINISM. The Introduction to the book observes that presidential candidate Ronald Reagan declared that he had creationist sympathies in 1979, and "Ever since the public has been subjected to a barrage of books, articles and television programmes about evolution and creation...The subject is so technical, and attitudes on both sides are often so unreasonable and unhelpful, that the man in the street has often despaired of finding out what is going on."  From the spelling of “programmes” you can guess that the author of the book is from England.

It makes for interesting reading to learn about the battle between creationists and evolutionists from its very beginning in England, and how it was "spiced with sarcasm and venom."

The book author's aim was to produce a kind of "Plain Man's Guide to What is Going On." He points out that his position is somewhere in the middle ground between the two hotly contested extremes, and then presents a section titled "A QUESTION OF DEFINITIONS" where he describes three different concepts: 'succession', 'evolution' and 'Darwinism', and how these three distinct terms are used in the book.

Next follows a section titled "CHRISTIAN ATTITUDES TO CREATION" which describes the three different ways Christians view the subject of creation and evolution.  He categorizes the views as:

  1. Recent-creationists
  2. Ancient-creationists
  3. Theistic Darwinists (Theistic Evolutionists)

In this section the author also presents a logic diagram that illustrates the views of creationists and evolutionists.

In the next section, "THE PLAN OF THIS BOOK", the author explains why in Part I of his book "My arguments and quotations have been drawn exclusively from the writings of evolutionists who oppose Darwinism."  Also, you can learn what is contained in Part II and Part III of the book.  You will need to purchase a copy of the book if you want to read what the author has to say about "THE AGE OF THE EARTH" and "BIBLE TEACHING ON CREATION."

In Part I you can read about the objections to Darwinism by evolutionists.  This part of the book is divided into 4 chapters:

  1. Wind of Change
  2. Biologists who Reject Darwinism
  3. Other Evolutionists with Serious Doubts
  4. The Design Argument Stages a Comeback

It is interesting to read about the many objections evolutionists from many different disciplines have regarding Darwinism and how they have been unable to arrive at an alternative explanation of evolution that other evolutionists would find reasonable.

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Web Site of the Month - February 2021
by Lothar Janetzko

Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Center (IDEA Center)
http://www.ideacenter.org

A site dedicated to promoting the intelligent design theory.

The website review for this month looks at a site of a non-profit organization "dedicated to promoting intelligent design theory and fostering good – spirited discussion and a better understanding over intelligent design theory and the creation – evolution issue among students, educators, churches, and anyone else interested." The main page of the site invites a reader to “JOIN THE IDEA REVOLUTION!” and welcomes you to the IDEA Center and provides information about "IDEA Clubs", News & Events and links to Articles, and a link to a site which provides access to websites, articles, and organizations in the Intelligent Design movement.

To explore the content of this site each page of the site provides the following navigation tabs:

  1. About IDEA Center
  2. News & Events
  3. Membership
  4. Resources
  5. IDEA Student Clubs
  6. Search
  7. Contact Us
  8. Home

Following the "About IDEA Center" tab you can learn about the history, purpose, and mission of the Center.  Here you also find how the Center describes Intelligent Design.  "Intelligent design (ID) is a scientific theory which states that certain features of nature are the result of an intelligent cause.  ID is thus heavily dependent upon information theory because one if its fundamental premises is that information that is complex (highly ordered) and specified (fits a pre-existing pattern) is not produced by naturally occurring events (chance or law-governed processes).  Rather, this sort of observable information and complexity is best explained as the result of purposeful action by an intelligent designer."  ID is described as a scientific theory that life was designed by an intelligence.  ID does not make the claim that the God of the Bible is the designer.  That leads to the question, "Is Intelligent Design Theory Science or Religion?" You can find the Center's views on the above question in the article "Religious and Scientific Affiliations" found under the heading of "Purpose and Mission".  This article discusses the nature of science, the nature of religion, and the relationship of science and religion.

The "Resources" tab provides many resources related to Intelligent Design and evolution.  You will find many articles you can download as PDF files.  Here you will also find "Creation & Evolution Links."  Since I often search the web for finding interesting and "useful" creation – evolution websites, I found it helpful that the above-mentioned links are rated according to the amount of easy-to-access "useful" material on a site.  A table with Rating, Site Link, and a brief Description is provided for the following:

  1. Pro-Intelligent Design Websites
  2. Anti-Intelligent Design or "neutral" Websites
  3. Pro-Creationism Websites
  4. Pro-Evolution / Anti-Creationism Websites
  5. Links to specific topics

The "IDEA Student Clubs" tab provides the information on how to start a Club for your school.  You will also find many helpful resources and Chapter Locations around the country.

Besides learning about Intelligent Design Theory, there is much to explore how ID relates to Evolutionary Theory on this site.  You will find many articles and ID FAQs and Primers on this site that cover both topics.  Also, you can just use the "Search" tab to find information of interest.

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Web Site of the Month - March 2021
by Lothar Janetzko

IS GENESIS HISTORY?
https://isgenesishistory.com

Website promoting the documentary film “IS GENESIS HISTORY?”

For the website review for this month, we are looking at the website that promotes the above-mentioned documentary film.  A reviewer of the film states that it "Attempts to deal with that one simple question: Is the biblical account of creation and flood meant to be understood as history? And Does the world give evidence of recent creation and catastrophic flood? Host Del Tackett tackles these questions head-on and does so in a compelling way."

The main page of the site starts with a continuous scrolling video of scenes from the documentary film and provides the following navigation links to explore the site: At the top left, there is a pulldown menu guiding the reader to SHOP, OVERVIEW, RESOURCES, TOPICS, CONTACT, DONATE and a link to the IMDB database describing the details about the video version of the film. At the top right, there are links related to your shopping cart and a search link. The middle top “IS GENESIS HISTORY?” link guides you back to the main page from any page of the site. The middle center has an “Explore Our Products link” leading directly to SHOP. [Editor’s note: Apropos to this month’s email column, that’s not exactly how the web page appears on my Windows 10 Edge browser, and it won’t load at all on my XP Chrome browser.]

The best place to start on the site is to select OVERVIEW, here you will find links to About the Film, Explore the Film, Questions & Answers and Del & Directors Discuss Film.  In the About the Film section, you learn that "The Film's goal is to provide a reasonable case for Creation in six normal days, a real Adam and Eve, an actual fall, a global flood, and a tower of Babel."  The Questions & Answers section seeks to provide explanations to the many questions about Creation & Evolution that are addressed in the film.  This is done by presenting a short video clip from the film and then a written write-up of the dialogue between Del Tackett and the scientist addressing the question.

On RESOURCES you will find links to Articles, Videos, Free eBook, Guide to the Film, Devotional Study, Discussion Material, Creation Books, and Scientist Bios & Links.  Articles is a listing of all articles on the "Is Genesis History?" website that are also sorted by subject under the "TOPICS" tab of the menu.  There is a total of 52 articles, each given a category, title, and short description followed by a View Post link.  At the end of each Post, you will find links to SUPPORT CREATION SCIENCE Donate Now, SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWLETTER SIGN UP, FEATURED ARTICLES, POPULAR PRODUCTS, Social Media FOLLOW US, QUESTIONS ABOUT CREATION & EVOLUTION WATCH NOW, FEATURED VIDEO, and LEARN ABOUT a selected category.  The additional RESOURCES links all provide interesting material to review, especially the Guide to the Film where you can download "A Useful Little GUIDE to the Film" as a PDF file.

On TOPICS you will find the material presented in the film arranged into the following categories: Bible & Archeology, Life & Design, History & Science, Rocks & Fossils, Stars, and Age of the Earth.

On SHOP you will find links to materials you can order besides the “Is Genesis History?” Feature Film.  The cost of each item is presented along with a description of its contents.

A quote from the Guide to the film by Del Tackett best describes what the documentary tries to convey to those watching the film.  "Genesis is central to understanding everything around us.  If we try to construct a history based on our own limited experiences, we will misinterpret what has happened in the past and misunderstand our place in the world.  Genesis, on the other hand, explains where we came from, who we are, what our problem is, and where we are headed.  When looking at everything together, we can be confident that Genesis is history."

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Web Site of the Month - April 2021
by Lothar Janetzko

THINK ONE WEEK
https://www.thinkoneweek.com/

Think About Your Life and Future

The website review for this month looks at a site I recently discovered while searching for a sight to review for our monthly newsletter. The site is called THINK ONE WEEK, and it asks the reader to Think About Your Life and Future.

The main page of the site provides the following tabs to explore:

  1. Home
  2. Select Your Day
  3. The Purpose of Life Blog
  4. More Information

The More Information tab takes you to links to:

Starting at the Home tab, you learn about the general format of the site.  On each webpage of the site you will find a title for the particular page and a link to play an audio file containing the text of the page in the English language.  This allows you to just hear or just read the information the site provides.  Here you also learn that you can read the information in your native language, of which there are many provided, and download a Free E-book of the sites content.

The Home page title is "DISCOVER THE MEANING OF YOUR LIFE" and asks the question "Did you ever take some time to think about the big life questions?" and challenges you to think about your life and future for one week using the 7-day program the site provides.  The site suggests it will only take a few minutes per day to read the information and asks the reader to spend time thinking about what is presented for each day.

You may wonder how this site relates to the ongoing creation versus evolution controversy.  On the Select Your Day tab you find the following topics discussed for each day:

The “Day 1 – The Origin of Life” page discusses the conditions that make life possible on a planet.  You can read that science has discovered at least 200 parameters (a number that has changed over time) necessary for a planet to support life. The odds against life in the universe are simply incredible!   You can also read about the "Big Bang" and the problems scientists face explaining all the parameters necessary for life to exist on a planet.

The “Day 2 – Is There More to Life” page asks you to consider that the probability of life originating by a succeeding series of coincidences as being impossible and that there might be some intelligence behind all existence.  Here you can also read about Intelligent Design, what the designer would be like, and what the creation would be like.

The “Day 3 – Life by Design” page asks you to consider that if there is a designer What would be the big plan for the creation? Would the designer's plan include freedom of choice? Who is this designer?

The pages for Day 4 through Day 7 ask you to think about the meaning of life, the original plan for creation, what happened to disrupt the perfect creation, the solution, learning about how to fit into the plan of the designer, and the life choices you need to make.

Being curious about who created this website, I found contact information on the About page located on the More Information page of the website.  The postal mail address is ThinkOneWeek (BoazFoundation), Vijfhuizen., The Netherlands.

As always, there is much to discover on this website, just use the More Information page to find additional information to review.

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