Intro: Spiritual pilgrimage for Chicago pizza; Polish style chess set; Abraham Piper surveyed his audience to see what blogs they read; Ken Ham State of the Nation (the Ken Ham post exists in the iMonk archives but none of the videos work); this Eric Dudley video does play and will give you further insight into what Michael talks about on the podcast. Q&A #1: If God knows everything about our lives why would he create people that he knows will ignore him and go to hell?
Message: Question #2: A situation involving a university student in a Praise & Worship group with a conflict between theology and “revivalism” culture. Question #3: What do you make of the verse that many will say “Lord, Lord…” but he says “depart from me I never knew you?”
Critics of the Creation Museum say that it presents a “pseudoscientific” young earth creationist view of the origins of the earth and universe “even though scientific evidence shows the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old and the Universe about 13.8 billion years old.” I hate taking a side in this fight. My argument is that the age of the earth is one of the least important details one can hope to glean from a study of scripture (and in point of fact the Bible does not say how old the earth is).
I can empathize with Ken Ham’s motives for organizing Answers in Genesis and desiring to build a Creation Museum. As a science teacher in the 1970’s, Ham would take his students on field trips to places like museums of natural history. While there is much to learn about archeology and anthropology from such a museum visit, evolutionary processes and geologic time scales are accepted as fact without question. Ham moved from Australia to the United States where the population of conservative Christians is much higher and began Answers in Genesis in a small storefront office. The idea of a creationist museum was in the back of his mind for a long time. Continue reading →
So I have never visited Westboro Baptist Church nor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood but have commented on them on their behavior. I have never met Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton, and neither have most people, but that doesn’t stop us from having and expressing very strong viewpoints about not only their politics but also their character, intelligence, ability to serve as president and so forth.
On September 23 and 24 I will be visiting the Creation Museum and Ark Experience. I’m not getting the personal Ken Ham guided tour or anything but will spend several hours at each venue, take lots of pics and of course put up one or more blog posts. I have expressed caution about getting all of our answers from Genesis but I have never suggested there are no answers there.
So the Master’s Table is taking a road trip. I’ll be driving and Van Til will ride shotgun and read the map. Expect a full report when we get back. Happy trails…
Maybe I’ll come up with a more clever series title but let’s try this out. If you haven’t read the book don’t worry, there should be enough discussion of scripture and of the Christian life in general to give these posts merit. If you don’t know what book I’m talking about it read this page.
The process of writing God as Near as it exists in its final published form took place over a 2 year period of time, more or less. The first 4 or 5 chapters in particular have been around a while. Chapter 1 deals extensively with the creation story recorded in Genesis and Chapter 2 begins with a quick summary of the Noah story. As publication drew near I decided to leave those chapters alone and ignore certain recent events which are more suited for blogging anyway. Continue reading →
Is creation a viable model for origin is the topic of the Bill Nye – Ken Ham debate. Ham wants us to define some critical terms, namely creation/evolution and science. What I can’t believe we are not defining is viable.
“Is creation a viable model of origins?” will be the topic of the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye Debate on February 4 at the Creation Museum. Internet Monk has a rundown of the gory details, I will share just a couple of brief thoughts below. Continue reading →