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October 2017
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Sola Scriptura and ten reasons we need a Genesis Reformation

In nailing his 95 theses to the church door on 31 October 1517, Martin Luther was not only condemning the Roman Catholic Church for selling indulgences, but also calling for an examination of what Scripture taught about indulgences. Luther was convinced that Scripture alone is the final arbiter of what we should believe. Today, Scripture’s authority has been reduced to areas of faith and practice. However, it is fallacious to limit Scripture’s authority only to these matters. Biblical doctrine is linked to history and science; therefore, whatever Scripture affirms on these matters is true. For example, the doctrine of the resurrection understands that Jesus rose...

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June 2017
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Evolution: Scripture and Nature say ‘No!’

Simon Turpin reviews Denis O. Lamoureux’s Evolution: Scripture and Nature say Yes! (Zondervan; 2016; ISBN: 9780310526445). Over recent years, influential evangelical theologian and scientist Dr Denis Lamoureux has been actively promoting evolutionary creation. In his new book Evolution: Scripture and Nature say Yes! Lamoureux offers a number of explanations to justify his belief in evolutionary creation. This review focuses on several key issues raised by the book. Choice Lamoureux begins by describing his journey from young-earth creationist (YEC) to evolutionary creationist. Early in his life, Lamoureux believed he had to make a choice between believing in evolution or in creation and now asks his readers: ‘Why couldn’t the God of Christianity...

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April 2017
Scientific (including creation)

The age of the earth and why it matters

The Bible teaches that God created the earth approximately 6,000 years ago. From time to time, we meet people who reject evolution and would call themselves ‘creationists’, but who, nevertheless, accept that the earth and its rocks are millions of years old. In some cases, they feel that identifying as ‘young earth creationists’ would cause them to appear foolish and that this would undermine the credibility of their Christian witness. In responding to this, I believe that it is a mistake to begin with science. Instead, I find a better approach is to talk about God, his nature and glory, his original, perfect creation and how...

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February 2017
Scientific (including creation)

50 years of creationism

Young-age creationism is not new, despite efforts by its critics to explain it away as a modern theological aberration, derived from Seventh-day Adventism or American fundamentalism. All the foundational ideas of young-age creationism, including a recent creation, death through sin and a global Flood, can be traced back millennia. It is true that young-age creationism was eclipsed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with much of the professing church accepting an old earth and, in the decades after Darwin, the theory of evolution. But the publication of John Whitcomb and Henry Morris’ The Genesis Flood in 1961 sparked a worldwide revival of young-age creationism, which...

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September 2016
Scientific (including creation)

James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879)

In a recent BBC TV programme, The man who made the modern world, Professor Iain Stewart began by asking people in Edinburgh’s George Street whether they recognised a portrait of James Clerk Maxwell. Virtually none did, even though they were standing right under his large monument, erected in 2008. He is known as Scotland’s Einstein, was a Christian and paved the way for the modern world, with its electrical and electronic devices that we so rely on. Having spent my working lifetime as a scientist (analytical chemist), I am fascinated by the contribution to modern civilisation which has been made by famous scientists like Faraday...

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August 2016
Scientific (including creation)

In six days (2)

Continued from ‘In six days (1)’ Dr Henry Morris, in his commentary on Genesis, asks a question that shouldn’t be necessary but unfortunately is: ‘Suppose the writer of Genesis wished to teach his readers that all things were created in six literal days, what words would he have used to best convey this?’ The answer stares us in the face: the very words that are found in Genesis 1.As well as mathematical and historical arguments (see ET, July 2016), there are other compelling arguments for saying so. Grammatical In the Bible ‘day’ means either a 24-hour period or the daylight portion of a 24-hour period....

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June 2016
Scientific (including creation)

Image of God or image of an ape?

On 18 December 2015, the British Museum of Natural History opened their new ‘Human Evolution’ exhibition. A few days later, I travelled to London to take a look. The exhibition began with the usual assertion of ‘the fact of evolution’, with a sign which read, ‘The fossil record shows that the human family tree is made up of many ancient relatives, and that ape-like ancestors evolved into us’. Most significantly, however, it went on to say, ‘Exactly who our direct ancestors were within this family tree is a subject of scientific debate’, and this admission was reflected throughout the exhibition. Admission Speaking of the first...

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May 2016
Scientific (including creation)

Can atheists know meaning and purpose?

Leading evolutionists and atheists often concede that their worldview implies that life is meaningless. According to Professor Richard Dawkins, ‘The universe we observe has … no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference’. Similarly, Professor Susan Blackmore stated, ‘In the end nothing matters … If you really think about evolution and why we human beings are here, you have to come to the conclusion that we are here for absolutely no reason at all’. Given this, BuzzFeed author Tom Chivers recently asked a number of atheists how they find meaning in life. Among the most common responses were ‘enjoying...

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