Archive for September, 2011

Nothing New Under the Sun

The idea of recycling used products has been around for several decades. Recently, with everybody going “green,” recycling is getting a lot of renewed attention. However, recycling is nothing new. God has had it in His design right from the beginning of time.

Within our cells is the very important molecule of DNA. It carries the genetic information that makes you who you are … the building code of life. To live, DNA needs energy, which it gets from a large molecule called ATP. ATP is one of the principal energy systems within our body. It is the molecule that creates the electricity in your nerves that moves your muscles.

ATP changes the energy found in food to a form your cells can use. After it delivers the energy in the cell, it loses phosphate atoms and becomes ADP. The mitochondrion within the cell immediately grab the ADP and recycle it, adds energy, and changes it back into ATP. The ATP is then ready to once again deliver its energy to the cell. It has been estimated that each ATP is recycled, in this manner, up to three times per second. Close to 400 pounds of ATP is recycled in your body each day.

In the mitochondrion are molecular “water wheels” spinning 200 revolutions per second, producing 600 ATP molecules per second! This amazing design definitely points to a Creator. How could the random chance and accident ever blunder onto this type of complexity?

Information derived from: http://www.creationmoments.com/content/more-proof-youre-not-accidental-chemistry

 

Lanny Johnson

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Discrimination Suits Against Darwin “Objectors” Successful

Anyone watching the film Expelled will know that there is a philosophical bias against people who hold Non-Darwinian views, or who even question evolution. Some have been dismissed from jobs, denied tenure, or not given advancement due to their views. I have seen this myself. What is encouraging is that this year there are at least three cases that I know of where the discrimination backfired.

One Headline read, “ University Of Kentucky Settles Suit With Astronomer Martin Gaskell .” Gaskell, an astronomy professor, sued the University of Kentucky claiming he lost out on a top job because of his Christian beliefs. The settlement paid Gaskell $125,000.

Articles found at  http://www.uncommondescent.com shows another case of failed discrimination. Applied Mathematics Letters paid $10,000 and gave sincere and heart-felt apology to avoid litigation after it withdrew mathematician Granville Sewell’s previously accepted and peer-reviewed paper which critiqued neo-Darwinism.

According to Nota Bena (August 31, 2011), “The state-run California Science Center (CSC) has paid $110,000 to settle a lawsuit by American Freedom Alliance (AFA) against CSC for violating AFA’s First Amendment free speech rights to advocate intelligent design (ID). As part of the settlement, the CSC also has invited AFA to present the ID event it previously cancelled.”

“This is an historic victory for the ID movement,” said Casey Luskin, an attorney and policy analyst with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. “The First Amendment forbids government preference for one viewpoint over another, yet evidence disclosed in this case shows the CSC, Smithsonian Institution, and LA County Museum of Natural History attempted to stifle dissent from Darwinism. The result was illegal state-sponsored suppression of protected speech.”

There are many other instances of this kind of discrimination. Over the years, we have been in contact with many such people. It certainly has been the mode-of operation with many pro-Darwin people to silence the voices of those who oppose or even question evolution. They seemed to have free-reign to do so in the past, but hopefully free thought rather than suppression will once again be part of academia.

Dave Nutting

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The Crown of Old Men

Smiling at Grandpa

Early last Friday, I became a Grandfather again for the 5th time. What a beautiful little girl God has blessed us with. Thank you Jesus!

“Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.” Pr 17:6

Nine months ago, our youngest grandson told my wife Marilyn that he wanted a baby for Christmas. At the time his mother was having some health issues, with the possibility she would never be able to have any more children. Knowing the situation, Marilyn asked what else he would like as an alternative. The grandson was adamant – he was going to ask God for a baby sister!

Prayer Warrior, his brother, and newly arrived sister

Later, when our daughter announced her pregnancy, we did the math … the baby was conceived right at the time this small boy of 5 began to pray to God for a baby sister. Not only were his prayers for a baby answered, but months later we discovered that it was also a girl!

“And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?” Mt 21:16

Lanny Johnson

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New Book: God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?

Dr. John Lennox, a professor of mathematics from the University of Oxford, just released a short 96 page book which challenges Stephen Hawking and his book, The Grand Design. Hawking, the very popular and “prestigious” atheist scientist, claims that the laws of physics themselves brought the Universe into being, rather than God.

Lennox’s book is titled God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway? A review of this book gave the following quotes from page 32:

“What all this goes to show is that nonsense remains
nonsense, even when talked by world-famous scientists.”

“What serves to obscure the illogicality of such statements
is the fact that they are made by scientists; and the general public, not
surprisingly, assumes that they are statements of science and takes them on
authority. That is why it is important to point out that they are not
statements of science, and any statement, whether made by a scientist or not,
should be open to logical analysis. Immense prestige and authority does not
compensate for faulty logic.”

Having been familiar with Lennox’s down to earth way of unraveling scientific and philosophical nonsense, I ordered the 96 page book today. From my experience of speaking on the university campuses and interacting with “elite” professors and their student protégés, I certainly can echo those quotes. I also wish those “parroting” students would understand that they are being snowed by prestige and arrogance rather than sound logic and verifiable science.

I hope the book arrives quickly as Mary Jo & I are scheduled to speak at 4 universities in a few weeks where I fully expect Hawking’s faulty logic and book will be touted as the latest “science.” It will be good to show the students that Hawking does not have the final word.

Dave Nutting

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