Evidence for God Newsletter December 2014

From: "Evidence for God" <rich1@godandscience.org>
Subject: Evidence for God Newsletter December 2014
Date: December 16th 2014

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News

Passing of Carole Allen Deem

Memorial celebration of the life of Carole Allen DeemMy wife of 25 years, Carole Allen Deem, passed away from this life and into the arms of Jesus on September 2. Having been diagnosed with a brain tumor 18 years ago, her prayer was that she be given enough time to raise our three sons, who were then only 1, 3, and 5 years old. God granted her that wish and endless opportunities to witness for Jesus during those intervening years. Since Carole's parents were unable to travel to the memorial, I had the memorial service recorded. I have published the video on YouTube and many people have watched it and been inspired by her story. If you would like to make a contribution in Carole's name, please consider Smile Train or Reasons To Believe.

    Carole Allen Deem Memorial Video 

I would appreciate your prayers for our family, including our three sons, Matt, Drew, and Mark, and Carole's parents, who lost their only daughter. I would specifically covet your prayers regarding where God wants me to go in my life. I am beginning to branch out into uncharted territory, giving a talk at the Southern California chapter of the American Scientific Affiliation this February and teaching at Biola in 2016.

Reasons Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Chapter of Reasons To Believe is continuing in the new RTB video series Navigating Genesis. If you live in the Los Angeles area, please stop by for the study and some good Christian fellowship:

Monday, January 5, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
154 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Sierra Madre, CA 91024


Answers for atheists

There is no God

Christians often cite Psalm 14:1 as a rebuke of atheists. However, the Hebrew word translated "fool" doesn't have the same connotations as the English word. The passage actually says that we are all foolish. More...

    The fool says in his heart "There is no God."
    http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/the_fool_there_is_no_god.html


Design vs. evolution

Weird life

Silicon is often the favorite atom for alien life forms in science fiction. In Star Trek, the Horta and crytalline entity were unique life forms based upon silicon. Are such life forms possible, given the laws of chemistry and physics? Guest author and chemist John Millam tackles this question head-on by examining all the possible ways that non-carbon/non-water based life might exist. If any of your friends tell you that life can be based on chemistries other than carbon, send them here! More...

    Weird Life: Must Life Be Based on Carbon and Water?
    http://www.godandscience.org/evolution/non-carbon_life.html


Biblical creation

YEC critique

Bruce L. GordonDr. Bruce L. Gordon, associate professor of the history and philosophy of science at Houston Baptist University, and senior fellow of Discovery Institute‚Äôs Center for Science and Culture in Seattle takes on young earth creationism from both a biblical and scientific perspective. Dr. Gordon concludes, "For those of us outside the young-earth community—evangelical or not—who are scientifically literate or even just educated as critical thinkers, it is difficult to overstate how profoundly absurd young-earth science strikes us as being. This perception is exacerbated when one realizes that the interpretation of Scripture giving rise to this enterprise is not only rendered unnecessary but demonstrably deficient by sound principles of biblical interpretation respecting the inspiration and authority of the Bible." More...

    Scandal of the Evangelical Mind: A Biblical and Scientific Critique of Young-Earth Creationism
    http://www.godandscience.org/youngearth/critique_of_young_earth_creationism.html


Misc

UFO-demon connection

Hundreds of thousands of people have seen UFOs. Although most of these observations can be explained as natural, earthly phenomena, there are a significant number of UFOs that defy these explanations. At least a quarter of Americans believe these objects are real UFOs inhabited by real extraterrestrial aliens. In this article, I propose that these are real sightings, but that the objects themselves are not real, but spiritual apparitions, produced by spiritual demonic beings (demons). More...

    UFOs and the Existence of Supernatural Demonic Forces
    http://www.godandscience.org/doctrine/ufo_existence_of_demons.html


YouTube Videos

Designs in DNA

Designs in DNADNA coding sequences are not as simple as first envisioned. The concept of one gene-one protein does not apply to much of the human genome. Find out three specific ways in which the coding of genes has been optimally designed. More...

    Designs in DNA
    http://youtu.be/Bm67oXKtH3s

Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny

Failures of Evolution: Ontogeny Recapitulates PhylogenyPart 3 of Epic Failures of Evolution concerns the evolutionary concept of "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny." Although the original concept is no longer accepted among evolutionists, a modernized version of the theory says that embryos go through a common, phylotypic stage, before going on to differentiate into their respective species. However, new data shows that even this theory is an epic failure. More...

    Failures of Evolution: Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny
    http://youtu.be/Qv1TyS09nLM

 

Peppered moth

Failures of Evolution: Peppered MothPart 4 of Epic Failures of Evolution examines the "evolution" of the peppered moth. Although the moth is an excellent example of natural selection within a population, recent genetic data shows that the evolutionary change that produced the dramatic color change was nothing more than a single based pair mutation that broke the wing patterning gene. Scientist has expected something much more dramatic. More...

    Failures of Evolution: Peppered Moth
    http://youtu.be/-z2xGWtm0yw

 

UFOs: What are they?

UFOs Part 1: Why Earth Has Never Been VisitedUFO sightings have increased dramatically in the last 20 years, although there has been no verified physical evidence of any of these "spaceships" or their "pilots." If one examines the physical problems of interstellar space travel, one finds a universe which seems to be designed to twart any realistic means to travel between solar systems. Part 1 of this video series examines why the physics of the universe makes interstellar travel impractical. Part 2 examines the newly released data linking religious measures with frequencies of UFO sightings. The data shows that unbelievers see many more UFOs suggesting that UFO sightings are spiritual manefestations rather than real objects. More...

    UFOs Part 1: Why Earth Has Never Been Visited
    http://youtu.be/bazLUvOXbGQ

    UFOs Part 2: The UFO-Demon ConnectionUFOs Part 2: The UFO-Demon Connection
    http://youtu.be/anTF6xlKd70


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Rich Deem


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