Evidence for God Newsletter February, 2011


Subject: Evidence for God Newsletter February, 2011
Date: February 23rd 2011

Greetings in the name of the Lord! This is the latest update for the Evidence for God website. Welcome to our new subscribers.

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News

My HP laptop finally died after ~3.5 years of use. During its short lifetime, it's hinges died twice (second time was fatal), the battery died twice, the power adapter died twice, the display died once, and the system had to be "recovered" numerous times. I can't say I was real sad to see it go. My usual strategy for replacing a laptop has been to get something good but not state of the art. However, this strategy has resulted in laptops being replaced every 3-4 years, on average (a Compaq, a Dell, a Sony, and a HP) as they became unbearably slow. A relatively new phenomenon in laptops is the "gaming" laptop. Although I don't play computer games, these laptops are designed for fast performance under demanding conditions. Asus has come out with some reasonably-priced gaming laptops that seem well-built, so I went for one. It is an amazing machine that has helped increase my productivity a lot. If you are considering replacing your laptop and are a power user, please see my review.

    ASUS G73JW Republic of Gamers 17.3-Inch Gaming Laptop Review
    http://www.godandscience.org/general/asus_g73jw_gaming_laptop.html


Reviews

Creating Life in the Lab

Creating Life in the Lab: How New discoveries in Synthetic Biology Make a Case for the CreatorFazale Rana, Reasons To Believe's biochemist scholar has written a timely book, Creating Life in the Lab, that examines human attempts to create artificial life forms in the laboratory. With Craig Venter's announcement of having created an artificial bacterium, news sources have been busy speculating what is next. In a world dominated by science and technology, it is good for Christians to know what is happening on the cutting-edge of science and how it applies to Christianity. More...

    Creating Life in the Lab: How New discoveries in Synthetic Biology Make a Case for the Creator
    http://www.godandscience.org/evolution/creating_life_in_the_lab.html

Beyond the Cosmos

Beyond the Cosmos: What Recent Discoveries in Astrophysics Reveal about the Glory and Love of GodHugh Ross, president and founder of Reasons To Believe, has published an updated, third edition of Beyond the Cosmos, originally published in 1996. Beyond the Cosmos is based upon biblical theology and the scientific theories about string theory and extra dimensions of space and time. The book does not require a degree in science to understand, but it does require the reader to think deeply about the content that is being explained. If you are a Christian who is content with "the Bible says it, I believe it" then this book is not for you. However, if you want to understand biblical principles at a deeper level and take your faith to the next tier, you will want to read this book. More...

    Beyond the Cosmos: What Recent Discoveries in Astrophysics Reveal About the Glory and Love of God
    http://www.godandscience.org/doctrine/beyond_the_cosmos.html


Biblical Creation

Earth looks old

Several years ago one of the young earth creation ministries wrote an article about how the author thought the earth looked young. At the time I thought it was pretty non-persuasive. As a youth, I can recall always thinking that the earth looked really old to me. Even though I grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, we did lots of hiking and traveling throughout the mountains and national parks of the Western States. Living in the shadows of the 10,000 foot high San Gabriel Mountains, they didn't look young to me. When I finally got back to the East Coast, what impressed me was how rounded and eroded the Appalachian Mountains looked compared to the San Gabriels. I thought they must be really old. Turns out they are. Yes, they look old. However, some recent trips have really impressed me about how the earth looks really old. Hence, I have finally taken the time to write this page. More...

    The Earth Looks Old
    http://www.godandscience.org/youngearth/earth_looks_old.html


Christian theology

Sticks into snakes?

What about all the magic in the Bible? Most of these things just don't seem possible. How did Moses turn his staff into a snake? Even if Moses produced this magic by the power of God, how did the Egyptians do likewise? More...

    How Did the Egyptians Perform Magic Turning Sticks into Snakes?
    http://www.godandscience.org/doctrine/egyptians_miracles_snakes.html

Sabbath a creation ordinance?

Young earth creationists and Seventh Day Adventists tend to claim that the Sabbath was given as a creation ordinance, rather than having been given to Moses thousands of years later. Guest author, Wes Ringer, a former Seventh-Day Adventist, examines the evidence to determine if first and second century Christians were worshiping on the Sabbath. Justin Martyr's dialog with the Jewish non-Christian Trypho provides a fascinating insight into Jewish and Christian belief about the Sabbath. More...

    Is the Sabbath a Creation Ordinance?
    http://www.godandscience.org/doctrine/sabbath_creation_ordinance.html


Webmaster resources

Facebook Ads?

I was working on a local referendum in which a mining company had been granted the rights to destroy Van Tassel Ridge in Azusa (to mine rock) in exchange financial incentives to the city of Azusa. Facebook ads promised to specifically target people in Azusa for the ad campaign. I set a budget of $100 for the last 27 days of the campaign. The first thing I noticed was that the click-through rate was almost exactly going to use the budget. In fact, at the end, it had spent $98.89. I thought it strange, since my Google ads had never been so close to budget. More...

   Facebook Ads - Are They Worth the Money?
    http://www.godandscience.org/general/facebook_ads.html


 

Articles in Preparation

  • The Singularity Movement: Based Upon False Assumptions and Wishful Thinking
  • Why Overlapping Genes Discredit Neo Darwinism (Mutation and Natural Selection)
  • Why the Denisova DNA Sequence is a Problem for Young Earth Creationists and Evolutionists

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In Christ,
Rich Deem


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