Web Site of the Month - January 2021
by Lothar Janetzko

Creation and Evolution
https://www.google.com/books/edition/Creation_and_Evolution/1EdLAwAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=Creation+vs+Evolution+Alan+Hayward&printsec=frontcover

Rethinking the Evidence from Science and the Bible

The January 2021 website review looks at a book I recently discovered while searching for information regarding the Creation vs. Evolution controversy on the Internet.  You can find a preview of this book by performing a search at books.google.com and entering "Creation vs Evolution Alan Hayward" as the search term.

The preview you find on the Internet presents the cover page of the book, the Table of Contents, the Introduction, and most of Part I – THE GENUINE SCIENTIFIC OBJECTIONS TO DARWINISM. The Introduction to the book observes that presidential candidate Ronald Reagan declared that he had creationist sympathies in 1979, and "Ever since the public has been subjected to a barrage of books, articles and television programmes about evolution and creation...The subject is so technical, and attitudes on both sides are often so unreasonable and unhelpful, that the man in the street has often despaired of finding out what is going on."  From the spelling of “programmes” you can guess that the author of the book is from England.

It makes for interesting reading to learn about the battle between creationists and evolutionists from its very beginning in England, and how it was "spiced with sarcasm and venom."

The book author's aim was to produce a kind of "Plain Man's Guide to What is Going On." He points out that his position is somewhere in the middle ground between the two hotly contested extremes, and then presents a section titled "A QUESTION OF DEFINITIONS" where he describes three different concepts: 'succession', 'evolution' and 'Darwinism', and how these three distinct terms are used in the book.

Next follows a section titled "CHRISTIAN ATTITUDES TO CREATION" which describes the three different ways Christians view the subject of creation and evolution.  He categorizes the views as:

  1. Recent-creationists
  2. Ancient-creationists
  3. Theistic Darwinists (Theistic Evolutionists)

In this section the author also presents a logic diagram that illustrates the views of creationists and evolutionists.

In the next section, "THE PLAN OF THIS BOOK", the author explains why in Part I of his book "My arguments and quotations have been drawn exclusively from the writings of evolutionists who oppose Darwinism."  Also, you can learn what is contained in Part II and Part III of the book.  You will need to purchase a copy of the book if you want to read what the author has to say about "THE AGE OF THE EARTH" and "BIBLE TEACHING ON CREATION."

In Part I you can read about the objections to Darwinism by evolutionists.  This part of the book is divided into 4 chapters:

  1. Wind of Change
  2. Biologists who Reject Darwinism
  3. Other Evolutionists with Serious Doubts
  4. The Design Argument Stages a Comeback

It is interesting to read about the many objections evolutionists from many different disciplines have regarding Darwinism and how they have been unable to arrive at an alternative explanation of evolution that other evolutionists would find reasonable.

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Web Site of the Month - February 2021
by Lothar Janetzko

Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Center (IDEA Center)
http://www.ideacenter.org

A site dedicated to promoting the intelligent design theory.

The website review for this month looks at a site of a non-profit organization "dedicated to promoting intelligent design theory and fostering good – spirited discussion and a better understanding over intelligent design theory and the creation – evolution issue among students, educators, churches, and anyone else interested." The main page of the site invites a reader to “JOIN THE IDEA REVOLUTION!” and welcomes you to the IDEA Center and provides information about "IDEA Clubs", News & Events and links to Articles, and a link to a site which provides access to websites, articles, and organizations in the Intelligent Design movement.

To explore the content of this site each page of the site provides the following navigation tabs:

  1. About IDEA Center
  2. News & Events
  3. Membership
  4. Resources
  5. IDEA Student Clubs
  6. Search
  7. Contact Us
  8. Home

Following the "About IDEA Center" tab you can learn about the history, purpose, and mission of the Center.  Here you also find how the Center describes Intelligent Design.  "Intelligent design (ID) is a scientific theory which states that certain features of nature are the result of an intelligent cause.  ID is thus heavily dependent upon information theory because one if its fundamental premises is that information that is complex (highly ordered) and specified (fits a pre-existing pattern) is not produced by naturally occurring events (chance or law-governed processes).  Rather, this sort of observable information and complexity is best explained as the result of purposeful action by an intelligent designer."  ID is described as a scientific theory that life was designed by an intelligence.  ID does not make the claim that the God of the Bible is the designer.  That leads to the question, "Is Intelligent Design Theory Science or Religion?" You can find the Center's views on the above question in the article "Religious and Scientific Affiliations" found under the heading of "Purpose and Mission".  This article discusses the nature of science, the nature of religion, and the relationship of science and religion.

The "Resources" tab provides many resources related to Intelligent Design and evolution.  You will find many articles you can download as PDF files.  Here you will also find "Creation & Evolution Links."  Since I often search the web for finding interesting and "useful" creation – evolution websites, I found it helpful that the above-mentioned links are rated according to the amount of easy-to-access "useful" material on a site.  A table with Rating, Site Link, and a brief Description is provided for the following:

  1. Pro-Intelligent Design Websites
  2. Anti-Intelligent Design or "neutral" Websites
  3. Pro-Creationism Websites
  4. Pro-Evolution / Anti-Creationism Websites
  5. Links to specific topics

The "IDEA Student Clubs" tab provides the information on how to start a Club for your school.  You will also find many helpful resources and Chapter Locations around the country.

Besides learning about Intelligent Design Theory, there is much to explore how ID relates to Evolutionary Theory on this site.  You will find many articles and ID FAQs and Primers on this site that cover both topics.  Also, you can just use the "Search" tab to find information of interest.

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