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Web Site of the Month - January 1998
by Helen Belisle

Relativist Apologetics: The Future of Creationism (Ev+)

I appear to have located, yet again, an evolution-intensive site for the stout and intrepid amongst you. I could call this a strictly intellectual site. In fact, I almost did. Because it is about as basic as you can get: no animated graphics, no "cool links" to other sites, no pictures. Just a page of writing. But then, back to the intellectual consideration. I realized that "intellectual" shares the same root as "intelligence" and "intelligent" and paused to consider that none of those qualifications really apply, strictly speaking.

What a high-minded web page this is, that could easily sway the faint of heart or unsure! If a person had doubts about whether they really believe in creation, and if they are sensitive to implications that their thought processes are ridiculous, this article would probably crater their convictions.

On the other hand, if you are confident in the real intellectual merit of creation and are able to take ridicule boldly, and laugh at it, this is a great place to start. What really amazes me is the totally serious way these guys present their stuff. They actually believe it!

I hope the entertainment value, at least, is worth your time because to be able to effectively take on an opponent, one should at least know how and what they think. For that reason, anyway, this is an educational site. Enjoy! Arm yourself! Go forth and conquer!

Web Site of the Month - February 1998
by Helen Belisle

Another Viewpoint on Grand Canyon Geology (Cr+)

This is a Seventh-Day Adventist site. No doubt several/many of you already know about the tagnet.org site and may have already discovered this particular sub-site. If so, perhaps like me, you have noticed how refreshing and relaxing it is to read a site that makes so much sense and hardly requires any mental filtering to interfere with the enjoyment of the reading. If you haven't yet browsed into this page, you really should. It isn't very long but it has several links to other pages that are documents on related subjects, also by responsible writers! I really enjoyed my sojourn into these pages.

Basically this page is an introduction to the other topics indicated by the links and doesn't go into a lot of detail but if you can find/make the time to explore, the links will take you to some very interesting and intelligent sites that would make for some very pleasant and informative "rainy day" exploring. Enjoy, and God bless!

Web Site of the Month - March 1998
by Helen Belisle

Scientific Proofs of God (Cr+)

Remember back when most of our information and knowledge came from books? Before there were nifty moving graphics and pictures you could zoom in and enlarge or magical windows to other locations with more wonderful things? Well, this site is very much like that almost-archaic technology. In fact, it IS a book! An on-line book, to be exact.

It consists of 13 chapters and an appendix. Having had time to just briefly scan a couple of the chapters, I can't give you an in-depth book-report but from what I can see, it is a great book and one that I am planning to browse thoroughly.

The appendix is interesting: Here the author lists 28 great scientists who were known Creationists. Among them were Blaise Pascal, Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Wernher von Braun, and Albert Einstein (who, being a Jew, did not believe in Jesus but did believe in Creation.)

I hope the absence of pretty pictures and frenetic graphics doesn't deter you from spending some quality time here!

Web Site of the Month - April 1998
by Helen Belisle

Teno's Creation Page (Cr+)
This page is no longer active. Teno has a new page at http://www.genesisevidence.org/.

This month is turning out to be a very unusual month, weather-wise. Usually the weather is so awesome by now that we want to spend most of our free time outside. Fortunately for you, there is the very appealing alternative of net-surfing available!

This particular site may not be the deepest reviewed to date but it has links to quite a number of places that should all add up to some very interesting skimming of rudimentary creationism.

There is one article called "Star Light" that I browsed which I would have loved to have had enlarged on because the subject matter has so much potential. Maybe it will inspire me to go on a net-search of my own on that topic! But there are certainly many choices here for exploration and should provide a lot of interesting browsing while the wind blows and summer debates its arrival.

The author has included three or four of his own articles (the "Star Light" one being one of them) and many links to related subjects so with this as a starting place, the actual potential for exploration is quite extensive. Enjoy!

Web Site of the Month - May 1998
by Do-While Jones

The HST Key Project to Measure the Hubble Constant (Ev-)

There is a lot of information on the Internet about astronomy in general, and the Hubble constant in particular. Since it was Wendy Freedman who stirred up all the controversy four years ago, we thought it would be appropriate to feature her web site as the web site of the month. In this page she defends her most recent calculation of the Hubble constant.

If you want to know still more about the Hubble constant, you might try "Is There Really a Cosmological Crisis?" (Ev-) at http://www.skeptic.com/03.4.shaffer-cosmo.html. This is a very readable discussion of the controversy.

For some really deep reading, you can read "The American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Physics News Number 270 May 9, 1996" (Ev-) at http://www.csulb.edu/~gordon/hubblcst.html; "The Hubble Constant via the Leo-I Group" (Ev-) at http://www.stsci.edu/stsci/meetings/shst2/tanvirn.html; or "Hubble's Constant and the Age of the Universe" at http://www.mathsoft.com/mathcad/library/astronomy/.

Finally, if you want to try to compute the Hubble constant yourself, there is the "Hubble Constant Lab" at http://web.archive.org/web/19990428233401/http://ucowww.ucsc.edu/~dennis/hubble.html. It is part of an astronomy course offered by Dennis Zaritsky, Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Assistant Astronomer, UCO/Lick Observatory, University of California at Santa Cruz.

Web Site of the Month - June 1998
by Helen Belisle

Big Problems with Creation "Science" (Ev+)

This site starts out, both in its title and in its address, with some rather cynical contradictions. It's called "Big Problems with Creation 'science' ", a rather sarcastic use of quotation marks, and then the address: ...atheism/creation.html. What a contrast!

I have heard it opined that sometimes, in order to learn about something, it is useful to study its antithesis. This may be such a case.

The author deals with some very interesting topics, like the problem of light and what it was that was created on the first day of creation week. He also asks the question, "Why do creationists get so upset about evolution?" and proceeds to paint us in a somewhat unflattering light, tending toward simple-minded hard-headedness.

All in all, this is a really interesting article and well worth the 5 or 10 minutes it would take you to skim through it.

Web Site of the Month - July 1998
by Do-While Jones

Biblical Creation Society Home Page (Cr+)

The Biblical Creation Society is a British Christian society founded in 1976 that advances and defends the Biblical teaching on creation. They address issues related to origins from a coherent Biblical and scientific standpoint.

This web site offers a range of articles on very diverse subjects—but all seeking to show that the Bible provides a solid foundation not only for our understanding of origins but also for every aspect of life.

The home page is nicely indexed into major subject headings. If you select one of these major headings you will be taken to a page offering several articles on that subject. If you are unfamiliar with the basic creationist explanations of the origin of life, you should certainly look at the eight introductory articles.

If you are looking for deeper articles on advanced topics, you should choose some of the other categories. For example, under "Education and life issues" there is an article titled, "THE DISCOVERY OF GEOLOGICAL TIME (Religious and philosophical inputs to geochronology)" by David J. Tyler (found at http://www.pages.org/bcs/Bcs080.html). It describes the history of how long geological ages came to be accepted. It shows that the acceptance of long ages had more to do with philosophical presuppositions rather than objective science. It also addresses the "double revelation" approach to knowledge, and explains why it must be rejected.

Web Site of the Month - August 1998
by Lothar Janetzko

The Seed of the Universe (Cr)(Ev)

According to the author,

the purpose of this Web Page is to offer a better understanding of the evolution of our universe. Some people accept the story of Genesis as written by divine providence, while others spend a lifetime searching for scientific proof of the creation. We will never know exactly how God created our vast universe. My desire is that I may help lay a foundation to support some of the seemingly mysteries in the book of Genesis through research. This page is designed to explain how the outline of Genesis fits accurately with the discoveries of science in our own generation.

The site contains 30 pages of illustrations and text. They are taken from Bible Scripture, scientific discoveries, and imagination. It takes about 25 minutes to complete the theory.

I found the site quite interesting reading. The author really has a deep desire to understand how God created this world. He himself states that this is probably impossible. Nevertheless, he develops a theory about God's creation through evolution. To explain the age of the universe as seen by most scientists, he uses the position that a day in the Genesis account can also be interpreted as an age of time.

If you are interested in reading a theory about how God could have created this world, from the very beginning, to the time the earth was finished, then browse through this site.

Web Site of the Month - September 1998
by Lothar Janetzko

A Created Solar System (Cr)
This web site consists of an introduction, seven chapters and a miscellaneous section. The material is very interesting in that it clearly shows how the motion of the earth, moon, and sun show a design and structure that build a very strong case for a special creation. The author of the web site points out how a "seven-squared time structure" can be used to correlate the motion of the moon around the earth and the earth around the sun. He says that
The motions of the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun have puzzled mathematicians and astronomers for at least the length of recorded history.

But he has found the answer to the puzzle. He has discovered that

7 x 7 lunar months (of 29.5306 days) = 1446.994 days. In other words, the rotation of the Earth comes into conjunction with the lunar period each 1447 days (or 1447 'rotations' of the Earth). Then, it is obvious that a '7 times 7' month relationship exists between the rate of the rotation of the Earth and the progression of the apparent Moon.

To learn more about these periodic relationships you should read the explanations given on this site. The author also points out that many of these time relationships are described in Hebrew literature. If you are interested in learning about the intelligent design of the motion of the earth, moon and sun then you will find this web site most informative.

Web Site of the Month - October 1998
by Lothar Janetzko

The Creation Concept Report on the Firmament (Cr)
This web site contains a report about "one of the greatest puzzles connected with the Creation story in the first chapter of Genesis, namely the identity of the 'firmament' that God made on the second day."

The author provides an extensive study about the firmament as it is described in Genesis and how it has been interpreted throughout history. He provides an extensive Bibliography to support his findings. Below is an index of the material found on this site.

I found the material quite interesting reading and the references the author provides makes further study of this topic very easy.

Web Site of the Month - November 1998
by Lothar Janetzko

The Talk.Origins Archive (Ev+)
"Talk.origins is a Usenet newsgroup devoted to the discussion and debate of biological and physical origins. Most discussions in the newsgroup center on the creation/evolution controversy, but other topics of discussion include the origin of life, geology, biology, catastrophism, cosmology and theology."

This archive was established around 1994 and contains many frequently asked questions (FAQs) and frequently rebutted assertions that appear in the talk.origins newsgroup.

Some of the many FAQs on this web site include

plus many more. The information on this web site very strongly supports evolution as fact and tries to counter any objections anyone may have.

If you want to read how strongly some people feel about evolution as fact and not just theory this is the place.

Web Site of the Month - December 1998
by Lothar Janetzko

Creation Science (Cr+)

This web site provides a lot of information regarding the creation versus evolution controversy. As a beginning point it has a 34 slide page PowerPoint presentation with slide notes that can be viewed directly from the net or that can be downloaded as a file and viewed off-line. The slide show is entitled “Basics of Creation Versus Evolution”. The presentation points out some interesting observations about world-view implications as a result of either believing in creation or evolution.

The web site is organized as follows:

Topics Resources
Evolutionary Theory: the Big Problems! Technical and In-Depth Papers
The Scientific Method Creation Science Organizations and Periodicals
Two Models of Origins: Creation and Evolution Books on Creation Science and Evolution
What Do Creation Scientists Believe? Creation Science on the Web - Other Sites to Visit
How Can All Those Scientists Be Wrong? Search the On-line Creation Research Database
What is the Theory of Evolution? 
History and Ramifications of Evolutionary Thought 
Why Not Genesis? - the Creation Events  
Top Evidences Against the Theory of Evolution Annotated Slide Presentations
Arguing With Evolution - "BreakPoint" Radio Series Reprint Basics of the Creation Versus Evolution Debate
Test Your Faith in Evolution! Noah's Ark: A Feasibility Study
A Response to the Washington Post The History and Influence of Evolutionary Ideas
I Don't Have Much Time, Just Tell Me Your Main Points! The Age of the Earth and the Universe

As always this web site shows the wealth of information that is available from the Internet. Now if there were only more time available to study all this material.

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