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Originally posted by dmz
I don't see where Creationists break the "laws" of science except that they do not demand things have always been as they are now.

Isn't that a little too convenient? Why even bother? Really, why even bother?

Tartarus, all you need to do is claim that God created the universe as is 6000 years ago. The light was already on its way, the universe was already expanding, the Sun already fusing, the Earth already formed with evidence for plate tectonics, the fossils already buried, the flora and fuana already existing. There is nothing you can to prove what I just said is wrong. Your ideas about "laws" of science not being constant through time is so obviously fallacious compared to what I just said.

It's an ultimate fallback. Turtles all the way down. There is nothing that can be done to disprove God or a belief in God.
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Going further, I still find it ironic that you dismiss christians as so dumb, right up until they disagree with another christian that has evidence supporting a young earth. You then hold them up as bastions of scientific thinking. Don't you think that's...oh...a bit hypocritical?

I might get back to some other stuff in this thread later, but this little gem deserves special attention.

Do you honestly think the above represents an example of hypocrisy, or are you dishonestly using the all-to-common bad debate tactic of trying to find any way you can to call your opponent a "hypocrite" for some trumped-up reason?

Let's say a bunch of Tin Foil Hat Wearers (TFHWs) are standing around about to drink the Special Koolaid because they believe The Comet is coming to take them away, hah hah.

As the moment of the koolaid drinking approaches, a few TFHWs start to have misgivings. TFHW Joe says to TFHW Sally, "Maybe this isn't such a great idea."

I would firmly believe that all of these people were nuts. If, however, I overhear this conversation and say "Hey, Sally, perhaps you should listen to Joe. He's one of your group, and even he has his doubts"... am I suddenly a hypocrite???  Would this point to some terrible logical inconsistency on my part, or some dishonesty in my original assessment that the TFHWs were all nuts, just because I ask one TFHW to consider that even a fellow TFHW has doubts?

The situation is exactly the same here with Giant. He's pointing out that even by the standards of Humphrey's fellow creationists, Humphrey's science is bad. Do you really, really think that this reveals some sort of hypocrisy, some sudden inconsistent elevation of the status of creationist credentials on Giant's part?

That someone even has to point out to you such simple matters of reasoning and understanding context is quite sad. If you can't even grasp this, or are dishonest enough to pretend not to grasp such simple things for tactical reasons, how can you at all be trusted to deal intelligently and/or honestly in a conversation with as many complexities as this one?
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post #283 of 411
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Keep it cool DMZ, we've got them on the run.

Not been on the Internet long, have we?


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Wow. We've gone from infallible fact to "(possibly with minor problems)". Progress has been made!

What is this "science" they speak of?
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post #284 of 411
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Originally posted by THT
Isn't that a little too convenient? Why even bother? Really, why even bother?

Tartarus, all you need to do is claim that God created the universe as is 6000 years ago. The light was already on its way, the universe was already expanding, the Sun already fusing, the Earth already formed with evidence for plate tectonics, the fossils already buried, the flora and fuana already existing. There is nothing you can to prove what I just said is wrong. Your ideas about "laws" of science not being constant through time is so obviously fallacious compared to what I just said.

It's an ultimate fallback. Turtles all the way down. There is nothing that can be done to disprove God or a belief in God.


That's pretty good bait -- and a pretty good misreprentation too.

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post #285 of 411
Bezene, instead of blindly latching onto junk science, why not spend time focusing on possible biblical astronomical events that are actually cool, interesting and verifiable, like the conjunctions of venus and jupiter in leo during 3 and 2 BC?
post #286 of 411
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Originally posted by dmz
That's pretty good bait -- and a pretty good misreprentation too.

It wasn't meant as bait. It was an illustration of your position. It isn't possible to prove your Creationists belief as wrong because you can resort to the supernatural.

So, when is the campaign going to start for a warning label on plate tectonics, stellar formation, cosmological origins (galaxy formation, big bang et al), radioactivity? Are Creationists going to put a warning label on the theory of where oil comes from? They all undermine the Bible too.

My earlier statement still stands. Creationists have no other agenda than to impugn any sort of scientific theory that says the universe is billions of years old. It is FUD. All in the hope that they can keep their fantastical beliefs alive. If you want to prove it wrong, formulate the hypotheses, gather the evidence, test it, submit it for review, have others replicate the results, and gather more evidence. The community will always welcome it as long as the evidence is there.

Yet all the action goes towards preventing the school kids from learning to think in a scientific way. Preventing them from learning the prevailing theories in science properly. If successful, it will only spell the doom of American scientific prowess.
post #287 of 411
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It wasn't meant as bait. It was an illustration of your position. It isn't possible to prove your Creationists belief as wrong because you can resort to the supernatural.

So, when is the campaign going to start for a warning label on plate tectonics, stellar formation, cosmological origins (galaxy formation, big bang et al), radioactivity? Are Creationists going to put a warning label on the theory of where oil comes from? They all undermine the Bible too.

My earlier statement still stands. Creationists have no other agenda than to impugn any sort of scientific theory that says the universe is billions of years old. It is FUD. All in the hope that they can keep their fantastical beliefs alive. If you want to prove it wrong, formulate the hypotheses, gather the evidence, test it, submit it for review, have others replicate the results, and gather more evidence. The community will always welcome it as long as the evidence is there.

Yet all the action goes towards preventing the school kids from learning to think in a scientific way. Preventing them from learning the prevailing theories in science properly. If successful, it will only spell the doom of American scientific prowess.

I think you are missing the point here -- how much of plate tectonics, star formation, etc, are acutally able to test?

I'm about half way through The Sacred Cosmos, a good book on this subject by a GASP old earther. Your certainty of the origins of the universe isn't well founded as there are many issues which are completly up in the air. You should at least be honest about that.

But again, were back to "proving" what can't be proven -- going nowhere fast.

The scientific community needs to open it's mind, to look at things with ALL possibilities open, to test things as objectivly as possible and stop cutting off their noses to spites their faces simply to defend their cosmic hermuntic. Theories need destructive testing. Test Run Debug, Test, Run, Debug --- does it have a weakness? hmmmmm.... lets try to break it -- not prop it up for no other reason than it fits an agenda.

Evolution is an example of this, while starlight and KAr dating (I am vexed to admit) is not.

Anyway.

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post #288 of 411
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Originally posted by dmz
Your certainty of the origins of the universe isn't well founded as there are many issues which are completly up in the air.

A consumer christian book really isn't the best place to find out detailed, objective information on this.

There also seems to be this tendency with psuedoscience devotees to disregard everything just because they think thing like 'scientific truths sometimes get proven wrong' or because a given theory doesn't *yet* explain every detail. While this tendency obviously shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the fields it attacks, as well as the scientific process itself, perhaps the worst tendency among these folks is to throw out the observations as well. For some things, like cosmology, we have abundant data. While we certainly will get more and refine our understanding of what that data means, there are certain things that a whole lot of unrelated data points to, like the big bang. The big bang is a great example of multiple very deep lines of direct evidence surrounded by a halo of very deep circumstantial evidence.
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The scientific community needs to open it's mind, to look at things with ALL possibilities open, to test things as objectivly as possible and stop cutting off their noses to spites their faces simply to defend their cosmic hermuntic.

I find this ironic. \
post #289 of 411
The scientific community is always open to testable hypotheses. The genesis story is not a testable hypothesis. Nor is the existence of god, by default. These are thus rationally excluded from "science".
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post #290 of 411
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I think you are missing the point here -- how much of plate tectonics, star formation, etc, are acutally able to test?

So you are recommendating a warning label for the theories?

In plate tectonics, the crustal plates are recorded to move x inches per year, mountains are recorded to increase in height y inches a year. Their movements are traced back in time through radiometric dating, common chemical composition, and common flora and fauna fossils. That's not testing or experimenting to you?

There is zero evidence for catastrophic movement of the plates as proposed by Creationists. I even remember being taught that catastrophism was one of the two big theories in the history portion of the course. It obviously fell by the wayside because all the evidence was pointing towards slow movements of the crustal plates.

Stellar formation is observed at various stages through observation. Their composition is verified through observation. Their age is modelled on basic physical forces. Their fusion processes are verified through the observation of fusion byproducts. The models are verified through further observations. That's not testing or experimenting to you?

Answers in Genesis essentially has no answer but "God did it" for the apparent age and process for the Sun or stars.

What would you have taught as a competing theories in science class?

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Your certainty of the origins of the universe isn't well founded as there are many issues which are completly up in the air. You should at least be honest about that.

I don't have certainty over anything. I do see a lot of evidence in support of said theories while there is zero evidence for Biblically-based assertions. If there is evidence against biological evolution, I would and everyone else, would love to see it. But the last hundred years of research has only supported and refined it.

Am I 100% certain, no. There is always the possibility of countervailing evidence. That is taught in every science class - to have doubt about what you do and believe is right, that everything must be supporting through evidence.

Since there is really no counter-evidence so far, biological evolution is pretty much it. I remember that there were 2 or 3 theories of the origin of the universe in class: steady state and big bang. All evidence supported big bang, and steady state fell away. My beliefs will change when and if there is evidence supporting a better theory.

Will your beliefs in Creationism change?

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The scientific community needs to open it's mind, to look at things with ALL possibilities open, to test things as objectivly as possible and stop cutting off their noses to spites their faces simply to defend their cosmic hermuntic. Theories need destructive testing. Test Run Debug, Test, Run, Debug --- does it have a weakness? hmmmmm.... lets try to break it -- not prop it up for no other reason than it fits an agenda.

Evolution is an example of this, while starlight and KAr dating (I am vexed to admit) is not.

Evolution has had over a century of test, run and debug cycles. The vast majority of research over that time has only supported it.
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Originally posted by THT
In plate tectonics, the crustal plates are recorded to move x inches per year, mountains are recorded to increase in height y inches a year. Their movements are traced back in time through radiometric dating, common chemical composition, and common flora and fauna fossils. That's not testing or experimenting to you?

And you would know that these are all assuming the rates of movement of the stated plates have stayed the same. As for radiometric dating, same exact preconception. Even the calibration curves for radiometric dating fall back on a naturalisitic dating scheme. It's a nice little tautological package.

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There is zero evidence for catastrophic movement of the plates as proposed by Creationists. I even remember being taught that catastrophism was one of the two big theories in the history portion of the course. It obviously fell by the wayside because all the evidence was pointing towards slow movements of the crustal plates.

Yeah...like local floods can account for all of the fossils we see, which were obviously formed very rapidly. Also, given the rates of mountain uplift, their suface formations would have eroded long ago. If you're trying to prove millions of years, you will construe the evidence to fit your model. An example of this would be varves, where it is assumed each change in striations corresponds to annual rings. This is erroneous, because research by Guy Berthault, and Pierre Julien at colorado state university has pointed out. As a matter of fact, the vertical striations are actually caused by the sorting by size of flowing water.
It's very convenient to count these striations as years, if that supports your hypothesis, even if it files in the face of fact.
Btw, do you know about the fundamental problems about C14 dating past 50k years?
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Stellar formation is observed at various stages through observation. Their composition is verified through observation. Their age is modelled on basic physical forces. Their fusion processes are verified through the observation of fusion byproducts. The models are verified through further observations. That's not testing or experimenting to you?

Actually, the theory about stars "condensing" is far from perfect. link. Even so, there is nowhere in the bible that says this can't hapen. How exactly did you think that stars forming would support your position?

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Answers in Genesis essentially has no answer but "God did it" for the apparent age and process for the Sun or stars.

Actually, you have lots of problems if the sun is millions of years old, and especially if it's always been acting like it is now. Additionally, reference my statements about starlight and time.

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What would you have taught as a competing theories in science class?

I'd start at the very beginning and explain the paradigms of both camps, and then present the interpretation of the evidence from both sides. Let the students decide.

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I don't have certainty over anything. I do see a lot of evidence in support of said theories while there is zero evidence for Biblically-based assertions. If there is evidence against biological evolution, I would and everyone else, would love to see it. But the last hundred years of research has only supported and refined it.

Actually, as I pointed out, you can't do research on evolution. The best example any evolutionist has every presented is bacteria adapting to a new environement, and then they make the jump and say that proves that pond scum eventually would walk around on two legs.

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Am I 100% certain, no. There is always the possibility of countervailing evidence. That is taught in every science class - to have doubt about what you do and believe is right, that everything must be supporting through evidence.

To even speak of possible problems with evolution has been grounds for dismissal, at least on the high school level. Contrary to popular opinion, that actually what the Ohio state school board was trying to do, not teach creationism (or even intellegent design).

My wife thinks I should respond to these request for the historical accuracy for the bible. I stumbled upon the christianswers site today while looking up some archaelogical questions. Ergo:

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post #292 of 411
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Actually, you have lots of problems if the sun is millions of years old, and especially if it's always been acting like it is now.

How about if it's billions of years old and hasn't always been the same?

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To even speak of possible problems with evolution has been grounds for dismissal, at least on the high school level.

I certainly agree that science shouldn't form an orthodoxy.
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post #293 of 411
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Since there is really no counter-evidence so far, biological evolution is pretty much it.


This is the core of your error. You simply are not open to ANY other worldview other than one that by definition MUST excluded God -- and delcares revelation IMPOSSIBLE. Materialism is the only mechanism you will accept, even at the cost of insiting on uniformity over millions of years --even though you must speculate as to that possibility. You can even look at the structures and systems that surround you, but still insist that order is the child of chaos -- even though the world you see and test has none of those qualities.

This is your center -- ultimate contingency with the sufficiency of the human intellect.

(BTW, Astronomy is mostly theory -- as to what is happening in stars, let alone what we still theorize about the planets in our own solar system.)

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Originally posted by dmz
This is the core of my error. I am simply are not open to ANY other worldview other than one that by assumption MUST be God did it-- and declares evolution IMPOSSIBLE. Literalism is the only mechanism I will accept, even at the cost of insisting on gross stupidity over tens of years --even though I must speculate as to that possibility as to appear intelligent. I can even look at the structures and systems that surround me, but still insist that selective randomness is the child of GOD -- even though the world I see and test has none of those qualities.

This is my center -- ultimate contingency with the ignorance of the human stupidity.

(BTW, God is all theory -- as to what is happening in my head, let alone what we still theorize about the ignorance of my own consciousness.)

FUCK ME. THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION DOES NOT SAY THAT GOD DIDN'T DO IT.

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post #295 of 411
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Stellar formation is observed at various stages through observation. Their composition is verified through observation. Their age is modelled on basic physical forces. Their fusion processes are verified through the observation of fusion byproducts. The models are verified through further observations. That's not testing or experimenting to you?

Actually, the theory about stars "condensing" is far from perfect. link.

You just proved his point by citing that and you aren't even aware of it. Amazing.
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Actually, you have lots of problems if the sun is millions of years old, and especially if it's always been acting like it is now.


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Additionally, reference my statements about starlight and time.

So, do you just uncritically lap up any obviously wrong theory so long as it's promoted by a christian?
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FUCK ME. THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION DOES NOT SAY THAT GOD DIDN'T DO IT.

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I think what you're missing here is that I WILL tell you that my position starts with faith and a materialist will [almost always] insist that his doesn't.

I WONT tell you that the 'problems' of starlight and KAr dating have been solved satisfactorily by Creationists for uniformatatians and materialists. At the same time I WONT sit there and try to build a absolute foundation on a swirling body of work that is constantly morphing its theories -- and nonsensically state that my faith isn't a blind leap on the currency of the human intellect alone.

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post #297 of 411
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I think what you're missing here is that I WILL tell you that my position starts with faith and a materialist will [almost always] insist that his doesn't.

I WONT tell you that the 'problems' of starlight and KAr dating have been solved satisfactorily by Creationists for uniformatatians and materialists. At the same time I WONT sit there and try to build a absolute foundation on a swirling body of work that is constantly morphing its theories -- and nonsensically state that my faith isn't a blind leap on the currency of the human intellect alone.

Except there is no problem of light from stars. There just isn't.

We can actually see stars being born, burning, and dying. We can accurately measure the speed of light. We can deduce how distant and old stars are and we can accurately measure the speed they're travelling through the cosmos. We have no reason at all to believe that our sun's a special case and that its history is somehow extraordinary and unique in the cosmos. Absolutely none at all.

And when you say that cosmology's 'constantly morphing its theories', this is actually one of the great strengths of the scientific method. We can change our suppositions and our solutions according to what we discover, and since we're discovering things all the time our solutions are constantly being refined.
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I think what you're missing here is that I WILL tell you that my position starts with faith and a materialist will [almost always] insist that his doesn't.

I WONT tell you that the 'problems' of starlight and KAr dating have been solved satisfactorily by Creationists for uniformatatians and materialists. At the same time I WONT sit there and try to build a absolute foundation on a swirling body of work that is constantly morphing its theories -- and nonsensically state that my faith isn't a blind leap on the currency of the human intellect alone.

Good, perhaps we have a bit in common then, like when at the beginning of this thread, I said that "I can't promise that Evolution is exactly how we got here". That's Science, an observation of the natural world. It's never complete. However its a stretch and downright dishonest to say that is the reason it is wrong. It Doesn't specualate about God or spirituality. Just an explaination of the universe in repeatable naturalistic terms. If it provides facts that run in disagreement with your faith, then most likely, it is your interpretation of the faith that is wrong. Evolution doesn't say anything about God, but It does mean that your interpretation of a specific part is very very very unlikely.

You then have a choice, you can keep faith and disregard Science, or you can lose faith and try to find proof of the faith. Creationists have lost faith. An endless pursuit of trying to evident a non provable belief. It's impossible. If you need to find proof of faith, you lose. Truth and faith are not the same. Trying to find proof of faith is a guarantee that you never believed 100%..

I think Creationist spend far too long proving someones misconception of Science and what it is, wrong. All that time getting angry, frustrated, bothered, you've given yourself to Satan. This isn't the way of Christ. Look at all the lies Benzene has pushed (regardless of whether he is aware or not). Benzene lost faith and fell into Satan's trap. If God was willing, Benzene would have shut all of us up with 1 post, with nothing but undisputable truth. God doesn't think Creation theory needs to be proved, and that's why Benzene hasn't, and Satan has fooled him to thinking we are 'on the run'. Satan is making a fool of Benzene, and Benzene is making a fool of himself. The end result, more anger, frustration, more arrogance, pride, and eventually, he'll have to deny everything created by God, and deny God himself, to prove Creation was as per Genesis. Great, prove Creation, deny God, you lose. Satan wins.

Having faith would mean that you don't care if the facts contradict. Have faith, if your faith is true, you win. Come clean. Admit the theory is as correct as can be defined by Science, but that you have something more that can't be proven by science.

Science doesn't claim alot of things the average person thinks it does, but what it does claim, it claims for a reason, and that reason is because there is evidence of it.
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You then have a choice, you can keep faith and disregard Science, or you can lose faith and try to find proof of the faith. Creationists have lost faith.

Bam. End of thread.
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I'd like to add this, now that MarkUK's single-handedly done for Creationism.

It's a unique, defining human characteristic that we can ask ourselves who we are and how we got here. We've been doing it for 80,000 years at the very least and we've got very good at it indeed. Everywhere in the world we've stopped long enough to forget where our immediate ancestors physically came from we have another answer to fit the place we're in and the kind of people we've become.

I think that Creationism's, well, inhuman, frankly, because it seeks to put a stop to something we've been doing from the very moment we were capable, something that defines us as a species.

We keep on asking who we are and where we're from because that's what we do. The best explanation we have now is the one that gives us a better answer every time we ask itand coincidentally that's the explanation that almost perfectly fits with the facts as we can actually see and measure them.

Creationism's an attack on the imagination, since the truth's so flabbergasting, and it's an attack on our humanity. I think I'd go as far as to say that, and I'm not picking a fight or using Internet Hyperbole. I've been wondering why it frustrates and sickens me so much, and I think that that's probably why.
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Mark UK and Hassan i Sabbah, I understand your antipathy to binding God to a specific revelation -- thereby "shutting our eyes to science", and limiting man and his 'possibilities.'

But at the same time you say "we have no reason" to expect the conditions surrounding starlight to change. Are you vouching for the nature of the universe? Can you vouch for how it has been from the begining -- a beginning where the even the Big Bang theories tell us that the laws of physics HAD to break down?

I don't want to get into Benzene's critisisms, because I think if you try to prove Creation, you end up disproving Creation, just as when you try to prove the resurection, you end up disproving it as just another unrelated particular. Although I will say in the case of evolution, that I am dumfounded that those who rely so heavily on math and the facts it produces blithely shruging off the statistics when it comes to the possibilities that evolution could even occur -- there I see eyes wide shut.

In the end you either are sufficient to youself, or you're not. I haven't seen a post modern approach that I believe can account for the mind being able to recieve 'facts', so I don't see the point in pursuing a secular approach to reason -- and that is the true difference here. Neither of you can vouch for the nature of all things, simply because those issues are far from settled. You say that the fact that science is in flux (in a true pfflamesqe way) is it's strength -- and that the connected conciousness of man will 'save' you through allowing you to pursue 'reality' as you wish. I just don't see that you can account for the keys, lock, hinges and latches to open that reality -- if it exists at all. On the contrary, I see you enjoying a reality that only Christianity can account for, but trying to convince yourselves -- using tools you should not have -- that Christianity is the only possibility that can't be true.

I'll let you guys have it from here.

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post #302 of 411
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This is the core of your error. You simply are not open to ANY other worldview other than one that by definition MUST excluded God -- and delcares revelation IMPOSSIBLE. Materialism is the only mechanism you will accept, even at the cost of insiting on uniformity over millions of years --even though you must speculate as to that possibility. You can even look at the structures and systems that surround you, but still insist that order is the child of chaos -- even though the world you see and test has none of those qualities.

This is your center -- ultimate contingency with the sufficiency of the human intellect.

Oh I'm open. As repeated once before it must be repeated again. Evidence. Evidence. Evidence. If you provide none, I have no reason to believe you.

If we've finally come to the point where belief in Creationism is all about faith. Then we can stop. But as far as science, its methods, and its theories, I can not abide by something that abandons its rules and reason. Creationism has no place in science classes. Creationists shouldn't be campaigning to teach creationism in science classes.
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And you would know that these are all assuming the rates of movement of the stated plates have stayed the same. As for radiometric dating, same exact preconception. Even the calibration curves for radiometric dating fall back on a naturalisitic dating scheme. It's a nice little tautological package.

... Also, given the rates of mountain uplift, their suface formations would have eroded long ago. If you're trying to prove millions of years, you will construe the evidence to fit your model. An example of this would be varves, where it is assumed each change in striations corresponds to annual rings. This is erroneous, because research by Guy Berthault, and Pierre Julien at colorado state university has pointed out.

Btw, do you know about the fundamental problems about C14 dating past 50k years?
link.

Why don't just you list every other Creationist talking point while you're at it. Can you present an even more stereotypical image of a Creationist.

Crustal movement is verified through various dating methods, radiometric dating methods among them. Dating methods using different isotopes are consistent. C-14 dating is only used to date objects less than 50k years. Mountains come and go due to Earth's dynamic geology, ie, plate tectonics and volcanism. Berthault has been repudiated by YECs let alone sedimentologists.

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Actually, the theory about stars "condensing" is far from perfect. link. Even so, there is nowhere in the bible that says this can't hapen. How exactly did you think that stars forming would support your position?

The link you give exactly supports my position. Evidence is gathered. Models are proposed. Further evidence is gathered.

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I'd start at the very beginning and explain the paradigms of both camps, and then present the interpretation of the evidence from both sides. Let the students decide.

So, you would have two interpretations for the evidence? That's really scientific. It's either A or not A, B or not B, ad infinitum. I'm still waiting on evidence for Creationism to even be presented. All Creationist talking points so far has been misrepresentations of science.

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Actually, as I pointed out, you can't do research on evolution. The best example any evolutionist has every presented is bacteria adapting to a new environement, and then they make the jump and say that proves that pond scum eventually would walk around on two legs.

Research on evolution is done every single day. Fossils are continually found. Animals are continually studied. Genetics are continually researched. Evolution is continually refined.
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CNN: 'Intelligent design' mandate spurs lawsuit

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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) -- Eight families have filed a lawsuit against a school district that is requiring students to learn about alternatives to the theory of evolution, claiming the curriculum violates the separation of church and state.

Good. It clearly does. We cannot allow another inch of the separation of church and state to be eroded.
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If God was willing, Benzene would have shut all of us up with 1 post, with nothing but undisputable truth.

So the reason I didn't "win" in this supposed battle was because God didn't want me to.
Wow, that's...deep.
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So the reason I didn't "win" in this supposed battle was because God didn't want me to.
Wow, that's...deep.

the reason you didn't 'win' if it was really a battle, is because you bought nothing new to the table that hasn't been heard a thousand times before, and proven wrong a million times.

I could argue Creationism more effectively than you, at least get a clue as to what creationists are saying this century.

And yes, If God wanted you to prove creation, you would have done it in your first post. Or do you now doubt Gods ability?

PS...and your definition of Information was a lame Cheap-shot. I expect you know that
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benzene, MarcUK's got a good point.

It's not enough that the God of Israel's gone out of his way to conceal the evidence for His work as effectively as he possibly could haveif he can't make His supporters convincing with the power of His revelation up His sleeve I'm sticking to the evidence of my own eyes.
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Actually, as I pointed out, you can't do research on evolution. The best example any evolutionist has every presented is bacteria adapting to a new environement, and then they make the jump and say that proves that pond scum eventually would walk around on two legs

Acctually, there are more examples now for observations of speciation. There is a documented case of some fish in a lake that got seperated - I forgot the details, but the point is that it's not just bacteria and virus evolution anymore.

Then again, I think it is wrong to disregard all the human selected "species" of animals and plants. These are all examples of selection resulting in a new group (species) that has changed genetically from its ancestors.

However, I guess all of the many examples i could give you wouldn't help with the "big" changes. I'm time constrained right now, but let me just say that statements like turning pond scum into bipeds work well to make it look like such complexity just can't be generated randomly. However, if you look at what has been learned about the many types of mechanism that exist at a genetic level to generate new proteins and, more strikingly, new morphologies, then the whole evolution thing becomes much more imaginable.
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However, if you look at what has been learned about the many types of mechanism that exist at a genetic level to generate new proteins and, more strikingly, new morphologies, then the whole evolution thing becomes much more imaginable.

This is not true. You still are only seeing manipulation of existing DNA, lactose-tolerant bacteria substituting backup genes in 9 days, aside.

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This is not true. You still are only seeing manipulation of existing DNA, lactose-tolerant bacteria substituting backup genes in 9 days, aside.

Tell me, why that the manipulation of existing DNA is not a valid mechanism?
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I could argue Creationism more effectively than you...

Doubtful. All you seem to be an expert on is that "sun god" nonsense you keep ranting about.
Have you convinced even one person on this board about it since you showed up here?

Thought so.
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Tell me, why that the manipulation of existing DNA is not a valid mechanism?


I'm really busy, you wouldn't just take my word for it, would you?

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and in that lies not liberation but alienation, the cutting off from things as they really are. --...

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Doubtful. All you seem to be an expert on is that "sun god" nonsense you keep ranting about.
Have you convinced even one person on this board about it since you showed up here?

Thought so.

I don't know, I don't care, and I wasn't keeping count really, I wouldn't even consider myself an expert by any stretch of the imagination. But it would appear to be having an effect on you.
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I'm really busy, you wouldn't just take my word for it, would you?

"trust me, trust me, It just isn't....because... I just know..."

sure I'll take your word for it, aren't we just 'busy' because we cannot define 'information'.
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I'm really busy, you wouldn't just take my word for it, would you?

No. I've had a revelation that you're wrong.
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Yep, God told me you're wrong too.
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Doubtful. All you seem to be an expert on is that "sun god" nonsense you keep ranting about.
Have you convinced even one person on this board about it since you showed up here?

Thought so.

You haven't been on the internet very long have you.
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No. I've had a revelation that you're wrong.


You guys crack me up.

Have either of been to the Antonine wall -- does it still exist?

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and in that lies not liberation but alienation, the cutting off from things as they really are. --...

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