Volume 20, Number 1
THE PENTADACTYL PLAN
THE PENTADACTYL PLAN
The pentadactyl plan of limb, the arrangement of limb with digits as we know it, is, as everyone knows, the regular thing among vertebrates. Evolutionists have maintained that this widespread use of the plan is evidence of a descent from a common ancestor. In this article it is shown that the plan is rather evidence of design. By consideration of many hypothetical alternate plans, it is shown that the arrangement actually found is by far the most satisfactory; and good design consists precisely of making a thing satisfactory for its purpose.
THE VERTICAL TEMPERATURE STRUCTURE OF THE PRE-FLOOD VAPOR CANOPY
JOSEPH C. DILLOW
In this article is described continued work on the possibility that a vapor canopy formerly surrounded the earth, and on the conditions which would prevail in and under such a canopy. It is believed that it is shown that a canopy could indeed have existed; but more work is still needed on some aspects of the matter.
THE AORTIC ARCH
Comparative anatomy is considered one of the strongest evidences of evolution. The eminent Thomas Hunt Morgan said, "If, then, it can be established beyond dispute that similarity or even identity of the same character in different species is not always to be interpreted to mean that both have arisen from a common ancestor, the whole argument from comparative anatomy seems to tumble in ruins."
Darwinism Defended, by Ruse, is typical of recent books which attack Creationism, and also attack such non-Darwinian views as punctuated equilibrium. In this article, the charges made against Creationism are refuted, and it is shown that, just as Creationists have been saying, Darwinism rests on a shaky foundation indeed. Moreover, recent work is showing more and more that the Darwinian view is untenable.
HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT, AND THERMO II
DAVID A. KAUFMANN
A brief explanation of the two laws of thermodynamics is presented. Thermo II applies only to open systems, since there is no such thing in the real world as a closed system. The four criteria for increasing order in a system are presented by comparing a building, growing plant and growing animal. The failure of the evolution model to provide for a directing program and conversion mechanism to achieve order from disorder is noted, also the qualifying criteria for creative order and degeneration of the creation model was presented. Since the starting cell is more complex or at least equal in complexity than any cell in the mature organism, human growth and development are not violations of Thermo II. Although entropy is never zero, creationists should practice health fitness in order to decrease the rate of increase of entropy in their lives and to witness for the Gospel of Christ and its corollary doctrine of creation.
THE LIMITS OF HUMAN THOUGHT AND THE CREATION MODEL
RALPH E. ANCIL
The results of Goedel's Theorem and some of its implications regarding the limits of human thought are examined, especially as they relate to science and origins. The parallel thinking of others is presented and similarities between Goeders Theorem, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, and language are given. It is concluded that human reason is essentially incomplete and can be validated only by reference to a higher Reason. Hence all "self-explanatory" systems, such as presented by atheistic evolutionists, are ultimately irrational. The creationist paradigm is seen to be the only fully consistent alternative. Two appendices are provided for more detailed discussions of statistical thermodynamics and the essential non-neutrality of science.
WHAT IS SCIENCE?
The nature of science is investigated. It is concluded that science is a tool, a means of learning about reality. Any pretensions beyond this, made in the name of science, should be discounted.