The Acceptance of Evolution and
a Belief in Life on Other Planets
Jerry Bergman, Ph.D.
Our belief structure highly influences our explanation
and conclusions concerning ambiguous stimuli. When it was accepted by
most Westerners that humans and all life were direct creations by God,
if other worlds existed and had life, it must have also been created
by God. Acceptance of non-theistic evolution indicated that if life
evolved on earth, it could likewise have evolved elsewhere. This life
could be either a "lower" or "higher" level than
humankind, or an entirely different kind based on a non carbon molecule.
If many kinds and types of life exist elsewhere in the universe, their
visits to earth become a real possibility. Today, some exobiologists
such as Carl Sagan and others have postulated that it is highly probable
that life exists in many far off places in the universe. This paper
hypothesizes a relationship between public belief in evolution and the
number of claimed sightings of UFOs. Before the late 1940s, there were
almost no reports of UFOs. The acceptance of evolution, the first famous
claimed sighting in 1947, the American space program, and the fear of
invasion from foreign powers with advanced technology (especially the
former Soviet Union) have all contributed to the phenomenal number of
claimed UFO sightings since 1947.
Honor to Whom Honor... Matthew Fontaine
Trevor J. Major, M.Sc.
Matthew Fontaine Maury achieved considerable respect
in the middle of the nineteenth century for founding the science of
oceanography. His mappping of the worlds major ocean and wind
currents for the benefit of sailing ships earned him the title "pathfinder
of the Seas." Other fields, such as meteorology, navigation, and
ordnance, also profited from his methodical and inventive mind. Although
largely forgotten outside his native Virginia, Maury endures in Bible-science
literature as a credible scientist who took a literal view of Scripture.
According to one common story, Maurys reading about the "paths
of the sea" in Psalm 8:8 led him to discover ocean currents. Although
various aspects of this legend fail historical scrutiny, Maury held
strongly to the view that the Bible and science were in perfect harmony.
For modern creationists, he represents a successful scientist who eschewed
the modernistic trend to divide secular and biblical knowledge.
A Proposal for A Creationist Geological
by Carl R. Froede,
Jr., B.S., P.G.
The uniformitarian framework for the origin and
age of the earth began over 200 years ago with the writings of Scottish
geologist James Hutton. Since that time uniformitarians have been defining
and refining their model in an effort to reconstruct earth history from
purely physical processes. Many young-earth creation scientists have
attempted to integrate the biblical record with that proposed by the
uniformitarians. This has resulted in confusion and disbelief in the
biblical account provided in Genesis one. This author proposes that
an integration between the uniformitarian model and the creationist
model will not work; rather, it is proposed that a framework be constructed
which is based squarely on the biblical young earth creation/flood model.
By creating our own timescale we can then follow the timeframes outlined
in the biblical account. Field work should be performed and all relevant
and appropriate geologic information should be examined to futther substantiate
the creationist timescale. Using our own timescale will then allow creationists
to examine the stratigraphic record without unrealistic presuppositions,
and should result in a more accurate account of the earths geologic
Mid and High Latitude Flora Deposited
in The Genesis Flood, Part I:Uniformitarian
Michael J. Oard, M.S.
Paleofloras from mid and high latitudesindicate
a warm, equable climate for the "mesozioc" and "early
Tertiary." Especially interesting are the warm-climate "forests"
and subtropical fauna found on Axel Heiberg and Ellesmere Islands near
80 deg. N. latitude. Computer simulations indicate the Cretaceous and
early Tertiary climate would be quite cold in winter at high latitudes
and at mid latituudes within continental interiors. Several possible
explanations for this unifomitarian paradox are reviewed and shown to
be inadequate. This presents another contradiction to the uniformitarian
paradigm in which it has been suggested that there was a temperate and
long lasting "Tertiary" period.