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Volume 8, Number 1
Organic Chemistry Reflects God's Infinite Knowledge
Oscar L. Brauer, Ph.D
The structure of organic
chemical molecules is reviewed briefly from the alkanes to through and
including the steroids. For each class of compounds is the number of
different molecules that may be synthesized is truly immense. Such versatility
of design and construction is seen as a tribute to the infinite wisdom
of the Creator.
Creationism And Our Ecological
John W. Klotz, Ph.D.
The author examines the
criticisms which have been raised against a literal understanding of
Genesis in connection with the present environmental crisis. He points
out that evolutionism is more likely to lead to exploitation than creationism.
He pleads for a return to a creationist understanding of the relationship
of man to nature.
Fitness Of Earth For Life
William J. Tinkle, Ph.D.
The physical and chemical
properties of water and the atmosphere show a "fitness" of
the environment for life, as William Whewell and Lawrence J. Henderson
have so ably asserted. This article contains a review of such evidence
as a testimony to God's authorship of the physical and chemical environment
Paleoecology And The Flood
Harold W. Clark, Hon.
Modern uniformitarians assume
long geological ages, but in recent years advocates of the Flood theory
of geology have found many problems that make it reasonable to interpret
the fossil evidence in terms of catastrophism rather than long ages
The complexity of the Cambrian
and other lower Paleozoic strata creates a very difficult problem for
the evolutionist, but indicates that these rocks represent a natural
habitat buried suddenly. The sudden extermination of the trilobites,
and the irregular distribution of the ammonites all point to catastrophism.
The coal beds have many problems that evolutionists fail to explain,
but which can be solved if such beds are assumed to represent an ancient
type of habitat or life zone. The extinction of the dinosaurs fits well
into the same explanation, as also does the peculiar distribution of
mammals in the Tertiary rocks.
All in all, the Flood theory
offers the most satisfactory explanation of ancient paleoecology, in
what has been designated the "ecological zonation theory."
Decay Of The Earth's Magnetic
Moment And The Geochronological Implications
Thomas G. Barnes, D.Sc.
It is now known, but not
well publicized, that the earth's main magnetic field is decaying relatively
rapidly. This paper considers a physical basis for this decay and experimental
determinations that support it. The conclusion is reached that it is
an exponential decay and that the half-life is 1400 years.
The rate of decay is assumed
to have been constant since the origin of the magnetic field. It is
then shown that the life of the earth's magnetic field should be reckoned
in thousands, not millions of years or billions of years. It is also
shown that the stronger magnetic field in the past and its shielding
effect would alter radiocarbon dates, reducing the previously held dates.
Natural Selection Reexamined
George F. Howe, Ph.D.
and P. William Davis, M.A.
The process of natural selection
is defined from the standpoint of population genetics. Examples are
presented to show how natural selection might act gradually to eliminate
harmful mutant genes from the population or to maximize the reproductive
potential of gene combinations which are successful in a given environment.
A harmful mutant gene which
confers some definite advantage in the heterozygous condition may persist
in a state of balanced polymorphism. It is shown that balanced polymorphism
is of limited significance, producing variation within the kind but
as far as is known, no innovative evolutionary development of new kinds.
Supposedly helpful mutations
might conceivably accumulate in a population by action of natural selection,
but such a process would be so exceedingly slow that it would not account
for the major adaptations of plant and animal species. Although genetic
drift might cause a more rapid shift in gene frequencies, it produces
non-adaptive changes and is not a valid basis for evolutionary progress.
It is concluded that natural selection may lead to variations within
the created kinds but it gives no promise as a mechanism of evolutionary
The Nature Of Evolutionary
Arthur Jones, B.Sc.
The argument that modern
science is objective, and that the Christian must therefore accept its
conclusions with regard to the fact of evolution is answered from the
standpoint of the philosophy of science. Scientific method is examined
in order to highlight the hierarchy of explanatory frameworks which
guide the scientist in his research. Paleo- and neo-science are
then analyzed in order to reveal the radical differences between them
in regard to these frameworks.
It is concluded that the
frameworks of paleo-science (of which Darwinism is a prime example)
cannot be scientifically proven or disproven. In order to gain empirical
import these frameworks must be combined with frameworks of neo-science,
and it is only the latter which can be scientifically tested. In the
adoption and retention of paleo-scientific frameworks, philosophical
and religious commitments are primary. The implications of this situation
On The Recent Origin Of The
Pacific Southwest Deserts
Walter E. Lammerts, Ph.D.
The history and migrations
of the Pueblo Indian peoples are discussed in relationship to drying
trends after the Noahic Flood. The decline of Lake Tulare, the Great
Salt Lake, other surface reservoirs, artesian wells, and even glaciers
are also correlated with flood geology. It is proposed that worldwide
climate changes occurring after the Flood led to the migratory phases
obvious in Pueblo Indian history. Finally, it is theorized that desert
plants may have been catastrophically selected for survival in dry conditions
when areas such as Lake Cahuilla became deserts.
Some Astronomical Evidences
For A Youthful Solar System
Harold S. Slusher, M.S.
Data concerning meteoric
dust, the Poynting-Robertson effect, and disintegration of comets are
shown to indicate much shorter ages for the solar system than those
assumed by evolutionists. All of these methods are demonstrated to support
ages much lower than 5 x 109 years commonly asserted by uniformitarians.
Was The Origin Of Life Inevitable?
Willard L. Henning, Ph.D.
Authors of one widely used
textbook of physical science imply that life was an inevitable natural
sequel to the physical and chemical conditions of the early earth. An
overview of enzyme chemistry, photosynthesis, and mathematical probability
leads to the opposite conclusion - life was the result of careful planning
and direct supernatural creation.
On The Relevancy Of Roche's
Limit To The Flood-Ice Dump Theory
Loren C. Steinhauer, Ph.D.
The flood-ice dump theory
of Patten is examined in view of objections to the use of Roche's fragmentation
limit. A modified Roche's limit for rigid bodies with tensile strength
is calculated and the tensile strength is found to be unimportant for
an icy body of appropriate size.
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