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Extinction that paved way for dinosaurs definitively linked to volcanism

Extinction that paved way for dinosaurs definitively linked to volcanism | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
New dates also show life started recovering while eruptions were in progress.

Via Kyle Kunkel O'Connor, Jared Berent
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Some of this information could easily fit in with the Biblical account of Noah's flood when "all the fountains of the great deep were broken up." (Genesis 7:11)

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Haley's Comments on Genesis

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The "Adam and Eve" Seal, Fig 17, found, 1932, by Dr E. A. Speiser, of the University Museum of Pennsylvania, near the bottom of the Tepe Gawra Mound, 12 miles north of Nineveh. He dated the Seal at about 3500 B.C., and called it "strongly suggestive of the Adam and Eve story": a naked man and a naked woman, walking as if utterly down-cast and broken-hearted, followed by a serpent. The seal is about an inch in diameter, engraved on stone. It is now in the University Museum at Philadelphia. 

Significance of These Primitive Inscriptions.

These old records, carved on stone and clay, at the very dawn of history, in the original home of the human race, preserved under the dust  of the ages, and now at last brought to light by the spade of the archaeologist, are very distinct evidence that the main features of the Biblical story of Adam became deeply fixed in the thought of primitive man.

 

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Behavior problems in youth: Are things worse today than in the past? : Family Practice News

Behavior problems in youth: Are things worse today than in the past? : Family Practice News | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
Dr. David C. Rettew tackles the question of whether behavioral problems are worse in today’s youth than they were in the past.
Brent Madaris's insight:

An interesting overview of an interesting topic. This is an encouraging article on many levels.

 

Too many times in life, we tend to judge things based on our own myopic view and perception of what we deem to be reality....In other words, if we think it, it must be true.

 

This is a dangerous way to live, because human nature tends to be drawn more easily to the negative and the pessimistic.

 

May God help us, as Christians, to constantly rely upon the encouraging and supportive promises of His Word and may we embrace positive and encouraging news whenever and wherever we find it.

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Richard Dawkins Hits Back at Islamophobia Accusations: 'No, I Hate Misogyny, Stoning, Beheading and Killing Gays'

Richard Dawkins Hits Back at Islamophobia Accusations: 'No, I Hate Misogyny, Stoning, Beheading and Killing Gays' | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
Evolutionary biologist and famed atheist Richard Dawkins has responded to accusations of Islamophobia stemming from his continued criticism of Islam, explaining that he doesn't dislike Muslims -- he takes issue with the draconian nature of their religion.
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Americans becoming less religious, especially young adults: poll

Americans becoming less religious, especially young adults: poll | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
Americans are becoming less religious, judging by such markers as church attendance, prayer and belief in God, and the trend is more pronounced among young adults, according to a poll released on Tuesday.
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The share of U.S. adults who say they believe in God, while still high compared with other advanced industrial countries, slipped to 89 percent in 2014 from 92 percent in 2007

 

The proportion of Americans who say they are "absolutely certain" God exists fell even more, to 63 percent in 2014 from 71 percent in 2007.


Only half of those born from 1990 to 1996 are absolutely certain of their belief in God, compared to 71 percent of the "silent generation," or those born from 1928 to 1945.


Younger people also are less likely to pray daily, at 39 percent, compared to "silent generation" adults at 67 percent. Young adults are also much less likely to attend religious services, the survey found.


77 percent of Americans continue to identify with some religious faith. Two-thirds of religiously affiliated adults say they pray every day and that religion is very important to them, the survey found.

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Punt, Fumble, or Touchdown? These GOP Candidates Won't Endorse Evolution

Punt, Fumble, or Touchdown? These GOP Candidates Won't Endorse Evolution | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
It's a question that keeps being asked of White House hopefuls.
Brent Madaris's insight:

If creationism is a "religious" viewpoint, then we must remember that there is no religious litmus test for public office.

 

Those who pursue this line of enquiry with a politician are attempting to paint the one asked in an unflattering way (Unscientific, Uneducated etc. - None of which are necessarily true).  They do this in an attempt to damage the candidates or politicians credibility....plain and simple.

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Piecing Together Human History, One Adaptation At a Time | Answers in Genesis

Piecing Together Human History, One Adaptation At a Time | Answers in Genesis | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
In a new comprehensive review of humanity’s story, evolutionary anthropologists tell their tale of how hominins progressed up the evolutionary ladder.
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More people say the Good Book isn't a God book

More people say the Good Book isn't a God book | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it

(RNS) Facing a steep rise in skeptical views of Scripture, the American Bible Society steps up outreach."

 

Skeptics grew by 10 percentage points

Brent Madaris's insight:

Recently, the Religion News Service reported the results of Barna’s annual study on the “State of the Bible.” The results are disheartening; however, I think that they give us a clarion call to greater action. We must engage the culture that we are living in. Our culture has been intellectually duped by atheistic arguments and anti-scientific evolutionary theories. Many Christians are not prepared for this type of spiritual / cultural battle. Get prepared and engage the battle!  The RNS report explains the results this way:

 

◾The most “engaged” readers — who read the Bible almost daily and see it as sacred — are now matched by “skeptics” who say it’s just a book of stories and advice. Both groups measured 19 percent.
◾While the engaged stayed steady since 2011, skeptics grew by 10 percentage points — since the same survey was conducted in 2011.
◾Skeptics cut into the number of folks Barna calls “Bible friendly,” those who read the Bible occasionally and see it as inspired by God. The “friendly” demographic fell to 37 percent, down from 45 percent in 2011.
◾The percentage of people who view the Bible as sacred has dropped to 79 percent, down from 86 percent in 2011.

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The Devil's Delusion book review - No End to Books (Christian reviews)

The Devil's Delusion book review - No End to Books (Christian reviews) | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
David Berlinski sees the recent spate of attacks against Christianity as shallow, spurious and at times caustic. (Devil's Delusion book review)
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The Most Popular and Fastest Growing Bible Translation Isn't What You Think It Is

The Most Popular and Fastest Growing Bible Translation Isn't What You Think It Is | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
NIV vs. KJV: Surveys and searches suggest the translation that most Americans are reading is actually not the bookstore bestseller.
Brent Madaris's insight:

One of my special interests is the history of the KJV. I have prepared a 6-8 hour course on it. I found the following statistics to be heartening.

 

When Americans reach for their Bibles, more than half of them pick up a King James Version (KJV).

 

The 55 percent who read the KJV easily outnumber the 19 percent who read the New International Version (NIV). And the percentages drop into the single digits for competitors such as the New Revised Standard Version, New America Bible, and the Living Bible.

 

The KJV also received almost 45 percent of the Bible translation-related searches on Google, compared with almost 24 percent for the NIV.

 

In fact, searches for the KJV seem to be rising distinctly since 2005, while most other English translations are staying flat or are declining

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'Brave German Woman' Rebukes Islam's Lie

'Brave German Woman' Rebukes Islam's Lie | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
Islam continues to grow in power and influence across Europe. But in Germany one Christian woman has decided to stand up and declare Christ alone as Lord over her country.
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Global Study: Atheists in Decline, Only 1.8% of World Population by 2020 | CNS News

Global Study: Atheists in Decline, Only 1.8% of World Population by 2020 | CNS News | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
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Genesis, Gilgamesh, and an Early Flood Tablet

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For over a century, the standard view among “higher critics” has been that the Genesis Flood account was written long after Moses by a Jewish priest who revised an older Babylonian myth. This myth, the Epic of Gilgamesh, was found on several broken clay tablets in the Assyrian city of
Brent Madaris's insight:

"This clear text stands as both a confirmation of Scripture and a condemnation of liberal “scholarship.” It so clearly undermines the “critical” view that it never sees the light of day. Professor Hilprecht himself was hardly a defender of Scripture, yet he was a recognized expert in ancient languages. His translation originally caused quite a storm of controversy among academics, for it undercut their position that Genesis carries no authority, but no challenge was ever levied against his translation. Nevertheless, it remains hidden today. Few know of the tablet, or of its strong testimony to Scripture’s authority."

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The scientific community isn't happy about a paper mentioning a 'Creator'

The scientific community isn't happy about a paper mentioning a 'Creator' | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
A recent scientific paper on the movement of the human hand has faced strong criticism for referring to a 'Creator' throughout.
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The Belt Is Still Buckled: America's 100 Most Bible-Minded Cities of 2016

The Belt Is Still Buckled: America's 100 Most Bible-Minded Cities of 2016 | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
Chattanooga reclaims crown, while five cities are less engaged with Scripture than Las Vegas.
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Study may have found evidence of alternate, parallel universes

Study may have found evidence of alternate, parallel universes | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
Prepare to have your mind blown.
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Watch the video. Truer words rarely spoken

 

"That's the good thing about being a theoretical physicist. You can just guess.....we won't judge."

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Pew: Churchgoers Least Likely to See Science and Religion in Conflict

Pew: Churchgoers Least Likely to See Science and Religion in Conflict | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
Survey finds 'surprising number of topics' where faith does not influence views on science.
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Are we in the middle of a massive evolutionary change?

Are we in the middle of a massive evolutionary change? | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
This is according to Cadell Last, a researcher at the Global Brain Institute in Brussels. In less than four decades, Mr Last claims we will live longer, have kids in old age and rely on robots.
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Dinosaur find cited as proof of Bible story

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Rachel Maddow reports on the addition of an Allosaurus skeleton to the Creation Museum's collection they claim proves that dinosaurs died in Noah's flood, and the assorted money-making interests behind Creationist paleontology programs.
Brent Madaris's insight:

Rachel Maddow exhibits the characteristic disdain, mockery and sarcasm that is so characteristic of those who reject the plain teaching of the Bible. Anytime one interacts with the traditional secular / liberal media.....one must be mentally and emotionally prepared for this type of response. Otherwise, if it catches you off guard, it creates consternation in your mind, making you less able to focus on the truth that you are trying to get across. 

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Human 'missing link' fossils may be jumble of species

Human 'missing link' fossils may be jumble of species | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
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One of our supposed closest long-lost relatives may never have existed.

 

"I think there are two different hominin genera represented at Malapa," says Ella Been at Tel Aviv University in Israel. One is an Australopithecus and one an early Homo.

 

When Been shared her findings with Yoel Rak, also at Tel Aviv University, she found an ally. "He sees the same in the [lower jawbone]: an australopithecine and an early Homo," says Been. But here the species are switched: a notch in the young male jaw looks like Australopithecus, while the same notch in the adult female jaw looks human.

The pair conclude that there are not two but four individuals in the remains from Malapa.....

 

Unsurprisingly, A. sediba's discoverer, Lee Berger of the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, doesn't agree.

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Major discovery bolsters Big Bang theory of universe

Major discovery bolsters Big Bang theory of universe | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
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Ultimately, the Big Bang Theory, as it is currently promoted is an attempt by secular science to circumvent God as the Originator of the universe.

 

Harvard theorist Avi Loeb said the findings provide "new insights into some of our most basic questions: Why do we exist? How did the universe begin?

 

These answers are easily found in the Bible.

 

The Big Bang Theory, as promoted by secularists, has many problems, which will not be solved by this "discovery."

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King James Still Preferred Bible

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The King James Version of the Bible is far from dead. Despite a market flooded with newer, more modern English translations, more than half of the individuals (Total population studied was 1551 individuals) and two-fifths of the congregations surveyed (Total congregations included were 1300) still prefer the King James Bible.

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Canada’s New Cambrian Explosion: Burgess Shale Chapter Two - Answers in Genesis

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Devastating Arguments Against Christianity (Courtesy of the Internet)

Devastating Arguments Against Christianity (Courtesy of the Internet) | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
I'm writing this post primarily for my own convenience. During my online journeys to r/atheism, "freethought" blogs, and beyond, I encounter the following arguments so frequently that it seems sens...
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Bold Prediction: Intelligent Alien Life Could Be Found by 2040

Bold Prediction: Intelligent Alien Life Could Be Found by 2040 | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
By 2040 or so, astronomers will have scanned enough star systems give themselves a great shot of discovering alien-produced electromagnetic signals, said Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute.
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The hunt for Extraterrestrial Life is a three pronged effort:
 
1. Researchers are looking for advanced, intelligent civilizations;
2. Scientists are scouring solar-system bodies such as Mars and Jupiter's moon ...Europa for simple organisms; and
3. Researchers are focusing on finding signs of microbial life on nearby exoplanets

The article below summarizes these efforts.

Evolutionists feel that it would be a death blow to biblical creationism if they were able to find life outside of planet earth.

By the look of the results on the picture below, many people have been swept up by this evolutionary driven concept.

Where do you stand?

 

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Will evolution debate blow up in the Science Guy's face? It's debatable - NBC News.com

Will evolution debate blow up in the Science Guy's face? It's debatable - NBC News.com | Newsworthy Notes - Apologetics | Scoop.it
Why on earth would Bill Nye the Science Guy agree to debate evolution and creationism in a place called the Creation Museum? And how on...
Brent Madaris's insight:

Generally speaking, I agree with Coyne, and Rosenau concerning the advisability and utility of debates. You don't really have to have the truth on your side to win a debate (although it certainly helps). Really all you have to do to win a debate is to make the audience laugh at your opponent. Another hope for debaters is if their opponent can stumble in his grasp of (or presentation of) his material. I have been challenged to debates in the past. I have always refused (On Biblical grounds of course).

 

After 32 years of ministry and theological discussions with people of various denominations, I have come to the conclusion that men cannot be convinced against their wills.  Therefore, I do not debate the Word of God with any man (or woman).  I will preach the Bible and teach it, but I will not debate it. 

 

Having said that, I am praying for Ken Ham to have the wisdom and ability that he needs to get the truth across.

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