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Biblical Creation apologetics: online resources

The following is a collection of some of my favorite saved resources for Biblical apologetics.  I thought it would be a good time to share these with my readers for your use as well.  I’ve included each link along with an excerpt from each page for a little preview.  Beyond these specific links below, the main young-earth creation websites for thousands of articles are Answers in Genesis and Institute for Creation Research.  Enjoy!

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The difference between “species” and “kind”

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/cfl/species-kind

The evidence is forcing evolutionists to admit the severe inadequacy of mutation and selection, but these same processes are being picked up and used by creationists. What would Darwin say about that? Would he object to his ideas and observations being used in Biblical perspective? Darwin did muse occasionally about the role of a Creator.   But, of course, we’ll never know whether he would be willing to consider the Biblical framework as the more-logical inference from our present knowledge of genetics and ecology. We can be sure of this, however: a man as thoughtful                  and devoted to detail and observation as Darwin was, would be willing to “think about it.”

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7 Basic Questions Science Cannot Answer

http://1000petals.wordpress.com/2009/11/02/7-basic-questions-science-cannot-answer/

1.       Does the Source, the Creator, God exist? Unknown
2.       Does such a thing as a soul exist? If so, is it immortal? Science does not know the answer.
3.       What is time, space, matter, energy? Opinions are sharply divided.
4.       Is our world eternal and endless or, on the contrary, is it limited within time and space? Science does not possess the necessary data to give a definite answer.
5.       Why should I do good and not evil, if evil appeals to me and I can be sure of escaping punishment? The answers are totally unintelligible.
6.       How can science be used to avert the possibility of wars and tyranny? Silence.
7.       How can social harmony be attained with the least human cost? Mutually exclusive proposals are put forward that resemble each other only in that they are all equally unrelated to pure science.


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Answers in Genesis responds to an atheist
http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2005/12/16/feedback-setting-the-record-straight

ATHEIST:   Most science i know starts from what it doesn’t know and finds answers. NOT the other way around. Thats science; speculation, hypothesis, evidence (!!!) TESTABILITY (if possible) and theory. NOT finding god in the gaps.

AIG:   As a qualified scientist and senior science educator, I hope you are not trying to lecture me on scientific methodology. You have neglected to state your own science qualifications.  The problem seems to reside in the familiar confusion between operational science and origins science. Operational science is indeed concerned with the formulation of testable hypotheses, though rarely starting from what we don’t know—in practice we usually start from what we do know and use this to find out new things that we didn’t know. These hypotheses are repeatedly                     tested and reported so that other scientists can check the results.  Now how does this apply to ‘goo-to-you’ evolution?  Have you been able to reproduce the conditions under which lifeless inorganic material evolved onto living organic material? In what sense are such matters testable? If they are not testable, then how scientific are such ideas? In fact, they form part of the presuppositional bias with which you filter the evidence.


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Comparisons between what the Bible says and evolution
http://www.dianedew.com/creation.htm

Scripture Says

Evolution Says

Gen 2:3 Creation was completed.

Evolution is a continuing process.

Gen 1:29 Man originally was a vegetarian

Man originally was a meat-eater.

Rom 5:12 Death resulted from man’s sin.

Death existed long before man.

 

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Evidence for the Bible from archeology
http://www.ichthus.info/CaseForChrist/Archeology/intro.html

Herod the not-so Great….

    • The Gospel of Matthew tells us the Herod the Great – the ruler when Jesus was born – was a cruel man; he has ordered the killing of all infants when Jesus escaped.
    • Archeological finding now tells us that his slaughter of innocents is consistent with the historical facts that describe his character:
      • Herod was indeed suspicious of anyone whom he thought may take his throne.
      • His list of victims included one of his ten wives, who was his favorite, three of his own sons, a high priest, an ex-king, and two of his sister’s husbands.Thus, his brutality portrayed in Matthew is consistent with his description in ancient history.


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A Chronological Map from Creation to 4th Century AD
http://www.blueletterbible.org/study/parallel/timeline/index.cfm

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Biblical Characters whose existence has been confirmed from archeological or secular historical sources
http://www.ichthus.info/CaseForChrist/Archeology/Supporting/Support-02.mht

Caiaphas Mt. 26:3 – High priest during time of Jesus 1. Josephus tells us his name was Joseph Caiaphas2. Ossuary found in Jerusalem in 1990 has Hebrew inscription that reads AJoseph, son of Caiaphas.

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Extremely large variations of atmospheric C14 during last glacial period

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/292/5526/2453.short

 

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Responses to Old-Earth arguments including chalk beds, etc.

http://www.detectingdesign.com/DesmondFord.html

The very purity of these chalk beds should cause one to question the uniformitarian paradigm.   It is very hard to imagine how the very high level of purity of calcium carbonate could have been maintained over millions of years without the incorporation of significant amounts of contaminate material?  Rather, given a period of relative calm following a series of shortly spaced massive watery catastrophes on a global scale (as indicated by the Biblical account and numerous extra-Biblical cultural legends of a Noachian Flood), the oceans would have been both relatively warm and nutrient rich (from all of the killed, buried, and floating organic material).  Such a situation would have produced massive algal blooms on a global scale such as the world has never seen before or since

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 Answers to over 140 commonly-used apparent Biblical contradictions

http://www.philvaz.com/apologetics/bible.htm#INDEX


Marriage approved
[Gen 2:18 / Gen 1:28 / Matt 19:5 / Heb 13:4]
                    Marriage disapproved [1 Cor 7:1 / 1 Cor 7:7,8]

Paul is not disapproving marriage! He is simply saying that it is good to be unmarried. Saying it is good to not marry is    not saying it is bad to marry. Being unmarried is good in the sense that particular blessings can stem from it (in fact,           Paul even describes celibacy as a “gift”). However, another set of blessings can stem from being married.

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Dinosaur proof
http://6000years.org/frame.php?page=dinosaurs

Marco Polo lived in China for 17 years, around 1271 A.D.  Upon his return from Asia, he     reported of families raising      dragons, yoking them to royal chariots for parades and special occasions, and using dragon parts for medicinal                     purposes.8 Interestingly, the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac are animals, eleven of which are everyday, extant      creatures (rat, horse, dog, ox, rabbit, tiger, snake, ram, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.)  The twelfth is the  dragon. Why would the Chinese include the “mythological” dragon with these common living animals?  And  we trust   Marco for other history why   not also dinosaurs or “Dragons”?

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AIG:  The Bible just another book?
http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2009/05/15/feedback-just-another-book

Remember, the argument is not “The Bible is the Word of God because it says it is.” Rather, the argument is “The Bible is the Word of God because it says it is and any alternative leads to absurdity.” It’s this last part of the argument that closes the loopholes and provides the proof that the Bible really is what it claims to be, whereas counterfeit religious books fall short.

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CARM:  Non-biblical accounts of New Testament events and/or people

http://carm.org/non-biblical-accounts-new-testament-events-andor-people

1.       Flavius Josephus (AD 37?-101?, a Jewish historianmentions John the Baptist and Herod – Antiquities, Book 18, ch. 5, par. 2

Now some of the Jews thought that the destruction of Herod’s army came from God, and that very justly, as a punishment of what he did against John, that was called the Baptist: for Herod slew him, who was a good man, and commanded the Jews to exercise virtue, both as to righteousness towards one another, and piety towards God, and so to come to baptism; for that the washing [with water] would be acceptable to him, if they made use of it, not in order to the putting away [or the remission] of some sins [only], but for the purification of the body; supposing still that the soul was thoroughly purified beforehand by righteousness.”

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Common objections to Christianity from Skeptics
http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/sdg/qa_steve_hays.html#genocide

                    Does the Old Testament Endorse Slavery?

i) The OT doesn’t endorse “slavery.” Lawmakers don’t endorse everything they regulate. Rather, the law sets boundaries. The law doesn’t prescribe an ideal.1ii) “Slavery” is ambiguous. This can stand for very different  arrangements. In the OT you have:

a) Indentured service for insolvency or property crimes. This is a form of financial restitution.

b) Enslavement for POWs or war captives. This is more humane than executing POWs. Repatriating enemy soldiers isn’t feasible inasmuch as they will simply regroup and resume hostilities.

c) Acquisition of foreigners. This is unenviable. However, living conditions in the ANE were harsh. Poverty and famine were widespread. Better to be a slave in Israel, with the legal protections and provisions afforded you, than to starve to death. These laws don’t exist in a vacuum. They need to be understood in relation to the socioeconomic challenges of survival in the ANE.

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Proof that God Exists
http://www.proofthatgodexists.org/

 Contrary to how it may appear, this website is in no way trying to prove that God exists, I am only using this website to demonstrate that there IS proof that God exists.  The proof of God’s existence offered here is not meant to satisfy the                   demands of those who would put God on trial, but is meant to expose the suppression of truth.

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100 Prophesies Fulfilled
http://100prophecies.org/

The Biblical prophecies featured on this site range from the Messianic prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ about 2000 years ago, to other types of prophecy fulfilled throughout history by the land of Israel, the people of Israel, and the nations around Israel. We also have commentaries for Bible prophecies that affect the world as a whole, and others that are to be fulfilled with the return of Christ.

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Prophesy fulfillment statistical reliability
http://www.reasons.org/articles/articles/fulfilled-prophecy-evidence-for-the-reliability-of-the-bible

Since the probability for any one of these prophecies having been fulfilled by chance averages less than one in ten (figured very conservatively) and since the prophecies are for the most part independent of one another, the odds for   all these prophecies having been fulfilled by chance without error is less than one in 102000 (that is 1 with 2000 zeros written after it)!

 

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Phylogeny:  rewriting evolution
http://www.nature.com/news/phylogeny-rewriting-evolution-1.10885

I’ve looked at thousands of microRNA genes, and I can’t find a single example that would support the traditional tree,” he says. The technique “just changes everything about our understanding of mammal evolution”.

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Scientific evidence for a worldwide Flood
http://www.earthage.org/EarthOldorYoung/scientific_evidence_for_a_worldwide_flood.htm

One of the strongest pieces of evidence for a worldwide flood is the existence of what Rupke termed “polystrate fossils.”  Such fossils are found all over the world.  They usually consist of fossil  trees that were buried upright, and which often traverse multiple  layers of strata such as sandstone, limestone, shale, and even coal beds. 1,2,3,4  They range in size from small rootlets to trees over 80 feet long. 3   Sometimes they are oblique in relation to the surrounding strata, but more often they are perpendicular to it.  For example, at Joggins, Nova Scotia, polystrate  tree (and root) fossils are found at various intervals throughout roughly 2,500 feet of strata. Many of these are from 10-20 feet  long,  5,6 and, at least  one was 40 feet long.

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Quotes on Scientists and Bias
http://bevets.com/evolutionbias.htm

When dealing with people remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudice, and motivated by pride and vanity.  ~ Dale Carnegie

Who has deceiv’d thee so oft as thy self?  ~ Benjamin Franklin 

People only see what they are prepared to see.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The Wyatt Museum
http://www.wyattmuseum.com/index.htm

Information and images on Ron Wyatt’s supposed discoveries of Noah’s Ark, Sodom/Gomorrah, the Ark of the Covenant, the Red Sea crossing, and Mount Sinai.

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About Tim

http://www.gracewithsalt.com

Discussion

8 thoughts on “Biblical Creation apologetics: online resources

  1. Good post! Thanks for standing up for the truth of the gospel! I’m trying to begin doing this on-line as well. The site I’ve set up has and will have many audios and videos on it to make learning what Christians need to in this present evil world as simple as possible. I think you’ll like it. Here’s the address: RYFTKOHIAH.WordPress.comI’ve just started it last year and I’m trying to get this out to as many people as I can, so please pass it on.
    Thank you.
    As a brother under the blood of Jesus Christ,
    Joseph Armstrong

    Posted by Woody Armstrong | January 29, 2013, 6:32 pm
  2. FYI, Ron Wyatt’s discoveries appear on both answers in genesis’s and CMI’s lists of arguments not to use:

    http://www.answersingenesis.org/get-answers/topic/arguments-we-dont-use
    http://creation.com/arguments-we-think-creationists-should-not-use

    Always giving you a hard time : P

    Posted by joecoder7 | January 29, 2013, 7:57 pm
    • I realize this. I don’t compare 100% to AIG. The reason they don’t support it is not because they don’t believe it, it’s just that it can never be verified and they only want to include things that can be verified apparently. I’ve read through most of his stuff there and some of it is fairly convincing. There’s no way to really know, but it’s interesting at least. Especially the stuff about Mount Sinai and the Ark.

      Posted by Tim | January 29, 2013, 8:01 pm
      • One bad apple ruins the bunch, and one questionable source ruins a bibliography. When very few skeptics (since this has apologetics in the title) will accept CMI or AIG, how will they accept a source they disown? Arming Christians with Ron Wyatt is giving them guns that won’t fire. They run into battle thinking they have a powerful weapon, only to be destroyed because his finds are unverifiable. Worse, many who become Christians on questionable evidence turn to antitheism when they learn their foundation is unreliable.

        Posted by joecoder7 | January 30, 2013, 8:44 pm
        • >One bad apple ruins the bunch

          I get what you are saying here, but that seems to suggest that one wrong decision ruins everything, and that people should be perfect. Maybe we can show errors in his work concerning the Ark, but that doesn’t make his Mount Sinai find wrong by default. I think it may be a bad process to throw out a whole body of work based on one wrong detail.

          Posted by Tim | January 30, 2013, 9:06 pm

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