2012 Fall Update
Attending one Dartmouth lecture, "DNA's DNA," was a group of students and professors from the Biology Department. I was told the following day that they had come to see if my talk on epigenetics would "tear down science." I was puzzled about this, and asked what their reaction was after hearing me. "You passed the test; you showed respect of biology while bringing your critique of Darwinism." Tom spoke at a Christian Impact meeting (two CI students are with Tom below) and showed how the "New Atheism," so aggressive on campuses today, fails the tests of truth in each of their key points.
Bombshells on the Radio:
Each week on our radio program we explore evidence for faith and "help skeptics to doubt their doubts," as we point listeners to Christ as Creator and Redeemer. News on such topics comes in waves, and this past month, we've been inundated with exciting discoveries about God's handiwork in the human body. Also, two new books are sending out tremors in the academic world.
* High-tech DNA? In early September, news media were all abuzz announcing a wave of discoveries in human DNA, thanks to the huge "ENCODE" Project, involving 400 scientists, performing hundreds of experiments. It was announced that 80% of human DNA is "functional"--not just 2% as students have been told in the past. Alongside our 20,000 genes, scientists have uncovered over four million genetic control panels, sometimes described as "dimmer switches." Thus, secular scientists themselves have written the epitaph of the "Junk DNA Hypothesis," which was used to challenge the intelligent design of life.
* C. S. Lewis was clearly a "Design Advocate," according to the powerful new book "The Magician's Twin." C. S. Lewis was much more critical of Darwinism than scholars ever realized. Lewis tackled evolution and science in many of his books and articles (over 40!) and he even scribbled revealing notes in his own books on science. "The Magician's Twin" traces Lewis's deep, many-sided critique of Darwinism. Many of his writings attacked the philosophy called "scientism," which claims that science alone is a reliable source of "truth."
This podcast can be accessed by clicking on this link, http://www.bayword.com/ContentPages/3377/
and then manually clicking on the "Listen Now" broadcast for 09/22/2012.
* Renowned Atheist Thomas Nagel releases "Mind and Cosmos" Bombshell! We reported that Oxford University Press has published this shocking book, which analyzes the many facets of the "neo-Darwinian conception of nature" which Dr. Nagel views as very implausible, and "almost certainly false." This statement is woven into the subtitle on the book's cover! Speaking of the abuse heaped on design theorists, Nagel says this is "manifestly unfair." Professor Nagel cannot be ignored; he is one of the world's premier philosophers. Still an atheist, he has become a bold defender of the arguments for intelligent design. Pray for many to be impacted by this breakthrough, and ask God to guide Nagel's own journey of discovery.
NEW ZEALAND: During the weekend of December 7-9, Tom will speak in the area of Auckland, New Zealand, including an all-day Saturday conference--"Darwinism or Intelligent Design?"
AUSTRALIA: During the week of December 11 - 13, Tom will be speaking in the Sydney, Australia area. Details to come in a later newsletter update.