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Time to Tighten Our Belt
When I first moved here for graduate school in the early '80s, Dallas was still considered the "buckle" of the "Bible belt." Great churches like First Baptist Dallas, one of the original...
Consensus Science: The Rise of a Scientific Elite
In battle, one clever military tactic is to focus enemy troops' attention on a spectacular frontal assault so they will overlook a deadly side attack. This approach works in other arenas, as well. On...
Made in His Image: Beauty in Motion
Humans possess a phenomenal ability to roll, twist, spin, jump, twirl, flip, run, leap, and lunge, as a single motion or in complex combinations, in bare feet or with slippers, shoes, skates, skis,...
A FAST Model for Underwater Debris Flows
Geologic research continues to play a significant role at the Institute for Creation Research, as it has since its founding. Recognizing that the great Flood of Noah's day accomplished significant geologic...
ICR's Impact: The Alpha Omega Institute
Dave and Mary Jo Nutting were college instructors in math and science in Alaska when they came upon Dr. Duane Gish's Evolution: The Fossils Say No! in a secondhand bookstore. "The book cost a mere...
Censorship in Texas: Fighting Academic and Religious Di.,.
"Stop the presses!" That was one of the effects of the decision of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) in Austin, Texas, on April 24, 2008, when the Institute for Creation Research...
Conflicts Between Text and Theology
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto...
Taking God at His Word
"Please open your Bibles to Genesis chapter one." With this, Dr. John MacArthur opened the 2009 Shepherds' Conference. For the next hour, he told nearly 3,200 church leaders that no self-respecting...
The Graffiti of Judgment
When Bible-believing Christians who hold to creation are discriminatorily "expelled" from the academic arena, they can look to the Book of Daniel for encouragement. Why? Because Daniel was excluded,...
Made in His Image: Balancing Body Temperature
A major achievement for design engineers is building precise control mechanisms for active processes. Lives depend on the precision in which certain processes are maintained, such as the manufacture of...
Catastrophic Superfaults and the Biblical Flood
The more we study about the great Flood of Noah's Day, the more we realize it was a time of vast tectonic change on earth. Scripture provides the basic framework for all knowledge, but doesn't necessarily...
The Completed 'Rest' of the Lord
The day-age theory, which posits that the creation days of Genesis were not 24-hour days but long "ages" spread over many years, is often used by old-earth creation adherents to compromise the...
Anchors Away? Confronting biblical drift among today's .,.
February 2009 was a hallmark month for those who communicate biblical truth--something the Institute for Creation Research has been involved in for the past 40 years. While the world lit candles for Charles...
A Tectonic Origin for the Kingston Peak Formation
The National Creation Science Foundation (NCSF) has received several fine proposals for NCSF grant-supported research, and many of these proposals have already been funded. One such proposal was submitted...
An Overview of Day-Age's Errors
Many Bible scholars today are buying into the day-age theory of origins. They seem to believe that their biblical views must conform to their mental image of how the world functions today and must be confirmed...
Predation Did Not Come from Evolution
Although the origin of predation is poorly understood, it is incorrect to attribute to young-earth creation the assertion that predatory animals quickly and recently evolved the physical features necessary...
What a Difference a Day Makes
What is a day? Inventing a timepiece requires intelligent design,1 and the "day" is no exception. From the very beginning, Genesis 1:14 reveals, days were invented to measure time....
Did Plant Growth Require Vast Ages?
In the Western world, most people--even many Christians--are convinced that science has proven evolution and its millions-of-years timescale. In believing this, they generally do not separate the naturalistic...
Made in His Image: From Solar Energy to Human Energy
Plants use biological systems that harvest light energy from the sun to convert environmental water and carbon dioxide into tiny carbon/hydrogen energy units stored within them. When people eat those energy...
Unraveling the Deeds of a Dangerous Man
To say that Charles Darwin influenced his world greatly cannot be disputed. To say that he was a great man is an unfortunate exaggeration. Nevertheless, much of the world will celebrate the life and work...
Darwin's Dangerous Doctrine
Nearly every candidate for pastoral ordination has been challenged with the charge given by the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:2-3: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke,...
Made in His Image: Human Gestation
Admittedly the prospect of pregnancy only applies to half of humanity, but the other half should find the process equally astounding. The real star of the show, however, is the developing baby, who was...
Charles Darwin: The Man Behind the Monkey
Who: Charles Robert Darwin When: February 12, 1809 - April 19, 1882 Where: Shrewsbury, England What: Father of the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural...
The Development and Deficits of Darwin's Theory
In 1831 the British Admiralty recruited a naturalist to accompany Captain Robert FitzRoy of the Royal Navy on a voyage in the HMS Beagle to survey the coasts of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, Chile, and...
Man of Science, Man of God: Henry M. Morris
Who: Henry Madison Morris What: Father of Modern Creation Science Movement When: October 6, 1918 - February 25, 2006 Where: Dallas, Texas Henry M. Morris is widely recognized as the founder of the...
To Tell the Truth: The danger of accommodating Darwinis.,.
"What is truth?" asked Pontius Pilate as Truth incarnate stood before him.1 Whether the Roman governor was interested in the answer is doubtful, but we must ask ourselves who was...
Darwin's First Wrong Turn
On April 26, 1834, a 25-year-old man, without a college science degree, walked up a rocky slope on the north bank of a big river in southern Argentina. He saw the six-mile-wide valley of the Santa Cruz...
The Big Bang, Multiverse, and Other Tales about Outer Space
There are two common misconceptions about evolution. The first is that many people believe that Charles Darwin invented the idea of evolution. This is not true, for as far back as the ancient Greeks evolutionary...
Chemistry by Chance: A Formula for Non-Life
Scientists observe life today in order to determine what processes were at work when life originated on this planet. It would be like looking at a 100-year-old photograph to determine which camera was...
Darwinian Medicine: A Prescription for Failure
Although the field of medicine experienced major advances in the 20th century, it also embraced mistakes and outright atrocities caused by the introduction of evolutionary thinking. Setbacks to the profession...
The Iron Grip of Darwinism on Education
The 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth is being celebrated all over the world. In 1909, Darwin's 100th birthday celebration was sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences. The first "Darwin...
ICR Research Advances with the NCSF
The research wing of ICR has an impressive slate of research projects underway. As announced in October, ICR has launched a new foundation, the National Creation Science Foundation (NCSF), which will consider...
Made in His Image: Human Reproduction
A new life is started the moment a human sperm cell unites with a human egg. Sounds simple, doesn't it? A person can decide for himself, but he will need to follow along very closely to catch all of the...
2008: Laying the Groundwork for Growth
New Year's Day is one of the best days of the year. Not only do we take a much-needed rest before jumping into the next 364 days, but we have the opportunity to reflect on the previous twelve months...
The Human 'Stars' of Christmas
Have you ever wondered why the angels announced the birth of Jesus Christ to shepherds? Are you a bit curious about what drove the wise men to travel all the way from "the east"? Why Mary and...
Rapid Surging of Glacial Ice Lobes
J. Harlen Bretz published an article in the Journal of Geology in 1923 that described a catastrophic flood that swept across eastern Washington state near the end of the Ice Age. He claimed that it eroded...
Man of Science, Man of God: George Washington Carver
Who:  George Washington Carver What: Father of Modern Agriculture When: 1864 or 1865 - January 5, 1943 Where: Diamond Grove, Missouri Probably no other scientist has had to face as many...
Sleuthing Superfaults
The catastrophic processes during and following the Genesis Flood continue to amaze and challenge geologists and geophysicists. Mountain building, faulting, and other geologic processes are believed...
Man of Science, Man of God: Louis Pasteur
Who: Louis Jean Pasteur What: Father of Modern Microbiology When: December 27, 1822 - September 28, 1895 Where: Arbois, France Little was known about preventative medicine and the causes of...
Book Review: Slaughter of the Dissidents
Slaughter of the Dissidents: The Shocking Truth about Killing the Careers of Darwin Doubters by Dr. Jerry Bergman (Leafcutter Press, 2008, 477 pages) If Ben Stein's 2008 documentary film Expelled: No...
How Young Is the Earth? Applying Simple Math to Data Pr.,.
When Abraham was born, how old (or young) was the earth? Can we know the answer with confidence? Yes, if God has given us the information we need in Genesis. And He has. But to recognize it requires...
ICR Makes Major Contributions to ICC
A major portion of the research reported at the 6th International Conference on Creationism (ICC) during August 3-7, 2008, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was conducted by scientists associated with ICR....
Man of Science, Man of God: Gregor Johann Mendel
Who: Gregor Johann Mendel What: Father of Modern Genetics When: July 20, 1822 - January 6, 1884 Where: Heinzendorf, Hapsburg Empire (Modern-Day Czech Republic) Gregor Mendel was an Austrian-born,...
National Creation Science Foundation Awards First Grant
The National Creation Science Foundation (NCSF), ICR's new funding initiative to promote quality research, has awarded its first grant to eminent geologist Dr. Steve Austin. NCSF has signed a major...
Capitulating on Creation: Changing the truth of God int.,.
A few weeks ago, two local seminary students stopped by the ICR headquarters in Dallas. One of them, a Th.M. student, regularly receives our Acts & Facts magazine. As I showed them around, we chatted...
Meteorite Analysis Begins
When ICR's Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth (RATE) study ended in 2005, several projects had not been completed. Among these were studies on meteorites, additional carbon-14 work on diamonds, and...
Man of Science, Man of God: James Clerk Maxwell
Who: James Clerk Maxwell What: Father of Electromagnetic Theory When: June 13, 1831 - November 5, 1879 Where: Edinburgh, Scotland From an early age, James Clerk Maxwell had an astonishing...
Profitable Labor
The American celebration of Labor Day was established to recognize the important part played by workers in the development of the nation during the Industrial Revolution. Many countries today now hold...
Book Review: Persuaded by the Evidence
Persuaded by the Evidence: True Stories of Faith, Science, & the Power of a Creator by Doug Sharp & Dr. Jerry Bergman, Compilation Editors (Master Books, 2008, 288 pages) A theme throughout...
Creation, Conservation, and Consummation: Communicating.,.
The Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life released its second report based on the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey this past June. This enormous undertaking surveyed 35,000 Americans and concluded that...
Can Divergent Species of Snakes Interbreed?
Evolution predicts that as new species of animals are developed by mutation and selection, they will form offspring that will not interbreed. This prevents the new species from being recombined back into...
Man of Science, Man of God: Michael Faraday
Who: Michael Faraday What: Father of Electromagnetism When: September 22, 1791 - August 25, 1867 Where: South London, England Michael Faraday was arguably the best experimentalist in the history...
New Campus Supports Local Church Initiative
The Institute for Creation Research partners with ministries all around the world. But it recently had the opportunity to lend part of its Dallas campus to local Fellowship Church in nearby Grapevine,...
Sowing the Creation Message
History is a great teacher. From time to time, it is helpful for ICR to review its history and refresh its memory about the Lord's blessings and direction that have brought us to where we are. Those "landmarks"...
Man of Science, Man of God: William Kirby
Who: William Kirby What: Father of Entomology When: September 19, 1759 - July 4, 1850 Where: Born in Witnesham, Suffolk, England William Kirby must have been an unusual fellow, since he derived...
The "Fatal Flaws" of Darwinian Theory
Evolutionary genetic theory has a series of apparent "fatal flaws" that are well known to population geneticists, but that have not been effectively communicated to other scientists or the public....
Where Has Academic Freedom Gone in Texas?
  As many of you may know, the Institute for Creation Research Graduate School (ICRGS) has recently been denied the right to grant degrees in Texas. Although this is a temporary setback for us,...
Diamonds May Be a Creationist's Best Friend
During the Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth (RATE) project, Andrew Snelling discovered evidence for a young earth and accelerated nuclear decay based on the presence of polonium radiohalos near uranium...
Book Review: Heaven Without Her
Heaven Without Her: A Desperate Daughter's Search for the Heart of Her Mother's Faith by Kitty Foth-Regner (Thomas Nelson, 2008, 272 pages) I look forward to death, except for one reason...
Never Stop Questioning
And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed--if all records told the same tale--then the lie passed into history and became truth. "Who controls the past" ran the Party slogan,...
Man of Science, Man of God: Charles Bell
  Who: Charles Bell What: Premier Anatomist and Surgeon When: November 12, 1774 - April 28, 1842 Where: Born in Edinburgh, Scotland Sir Charles Bell--anatomist, surgeon, physiologist,...
Communicating the Wonders of God's Creation
God is the great communicator. The very first chapter of Genesis records no fewer than ten times that "God said…," revealing the Creator's heart to the world and its inhabitants. In Genesis...
Mitochondrial DNA and a Recent Human Origin
A team of scientists that includes Dr. Daniel Criswell of ICR has recently completed a study of mitochondrial DNA and will be presenting its work at this summer's International Conference on Creationism....
Man of Science, Man of God: Isaac Newton
Who: Isaac Newton What: Father of Universal Gravitation When: January 4, 1643 - March 31, 1727 Where: Woolsthorpe, a hamlet of Lincolnshire, England Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in...
Book Review: The Genesis Factor
The Genesis Factor edited by Ron J. Bigalke, Jr. (Master Books, 2008, 254 pages) A common refrain within creation science circles is "Creation is the foundation." And indeed it is, as we see...
The Evidence of Nothing
Evaluating evidence is a key component in the search for truth, not only in science but in other areas of life. The ability to identify supporting facts and data is vital for proving or disproving a...
Cosmic Magnetic Fields
What is the origin of the magnetic fields we observe in the universe? Dr. D. Russell Humphreys, research physicist at ICR, has developed an explanation for the magnetic fields of earth, other planets in...
Man of Science, Man of God: Robert Boyle
Who: Robert Boyle What: Father of Modern Chemistry When: January 25, 1627 - December 30, 1691 Where: Born in Lismore Castle, County Waterford, Ireland Irish natural philosopher Robert Boyle...
Intelligence Expelled
"Ideas have consequences." With these words, Premise Media CFO Ralph Manning summarized Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed at an early screening event in Fort Worth, Texas. The new film, starring...
Exploring the Limitations of the Scientific Method
In this day of iPods, cell phones, the Internet, and other fruits of modern science and technology, most people have at least a passing awareness of the concept of the scientific method. But just what...
Ice Age Glaciers at Yosemite National Park
Glaciers once filled Yosemite Valley almost to the top of Half Dome, stretching over Tuolumne Meadows and to Tioga Pass near the top of the Sierra Nevada. Large fields of granite that are now exposed...
Man of Science, Man of God: Johann Kepler
Who: Johann (or Johannes) Kepler What: Father of Physical Astronomy When: December 27, 1571 - November 15, 1630 Where: Born in Weil der Stadt, Württemburg, Holy Roman Empire,...
New Doors in Dallas
After much toil and prayer, an empty building shell has been transformed into the new ICR academic and research center. Several faculty members are now in residence, along with the IT Department. The geology...
Unlocking the Mysteries of the Human Heart
O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my comandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! (Deuteronomy 5:29) God's emphasis...
Mantle Rotation and the Flood
In August 2005, ICR installed a highspeed research computer and gave it the name Epiphany (to reveal or show forth) to reflect its purpose in using computer modeling to explore the natural processes of...
One Birthday, Two Legacies
On the 12th day of February 1809, two children were born who would each have a profound impact on the world--one that affected not just the people of his time, but continues to have an almost immeasurable...
The Biblical Origins of Modern Science
One of the most serious fallacies of modern thought is the widespread notion that biblical Christianity is in conflict with true science and, therefore, that genuine scientists cannot believe the Bible....
FAST Progress
At the heart of ICR’s work is the belief that the inspired Word of God is relevant and accurate in all areas of life. To that end, we have undertaken scientific research to underscore the truth...
RATE in Review: Unresolved Problems
This month I will complete a three-part review of the RATE project (Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth). In October I presented the background considerations leading up to the project. In November...
God's Everlasting Mercy
God's mercy is a monumental theme in Scripture, the English word appearing some 341 times in the Bible. The four Hebrew and three Greek words associated with this term appear a total of 454 times and are...
RATE in Review: Reading Genesis as History
In the October Research column, I reviewed some of the background considerations for ICR’s recently-concluded RATE project (Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth). The primary hypothesis developed...
The Internet Battleground
  Forty million adults use the Internet as their primary source of news and information about science.1 But finding answers to questions of origins is fraught with danger on...
RATE in Review
In the two years since RATE (Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth) reported its findings in several books, articles, and documentaries, the response within the creationist community has been generally...
San Diego to Host International Creation Conference in 2008
The sixth gathering of the International Conference on Creationism will be held next summer in San Diego on August 3-6. Nearly 100 abstracts have been accepted for the conference by the peer review...
A FAST Summer in the Grand Canyon & Wyoming
The summer of 2007 has gone by FAST—in terms of research, that is. ICR’s Flood Activated Sedimentation and Tectonics geology research program saw exciting progress in four of its seven projects. Coconino...
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