Dec 30, 2008

Intelligence Expelled

The controversy over intelligent design receiv...

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In the middle of "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," Ben Stein's movie about the assault on Intelligent Design by the intellectual "gatekeepers" in the nation, a prominent evolutionist tries to explain just how mud might have turned into the first cell.

"One popular theory is that it might have started on the back of crystals," says Michael Ruse.

I laughed out loud, but Stein, unflappable, keeps a poker face.

"I don't get," he deadpans, "how you get from mud to a living organism."

"I've already told you," Ruse continues, apparently unaware of just how silly he sounds.

Such is one of the telling moments in the movie, which came out last year, and is now available in video stores.

As the second half of the school year is starting across New Jersey and the nation, it is worth visiting this movie just to see one perspective on how the battle of evolution versus intelligent design is being waged.

(It also serves as a lead-in to some of the fun we're going to have on this blog debating that issue.)

Ben Stein makes three telling points:

George Berkin has done a great job on his blog Intelligent Design.  Click below to read the rest of this excellent post

 

Ben Stein Movie: "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" - NJVoices: George Berkin

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Dec 23, 2008

'Twas the Night Before Chirstmas

Cover of a 1912 edition of the poem, illustrat...

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Did you ever feel bad because you forgot a birthday?  Don't feel bad.  Did you know that just celebrating birthdays has been a problem for some, even if it is Christ's?  Origen, an early father of the Christian community felt so.  As the popularity of Santa Claus increased from 1823 some wanted to do away with the celebration of Christmas altogether.  Read about it in Joshua King's 'The Examination and Trial of Father Christmas' (1868) which was written shortly after Christmas was reinstated as a holy day in England. 

Isn't it interesting that storytelling, poems, songs and the like can catch the spirit and imagination of a society and carry it to places it had never imagined before.  Such can be the power of word and image at the service of inspiration.

"'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse..." So begins one of the best-known and best-loved tales of Christmas, "A Visit From St. Nicholas." Published on this date in 1823, most sources attribute authorship of the poem to Clement Clarke Moore, a professor of Oriental and Greek Literature in New York. The poem's description of Santa Claus, his sleigh and slide down the chimney and other aspects of Christmas influenced the way in which Americans came to celebrate the holiday.
Quote: "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!" — "A Visit From St. Nicholas"

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Dec 16, 2008

Tree of Life : Klimt

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The Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt
The Tree of Life

Artist Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was a forerunner of Modernism and the Art Deco movements, helping to pioneer the Viennese Secession and Art Nouveau movements.

Dec 11, 2008

Intelligent Design, Creationism and Darwinism are buzzing and alive on the Internet

Charles Darwin's 1837 sketch, his first diagra...

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Charles Darwin's 1837 sketch, his first diagram of an evolutionary tree from his First Notebook on Transmutation of Species (1837) on view at the the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.

As long as Darwinists degrade those who question and hold up other possible explanations for life, as long as they hold their theory as a Dogma of Faith for the Scientific Community, as long as they hold life as an evolutionary accident and Science Fact the controversy will not die . . .

Below is a one day sample of Internet activity on this subject.

 

 Charles Darwin Bicentenary
By viviennemackie
The controversy between ‘Evolution’ and ‘Creation’ has raged very strongly at times in the 150 years since Darwin’s book was published, and recently another contender, ‘Intelligent Design’, has entered the fray. ...
Around and About with Viv - http://viviennemackie.wordpress.com/

Darwinism and Wikipedia
By mynym
It’s interesting that Martin Luther still receives more attention in the entry than Darwin does given that the Nazis themselves said that their beliefs had more to do with Darwin than Martin Luther. Their entry on Intelligent Design ...
Intelligent Design and More - http://www.intelldesign.com/

Darwin Worship Material
By Matthew Angle
James McGrath over at Exploring Our Matrix has a fun post here, about material that is meant to be used in churches to celebrate Darwin and evolution. The PDF even has a great little quip about the dangers of Intelligent Design. ...
Analytic Angles - http://analyticangles.wordpress.com/

 

This one looks really interesting, however, I feel the title and the overall gist of the article is positioned on evolution as . . . advancement of complexity over time and therefore at odds with creationists.  BUT.  The main point in this article is : Designer vs Atheism (Accident).  Muslim scientists are pro designer and anti accident.  So am I.  Anyway . . . let the debate rage on.

Muslim Scientists Prepare for Battle With Creationists
FOXNews - USA
A Harris poll conducted in November found 47 percent of Americans accept Darwin’s theory of evolution while 40 percent believe instead in creationism. ...
See other stories on this topic

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Dec 1, 2008

The Prophet: Speak To Us Of Work

By Khalil Kibran

As the building of the Peace Palace in Seoul, Korea begins I recall these words . . .

Then a ploughman said, "Speak to us of Work." And he answered, saying: You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth. For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life's procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite. When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison? Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune. But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born, And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life, And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life's inmost secret. But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written. You have been told also life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary. And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge, And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge, And all knowledge is vain save when there is work, And all work is empty save when there is love; And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God. And what is it to work with love?