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Sea Sponges Inspire Building Materials

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There is something I say frequently because it is worth emphasizing: It is the often-observed fact that the more we learn about nature, the less "simple" it becomes. People in the thrilling days of yesteryear thought that cells were simple, but advancements in technology and scientific understanding left that notion behind. This happens frequently. Despite the bleating of atheists and other anti-creationists, evidence that the Master Engineer designed living things (as well as space, the laws of physics, logic, and so on) is increasingly abundant. It is galactically foolish to claim that living things  appear  designed, but are actually not. Glass sponge  Euplectella aspergillum image credit: NOAA (Usage does not imply endorsement of site contents) A "simple" glass sponge called Venus' flower basket is obviously not designed, but it is the product of time, chance, mutations, random processes, luck, and so on. That's why scientists are drawing inspiration fr

Francis Bacon, Science, and the Two Books

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The first thing we need to do is get our Bacons sorted out, since there were two notable historical fellows with that name. Both came from England, and each studied natural philosophy  (which is now known as science ). Both of them also studied theology. Roger Bacon was a friar, and I like using bacon  and friar  in the same sentence. He was a pioneer of the scientific method and believed the Bible. We can jump ahead a few hundred years, around the time of King James I, to Francis Bacon. He was brilliant, and like the other Bacon, cooked up advances in what has become known as the scientific method. A part of the fame of Francis is his idea of "two books". Main image credit before Francis Bacon portrait insert: Pexels /  Polina Tankilevitch While Francis believed the Bible, he also considered nature itself to be a book provided by God to teach us things not in the Bible. Apparently, he wanted to keep science and Scripture apart, and secularists have run with this idea and ta

Evolutionists Sweating the Small Stuff

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As I write this post, our area is having the warmest weather so far this year. Appropriate timing. Anyway, it is common knowledge that animals and people perspire as a means of cooling themselves in hot weather. Moisture comes out and then evaporates. In high humidity, the moisture is unable to evaporate quickly, so sweating is obvious. I understand that in dry areas like Arizona, people can become dangerously dehydrated without knowing it. Physical activity such as sports cause us to sweat more. Stay hydrated, people! Credit: FreeDigitalPhotos /  Serge Bertasius Photography Believers in universal descent-with-modification keep insisting that humans and apes had a common ancestor way back yonder. I'll allow that there are superficial resemblances, but the important ones are exaggerated or even lied about (for example, human-chimp DNA similarities ). The differences are greater than the similarities, testifying to the fact that God created us in his image. Strip away the storytellin

Seaweed, Sea Otters, and Provision

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Seaweed is found in a variety of sizes and colors, and many boat owners can tell you that it is extremely annoying when caught in the propellers of a motorboat. Fish eat it, and that huge brown sugar kelp can be eaten by humans . Nobody has offered me any. Sugar kelp grows along the coastlines in colder oceanic areas. There is some trading off in the animal kingdom with this seaweed that demonstrates how our Creator cares for the critters. For that matter, kelp's benefits to humans is beginning to be explored. Sugar kelp image credit: Flickr / Byrnes Lab  ( CC BY 2.0 ) Seaweed uses photosynthesis to get nourishment from the sun, but it is anchored so it doesn't get pulled out to sea. Sea otters are not interested in chowing down on the kelp, but other animals are — and the otters eat them. In addition, there is another interesting benefit from the otter-kelp pact. Tidewater-tossed seaweeds display God’s providence. Hidden in plain view, tidewater seaweeds are spectacular exhibi

Bunches of Beetles

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It seems like most folks have some critter or another that gives them the heebie jeebies, but they should put that aside and appreciate the Creator's design work. Beetles do this to my wife, and they are not exactly what I want to see flitting around the living room. But they are actually quite interesting. Not only interesting, but practically everywhere. Beetles perform useful functions in their diverse ecosystems. It is quite reasonable to deduce that God likes variety, and we can see this from the different types of beetles and where they live. Credit: Unsplash / Stephen Hocking Beetles have similar characteristics that might prompt a Darwinist to claim that it is proof of evolution, but that cavalry saber cuts both ways: it is evidence of common design. After all, why make everything different instead of utilizing designs that work? Insects are by far the most successful animal life form, if you judge by the total number of species. They are pushing the 1,000,000 mark, which i

Ammonite in Burmese Amber Baffles Scientists

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Amber is fascinating for scientists, since it is such a preservative of old life forms. In fact, it also works against deep-time proponents. (One example of this is the preservation of amino acids .) Today we shall consider the preservation of an ammonite in a chunk of Burmese amber. Ammonites were extinct cephalopods with shells, so they have no relation to the wicked descendants of Ben-Ammi mentioned in the Bible. But you probably knew those details. Since amber is hardened tree resin, how did a deceased marine creature end up there? Credit: PNAS via Wikimedia Commons ( CC BY 4.0 ) (Usage does not imply endorsement of site contents) Ammonites varied in size, so they were not too large to become encased in a small chunk of amber. Its placement is the greater puzzle. Secular scientists have tried various rescuing devices, but they don't hold water. Plugging the data into a biblical creation science Genesis Flood model provides a far better explanation. Discovered in Myanmar, the

Martian Volcano Flusters Secular Scientists

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Geologists who believe that the earth is billions of years old are constantly being surprised when observed data does not fit their deep-time presuppositions. This becomes even more pronounced by various celestial objects in our own solar system ( such as Pluto and Charon ). It should be eminently logical, Captain, that if an idea does not have supporting evidence, it should be abandoned , but the deep-time and evolutionary narratives take precedence. So, how about that volcanic eruption on Mars? Cerberus Fossae image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / University of Arizona (Usage does not imply endorsement of site contents) As we seen down here on Earth, secular scientists often use fundamentally flawed dating methods. It does not go well, and they should know better. As with other moons and planets in our solar system, geological activity is occurring. This should not be happening if our solar system was billions of years old. Rescuing devices, storytelling, and guesswork for cosmic evolu