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Date: 2002/10/01 16:56:30, Link
Author: johndcal
SUN VALLEY, CA - October 1, 2002 - A long-standing offer to prove evolution has been accepted by John D. Callahan, a theistic evolutionist and president of Faith & Reason Ministries: Reconciling Christianity with Accepted Science, http://www.faithreason.org/. The offer is being made by Dr. Kent Hovind, a young-Earth creationist and leader of Creation Science Evangelism, http://www.drdino.com/.

Callahan writes Dr. Hovind, in a widely distributed open letter: "I accept your offer to prove evolution and win $250,000. I will prove secular, scientific evolution as it is appropriately taught in our schools. As you stipulate, this includes both the large-scale evolution of the universe, from the Big Bang, and Darwinian biological evolution. I could appeal to the mountain of empirical evidence (observation and experimentation) from many areas of science, which puts evolution beyond doubt to almost all scientists. However, this would be overkill, and since evolution is so simple to prove, I will do it in this letter. You insist evolution is an unsubstantiated, immoral religion; this is incorrect."

"First consider biological evolution. Besides innumerable transitional fossils -- dating billions of years to very primitive forms -- there are many living species (of the millions on Earth) and breeds that are obvious cousins and direct descendants of one another. An illustration is the domestic dog, which can produce a generation 30 times faster than man. From gray wolf populations the domestic dog has evolved (naturally and via human intervention) into dozens of species and hundreds of breeds (enormous gene pool) over the last 10,000 years. These are more than minor variations and indicative of macroevolution. Further, since a gray wolf has evolved into a pug dog, an ape has surely evolved into a Homo erectus and then a man."

"As far as large-scale evolution, the cosmic background radiation confirms the Big Bang and structure of the universe. Also light travels at 186,000 miles per second. Thus when astronomers look at distance objects, they are looking back in time. This 'time travel' clearly shows the evolution of the universe, from quasars and primitive galaxies (billions of years ago) to the modern appearance of our local universe. In addition we see stars in various stages of evolution, nucleosynthesis in supernova 1987A, molecules in space, and solar systems forming from dust and gas. Not every detail is understood, such as dark matter and energy, but this in no way negates the basic age and evolution of the universe."

"However, evolution makes no statement as to the existence of God. (For proof of His being, please see http://www.faithreason.org/.) Therefore I address your point, '1. Time, space, and matter came into existence by themselves,' by stating that God created the universe with physical and spiritual laws facilitating evolution. Moreover, God is present and working in our lives and the universe, but not as envisioned by modern creation mythology: young-Earth creationism (your conviction), old-Earth creationism, and intelligent design theory."

"Please send my $250,000 to the address above. Thanks. If you wish more detail, from the ever-increasing mountain of empirical evidence, I would be happy to present before your review committee (or debate) provided you sponsor a public event and pay my traveling expenses (outside the Los Angeles, CA area)."

Dr. Hovind's challenge has been a rallying cry for creationists, and he asserts few, if any, legitimate inquires have been made -- and certainly no proof. However, evolutionists contend Dr. Hovind is not open to empirical evidence and scientific method. How will Dr. Hovind respond to the Callahan letter, which claims to concisely prove evolution consistent with belief in God?

Date: 2003/01/21 00:20:49, Link
Author: johndcal
In the July/August 1999 issue of TOUCHSTONE, Nancy Pearcey writes, "Finally, [intelligent] design is a winner with the public because it is a scientific research program that actually makes sense to ordinary people."

Is it true? Do "ordinary people" need scientific mythology, just as children need Santa Claus? Or, does God hope that "ordinary people" will mature enough to accept known scientific facts, such as the Big Bang, Earth's age, and Darwinian biological evolution?

The existence of God and historical reality of Jesus and His deity are not dependent on Biblical inerrancy and scientific mythology (modern creationism): YEC, OEC, ID. Wouldn't it be better, in the long run, to show the compatibility of Christianity with correct science?

See Faith & Reason Ministries: Reconciling Christianity with Accepted Science, http://www.faithreason.org/

Date: 2003/04/01 13:08:18, Link
Author: johndcal
In a shocking development, recent Bible code studies reveal evolution is true! A multi-year research program by a conglomerate of Bible colleges and universities was recently published. The research used state-of-the-art super computers and parallel computer configurations. It was the most comprehensive and exhaustive effort to date to extract God's hidden messages -- using the highly popular Bible code method -- from His Word, the Bible. The investigation was lead by Bible Southern Technical Institute (BS Tech), in north Georgia.

All previous Bible code discoveries were confirmed, but many more were also revealed. The most important were that, contrary to popular belief, the Godly-inerrant Bible CONTAINS human error, the end-times are NOT imminent, and, most astonishing, evolution IS TRUE! Christians around the globe are rapidly flocking to new viewpoints reconciling Evangelical Christianity with traditional science, particularly Faith & Reason Ministries, http://www.faithreason.org/

Phrases such as "believe Darwin," "evolution is correct," and "natural selection" are found consistently in Genesis and throughout the Bible. Not only are the words in Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, and English, but also all known languages and dialects, even Japanese Hip-Hop. "God seems to have flagged even the time of this bombshell. It is truly extraordinary. This is probably the most important event in Christendom since Martin Luther" commented Dr. Mortimer Snerd, ThD, PhD of BS Tech. "Thank God for ministries like Faith & Reason [ http://www.faithreason.org/ ]"

APRIL FOOLS!

Date: 2004/06/09 01:50:14, Link
Author: johndcal
Will the theory of evolution die a sexy death?

Or are sex and death proof of evolution?

See
"Death, Sex, and Evolution"
at
Faith & Reason Ministries
http://www.faithreason.org/

Date: 2004/06/29 01:57:44, Link
Author: johndcal
A 2001 Gallup poll found that 45% of Americans agree with the statement "God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so," 37% prefer a blended belief that "Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process," and only 12% choose that "Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process."

The correct choice -- absent from above -- is, "Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life. These less advanced forms also evolved in a process of evolution dating back billions of years. There is no evidence that God directly intervened (did miracles) in the process, but neither does evolution disprove the existence of God, miracles, and His creation of a universe facilitating evolution."

See "God, Order and Evolution" at Faith & Reason Ministries, http://www.faithreason.org/

Date: 2004/11/20 18:01:55, Link
Author: johndcal
Genesis: History or Myth? will be the topic when well-known creationist Dr. Kent Hovind, http://www.drdino.com/ , with over 85 debates to his credit, takes on John D. Callahan, a theistic evolutionist and president of Faith & Reason Ministries, http://www.faithreason.org/ . Callahan accepted Hovind's evolution challenge in an open letter: http://www.faithreason.org/farmprov.htm .

The Debate will happen at Faith Baptist Church, http://www.faithbaptist.org/ , 7644 Farralone Avenue, Canoga Park, CA 91304, on Sunday December 5, 2004 from 3:30 to 5p. All are welcome.

Date: 2005/02/10 20:35:49, Link
Author: johndcal
Don't miss the action: young Earth creationism (YEC) vs. theistic evolution. Included are the entire debate (Dec-5-04) or excerpts (MP3), photos, commentary and links (including links to Callahan's letter to Hovind and Hovind's radio response, Aug-26-04, MP3).

See the Hovind/Callahan debate link at Faith & Reason Ministries, http://www.faithreason.org/

Date: 2005/12/05 16:20:56, Link
Author: johndcal
The Hovind/Callahan debate page at Faith & Reason Ministries has been updated with expanded commentary, more pictures, and a video clip. The debate page is the ministries' most popular.

So if you missed the original publication or wish to see the most recent version, don't miss the action: young Earth creationism (YEC) vs. theistic evolution. Included are the entire Dec-5-04 debate (mp3) and excerpts (mp3), a video clip (mov, wmv, mpg), photos, commentary and links (including links to Callahan's letter to Hovind and Hovind's radio response, Aug-26-04, mp3).

See the Hovind/Callahan debate link at Faith & Reason Ministries, http://www.faithreason.org/

 

 

 

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