NOTABLE QUOTABLE: JOHN STOTT SAYS, “...several forms of pre-Adamic ‘hominid’ may have existed for thousands of years previously. These hominids began to advance culturally. They made their cave drawings and buried their dead. It is conceivable that God created Adam out of one of them. You may call them homo erectus. ... But Adam was the first homo divinus, if I may coin a phrase, the first man to whom may be given the Biblical designation ‘made in the image of God’. Precisely what the divine likeness was, which was stamped upon him, we do not know, for Scripture nowhere tells us. But Scripture seems to suggest that it includes rational, moral, social, and spiritual faculties which make man unlike all other creatures and like God the creator, and on account of which he was given ‘dominion’ over the lower creation.” John Stott, Understanding the Bible: Expanded Edition; 54-56) [Original edition: Scripture Union, London (1984), pp. 48f.]

ED.COM. Amazing what so called evangelical leaders believe isn’t it?

NOTABLE QUOTABLE: DARWIN said, "I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine." From p87 Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809-1882: with original omissions restored New York, W.W. Norton,1969. Nora Barlowed.
NOTABLE QUOTABLE; MARTIN LUTHER SAID; "When Moses writes that God created Heaven and Earth and whatever is in them in six days, then let this period continue to have been six days, and do not venture to devise any comment according to which six days were one day. But, if you cannot understand how this could have been done in six days, then grant the Holy Spirit the honor of being more learned than you are. "For you are to deal with Scripture in such a way that you bear in mind that God Himself says what deal with Scripture in such a way that you bear in mind that God Himself says what is written.." "...But since God is speaking it is not fitting for you to want only to turn His Word in the direction you wish to go." Martin Luther, What Martin Luther Says: A Practical Home Anthology for the Active, p. 1523 ( Ref Church, Reformation, Sola Scriptura)
ATTENBOROUGH NOTABLE QUOTABLE as Nature interviews him on education (Nature vol. 457, p967, 19 Feb 2009): Nature: Why is teaching evolution now more important than ever? Attenborough: Because of the influence of the Bible's book of Genesis, which says the Lord God said 'go forth and multiply' to Adam and Eve and 'the natural world is there for you to dominate, you have dominion of the animals and plants of the world'. That basic notion - that the world is there for us, and if it doesn't serve our purposes it's dispensable - has produced the devastation of vast areas. We have assumed that we can build a house on it, dig it up, put tarmac over it; that's OK because it's there for us. In finding solutions to our ecological problems we have to understand evolutionary processes.

ED.COM. Have you noticed that Sir David never mentions Genesis 3, which reminds us that any and all abuse of anything is due to mankind's rebellion against the Creator and His rules. Our prediction - evolution will never find a solution to the tendency of man to destroy the planet, to man's propensity for greed which is destroying the world economy, or to the lust for power which spurs politicians on  to use climate to gain world power.  Only when you deal with man's rebellion against the Creator - which has made us all sinners who need a Saviour will you get anywhere close to a solution for any of these problems.

HUMANS "PRIMED FOR BELIEF" IN CREATION, according to article in New Scientist, 2 Mar 2009 and Cognition (DOI:
10.1016/j.cognition.2009.01.001) and the Daily Telegraph, 24 Nov 2008. Boston University evolutionary psychologists Deborah Kelemen and Evelyn Rosset have claimed analysis of their survey of students of all ages and backgrounds, shows that teleology or belief in purpose is the default mode of our brain. Kelemen commented "It suggests that we're quite explicitly failing in science education, certainly with these undergraduates."
In a review of Kelemen's work, psychologist Paul Bloom ( Yale University) says; "What her work suggests is that the creationist side has a huge leg up early on because it fits our natural tendencies. It has implications for why most people on earth are
creationists, I think."

ED.COM. Our comment comes after the following education research article.

REMEMBER LAST YEAR'S RESEARCH by Oxford University's Justin Barrett showing that children as young as one year are able to recognise when a mind is at work, and distinguish between what inanimate objects and people can do, e.g. babies were surprised by a film showing a rolling ball apparently making a neat stack from a disordered heap of blocks. This belief in plan and purpose led Barrett, Oxford's Centre for Anthropology and Mind, to claim that young people have a predisposition to believe in a supreme being because they automatically assume that everything in the world was created with a purpose. He told BBC Radio 4: "The preponderance of scientific evidence for the past 10 years or so has shown that a lot more seems to be built into the natural development of children's minds than we once thought, including a predisposition to see the natural world as designed and purposeful and that some kind of intelligent being is behind that purpose. If we threw a handful on an island and they raised themselves I think they would believe in God." He went on to say: "Children's normally and naturally developing minds make them prone to believe in divine creation and intelligent design. In contrast, evolution is unnatural for human minds; relatively difficult to believe."
BBC 4: TO READ ARTICLE Click HERE
Telegraph: TO READ ARTICLE Click HERE
New Scientist: TO READ ARTICLE Click HERE
Cognition: Cognition (DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2009.01.001)

ED. COM. Since research does seem to confirm that belief in a deliberate creation and in the existence of a Creator God seems to be the natural or inbuilt mode of our thinking, it follows that belief in naturalistic or random process is therefore anti-natural. THEREFORE educators are now on record as stating they have obviously failed to eradicate such a belief in purpose by the time students get to university so they have now publically recommended finding new ways to educate people to get them to reject creation or purpose and disbelieve in a creator God! This is no surprise as such researchers are simply confirming two things the Bible has stated for the last 2,000 years: The apostle Paul wrote the evidence of God is so clearly seen in creation there is no excuse for unbelief (Romans 1:20), and the apostle Peter wrote that sceptics will deny both Creator and Creation because they chose to be deliberately ignorant (2 Peter 3:5). We remind such researchers of an educational warning from Christ, who is the Creator, that if anyone leads astray one of these little children who believe in Him, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea, rather than face an eternity being punished in Hell. (Mark 9:42-43) (Ref. perception, indoctrination, psychology)

DARWIN WAS RIGHT SHOUTS DAWKINS et al in New Scientist, Letters, 21 Feb 09, p24 in reaction to the January 24 New Scientist cover proclaiming 'DARWIN WAS WRONG' and containing a paper on Darwin's (and Dawkins) simple to complex evolutionary tree which has a few problems such as; "The tree of life is not something that exists in nature, it's a way that humans classify nature." ( W. Ford Doolittle, Dalhousie University,Halifax, Nova Scotia) ; and"We have no evidence at all that the tree of life is a reality."(Eric Bapteste, Evolutionary biologist , Pierre & Marie Curie University); and "The tree of life is being politely buried, we all know that." and... " What's less accepted is that our whole fundamental view of biology needs to change."(Michael Rose, Evolutionary biologist, University of California, Irvine)

ED.COM. When the Dawk squawks the jury awards one to the creationists everytime. To view DARWIN WAS WRONG ITEM click HERE.

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