The Counter-Creationism Handbook
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The Counter-Creationism Handbook:
* Covers claims made about the disciplines of philosophy, biology, paleontology, geology, astronomy, physics and mathematics, history, and more.
* Addresses the claims of Biblical creationism, intelligent design creationism, and some creationism based on non-Christian religions.
* Includes an introduction on how to address creationists in different venues, how to deal with novel claims, and why accurate science is important.
* Is organized thematically, with extensive cross-referencing.
5025_statements_from_religious_orga_12_19_2002.asp; Ruse, M. 2001. Can a Darwinian Be a Christian? CA602.1: Darwin made it easy to become an intellectually fulﬁlled atheist. By providing a naturalistic explanation of biological origins, evolution promotes atheism (Berlinski 1996): “Although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulﬁlled atheist.” (Dawkins 1986, 6) I 1. Naturalistic explanations of origins are not necessary for
Counter-Creationism Handbook stamp collecting, watering plants, or practically any other activity. Calling evolution a religion makes religion effectively meaningless. 4. Evolutionary theory has been used as a basis for studying and speculating about the biological basis for morals and religious attitudes (Sober and Wilson 1998). Studying religion, though, does not make the study a religion. Using evolution to study the origins of religious attitudes does not make evolution a religion any more
origins. Things can have purpose even if their origin is due to chance. The North Star, for example, came to its position by chance, but people still ﬁnd a purpose for it. 3. Like most people, virtually all creationists already acknowledge that people arise by chance. In the process of sexual recombination, it is chance that determines which genes come from each parent; thus chance determines the genetics that make us who we are. 4. The theory of evolution most emphatically does not say that
(Alves et al. 2001; C. J. Brown et al. 1998; Hughes and Friedman, 2003; Lynch and Conery 2000; Ohta 2003) • novel genetic material (Knox et al. 1996; Park et al. 1996) • novel genetically regulated abilities (Prijambada et al. 1995). If these do not qualify as information, then nothing about information is relevant to evolution in the ﬁrst place. 2. A mechanism that is likely to be particularly common for adding information is gene duplication, in which a long stretch of DNA is copied, followed
too complex to have evolved. (W. Brown 1995, 7; Watchtower 1985, 168–178) I 1. This is an argument from incredulity (see CA100). Complexity only indicates that something is difficult to understand, not that it is difficult to evolve. Evolution, unlike design, is not constrained by requirements for simplicity. 2. Brains come in many different sizes. The sea slug (Aplysia), for example, has only about 20,000 neurons in its entire nervous system. Coelenterates have an even simpler nervous system