Resources from Summit

How Is Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Shaping Your View of the Universe?

Cosmos A Space Time Odyssey poster

The cosmos is all there is, was, or ever will be.” Carl Sagan recited this creed at the outset of each episode of Cosmos, the wildly popular PBS show that debuted in the 1980s. A generation later, Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, has revived the show, which is devoted to a reverent, accessible, and almost giddy exploration of the universe.  

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Bill Nye and Ken Ham Debate the Earth’s Origins – Do Our Origins Matter?

Bill Nye and Ken Ham Debate the Earth’s Origins – Do Our Origins Matter?

Although Bill Nye claims that creationism is not a viable model of origins in today’s scientific era, he remained baffled by the origins of consciousness and the cause of the big bang. “It’s a mystery!” he exclaimed. Origins matter. If human beings were created in the image of God, then we are more than mere animals. 

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Science and the Bible

Science and the Bible

It’s the first day of school. As you walk out of Biology class, your friend, Joey, pulls up beside you in the hall and says, “Mr. Matson was really onto that “evolution” and “creation” thing today in class. I don’t see what the big problem is. What does it matter what you think about how life originated?

Joey has a point. What difference does it make what you believe about the origin of life? 

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Can Intelligent Design Be Empirically Detected?

Can Intelligent Design Be Empirically Detected?

To say that the battle between creation and evolution rages today would be, as the proverbial saying goes, an understatement. Why has this topic become such a point of contention since the publishing of Darwin’s The Origin of Species? Is the main reason a simple disagreement about what the empirical data represents or is there something more going on? The short answer is yes and yes. 

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Aikman, Berlinski, Day, and Lennox v. Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett, and Harris

Aikman, Berlinski, Day, and Lennox v. Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett, and Harris

Our 2008 Australian Summit was conducted in Melbourne at the Deakin University campus. The college bookstore was drenched in Richard Dawkins. His picture was everywhere, promoting his book The God Delusion. But nowhere to be found were any works challenging Dawkin’s atheism, evolution, humanism (but I repeat myself). 

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Expelled, the Movie

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed poster

Most of us take academic freedom for granted. We assume that freedom of speech applies not only to the political and social arena but also to the halls of education. However, the foundations of freedom are experiencing seismic tremors in the academy. In the area of science education the freedom to pursue the truth where ever it leads is experiencing a major setback. It is the equivalent of a modern-day black-list! 

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The Spontaneous Origin of Life

Test tubes

Over a decade ago the Harvard University Gazette carried an article by William J. Cromie, which began, “Jack Szostak is trying to make a living organism out of nonliving chemicals.”

Szostak has decided that the best candidate for the first organism is “a bit of ribonucleic acid (RNA) enclosed in a plain capsule.” That sounds so scientifically romantic, but the article fails to mention how complex both items are! 

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Dawkins and Sheer Luck

Dawkins and Sheer Luck

Richard Dawkins, Oxford professor and bestselling author, is out to convince the public that macro-evolution — the idea that all present forms of life have evolved from simpler forms — is the scientific gospel. But there is a fly in this naturalistic ointment that undermines Dawkins’ premise and makes his conclusion untenable. Worldview analysis uncovers the problem. 

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