Evolution vs. Creation

Evolution vs. Creation

There are 210022 comments on the Best of New Orleans story from Jan 6, 2011, titled Evolution vs. Creation. In it, Best of New Orleans reports that:

High school senior Zack Kopplin is leading the fight to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008.

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Nehwon

#82652 Mar 24, 2013
Charles Idemi wrote:
<quoted text> Then atheist would have been the only educated in the earth.
You and some others here are liars.
Theist are also very educated and intelligent.
Some theists are very educated and intelligent. They have interesting question and arguments.

You are not one of them. You are a parrot.
HOG_Hand of God

Kingston, Jamaica

#82653 Mar 24, 2013
Subduction Zone wrote:
<quoted text>
...It is not up to us to disprove your power. It is up to you to prove it...
Seriously?

My power is all around me, and you too;

All matter and energy have potential;

You just cant see that if energy and matter generated something like a human brain; then energy and matter must have the potential/capacity for intelligent behavior.

If they don't, then you will never demonstrate intelligence; even if you create an Omniscient God.

Intelligent is as intelligent does: so the efficiency of the processes of nature reveal a natural intelligence at work.

BTW, HOW THE [email protected] CAN YOU HAVE "NATURAL SELECTION" WITHOUT A "NATURAL INTELLIGENCE"?

A disposition is not a choice; so the tendency for a specific type of traits to survive or emerge does not describe a "SELECTION".

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Since: Jun 11

Evolution is true.....

#82654 Mar 24, 2013
adif understanding wrote:
<quoted text>No, not really. You see, if the science is created as part of the creation, then all fits nicely together. 99% of the bible is not in contradiction with any science and the parts you think are- aren't important to every day life.
<quoted text>You don't know what you are talking about.
<quoted text>Obviously you so not understand the bible or the story of Jesus. Perhaps when you learn a bit about it you can come back and play.
By the way, slavery is alive and well today. What on earth makes you think it isn't? Every state arrest and binds people to work programs for violations of their laws.
<quoted text>You really do not understand the Christian religion. IF you did, you wouldn't not have even come close to those statements. The bible is a record of covenants with god, all of what you listed is old covenants and not supported under the new covenant. What you are actually saying is, do you really want to ignore the covenant with Christ and go back to the old covenants that do not apply any more? That is the only way to make your statement sound sane in the reality of Christianity.
<quoted text>Why are you only concerned with the blacks? There was white slaves, Chinese slaves, indian's and many other slaves. slavery exists and thrives to this day in Africa, as well as is implied in the US as almost every state forces it's incarcerated populations to work in some fashion to either help pay for their keep or benefit the society they were plucked out of.
But all of that is moot due to your ignorance anyways. Those were the accepted ways of the past in the bible. They are not justified in the new testament or the new covenant with God. You should really try to understand what you are going to talk about before speaking. Of course there are idiots who claim to be christian who do not understand that too, but I suspect they got their biblical teachings from the same idiot you did.
continuation....
Would a REAL God support slavery in any form?? No, of course not. This speaks strongly for the absence of a REAL God. If God were real, and his Bible was really inspired by Him, all He would have had to do is make sure there was a line in the book nixing slavery.

No Godly injunction against slavery in the Bible….where is your God??

You write:
“You really do not understand the Christian religion. IF you did, you wouldn't not have even come close to those statements. The bible is a record of covenants with god, all of what you listed is old covenants and not supported under the new covenant. What you are actually saying is, do you really want to ignore the covenant with Christ and go back to the old covenants that do not apply anymore? That is the only way to make your statement sound sane in the reality of Christianity.

“Jesus taught the Law, because the New Covenant did not go into effect until after He died and rose from the dead. He did take several opportunities to proclaim the New Covenant, but He did not really teach it like He taught the Old. When the New Covenant went into effect, the Old Covenant did not cease to be in effect. This is a very important point to understand. The New Covenant did not replace what we understand to be the Old Covenant, the Law of Moses.”
http://www.livinggodministries.net/fulfill_th...

You write:
“Why are you only concerned with the blacks? There were white slaves, Chinese slaves, Indian’s and many other slaves. Slavery exists and thrives to this day in Africa, as well as is implied in the US as almost every state forces its incarcerated populations to work in some fashion to either help pay for their keep or benefit the society they were plucked out of.”

Just using them as an example because they resonate here is the US. And incarceration is not slavery in the normal sense
more.....

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Nehwon

#82655 Mar 24, 2013
Langoliers wrote:
<quoted text>
http://www.foolishfaith.com/book_chap3_radio....
Scientists have dated lava rock samples from various active volcanoes with the radiometric method. Because the formation of these rocks has recently been observed, radiometric dating should not give them an age of millions of years.[72] Yet there are many such examples. Consider the following:
Rock which was formed in 1986 from a lava dome at Mount St. Helens volcano was dated by the potassiumargon method as 0.35 ± 0.05 million years old.[73]
Rocks from five recent lava flows at Mount Ngauruhoe in New Zealand were dated using the potassium-argon method, and resulted in dates ranging from <0.27 to 3.5 million years — but one lava flow occurred in 1949, three in 1954, and one in 1975.[74]
Salt Lake Crater on Oahu was determined to be 92–147 million years, 140–680 million years, 930–1,580 million years, 1,230–1,960 million years, 1,290–2,050 million years, and 1,360–1,900 years old, using different radiometric dating methods.[75]
How did 1,000-year-old carbon-dated trees in the Auckland volcanic field of New Zealand get buried under 145,000-465,000 year old potassium-argon-dated lava rock?[76]
One explanation given by scientists for some of these incorrect dates is that excess argon was retained in the rocks when they solidified from a molten state. According to theCanadian Journal of Earth Sciences,“It is common to discard ages which are substantially too high or too low compared with the rest of the group or with other available data such as the geological time scale.... The discrepancies between the rejected and the accepted are arbitrarily attributed to excess or loss of argon.”[77]
But if excess argon can cause exaggerated dates for rocks of known age, then why should this dating method be trusted for rocks ofunknown age?
http://www.oocities.org/stuball127/dating.htm...
"Geologists often say that the percentage of anomalies is low. But there are quite a number of rather outstanding anomalies in radiometric dating that creationists have collected. These anomalies are reported in the scientific literature. For example, one isochron yielded a date of 10 billion years. A Rb-Sr isochron yielded a date of 34 billion years. K-Ar dates of 7 to 15 billion years have been recorded. It's also not uncommon for two methods to agree and for the date to be discarded anyway. Samples with flat plateaus (which should mean no added argon) can give wrong dates. Samples giving no evidence of being disturbed can give wrong dates. Samples that give evidence of being disturbed can give correct dates. The number of dates that disagree with the expected ages is not insignificant. I don't know what the exact percentage is.
Many dates give values near the accepted ones. But even these often differ from one another by 10 or 20 percent. And quite a few other dates are often much, much farther off. Whatever is making some of these dates inaccurate could be making all of them inaccurate."[2]
Sooo... You present an anomaly and suggest that we should throw out the baby with the bathwater.

But any discrepancies in the Bible... well, let's not be too hasty to toss that aside.
Logic

United States

#82656 Mar 24, 2013
Charles Idemi wrote:
<quoted text> So, tell me how did the universe and all its elements came into form?
Before modern civilisation, there was ancient civilisation, i hope you know that?
Where do you get your facts from?
You can't even properly spell the word "civilization". You don't have the ability to comprehend truth.

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Nehwon

#82657 Mar 24, 2013
nanoanomaly wrote:
<quoted text>lol
They did proclaim, many times, that man should not slave for man. In 1 Cor 7:21-23, Paul said that a slave should seize the opportunity of freedom and stop being slaves of men.
Anybody can Google the bible, ya know?
"Anybody can Google the bible, ya know?"

And that's a big problem for theists...

Just like the printing press and translating the Bible into the local language was a big problem for the Catholic church.

Level 9

Since: Sep 08

Everett, WA

#82658 Mar 24, 2013
HOG_Hand of God wrote:
<quoted text>
No.
Such behavior is typical of the average human being.
The average human being rejects belief in matters that there is no evidence of; hence you are wrong because the average human is not atheist.
At least the statement would not be true for it would be dependent on demography and such...
Yes, the average person should be atheistic. Of course the problem is that the society they were born into has false beliefs. Since at best your beliefs are shared by at most one third of the population of the world even you would agree that is true at least two thirds of the time.

It is very hard to throw off the shackles of those false early beliefs.
<quoted text>
Garbage!
THE EVIDENCE FOR "THE ALMIGHTY" IS THE EXISTENCE OF POWER AND POTENTIAL.
You would be a lunatic to deny the existence of potential and power; so [email protected] with and act like you are intelligent...
No not garbage, you cannot even try to argue against it without spouting undefined nonsense.

What is "THE ALMIGHTY"? What is "POWER"? Or "POTENTIAL" for that matter?

Tell me exactly what I am supposedly denying so that I can see if there is any truth to your claim.

It seems to me like you are merely blowing smoke.

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Nehwon

#82659 Mar 24, 2013
Evolution Smasher wrote:
MAGNETIC FIELD
The earth's magnetic field is decaying rapidly, at a constant (if not decreasing) rate. At this rate, 8000 years ago the earth's magnetism would have equaled that of a magnetic star, a highly unlikely occurrence. Also, if electric currents in the earth's core are responsible for the earth's magnetism, the heat generated by these currents 20,000 years ago would have incinerated the earth.
3. FOSSIL AND FOSSIL FUEL FORMATION
Evolutionists like to tell us that at least thousands of years are needed to form the fossils and fuels (such as coal and oil) that we find today. However, objects must be buried rapidly in order to fossilize. This, bearing also in mind the billions of fossils and fossil fuels buried around the world, seems to indicate a worldwide catastrophe. None other than, you guessed it, Noah's flood.
Ken Ham, director of the Australia-based Creation Science Foundation, presents some interesting facts in seminars which he gives. Oil can now be made in a few minutes in a laboratory. Black coal can also be formed at an astonishing rate. Ham also has in his overlay presentation a photograph of a fossilized miner's hat, about fifty years old. All that is necessary for
fossilization is quick burial and the right conditions, not thousands of years.
4. DATING METHODS
Many of the radiometric dating methods used for determining the age of fossils are quite unreliable. Carbon-14 dating is usually sound within a few hundred years span of time. But there are exceptions to this. For example, a living mollusk was dated using the carbon-14 method. The readings said it had been dead for 3000 years.
Lava rocks from a volcano in Hawaii which erupted in 1801 were tested, using the potassium-argon method. The readings showed them to be nearly 3 billion years old. Moon rocks were tested by various radiometric methods, yielding dates ranging from 700 million to 28 billion years.
Dating methods such as potassium-argon, uranium-lead, and rubidium-strontium, are based on assumptions. These methods are based on chemical change (uranium to lead, etc.) where the parent material (ie., uranium) is converted to the daughter material (ie., lead) at a known rate, called a half-life. These methods cannot be trusted on the basis that too little is known. In order to come up with a correct date, you must know:
1.how much of the parent material was in it at the start,
2. how much of the daughter material was in it at the start, &
3. if there has been some type of contamination since.
In obtaining dates now, scientists assume the answers to or ignore these questions. The fact is that we cannot know how old a specimen is unless we were there when it was formed.
5. SUN'S DIAMETER
The sun's diameter is shrinking at the rate of five feet per hour. At this rate, life could not have existed on the earth 100,000 years ago.
6. NILE RIVER'S OVERFLOW
Measurements of the sediment deposited as a result of Nile's flooding each year leads to the conclusion of an earth under 30,000 years old. Considering the worldwide flood it would place the age of the earth close to the biblical account.
7. EARTH'S ROTATION
The spin rate of the earth is slowing .00002 second per year. If the earth were the billions of years old that the evolutionists say it is, the centrifugal force would have notably deformed the earth.
The information included here is from www.Jesus-is-Savior.com
Ok. you cut and pasted your claims.

Now go to here and see if they've already been rebutted:

http://www.talkorigins.org/indexcc/list.html

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Level 9

Since: Jun 11

Evolution is true.....

#82660 Mar 24, 2013
adif understanding wrote:
<quoted text>No, not really. You see, if the science is created as part of the creation, then all fits nicely together. 99% of the bible is not in contradiction with any science and the parts you think are- aren't important to every day life.
<quoted text>You don't know what you are talking about.
<quoted text>Obviously you so not understand the bible or the story of Jesus. Perhaps when you learn a bit about it you can come back and play.
By the way, slavery is alive and well today. What on earth makes you think it isn't? Every state arrest and binds people to work programs for violations of their laws.
<quoted text>You really do not understand the Christian religion. IF you did, you wouldn't not have even come close to those statements. The bible is a record of covenants with god, all of what you listed is old covenants and not supported under the new covenant. What you are actually saying is, do you really want to ignore the covenant with Christ and go back to the old covenants that do not apply any more? That is the only way to make your statement sound sane in the reality of Christianity.
<quoted text>Why are you only concerned with the blacks? There was white slaves, Chinese slaves, indian's and many other slaves. slavery exists and thrives to this day in Africa, as well as is implied in the US as almost every state forces it's incarcerated populations to work in some fashion to either help pay for their keep or benefit the society they were plucked out of.
But all of that is moot due to your ignorance anyways. Those were the accepted ways of the past in the bible. They are not justified in the new testament or the new covenant with God. You should really try to understand what you are going to talk about before speaking. Of course there are idiots who claim to be christian who do not understand that too, but I suspect they got their biblical teachings from the same idiot you did.
Hi again adif understanding.

You write:
“But all of that is moot due to your ignorance anyways. Those were the accepted ways of the past in the bible. They are not justified in the New Testament or the new covenant with God. You should really try to understand what you are going to talk about before speaking. Of course there are idiots who claim to be Christian who do not understand that too, but I suspect they got their biblical teachings from the same idiot you did.

Oh please, let’s be civilized here..:-)

You sir, are overestimating my ignorance….by a long ways.

I’m sorry that science is ruining your fairy tal…erm… religion.

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Nehwon

#82661 Mar 24, 2013
Gillette wrote:
<quoted text>
http://www.talkorigins.org/indexcc/CC/CC361_1...
Creationist Claim CC361.1:
Oil and coal can form rapidly. Their formation is more a matter of heat and pressure than of time. Millions of years are not necessary to account for them.
Source:
Morris, Henry M., 1974. Scientific Creationism, Green Forest, AR: Master Books, pp. 109-110.
Response:
Coal deposits show evidence of a history. Most coals are found in sedimentary rocks deposited in flood plains. They often contain stream channels, roots, and soil horizons. Long time may not be necessary to form the coal itself, but it is necessary to account for the context where coal is found.
Links:
MacRae, Andrew, 1994. Could coal deposits be explained by a global flood? http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/polystrate/co...
I see you have more patience and willing to work a bit more than I for the cut-n-paste soothsayers.

It gets tiresome. I point them there and let them do their own reading.

Level 9

Since: Sep 08

Everett, WA

#82662 Mar 24, 2013
HOG_Hand of God wrote:
<quoted text>
Seriously?
My power is all around me, and you too;
All matter and energy have potential;
You just cant see that if energy and matter generated something like a human brain; then energy and matter must have the potential/capacity for intelligent behavior.
If they don't, then you will never demonstrate intelligence; even if you create an Omniscient God.
Intelligent is as intelligent does: so the efficiency of the processes of nature reveal a natural intelligence at work.
BTW, HOW THE [email protected] CAN YOU HAVE "NATURAL SELECTION" WITHOUT A "NATURAL INTELLIGENCE"?
A disposition is not a choice; so the tendency for a specific type of traits to survive or emerge does not describe a "SELECTION".
You still have not defined "power". In fact it seems to mean whatever that you do not understand, and for you that covers quite a bit of ground.

And you asked at least one clear question. How can we have natural selection without an intelligence? Easy, how can an object fall without intelligence?

All that "natural selection" is is how well a species can pass its genes on to the next generation. Is god necessary every time a stronger animal succeeds at breeding? Or a quicker one? Or a smarter one? Or even one more resistant to diseases? You have one busy god son.

I can't help it if you react extremely strongly to a subject that you do not understand. It seems you take evolution has a threat to your false beliefs.

That cannot be helped. But you can be helped. Reality is not respectful of gods.

Level 9

Since: Sep 08

Everett, WA

#82663 Mar 24, 2013
greymouser wrote:
<quoted text>
I see you have more patience and willing to work a bit more than I for the cut-n-paste soothsayers.
It gets tiresome. I point them there and let them do their own reading.
Gillette has amazing patience sometimes. But even he can lose it when dealing with a particularly loathsome creatard.
HOG_Hand of God

Kingston, Jamaica

#82664 Mar 24, 2013
Subduction Zone wrote:
...
No not garbage, you cannot even try to argue against it without spouting undefined nonsense.
What is "THE ALMIGHTY"? What is "POWER"? Or "POTENTIAL" for that matter?
Tell me exactly what I am supposedly denying so that I can see if there is any truth to your claim.
It seems to me like you are merely blowing smoke.
Is it that the terms are undefined, or is it that you are illiterate?

You did high school physics right?

It doesnt even have to be that complicated. Can you as much as read a basic English Language Dictionary?

A simple English dictionary should be sufficient to define the terms if you did not already know them.

Does being a scientific thinker require you to be that retarded; or is it just you?

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Nehwon

#82665 Mar 24, 2013
Charles Idemi wrote:
<quoted text> So, tell me how did the universe and all its elements came into form?
Before modern civilisation, there was ancient civilisation, i hope you know that?
elements?

No where did you learn about elements?

You seem to accept that.

But I'm assuming that you accept that Carbon, Helium, Plutonium, etc. exists.

Or when you say elements, do you mean Air, Earth, Fire and Water?

Level 9

Since: Sep 08

Everett, WA

#82666 Mar 24, 2013
Logic wrote:
<quoted text>
Where do you get your facts from?
You can't even properly spell the word "civilization". You don't have the ability to comprehend truth.
I disagree with Chuckles one hundred percent. But his spelling of "civilisation" is the British variation. Our method of spelling could be said to be "wrong". We tried to improve the spelling of words in the English language in the U.S. but fell shot. The spelling of U.S. English is only slightly better than the traditional English way. Of course our British and Australian members may disagree.
HOG_Hand of God

Kingston, Jamaica

#82667 Mar 24, 2013
Subduction Zone wrote:
<quoted text>
You still have not defined "power"...
Lets start simple:

Power: "ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something."

[http://dictionary.reference.c om/browse/power]
Subduction Zone wrote:
Reality is not respectful of gods.
But reality does conform to logic; else it would not facilitate the inventions we design by rational employment of our thinking capacities.

So I know that whatever created "Reality" was not mindless nor unintelligent.

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Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#82668 Mar 24, 2013
greymouser wrote:
<quoted text>
"Anybody can Google the bible, ya know?"
And that's a big problem for theists...
Just like the printing press and translating the Bible into the local language was a big problem for the Catholic church.
That's not much of an argument for or against anything. It must be way past your bedtime? Try again tomorrow, wimp.
Samurai jack

Los Angeles, CA

#82669 Mar 24, 2013
Subduction Zone wrote:
<quoted text>
I disagree with Chuckles one hundred percent. But his spelling of "civilisation" is the British variation. Our method of spelling could be said to be "wrong". We tried to improve the spelling of words in the English language in the U.S. but fell shot. The spelling of U.S. English is only slightly better than the traditional English way. Of course our British and Australian members may disagree.
what's the difference between US ENG And British English
Samurai jack

Los Angeles, CA

#82670 Mar 24, 2013
i think US English may be tougher than British, because US english holds huge usage of sentences/word, which are based on sense and logic.....
for instance, I am up/off,

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Since: Jun 10

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#82671 Mar 24, 2013
Langoliers wrote:
<quoted text>
So everything is a mutation of it's mother source of DNA? LOL
Ok. Next.
KK is confused, as usual. It is not mutations that keep a fertilized egg from being a clone.

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