Carl Sagan and his philosophy of the universe…

23 05 2009

Check out this great post over at Eternity Matters. It’s not a very long post so I don’t want to quote it and give the surprise away; I’ll let you click the link and visit it yourself.
http://4simpsons.wordpress.com/2009/05/22/carl-sagans-catch-phrase-bad-philosophy-not-science/

Good one Neil.





Pop Quiz!

10 04 2008

This post is in response to a conversation I had with a Christian brother on the duration of time of Creation. This brother was arguing for the “Gap theory.” While I’m not going to tackle that on this post, this quiz will also ferret out some preconceived ideas concerning the days of Creation.

So here we go…ready?

I’m going to give you a scripture reference, and then I’ll ask a question, you pick the correct answer from the ones provided:

Genesis 8:12:
“Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore”.

Question: How long did Noah wait before sending the dove?

  1. 7 days.
  2. 7000 years.
  3. 7,000,000 years.
  4. It can’t be known.

 If you answered “7 days,” you’re right! Here’s another one:

Genesis 15:18:
On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates,

Question: When was the time that the Lord made a covenant with Abram?

  1. That day.
  2. 1000 years before.
  3. 1,000,000 years before.
  4. It can’t be known.

If you answered “that day” you win again! Ok…last one:

Genesis 1:1-5:
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Question: How long was “the first day”?

  1. One 24 hour day.
  2. 1000 years.
  3. 1,000,000 years.
  4. It can’t be known.

If you answered anything but #1 “one 24 hour day,” I’d like to stop you and ask you to think about WHY? Is there something in the text that you see that indicates something other than a literal 24 hour day?

Before you answer; please search your heart, see if your answer depends on something OUTSIDE the text of scripture.

Well?